The Ducks predictably beat Washington State on Saturday in Autzen. The score looks worse than it was. Oregon was out of sync a little early and quarterback Darron Thomas, who was starting after missing the Colorado game with a knee injury looked rusty, throwing some interceptions. Chip Kelly even pulled Thomas and inserted back-up Bryan Bennett, who sparked the offense in the second half. Running back LaMichael James also started after dislocating his elbow a few weeks ago.
Click to the jump for some video highlights of the game and plenty of links ….
Chip Kelly talked to the media after the game and said he knew would start at quarterback at Washington, but said, “I don’t have to answer that question.” On Sunday night, he did also had his conference call with local media and wouldn’t name a starting quarterback.
But if healthy, Thomas figures to be at the helm against UW in Husky Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. And the Ducks won’t plan to use Bennett, unlike the rotations they employ at every other position.
“We don’t do that at quarterback,” Kelly said. “We’re going to have one quarterback.”
Eugene Register Guard columnist George Schroeder writes that this isn’t a budding quarterback controversy, it’s Darron Thomas’ job.
Let’s nip this now: There is no quarterback controversy at Oregon.
“One hundred percent, it’s Darron Thomas,” Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said, and it’s too bad he had to tell us.
Let’s get to the links …
Also from the Register Guard … Rob Moseley’s blog post has links to all their stuff from Saturday’s game.
From the Oregonian … Lindsay Schnell has a blog post with links to all of the coverage from the paper’s plethora of writers. Columnist John Canzano writes that after watching last night’s game, Stanford is vulnerable and the Ducks can beat them.
It’s this: Stanford is not better than Oregon.
Not even playing at home, as they will on Nov. 12. Not even with Andrew Luck good enough to start an NFL game at quarterback today. Not with a defense that couldn’t stop USC in so many ways until the Trojans fumbled the game away. Sure, if Oregon turns the ball over four times against Stanford, the Ducks lose. But if not, this doesn’t feel like the “Super Bowl” matchup we’ve been promised.
But I love the video of Chip Kelly talking about the quarterbacks with the media.