Amid their usual hijinks, hilarity and running goat jokes, the contributors at Addicted to Quack often exchange some golden Duck eggs of football knowledge.
Today ATQ reader Double Duck pointed out that despite questions at quarterback and running back, Week 3 opponent Tennessee and new coach Butch Jones will bring a formidable offensive line to Eugene on September 14th, which happens to be the visit weekend for key recruits like LB Vincent Jackson from Florida and Arizona OT Layth Friekh.
No goat joke: the Fighting Ducks have to be prepared to butt heads with a stout offensive line when the Tennessee Volunteers storm Autzen Stadium September 14th.
The Volunteers (5-7, 1-7 in the SEC in 2012) have some serious beef and experience up front, considered by many experts to be among the best returning offensive lines in the nation:
LT: Antonio "Tiny"2 Richardson, Jr., 6-6, 327, 12 career starts.
LG: Alex Bullard, R-Sr., 6-2, 302, 14 career starts.
C: James Stone, Sr., 6-3, 291, 27 career starts.
RG: Zach Fulton, Sr., 6-5, 323, 28 career starts.
RT: Ja’Wuan James, Sr., 6-6, 318, 37 career starts.
It's an opportunity for Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner to test themselves, and see if the reportedly massive and dominant Oregon front can be difference-making in a bid for the national title.
It's also a preview of what the Ducks will face at Stanford, and in a potential title game matchup against Alabama or Ohio State.
But first the Ducks have to complete training camp, and make the kind of improvement demanded in Weeks One and Two of the young season.
Writer Holly Anderson of Grantland.com has a detailed feature on Tennessee's line. Grantland is one of the best-written, most informative sports sites on the web.
The banjo player looks like he could play offensive tackle. The lyrics include, "I've had my fill of cramped-up city life, trapped like a duck in a pen." Maybe that's an omen from Nashville's past.
1pac12fan got it right - girth/mass does not equal effectiveness - it's not like Tennessee is gong to be blocking stationary lumps of clay.
Let's see how Tiny blocks Boseko with an inexperienced qb and young receivers in Autzen.
Boseko is the only ten I see
Here's the song Tennessee will be singing after the game.
Off Topic: Google this article in todays Wall Street Journal (if I post it will be blocked but you will find it on line). "R.I.P., Heisman Campaign" Lots of Duck talk including DeAnthony, Marcus, Joey Harrington, Johnny Football (gag me). Good stuff.
We will be watching this game intently. Last year UT gave UGA fits with that excellent o-line but their D was not very good.
Unless the new staff has really changed things, I look for the Ducks to outscore them handily. Oregon should be helped by the presence of Willie Martinez on the Vols defensive staff.
I've been thinking all year this will be the second hardest game the ducks play (of course Stanford is better then Tennessee) but everyone else seems to think the vols will be a blow out. I do hope that is true, but in week three, I see this as a closer game then others. The beef they have up front has proven to cause Oregon problems in the part at least. Just my opinion though, I hope I'm wrong.
The coaches have been giving kudos to our defensive front who I believe will out play the lumbering giants of the Vols. They have exceptional experience, but so do we. This will make our linebacker play even more important. It is crucial we get that stop with our corps of linebackers. With our speed, I see us crashing the line and getting to the QB with more pressure than he will see all year. This could actually be the best defense the Ducks have ever fielded. Great read. We got this.
Go Ducks WTD
@Coastal Duck CD, the Ducks have done very well against big lines--they've held their own defensively against Stanford, Wisconsin, K-State and Auburn. And this year's defensive line is bigger and deeper. "Massive and dominant" according to reports.
@Coastal Duck It depends if they're quick and fat or just big and fat. If they aren't quick but get their hooks dug in, it'll be a good struggle. I'm sure it won't be easy, but watching BoLo run circles around them would be a really nice thing to see.
@lexusduck Bolo is primed for a big year.
@Duckbill Those early games against teams East of the Mississippi will be great for both experience and exposure, building awareness of the Ducks and their Heisman hopefuls, provided, as you point out, they take care of their business.
@duckified Regardless of where you come from on the musical spectrum or geographically, you have to recognize this as the purest American music there is.
@duckified Man that's a great clip. He's got a great voice for the genre, and what a group of talented players.
Thanks SonomaDuck, that was a great read, something I haven't noticed, and was wondering if we were going to start to see more of a Heisman campaign by Oregon. Great perspective
@ecdawg EC, thanks for stopping by. What's the game plan for stopping Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins?
@Stevoduck It will be interesting, Stevo. The Oregon linebackers will have to show they can get off blocks. The depth in the defensive line should help--they can keep rotating fresh bodies against all that beef.
Hobo, I couldn't agree more. While the Tennessee OL bio's are a bit imposing, the UO DL may well be the best we have ever seen. I can hardly wait till kick off!
@Stevoduck It was a great read, SD. With the advent of day-long cfb live coverage on Saturday and all the Thursday/Friday games, a Heisman campaign is completely redundant. Cam Newton, RGIII and Manziel all won without one. They were each relatively unknown coming into their Trophy season.
Defensive pressure and Run. The. Damn. Ball. Make Boyd and Watkins spectators.
It will be a tough game. Clemson will be sky high after beating an disinterested LSU during bowl season. The schools are 65 miles apart - huge rivalry, infrequently played.
Don't believe what you read about the Dawgs' defensive losses. UGA will have a deeper and faster defensive unit - especially on the front. Last year's run D was awful - Kentucky ran on Georgia. Kentucky! The inability to stop Bama's running game in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the SECCG cost UGA the BCSNC.
The offense lost one starter and wasn't shabby.
Clemson's offensive talent will score some points. 45-27 Bulldogs.
Always enjoy chatting with you, Dale.
@1pac12fan Hobo, 1PAC, looking forward to seeing Wade K and Double H mix it up in the trenches, and Buckner, Hart and French coming off the edge.
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Pete: Well hell, it ain't square one! Ain't nobody gonna pick up three filthy, unshaved hitch-hikers, and one of them a know-it-all that can't keep his trap shut.
Ulysses Everett McGill: Pete, the personal rancor reflected in that remark I don't intend to dignify with comment. But I would like to address your general attitude of hopeless negativism. Consider the lilies of the goddamn field or... hell! Take at look at Delmar here as your paradigm of hope.
Delmar O'Donnell: Yeah, look at me.
@Dale Newton @Stevoduck The only time a campaign would be useful these days is if no single competitor stood out among the rest. Johnny Football had a notable year. sCam Newton, likewise. RGIII.... I still don't know what to think about that walking tendon ready to burst, but he stood out on the field. Isn't it better when they do stand out on the field? Wouldn't you rather Mariota win a Heisman for what he did, rather than for the schwag Oregon sent out to media in his name?
I know I would! If he earned it, that would mean Oregon has a great season, and I can make that trip to Pasadena with my head held high. :-)
Bama is very good but they do not merit the invincible reputation that the national press has bestowed on them. TAMU beat them (in Tuscaloosa) last year and even though UGA allowed them to hold the ball in the 2nd half of the SECCG, if not for a incorrectly executed block by a freshman back on the last play, Murray makes that back-shoulder throw for the TD.
That's last year's whine, however. The immediate mission for UGA is to beat Clemson, USCe and LSU in the first four weeks of 2013.
Wouldn't that be fun?