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@SteveBusby @DonJamesSports That's a solid projection. I expect Waller will be very good in three years--he's athletic, smart and teachable.
8 hours, 51 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@SteveBusby It will be an interesting battle to watch. O'Neil ran for -25 yards as a senior, but he was a great leader who was tremendous in that Rose Bowl season in 1994. Set a Granddaddy passing record.
8 hours, 52 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@Wreck_Shop I can dream, can't I? Especially after Mark Sanchez sinks the Eagle's playoff hopes with a late interception.
8 hours, 57 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@SonomaDuck Spring ball will be compelling for this and many other reasons--I'm looking forward to seeing how the comebacks of Tyler Johnstone, Bralon Addison and Pharaoh Brown progress.
8 hours, 58 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@DrakeMallard It's only a hunch, but I think Kelly makes a bold offer and steals him, and Mariota develops into the best NFL quarterback since Aaron Rodgers.
8 hours, 59 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@zduckfan Maybe I should have said, "as much of a chance of Dumb or Dumber breathing a cork-shot owl back to life."
9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@zduckfan Absolutely it's a good year. The PAC-12 Championship. 12-1. Top ten ranking for the 5th year in a row. Oregon's first-ever Heisman Trophy. Two consensus All-Americans and a unanimous All-American. A team that overcame injuries and an early-season stumble to achieve one of the school's best seasons ever. A place in the first college football playoff. A remarkable year, win or lose against Florida State.
9 hours, 1 minute ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/oregons-next-quarterback-and-the-burden-of-following-a-legend.html
@DrakeMallard Mariota 101 touchdown passes 12 interceptions. Winston 66 tds, 27 interceptions. There's a big difference in accuracy, consistency, and maturity.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/the-only-prep-brady-quinn-did-for-this-video-was-to-put-on-some-more-hair-gel.html
@duckusuckers If he wants to make a career out of working the sports desk, he should work at it a little more.
@llkrieg He really didn't apply a lot of effort to his homework for this one. Here's a better take from one of my favorite football analysts, Trevor Matich of ESPN:
@PackmanO They do things a little differently down there.
@rgyle @Dale Newton @Ducko30 That's some fast productivity.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/fsu-players-fan-brimming-with-confidence-about-matchup-against-soft-easy-to-hunt-ducks.html
@duckusuckers @Dale Newton DUS--I KNEW we would have a guy who had extensive knowledge on this topic--I did a little research on the web but this was exactly the kind of primer I was looking for.
@duckusuckers @DryDuckin SB @Dale Newton I am a technological idiot, but I see all the things my friends Vicki and Hallie can do on their phones and I think it would help me do a better job of running the blog and saying informed. Wonder if I can post by mobile phone.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/fsu-players-fan-brimming-with-confidence-about-matchup-against-soft-easy-to-hunt-ducks.html
@rgyle Arg, I like that they are so dismissive--I think that it's works to Oregon's advantage.
@LynnMurphy This is a link to Ramsey's interview--he sounds even more cocky when you watch it.
@Ducko30 It's always a mistake to talk that way about an opponent two weeks before a game. So far the Oregon players have been quiet and respectful. The bulletin board stuff is overplayed generally but there's no reason to give up an edge.
Agree that Chandler's size could be a difference maker for the Ducks, something they lacked last year.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/fsu-players-fan-brimming-with-confidence-about-matchup-against-soft-easy-to-hunt-ducks.html
@GeorgeNashKhier Agree, GNK, the cockiness and underestimation of the Ducks is just perfect.
Okay, completely off topic. What's the best smart phone for a dumb guy? I'm thinking about upgrading to the 21st century and getting rid of my old, dying bar phone and upgrading to a new device. As far as answering viewer mail and keeping up on Duck news, what's best? Android? Apple? 3G? 4G? How big of a data plan do I need? I've been a T-Mobile customer for 9 years and my contract is up next month.
@BellinghamDuck Remember Steve Smith in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl? Three interceptions.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/say-it-aint-so-ifo.html
@SonomaDuck Seisay has seen significant playing time as a nickleback and reserve. He was beaten for two late touchdowns against UCLA but continues to improve as a redshirt freshman.
@GeorgeNashKhier GNK, it has been an agonizing year injury-wise. It's a testament to Oregon's depth and coaching that the toll hasn't sunk the season--in 2007 a similar barrage led to a three-game losing streak as the Ducks fell out of contention for the conference title and the national championship.
@DrakeMallard Interesting news on the spread-thought it might shift more than that. If I remember correctly the Ducks were favored against Ohio State, Auburn and LSU also.
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2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/the-only-prep-brady-quinn-did-for-this-video-was-to-put-on-some-more-hair-gel.html
@zduckfan @SanDiegoDuck @Ducko30 @Dale Newton Locker and the Huskies beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl his senior year, but he was something like 4-20 passing. Can't stay healthy in the NFL.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/exodus-how-the-ducks-became-the-gods-and-kings-of-offensive-football.html
@zduckfan @Ducko30 @SanDiegoDuck @Dale Newton That was a zinger.
@Ducko30 @SanDiegoDuck @Dale Newton Cunningham criticized Mariota for his accuracy, which is just flat dumb since MM had the highest % of completions in cfb on passes of 15 yards or more.
@zduckfan @Dale Newton It would pay him three times as much money, and it's the next progression in his career growth. Colorado State would be a good jumping-off place for him--he could have a Big 5 job within three years if he does well.
@duckified @rgyle Format changes are maddening sometimes...you finally learn where everything is and then they change it, just like Safeway.
@NormVanbrocklin There's a limited amount of video available anymore with the PAC-12 shutting MadMike, so sometimes I have to hold my nose and mute 'em, NVB.
@BrandonGibson Thanks for the girlfried update, Brandon. If Mariota is drafted by the Jets, the tabloid press will link him to every startlet who is seen having lunch within two miles of where he lives. And they'll know where he lives.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/marcus-mariotas-most-difficult-assignment-ever.html
@zduckfan @duckified Arg, the Ducks are trying to do something that's rare but not impossible. They are football overachievers in that the other three teams in the final four typically recruit top ten classes, while the Ducks average between 15-25.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/exodus-how-the-ducks-became-the-gods-and-kings-of-offensive-football.html
@zduckfan @SonomaDuck Love to have any of you contribute--another interesting thing about spread football is that there really isn't anything new in football. The spread has it's roots in the single wing, the split-T, Red Hickey's shotgun formation in the 1960s, the double-wing spread Sammy Baugh ran at TCU in the 1930s.
@atvinton Bellotti's hiring of Kelly was a seminal moment in Duck football--the Crowton spread wasn't nearly as dynamic.
Interesting thing is observers like Chris Brown of Smart Football have been predicting the demise or slowdown of the spread phenomenon since 2006, but spread attacks are more productive, prolific and diverse than ever.
@duckified Funny. I love how Marcus takes all this in such good humor.
@Ducko30 The Saban-Oregon showdown is one football fans have been clamoring for a while. Pundits will probably say that Alabama's quick, NFL-bound defenders will shut down the spread and succeed in disrupting what Oregonlikes to do.
But pundits have all kinds of opinions. Just yesterday Ed Cunningham of ESPN said Jameis Winston is a better quarterback than Mariota.
@rgyle @zduckfan Another element is that the Ducks read various defenders--it's not always the defensive end. Against Arizona they had great success reading middle linebacker Scoobie Wright.
@zduckfan Great additions to the discussion, although after a 35-28 loss to Dallas this weekend you'd have a tough time convincing Eagles fans that Kelly is a defensive coach.
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"Just the emotion he spoke with, we don't have enough role models like that," Torre said of Mariota.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/marcus-mariota-on-the-dan-patrick-show.html
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5 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/back-to-work-marcus-mariota-end-of-the-dolce-vita.html
@Ducko30 His modesty, humor and drive to excel will be great strengths, also the knowledge that he represents not only himself but the people of Hawaii and the Duck community.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/marcus-mariotas-most-difficult-assignment-ever.html
@MarcTheDuck There will be other great players, but there is only one Marcus Mariota He's truly an inspiring and special person, and it's been a great blessing to watch him play.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/marcus-mariotas-most-difficult-assignment-ever.html
Editor's note: previous editions of this story identified the woman seated behind Toa Mariota as Miss Watase, and that was in error. DSH regrets the error and the story has been amended. The point remains: Marcus Mariota is abruptly entering a world where he is not only a great athlete and a fine person, but a celebrity and a target of media and public fascination. Handling that will be a challenge, one he will no doubt tackle with grace.
@zduckfan @Dale Newton He just might do that too.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/mahalo-marcus-mariota-wins-oregons-first-ever-heisman-trophy.html
@zduckfan @SanDiegoDuck @Ducko30 It was a terrific moment and Mariota's speech visibly moved the entire room, including the football greats who flanked around him and Lee Corson and Kirk Herbstreit. Much to be thankful for. Marcus Mariota and his family have been an incredible blessing for Oregon football.
@zduckfan @Dale Newton Indeed.
@DryDuckin SB We've got the acceptance speech and a pre-show interview posted, so you can get the full flavor of what you missed.
@Raymond Haolutau RH factor--
I think you seriously misconstrued the point of the article. Nobody's dogging Marcus. I guess I am now famous enough to endure trolls and irrational personal insults.
What we were trying to say here that the phenomenon of celebrity in America produces tremendous demands, but Mariota has the inner strength and foundation to deal with them where others have succumbed to the hype. I apologize if I offended you or sent an unclear message.
For the record, we've been very pro-Mariota since the beginning. Here is a link to the first article I ever wrote about him in July of 2011. Mrs. Mariota sent me a thank you note.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/2014-articles/marcus-mariotas-most-difficult-assignment-ever.html
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