Sometimes the best medicine for a struggling team is to throw out the game tape from the previous week! After a 49-7 loss at Stanford that saw Oregon throw for a total of 33 passing yards, there is nothing good that can come from that film review.
This week, the film room has been blocked by the Golden State Warriors newest addition. Nevertheless, the Ducks should get back to their winning ways this weekend in Pasadena. Once the penalties, injuries and turnovers are eliminated, the wins will follow.
Over the first few weeks of the season, we evaluated the entire Oregon team and highlighted each player that stood out on game day. Now that it’s conference season, we will select an individual player to evaluate each week from the previous Duck game.
OREGON’S 2017 RESUME
- (4-3, 1-3)
- 37.8 PPG
- 265 TOTAL POINTS
- 27.7 PA
- 30.2 MOV
- 3,273 TOTAL YARDS
- 467.6 TOTAL YPG
- 223.0 PASS YPG
- 10 PASS TD
- 26 RUSH TD
- 244.6 RUSH YPG
- 5.1 YPC
- 27:38 AVG TOP
- 37-for-37 XP
- 2-for-3 FG
- 362.0 YAPG
- 7 INT
- 24 SACKS
- 54 TFL
- 42 PD
- 3 FF
- 6 FR
- 1 SPECIAL TEAMS TD
Key Players: Royce Freeman (941 YDS, 10 TD) and Troy Dye (62 TKL, 7.5 TFL, 3 SACK)
- In all seriousness, one of the highlights for me from Saturday was Oregon punter Adam Stack. He punted the ball away five times vs the Cardinal, averaging 39.6 yards per boot.
- His longest punt of the evening went for 50 yards. In total, he amassed 198 total yards on his kicks from the Bay Area.
- The 6-foot-2 freshman from Honolulu has been solid this season. For a team like Oregon with a record of 4-3, a punter like Stack is immeasurable. Once Justin Herbert went down with an injury, aside from Royce Freeman and the running game, Stack was the biggest asset to the team. He has guided Oregon out of a few tough spots, deep in their own territory.
- Of course, he will have his inconsistencies as a freshman punter in the Pac-12, but he’s held his own thus far.
- His first punt of the night went for 37 yards, placing Stanford on Oregon’s 30-yard line. For most teams, this would have been a solid punt. Nevertheless, Cardinal running back Bryce Love made the Ducks pay with a 67-yard TD run on play No. 1 of the drive, 14-0.
- Stack’s next attempt didn’t work out much better. Inside Stanford’s red zone, the Hawaiian had his punt blocked and taken to the house by Brandon Simmons, 28-7.
- He would only get better as the game went along. To start the second half, Stack blistered a 42-yard punt. Following the 4-yard return, Stanford began their next drive on their own 25.
- On the very next failed Oregon possession, Stack lifted a game-high 50-yard blast to the Cardinal 23-yard line. It was by far his best boot of the night, with no return.
- He has a nice feel for the game and the situation. Clearly, Stack has a great deal of talent but he’s young and inexperienced. Give this kid some time and he could be one of the next great punters in college football. He certainly will have his opportunities this season. You couldn’t ask for more experience during a true freshman campaign.
- Next season, he will be a vital asset to the offense if/when they need him. Placing a team’s opponents in bad field position to start a drive is the best offense sometimes. There can never be enough emphasis on flipping the field.
Oregon (4-3, 1-3) will continue their California trip with a meeting against UCLA (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday. The last time they met came in 2014 when both were ranked inside the AP Top 20. Marcus Mariota and No. 12 Oregon dominated No. 18 UCLA 42-30 from Pasadena. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. PT from the Rose Bowl via the Pac-12 Network.