LaMichael James is leaving the Ducks for the bucks. The Oregon all-purpose running back is skipping his senior season for the NFL draft.
During his press conference on Friday, James indicated that he was told he will likely go in the third round. His relatively diminutive size (5′ 9″, 195 pounds) is the likely reason he will not be a first-rounder. But it is his speed combined with agility and a seemingly innate talent to break tackles that will bring a lucrative pay day.
On Monday night, Ben watched the Auburn-Oregon game at Luther’s lakefront house. As the confetti poured out of the indoor sky, Luther gave him a look, at which Ben responded, “You remember what my Daddy told me when I was in grade school, Luther?”
Ben, who weighs a hair under 300, smiled and replied, “I sure do, buddy.
There is no debate about who are the best two teams in the land. And, there is no debate about who is the best college football player in the land.
Auburn vs South Carolina in Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, and Oregon vs Oregon State in The Civil War clash in Corvallis.
Read what happened, as it happened, as the Ducks and Tigers took their final step in anticipation of facing each other for glory.
Oregon 48 Tennessee 13
11 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium | 102,035Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
With 8:53 left in the first quarter, a good old-fashioned late-summer thunderstorm unleashed its sound and fury. That was just after the Vols and their fans in a floodlit Neyland Stadium unleashed their own sound and fury to ruffle the Ducks’s feathers for a quick 6-0 lead. One hour and 10 minutes later, following a mandated safety break due to lightening, the sound and fury of Vol football in the house that a General built resumed in front of a full-throated Volunteer party that reached its apex with the Vols ahead 13-3 just after the first quarter break.
Oregon vs. Tennessee | 11 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium
7:00pm EDT | ESPN2 and ESPN3.comI’ve been looking forward to this one for some time, as I love intersectional games. One of the most exciting, dynamic football programs comes to Knoxville Saturday night as the defending Pac-10 champions, ranked #7 in the AP poll (#8 in the Coaches’ poll). This year’s starting squad brings 17 out of 22 back from last season. More than relying on just experience, the Ducks kill their prey with speed and physical play within a very disciplined construct on both sides of the ball, including special teams. They are simply very, very good in every facet of the game. Read More…
The Vols are going to have to rely on a measure of luck this upcoming season if they are going to finish with a winning record. The 2010 season looks to be brutal—a new coaching staff, inexperienced players at crucial positions, and a schedule that is enough to make you dread life itself. An ounce of luck came on Friday, six months early, and in an unexpected package.
The Oregon Ducks football program, Tennessee’s second foe in the upcoming campaign, and a likely one of the pre-season favorites for serious consideration of the national title, laid a massive egg on its fortunes and fans. Senior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended by his head coach, Chip Kelly, for the entire 2010 season. On Friday, Masoli was sentenced to 12 months probation and 140 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree burglary charge, which in a plea agreement was reduced to a misdemeanor. Former Duck wide receiver Garrett Embry also pleaded guilty for his role in the burglary. The two players apparently stole two MacBook Pro computers — one valued by its owner at $2,000, the other by its owner at $1,500 — and a $900 guitar from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in Eugene. Read More…
There’s a lot going on right now with bowl committees unashamedly sitting in their thrones to see who will grovel the lowest and get down the dirtest. That’s what the first week of December has come to when you have six SEC teams with 7-5 records.
So today I thought we’d talk about something more interesting: Football.
The biggest game to be played in the Pac 10, arguably the most exciting conference in the NCAA this year.
The Civil War, Oregon Style
The Civil War is the local name for the seventh-oldest college football rivalry game: Oregon-Oregon State. The first game was played in 1894 and Oregon has the hold on the series with a 56-46-10 record. From 1997 through 2006, the winner was the home team – this streak was snapped two years ago when OSU beat Oregon in Eugene, and then last season, the Ducks beat the Beavers in Corvallis. Read More…