Highlights (from Tuesday's official practice report)
- Oregon has a couple Michiganders on the team (Jake Fisher and Dior Mathis), but neither seem to be too caught up in facing a team from their home state. The game itself is bringing enough motivation.
- The intensity was very high yesterday, especially defensively, with a number of interceptions as well as some rushing stops at the line of scrimmage.
- Scout team defensive lineman Jalen Jelks is pretending to be MSU all-American Shilique Calhoun this week, and he had a few nice plays. Uhhh, that doesn't seem good.
Video Of The Day
Mark Helfrich's weekly press conference. He didn't seem to take kindly to the question comparing Stanford and MSU at the 6:45 mark. I hope these questions piss off the team as well, and the team ends the storyline on Saturday. Well, at least until the next time we lose to a "physical" team.
- We all know that in Oregon's recent losses, the offensive line has struggled. With MSU's very talented front seven, the Oregon line knows the pressure is on them. Led by Hronnis Grasu and Jake Fisher, the Ducks had a very good performance in the opener, but MSU could very well be the toughest front the Ducks face all season (including the postseason). Some of the new faces along the offensive line (Andre Y and Jake Pisarcik) will need to step up bigtime.
- One group we didn't get to see much from in the opener was the tight ends. The Ducks struggled through injuries during fall camp, but look to be getting healthy at just the right time.
- This one made the rounds yesterday, but it was so good, I'll link it again. Chris Brown of Smart Football and Grantland gives an in-depth breakdown of the MSU 4-3 scheme. MSU keeps things simple to allow their players to make simple decisions and reads (kinda like the Oregon offense). Oregon will have an opportunity to make plays. With a QB like Marcus pulling the strings, I like Oregon's chances to put up some points, but it's going to come down to the offensive line putting up a good performance.
- You'll be surprised by this, but Oregon still isn't saying what's up with Matt Wogan.