Opinion: In The Hands of Man
“Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the Author of things; everything degenerates in the hands of man.” From a simple statement grows a strong opinion about the state of athletics and our places as fans. The pressure of winning is intense; more now than ever. Coaches are paid exorbitant amounts of money to do just that; win. And we cheer for them to win. We hope that whatever it takes to win is legitimate enough to not cause real trouble. And when we roll in the mud with hogs, we are bound to get some dirt under our nails. Everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Breaking Down Match-Ups
Each week during the season, I will take the time to break down the match-ups at each position group for both the Ducks and their opponent. A unique look at which team has the edge at each position as well as an overall preview of the match-ups.
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Friday, October 5, 2012
As always, we will be tailgating and I want to see all DSA'ers in force ion Saturday afternoon. We used to brag that Autzen was as close to an SEC vibe as there was... well, guess what, in Tennessee they tailgate whereever there is a patch of grass... we have a HUGE patch of grass and I really look forward to seeing every Duck fan that wants to come by and say hello...
National TV audience once again; A night game. Let's not disappoint! It's time to get that old tailgate magic going. We love seeing all of our members at these. Never been to one? Now's the time! Been to all of
them? Keep coming, we love all members showing up and having a good time!
The new TV setup is awesome... we have a portable automatic aiming satellite dish... we had perfect reception once we found the right spot and it was a crisp clear picture!!!!!
Crazily enough, we will still have near picture perfect weather Saturday afternoon... plenty of reasons to come out and enjoy the day with fellow Duck fans!
Please remember that this is 100% financed by me... I hate to "pimp" for donations, but they are very helpful in keeping these going for all... and they are what help me to keep expanding our amenities.
Anyone who wishes to make their donations in advance can do so with the paypal information below, otherwise, feel free to donate at the tailgate. There is no required or minimum cost, but we sure like to see all our members.
Last year there was, at times, confusion about our location. We will be in the same spot. There are two entrances for the Serbu Youth Center. We are at the WESTERNMOST entrance. If you are headed up MLK towards Springfield, this is the first entrance; and if you are headed towards Coburg it is the second. I have included an overhead screen shot from google maps. Our spot is located on the left side of the image. You
should see a long field (and if you look close, a goal post at the left end of the field), we are at the end near the goalpost . I know it is not the same as tailgating at Autzen, but they are pricing us regular fans out of there, so let's all get together and show them that the average fan still matters (not that I or any of us are actually
After you go in this entrance you should see a long field to your left... go down the road until you see a bunch of spaces to the LEFT, we are at the farthest end on the left hand side.
As a bonus, we have a huge field for people to hang out, play, etc. There is a porta-potty close to our spot that is almost a private place! It is a pretty sweet set up. Though we only have one parking space this season, because we have the end space, we will have plenty of space to ourselves!
Below are the details!
What: DSA Tailgate - Husky Edition
When: Oct. 6, 2012
Time: ~ 3:30 PM local time tailgating lots open; I will be there!
Where: John Serbu Youth Campus, 2727 MLK Blvd
Donations: Donations may be made at the game with cash or through
PayPal: To pay with paypal you can use my email address:
Email Address: SReed39@canby.com
Cell Phone: 503-807-9543
COMMENTS: Remember that we will have the following amenities:
*-R2FireDuck is bringing Brisket and grilled potatoes!*-TV with cable to watch games during tailgate
*-Food: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Brats*-Beverages: Beer, Sodas, Blended Drinks (thanks to the generator, we can use a blender and have fun with drinks!)
*-Burgers are hand made again this year and I hear that they are VERY good!
*-The picture shows our location!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Oregon-Washington Defensive Match-Ups
The No. 2 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0) return home this Saturday to take on the No. 23 Washington Huskies (3-1, 1-0) at Autzen Stadium.
With the exception of one game this season, the defensive numbers have been dramatically better than last season making the overhaul of the defensive staff appear to have worked.
Oregon comes into the contest off of their first road game. The Duck defense dominated the Cougar offense for much of the game holding Washington State to just 214 yards of total offense through three quarters and did not let up until the outcome was all but decided.
Today Duck Sports Authority continues our weekly look at the in-depth match ups on both sides of the ball turning our attention now to the defense.
Washington: The Huskies run a 3-4 base defense which leaves them starting one defensive tackle. Getting the nod against the Ducks will be Danny Shelton (6-1, 317) a sophomore from nearby Auburn, Washington. Shelton will be making the fifth start of the season at nose tackle for Washington and his sixth career start Saturday night. Coming into the game Shelton has recorded 16 total tackles. He had a career high 7 of those tackles against LSU earlier this season. Behind Shelton will be Semisi Tokolahi (6-2, 340) a senior from Hawaii. Tokolahi has started 12 games over his career with the Huskies but has missed time with injuries over the past two seasons. Coming into Saturday's contest Tokolahi has 6 total tackles in four appearances.
A third nose tackle, Sione Potoa'e (6-2, 271) has seen time at nose tackle and defensive end this season. He has appeared in all four games for the Huskies notching just one tackle this year.
Oregon: Oregon brings a wealth of experience at defensive tackle. Starters Wade Keliikipi (6-3, 295) and Isaac Remington (6-4, 301) both saw action as starters last season with Keliikipi starting the final 11 games. Keliikipi recorded a career high 5 tackles in the win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl while Remington recorded 31 total tackles on the season. So far this season Remington leads the defensive tackles with 9 total tackles and 3 tackles for loss and one sack. After a great performance against the Cougars Keliikipi has raised his season total to 9 tackles with 3 tackles for loss of his own and 2 sacks.
The real difference for Oregon will come in the reserves as Oregon returns all the defensive tackles from last season. Ricky Heimuli (6-4, 305) showing promise with 22 total tackles in his 14 reserve appearances last season for the Ducks has also recorded 6 tackles in 2012.
Deforrest Buckner (6-7, 265) a true freshman from Hawaii has played well this season notching 8 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss and his first career sack through five game in 2012. The Ducks are also versatile here as Taylor Hart can move inside if needed. The Duck defensive line has been dominant most of the 2012 season.
The Ducks have superior depth and experience at the defensive tackle position. The team easily goes two deep and, when running a 3-4, Oregon has four defensive tackles capable of playing as well as a couple of defensive ends who can move inside and be effective. Shelton has played well early for Washington, but the Ducks just have too much depth and production out of this group.
Washington: The strong side defensive end position will be manned by Talia Crichton (6-3, 264) a senior who has started 16 games in his career. Crichton has not been particularly active for the Huskies recording just 4 tackles in his three starts this season. Behind Crichton is Pio Vatuevi (6-2, 281) a true freshman. Through his four appearances Vatuevi has 6 tackles for the Huskies.
On the weakside will be Andrew Hudson (6-3, 249). The sophomore, who appeared in all 13 games last season has recorded 14 total tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack through the first four games of the season. Behind Hudson will be Potoa'e.
Oregon: Oregon has a first team All Pac-12 defensive end hybrid in Dion Jordan (6-7, 243) who terrorized Pac-12 quarterbacks and coaches last season has looked explosive in early action this season recording 22 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Backing up Jordan will be Tony Washington (6-3, 244) a sophomore who also moved over from defensive tackle. Washington saw action in 10 games as a freshman and recorded 18 total tackles. So far in 2012, Washington has 8 total tackles and one tackle for loss.
The other side has been taken over by Taylor Hart (6-6, 292) a junior from Tualatin. Hart moved over to defensive end after starting 14 games last season as a defensive tackle. Hart received honorable mention All Pac-12 last season. So far this year, Hart has notched 16 tackles with 4 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Hart leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks through five games.
Behind Hart true freshman Arik Armstead (6-8, 297) has made his mark early in 2012. He made the most of his early arrival and has earned rave reviews early on from coaches and team mates alike. Armstead has 11 total tackles and 0.5 sacks through five games.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Oregon comes into the contest off of their first road game. The trip to Seattle was a bit uneven with the Ducks dominating the first and third quarters, but suffering from self inflicted wounds in the second quarter. Nonetheless, what was a tight game at halftime quickly turned into a blowout for the Ducks in the second half. The offense once again rushed for over 300 yards and scored over 50 points.
Washington: The starter will be Keith Price (6-1, 202) returning this year for his junior season.
After a stellar season in 2011 that saw Price complete 67% of his passes for over 3000 yards and 33 touchdowns, Price has seen those numbers dip early this season. Price comes in completing 75 of 127 passes for 737 yards with just 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Price has good mobility, but has struggled with escaping pressure early in the season. He has been sacked 9 times for (-) 83 yards through four games. On his non-sack running plays, he has carried the ball 9 times for 58 yards. As a team, the Huskies have been sacked 11 times through four games.
The reserve quarterback for the Huskies is Derrick Brown (6-2, 245) a redshirt freshman who has appeared in just two games attempting five passes this season.
Oregon: Marcus Mariota earns his sixth start for the Ducks against the Huskies. Mariota has played well most of the time, but has suffered the inconsistencies that come along with being a freshman quarterback in the Pac-12 Conference. After a shaky second quarter against the Cougars, Mariota appeared to settle down in the second half. For the season Mariota has completed 99 of 144 passes for 1103 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. On the ground, Mariota has carried the ball 36 times for 181 yards on the ground scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season last week against the Cougars.
Behind Mariota will be Bryan Bennett. Bennett has one start to his credit coming against Colorado last season. This year, playing a back-up to Mariota, Bennett has completed 13 of 23 passes for 135 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Bennett is dangerous with his feet last year accumulating 200 yards rushing in his brief 6 appearances. Through four appearances this year, Bennett has 13 carries for 57 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.
The Huskies have an experienced quarterback with Keith Price the incumbent starter from last season. But Price has struggled with accuracy issues early in the season and his mobility has not seemed to help this season. He is completing less than 60% of his passes, his yards per attempt, yards per completion, and touchdown per attempt ratios have all gone down this season.
While Mariota is a freshman and has made some freshman mistakes, he has also shown tremendous poise and has not let one mistake become multiple mistakes. He does not let the game get ahead of him. He has shown better accuracy when throwing the ball and has used his mobility better than has Price.
Washington: Washington uses a three wide receiver set and has Promising sophomore Kasen Williams (6-2, 216) leading the way with 25 receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies.
Across from Williams will be DiAndre Campbell (6-1, 198) a sophomore from Oakland, California. Campbell and slot receiver Jaydon Mickens (5-10, 170), a true freshman, have not found many opportunities yet for the Huskies. Campbell has 4 receptions for 38 yards and 1 touchdown while Mickens has 5 catches for 33 yards. Kevin Smith (5-11, 213) is the primary reserve receiver and has 6 receptions for 68 yards so far this season.
Oregon: Starting at the wide receiver position for Oregon on one side will be...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
With the heart of football approaching and more prospective student athletes visiting campuses around the nation, talk about the top recruits is also sure to pick up steam.
Today we continue our weekly series intended to rank some of the most talked about players on Oregon's recruiting board. During each week of the season we will look at a different position and the "Top Trio" at the position. The main factors for choosing which players we discuss will be need, buzz and interest; but not necessarily in that order.
Any and all opinions of these articles are purely that of Duck Sports Authority and do not reflect the opinions or thoughts of the Oregon coaching staff.
The next position we will discuss is one that always stands out. Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti loves to use pressure to create havoc, but the pressure leaves one position all alone on an island; cornerbacks. Without good corners, the Duck defense cannot create the havoc they thrive on. Currently, the Ducks are very young at the cornerback position with no cornerbacks set to graduate for at least two more years. The Duck coaches can be a little pickier when looking to fill a position where the need is less. That is the case with corner backs as the Rivals database currently shows just one offer at the position. There are a few other intriguing prospects who may be worth a look to the Duck coaches if their top target chooses to go elsewhere.
|1||Will Likely||CB||5'7"/172/4.6||Belle Glade, FL|
|WHO: Will Likely is the 17th ranked corner back in the nation and the 194th overall prospect by Rivals.com. The 26th ranked player in the state of Florida, Likely has very good speed and field vision. Likely impressed just about everywhere he went during the summer camp circuit. While he is small, he can definitely cover.|
SAY WHAT: "He had at least two pass breakups against bigger receivers and showed good ability to elevate. If he were a few inches taller, he'd be in the discussion as one of the most complete in the country. "-Mike Farrell at The Opening
WHERE: At the moment Likely has not named a leader. Most of the schools he is interested in are East Coast schools. One West coast school has received some reciprocal interest from Likely and that school is Stanford. At this point, the Ducks are a long shot for a visit let alone a commitment from Likely. But he is at least willing to consider a West coast school.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Patterson would eventually select the Ducks. Commenting about how important academics were in his decision making process, Patterson told Rivals.com that "Academics are a big deal for me. I plan to graduate so I'm looking at things like graduation rate and the overall academic structure at each of the schools I'm looking at."
Though he played cornerback in high school and originally projected at the same position for the Ducks, Patterson did not come with a prim donna attitude. "I would do what ever the coaching staff asks me to do," Patterson told Duck Sports Authority. "I would redshirt if they wanted me to. I wouldn't have any problem doing that."
With the kind of elite speed Patteson possessed, and his stellar high school career, Patterson would seem to have all the tools necessary to make an immediate impact. It was Patterson's early self-awareness, though, that would show just how maturity can make a player even better.
"There are things I could do better," Patterson continued. "I need to work on my ball skills. I need to be able to intercept better."
Patterson would spend his first season in Eugene recovering from an injury as a redshirt. But he watched as the Oregon Ducks marched their way to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 15 years. The 2010 season saw Patterson begin to make a mark on special teams. Patterson played in all 13 games as a freshman and even recorded a tackle in the BCS National Championship Game. His stellar special teams play would pave the way for his sophomore year which really saw Patterson blossom into a special player. As a reserve defensive back, Patterson was fifth on the team with 55 tackles last season.
When Eddie Pleasant graduated after the season, there would be a spirited battle between fellow 2009 signees Patterson and Brian Jackson for the starting nod opposite fourth year starter John Boyett. In the Oregon defensive scheme, sometimes starter is just a title as the team plays anywhere from 20-25 defensive players in a regular rotation. Patterson lost the bid for the starting role to Jackson, but he did not lose his spirit or competitiveness.
When John Boyett announced his season ending surgery, though, the picture changed. Pegged as a backup after losing the starting nod to Jackson, Patterson had to change his mindset to become Boyett's replacement. "I felt more stable knowing we had him back there," Patterson told us. "But every one of us has to step up now. We all have to fill his void in the secondary."
Patteson had the full support of his team mates and coaches. All were sure Patterson would be able to step in without missing a beat. "I know Avery is here to perform," Jackson said at the time. "He will do what it takes to be that guy. He has been looking good, and we know we can depend on him."
Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti had full faith in Patterson as well. "He's a warrior," said Aliotti. "He just plays so hard. He just has a passion for the game. He's very intelligent."
The only question, then, was...
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
|Kenjon Barner ran for 195 yards against Washington State|
Washington State, averaging over 300 yards per game through the air coming into the game, would take to the air early looking to move the ball against a Duck defense that looked stout coming into the game. The Cougars found some success on their second possession completing short passes and working their way methodically down the field and into the red zone. A couple of pass interference penalties gave the Cougars a first and goal. Just like last week, though, the Duck defense stiffened and held Washington State to a field goal cutting the lead to 6-3 midway through the first quarter.
Marcus Mariota started hot for Oregon scoring his first rushing touchdown on the Ducks second possession. After fumbling the next kickoff, the Cougars got an emotional lift by holding the Ducks without a score when Bryan Bennett fumbled a fourth down snap and was unable to gain a first down.
After the Ducks held again, the offense went to work quickly scoring a touchdown with a pass to Kejon Barner giving Oregon a 20-3 first quarter lead. A long kickoff return provided some life for the Cougars. After appearing to intercept Connor Halliday, the Cougars kept breathing after a personal foul extended the drive. The Cougars quickly made the Ducks pay for the mistake with a short touchdown run by Carl Winston which cut the lead to 20-9 after a missed point after attempt.
After his hot start, though, Mariota threw an interception on the Ducks next possession giving Washington State possession deep inside Oregon territory. After exchanging field goals, Washington State was able to dial up a couple of long distance passing plays scoring on a 26 yard touchdown pass to Brett Bartolone to cut the lead to 23-19 and it began to look like the Cougars were going to challenge the number two ranked team in the nation. After cutting the lead to four, the much maligned Cougar defense began to control the line of scrimmage getting the ball back inside Oregon territory after a short punt by Jackson Rice. Suddenly Washington State began to look like the vintage Mike Leach offense from Texas Tech and the Cougars, filled with confidence, began to move the ball looking to take a lead into halftime.
Three consecutive sacks by the Ducks, though, left the Cougars with a 4th and 38 with just one minute left in the first half. The Ducks ran out the first half to take a 23-19 lead into the locker room.
After outgaining Washington State by nearly 100 yards in the first half, Oregon would receive the second half kickoff looking to get momentum back on their side of the field.
The Ducks took the second half kickoff and marched methodically down the field on an 18 play drive capped by a 4 yard touchdown run by De'Anythony Thomas to extend their lead to 30-19 with 8:39 left in the third quarter.
The Oregon defense, despite having given up 19 forst half points did not play poorly in teh first half holding the Cougars to negative rushing yards and just 137 overall. The second half, though, would test Oregon's defense and the Ducks would respond early. Avery Patterson, starting for the Ducks after All-American John Boyett went down earlier this season with injuries to both knees, intercepted Halliday and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown extending the Oregon lead to 37-19 midway through the third quarter.
Another three and out by the Cougars led to a 7 play,41 yard drive caped by Kenjon Barner's second touchdown run of the game pushing Oregon to a 44-19 lead late in the third quarter.
Halliday, who was under pressure from the Duck defense all night continued fighting and got the Cougars close to the goal line late in the third quarter, but was unable to capitalize on fourth down giving the ball back to Oregon.
The Duck defense would continue to harangue Halliday while the Cougar defense ran out of gas. Barner scored his third rushing touchdown of the night on an 80 yarder after breaking an arm tackle attempt by the Cougar defense to take a 51-19 lead with nearly eleven minutes left in the game.
The Cougars scored late to narrow the margin to 51-26 with just over four minutes left in the game.
The Ducks rushed for 300 yards en route to the blowout win over the Cougars. Despite giving up over 400 passing yards to Washington State, the Duck defense was in Halliday's face most of the night and recorded 7 sacks in the game. For the game, the Cougars mustered just minus 8 rushing yards.
Oregon returns home for a contest with the Washington Huskies next Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.