It's Friday. Not only does that mean the Oregon Ducks face the Washington Huskies tomorrow in a huge rivalry game, it also means it's time for the DuckNation mailbag. You asked, we answered ...
Christine U. (Manhattan Beach, Calif.): If the Ducks beat the Huskies for a ninth straight time, will any of their commits realize that Oregon is the place to be, not Washington?
DuckNation: If it ends at eight or goes to nine, I don't think it will change much either way. The fact is Oregon has dominated of late and UW, while improved, has a long way to go. But that hasn't deterred kids from committing to the Huskies this year. Kids make their choices based on a number of things. Winning isn't always on top of the list.
Larry L. (Hawthorne, Calif.): Who are the Ducks' top remaining targets? Are they going to get any defensive linemen?
DuckNation: The Ducks are still after some big names, and others likely will emerge in the next few weeks. There are already some rumors floating about committed prospects trying to get in touch with the Ducks.
The Ducks want to grab another offensive lineman and, right now, Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) seems like the best shot.
Two-way athlete Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) will be in Eugene this weekend and has always held the Ducks in high regard. He would be a great piece to add as he fits the mold as someone who can play both ways.
As far as defensive linemen go, it's still anyone's guess. There are a couple of targets out there, but the players who sign with the Ducks in February may not have even popped up on the radar yet. The most likely of the current targets to sign with Oregon is Austin Hooper (Concord, Calif./De La Salle). Like most De La Salle players, Hooper will wait until after the season to dive into recruiting.
Marcus M. (Corvallis, Ore.): With the hot start by the Ducks and the Beavers, do you think the state might become more of a football hot spot if both teams continue to play at a high level?
DuckNation: I don't think a couple wins by the Beavers is going to turn the state into a recruiting hotbed. There has been improved in-state talent over the past decade, and the success of both programs can certainly take some of the credit. If Oregon State, with half of the fan base, can stay consistent and avoid 3-9 seasons, football will stay on the mind of everyone in the state -- likely resulting in a greater emphasis being put on the game the entire year.
Jon R. (Wilsonville, Ore.): Why can't the Ducks land any elite receivers that also have size?
DuckNation: Define elite. Dwayne Stanford, who is every bit of 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, is getting a lot of playing time as a freshman. Stanford was a U.S. Army All-American and chose the Ducks over schools like Ohio State, Michigan and others.
To be a wide receiver for Chip Kelly, blocking is every bit as important as receiving. Finding players to fit the style that Kelly likes to employ is a difficult task. While there have been no All-Americans, the Ducks have been able to find a way to make it work.