Frankly, probably won’t have time for anything in the morning until I get to the stadium, and since some stuff is posted already, thought I’d link it now, while also passing along a few notes that never got in this week. …
— Here’s my preview story for tomorrow’s game as well as the preview box with some nuts and bolts info.
—- Here’s The Oregonian’s gameday preview, which notes that 15 years after a UO win over UW catapulted the Ducks to the Rose Bowl that maybe it could happen again. Oregonian beat writer John Hunt says he thought about taking UW before setting on Oregon 29-27.
— Here’s the preview from the Oregon student newspaper.
— UW commit Chris Young rushed for 213 yards and three TDs Friday night.
Now for a few leftover notes. …
— A usual question on the chats is to wonder which players is the strongest on the team. OL coach Dan Cozzetto told us this week that the strongest offensive lineman is redshirt frosh guard/center Mykenne Ikehara, who benches 400 and squats 600.
— But Cozzetto also said that needs to be the norm for this team. “That’s where you should be but we don’t have a lot of guys like that,” Cozzetto said. “We’re going to get there. We’ve got to become creatures again. Guys that are gunned up (meaning strong arms) and strong. You look at some of the guys in the past here, we’ve got to get like that again. … Our guys are in good shape. They can run. Now it’s about getting stronger like it used to be in the old days here when they had all those creatures.”
— It was easy to overlook, but Cozzetto pointed out that UW traveled just nine OLs last week to Arizona State, due in part to the injuries that have knocked guys like Skyler Fancher and Greg Christine out for the season. And only the five starters last week played on the line on offense (a couple other guys saw some special teams action). Cozzetto said the depth needs to be developed more than that but for now, that’s what they’ve got. He said Ikehara and Drew Schaefer are the two backups closest to playing. Essentially, Schaefer is the backup at tackle should either of the two starters go down, and Ikehara at the three inside spots.
— Steve Sarkisian said this week that one of the main things the team needs to improve the rest of the way its its running game. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier had this assessment of the running game: “We’ve all taken our turns and talked about it,” he said. “For us to be the unit we want to become, it has to be 11 guys (doing the right thing) on every snap. I know this — we are getting better. We are getting closer and closer. But in football, especially when you talk about the running game, if you don’t have at least eight guys doing the right things (it breaks down). It just takes one guy here, one guy there, and it can look like a miserable play when really, it’s really close. It’s just about getting it done. We’ve got to get to that.”
More in the morning from the stadium.