Emerald Quick Hits: Oregon’s fast-paced offense meets the stout Washington defense
– Coming off their best conference showing of the season, the Ducks are determined to build on their lead in the Pac-12 North against the rival Huskies. Oregon ran the ball against UCLA like the field was on a slope, and the O-line protected Mariota as well as it has all season. Linebackers Shaq Thompson and Hau’oli Kikaha, however, are playing at an elite level and will pose an interesting barrier to the Ducks’ fast-paced attack.
– The Oregon volleyball team ranks tenth in the country despite suffering three Pac-12 losses in the last two weeks. The Ducks have proven their formidability, but sustaining their attacking balance will be essential to their plans of returning to the glory they tasted in 2012.
– Infielder Sammie Puentes and the rest of the Oregon softball team held hands and prayed for one of their teammates this past week. Find out what has brought the 2015 program even closer together than that of 2014, when the Ducks put together their best postseason run in school history.
– Senior left tackle Jake Fisher’s return to the Ducks’ lineup was crucial in the win against UCLA last week and his presence will continue to be a determinant of the team’s success. See why his injury hiatus could have a key influence on the College Football Selection Committee’s evaluation of Oregon.
– Redshirt freshman Taylor Alie had two huge two-point conversions in the UCLA win, including a fake pitch and run that demoralized the Bruin defense. The Emerald sat down with the Eugene-native to discuss his contributions to the program and Oregon’s consistent ability to score eight points per drive since the Chip Kelly era began.
– A look back on Kenny Wheaton’s monumental interception in 1994 and the way it fueled the Oregon football program moving forward.
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