Pac-10 Week 2 Notes and Observations: Oregon Ducks

By Sam Saig, September 14, 2009 1:57 pm

Oregon Ducks 1-1 Overall (0-0 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Oregon 38 – Purdue 36

Next Week’s Opponent: Utah

A good win for the Ducks, and they needed it badly. But I had a lot of questions about this team coming into the game, and honestly, I still do. While it was encouraging to see Jeremiah Masoli running around and making plays again, where were the wide receivers?

I fear that Jamere Holland is going down the Jaison Williams path, but hopefully the dropped balls do not continue to be an issue. Otherwise, will Holland be considered 50/50 part two? Also, I am very confused as to why Ed Dickson isn’t a bigger part of the offense (one catch against Purdue). Only two wideouts (Holland, Maehl) and two tight ends (Paulson and Dickson) made catches against Purdue, and I am sure Chip Kelly is not happy about that.

The running game was more encouraging, as the Ducks ran for 193 yards, led by Masoli with 84. Both James and Barner continued to display their explosive potential, but the two were only given a combined 14 carries (90 yards between the two). I will say that James worries me with his ball security issues, and that may be a reason for his limited touches. Crenshaw didn’t do much (23 yards, 1 TD, 2.1 ypc) but he should be productive as the season progresses. It is critical that the misdirection and option plays continue to keep defenses off-guard, because Oregon does not have an overly physical group of tailbacks; not anymore at least.

I thought the defense did some really good things against Purdue, but the Boilermakers certainly got their fair share of offensive production (PUR out gained ORE 451-356). Obviously, the Ducks D came up with two huge touchdowns and a pivotal blocked PAT. When Walter Thurmond scores a TD, the Ducks normally come up with a win so that was fun to see. I still see no real pass rush, and that looks like it may continue to plague this unit, but the pass defense was solid nonetheless.

Now the Ducks will face another BCS-busting power that is full of confidence. The game against Utah will be tough, but it is also a great opportunity for Oregon to regain some respect nationally.

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3 Responses to “Pac-10 Week 2 Notes and Observations: Oregon Ducks”

  1. Rory Rory says:

    If I’m Kelly, I give Jeremiah the 1st qtr this week against Utah to prove he is seeing the whole field. At that point if he is still not seeing open receivers that ate not named Jeff Maehl, I pull him and insert Nate Costa. Lavasier Tuinei is 6-5, fast and according to Chip Kelly, has great hands. He was out there a lot against Purdue but never got the ball.

    Dickson, what do you need to say, everyone knows how good he is.
    You know, on second thought, I would give Jeremiah until this Tues to prove he’s seeing the field. If he doesn’t improve, I start Costa.

    Jeremiah can do a lotta great thinga but how much has his tunnelvision cost the team so far this season.

  2. Phil Phil says:

    Unfortunately, the Defense was bailed out by scoring two touchdowns. Otherwise, they are the reason Oregon was in a close game. There is a lot of work to be done on the Defense. There were way too many missed assignments again. Purdue was able to take advantage of them a couple times but thankfully they didn’t do it every time. The tackling by the Ducks is horrible. They seem to think that all they have to do is hit a player really hard and they’ll fall down. Even if they do fall down after getting hit, if they don’t wrap up and drive through the player, then they’ll fall forward for positive yardage and that is what happened all night.

    The Ducks have a lot to work on if they intend to keep up with teams like Cal and USC. I could see them making huge improvements by the USC game but I think that Cal is just too soon.

    And on the post by Rory, I agree. Masoli just isn’t making good reads and he is hesitating going through his progression which means that by the time he gets to his next receiver, the receiver isn’t open. It isn’t the fault of the receiver because the timing is off on Masoli. I think that Kelly’s remarks about getting Dickson the ball more and that Masoli is aware of it means that Masoli is the one dropping the ball so to speak.

  3. What are you indicating, man? I know everyones got their own viewpoint, but really? Listen, your web site is cool. I like the efforts you put into it, especially with the vids and the pics. But, come on. Theres gotta be a better way to say this, a way that doesnt make it seem like everyone here is stupid!

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