Oregon loses another receiver but says it’s more than tough enough

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota meets the media Saturday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP photo)

Oregon's Marcus Mariota meets the media Saturday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP photo)

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota meets the media Saturday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP photo)

Dallas — These short takes are presented as a companion to the print column off  Media Day doings before the Oregon-Ohio State championship game.

1. Ohio State is working behind a No. 3 quarterback, but Oregon’s the team that’s short-handed. It was revealed Saturday that Darren Carrington, the Ducks’ No. 2 receiver, had been ruled ineligible for Monday’s final. Reports held that Carrington had failed a drug test. Said coach Mark Helfrich, who spent much of his allotted hour refusing to offer much more on the subject: “It is an NCAA policy that’s in play here.” He also said, speaking of replacements: “We have a bunch of highly skilled guys that are very confident in what they’re doing. Marcus (Mariota, the Heisman-winning quarterback) is confident in those guys and we’re confident in those guys.” Still, Oregon was already without cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, an All-American hurt in practice before the Rose Bowl, and another starting receiver in Devon Allen, who was injured on the Rose’s opening kickoff. And Tyler Johnstone, considered its top offensive lineman, hasn’t played this season.

2. For all its speed, Oregon doesn’t consider itself a finesse team. Said Ducks center Hronnis Grasu, quacking over the perception of the team: “You can’t be a finesse team and be able to run the ball on Michigan State and Stanford and UCLA and Utah. These past two games (against UCLA and Florida State), we ran the ball up the middle. You can’t be a finesse team and do that.”

3. For its part, Ohio State doesn’t think Oregon plays all that fast. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Ducks entered the Rose Bowl against Florida State having averaged a snap every 20.2 seconds — and then scored 34 points (six on a return of Jameis Winston’s goofy fumble) in 12:54. But Michael Bennett, a Buckeyes defensive lineman, said: “They don’t go (up-)tempo as much as everybody thinks, but when they do, they’re very effective. When they see a defensive lineman with his hands on his hips, they take advantage.”

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dawg fan
dawg fan

With all of these injuries and suspensions, if Mark Richt coached either of these teams they'd have a bare minimum of 3 losses right now and would be talking about "next year."


True story.

Peachs
Peachs

This game is really an extention of the SEC, ACC conversation.  Brad thinks Ohio State is the winner.  He thinks that because they beat Alabama, who is the SEC royalty and to him that is a big thing.  He thinks that because OSU has the brand name, Oregon beat a low hanging fruit team, from the ACC.  You can see all this forming in his mind.  He can't help himself a dog learning new tricks is next to impossible.  But Oregon is laying something new into college football, and for once the SEC can hide from it, all the hot air in the world can't make your eyes lie to you tonight. 

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

Dallas is rocking right now!  Man oh man is it getting crazy here. 

9014EAEO
9014EAEO

He just ate the BROWNIES and he didn't know they had THC in them.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Bradley is a SEC guy..........he's picking Bama.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Don't really have a dog in this fight...........but i have to pull for a guy who is having his 3rd start......1st-beat the cheese eaters 59-0...2nd beat the best program in CFB and now for a NC........Good luck to 12 guage.

OH_IO
OH_IO

Who you picking, Bradley?