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Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

Posted on: August 27, 2009 9:30 pm
It has never been lke this before...
Never has there been so many questions, so many things to be excited for, so many things to hope for...
The 2009 Oregon Ducks looked more pumped then ever, with talent that I haven't seen since 2001.
I know what you are thinking about though, what about 2007? Did anyone honestly think that Dennis Dixon would come from sharing half the snaps with Brady Leaf to lead an offense which was a top 5 offense on a BCS run? Niether did I.
But these guys we have now two years later have the juice. They've shown they can do it, they have more heart then most football teams. Here is what I think the Oregon Ducks can get done this year and a look in on the talent they have.

Key Players

Jeremiah Masoli - This man holds our season, defense aside our offense will crumble if he doesn't perfrom to his hype (see Boise St. game last year). I think he is what he's hyped up to be though. I hate to say it becauce I hold Dixon close to my heart, but I honestly think Masoli has more talent on both the running and passing dimensions of the game. Though I don't think he had the motivation and feel for his team like Dixon had, but I think he can acheive that this season. He could develop the talent of Tim Tebow by the end of his senior year, not to the degree Tebow has, but I think of the same talent. They do have similar styles. If Masoli doesn't get injured and lives up to the hype I see Oregon going undefeated.
LaGarette Blount - Blount, I hate to say it, but where's the heart? Blount has so much potential, and even though he has performed for Oregon, I don't think he has lived up to what he can become. This guy is a beast, if he comes out this year and works is toughest on every play and pushes himself to the limit, I see a great back this year. Not in the same degree as Masoli, but I can see him as the second best RB in the Pac-10 behind Best.
Ed Dickson - What more can I say? NFL bound TE who has consistantly put up great numbers since he stepped on the field. This guy is a team leader and motivator.
Walter Thurmond - This guy is an absolute beast, if I was a WR playing against Thurmond I'd be scared out of my mind. Thurmond could potentially be the best corner in College Football, he is a great leader and will help take care of half the field.
Will Tukuafu - The D-line needs experiance, he gives that experiance and some, if he can help the other's on the line we will be more then set on defense.

Biggest Question

How Will the Lines Recover? 
Losing Max Unger and Nick Reed was a hit, but the Ducks have refueled quickly. The offensive line will be great as they have for the past couple years, but the only problem will be the consistancy of center Jordan Holmes. His snaps have not been consistant, we need to have that Max Unger consistancy, we can't make mistakes like bad snaps that can cause turnovers.
Defensively is where I don't know what will happen, we will learn alot when the Boise Game comes around.

Offensive Outlook

The offense looks great, really great. Finally we have receivers that don't drop the ball and these guys are fast. Tyrece Gaines is a face we haven't really seen yet, but this guy is something else, he is fast, ferocious and catches almost everything thrown at him. Jamere Holland is a solid guy who leads the receivers, he will continue to impress. Then fast transfer from USC Jeffrey Maehl will factor in., for me he'll have to improve his catching to match the speed, but he could end up being the guy Jordan Kent was, the unexpected guy that just magically appeared down field. 
On the backfield side we've already discussed Masoli and Blount, I want to talk about LaMichael James. I love this guy, he's small, but fast. Faster then Johnson, probably one of the fastest backs we have.He runs a 4.4 40 and is elusive at the line. Kind of like Jaquizz Rodgers, James can just magically get through the lines and speed towards the inzone. This guy will be a great sidekick to Blount.

Defensive Outlook

Take a deep breath, the defense will be better then last season. With 111th ranked passing defense last year I think we have room to improve. I think we have the talent to improve...ALOT. Walter Thurmond will take care of half the field on the DB side. Returner T.J. Ward will help him. Though we have some new starters they are experianced starters, Talmadge Jackson is a great asset. 
The LB's are probably the fastest, toughest LB's we have. This will help us so much, we haven't really felt what it feels like to have good LB's, but I'm sure it's great, this will really help out the inexperianced D-line alot. The defense will be the key to the season, I think we have what it takes.


@Boise St. - Oregon wins 42-21, Listen I know what you are thinking, but just hear me out. Oregon's offense is going to score, Boise St. will not be able to stop that. It's all up to the defense. The defense will have improved, they can defend the pass now, the D-line just has to learn the game fast and we stop Boise St. and hold them to 3 TD's.
vs. Purdue - Oregon wins 52-3 This game will not be like last season, it will be easy. Purdue is a weak Big 10 team now. Our offense should just boost some stats on this game.
vs. Utah - Oregon wins 38-17, I know that Utah beat Alabama last season, but they lost alot of talent, alot. Will they recover? I don't believe so, and Utah will come to the Zoo, it could end up being close, but I don't believe so.
vs. Cal - Oregon wins 42-35 This is the game that I'm excited for. This should end up being like 2007 all over again. Cal has an easy OOC so they should 3-0 like us when they come to Eugene. Cal is ranked above us so it will be just like last time they came, except this time Oregon will take it. Oregon will not let Cal beat us a fourth time in the row. If we stop Jahvid Best Cal will have nothing to turn to.
vs. Washington St. - Oregon wins 63-3, once again Wazzu is not good enough to even contend, we've been thorough the same old dance.
@UCLA - Oregon wins 35-31, don't take UCLA lightly now, they have a more improved team then last season and they almost beat us, although we have improved to this game could be a stumbling block.
@Washington - Oregon wins 42-21, Washington will put up more points then last time, but they still aren't the same team they used to be. 
vs. USC - ???? Halloween night, this could be the biggest game of the season for the Ducks, this game could go either way, which is why I will not tough it untill the week before they play.
@Stanford - Oregon wins 49-28 Stanford is the darkhorse in the Pac-10, they could put up a big fight, Oregon will just outscore them though.
vs.Arizona St. - Oregon wins 52-14 Remember 2006? The domination Oregon handed to ASU? Expect that on a greater margin.
@Arizona - Oregon wins 35-20, I don't like going to Arizona, the last 2 times we went there they injured our QB. It's not a great place for me, I don't expect the same outcome, but I won't overlook them ever.
vs. Oregon St. - Oregon wins 42-38, We stole their Rose Bowl hopes, they could steal ours, Civil War is never certain, anything can happen, I just hope for a Duck win.
So what can happen this season? The least I see the Ducks at is the Holiday Bowl, which means that we can see some great things this season. Our bowl game could be a BCS, If the Ducks beat USC and go undefeated it will be NC bound. Ducks just need to play every play and give it their all.
The 2007 team shouldn't have gone as far as they almost did, the one thing they had was heart.
Heart will decide the 2009 season.
Hopefully it will lead them to the first NC in Duck history.
Go Ducks!


Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:52 am

Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

OOOOOOOFFFF!  Goodbye hype dreams...    
Congratulations to Boise State for being the much better team in all aspects.  No excuses anymore, they outplayed, outcoached, and outclassed us in the end.  May you go on to great things this season!
      As for Blount, I looked forward to his potential and what he could bring to this team but his actions last night took the program backwards and this black eye will follow us throughout this whole season and beyond.  I love my Ducks but I am embarrassed right now after that performance, and the actions that ensued afterward.  At this point I would not be suprised nor saddened to see Blount off the team for good.  He showed total loss of control towards the other player, then followed up by punching one of his own teammates who tried to play peacemaker.  I would say he should expect a half season suspension at least, maybe it is time to look forward to getting the young guys reps so that we have an experienced backfield later in the season and next year.   Masoli looked lost too, I was hoping to get a glimpse of Costa in the second half to hopefully spark some kind of offensive spurt. 
    Once again, congratulations to BSU for being the better team and making us eat our words.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 11:34 pm

Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

tsrcomputer:   True BSU took it to the Ducks last year, but had Masoli been in the whole game, I'm not so sure you would have walked out of there with the win.  We had over 2 full quarters with little to no offensive production, and still almost came back in the fourth quarter.   You also won the turnover battle last year which helped you hold on to your 5 point victory...   The Ducks won't be taking the Blue Donkeys lightly this year, and they are going to be playing with revenge on their minds.  I hope your kids are prepared for what we are about to unleash.  The fact is, that your win/loss record wouldn't even exist if you were in the Pac10, in fact, I would say that if you had to play quality opponents week in and week out, that you would be lucky to finish in the middle of the Pac...   I wish you luck on every game after this first game, and afterwards I may even admit that I like your team.  But for now I look forward to sending your team to the glue factory!  Go Ducks   Oregon 42,  BSu 28  has been my prediction for weeks...         Win the Day!   

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2009 4:51 pm

Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

Well your analysis is consistant its about the same as your analysis last year. Last year BSU wasn't a threat and neither is this year. This is exactly what BSU feeds on. You compare this game and say its going to equal your Washington game. Thats riduclous. He even scores the game exactly the same.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:59 pm

Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

lol yea sorry, I was writing this pretty fast I always get the two mixed up, thanks for the fix!

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2009 12:50 am

Oregon Ducks Preseason Analysis by DuckFan01

Good analysis, but Jamere Holland is the speedy WR who transferred from USC, you said it is Jeff Maehl.   Maehl is the returning WR who has the most experience with 39 catches last year.    Spot on with the key players, I think TJ Ward is a beast as well and he isn't afraid to put his body on the line to make the crushing tackles(ie: Holiday Bowl smack down on Zac Robinson)  
   I agree that we have the potential to have an amazing year, we have many X factors that have the abilities but maybe not the experience yet.  I think that Chip Kelly and crew has this team in phenomenal shape, focused and fired up to live up to the hype buzzing around Eugene.  All we need is a little luck here and there in the way the ball bounces to ensure a solid BCS run.   I'm pumped for that first kickoff, GO DUCKS!

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