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Lost Predictions, Players of the Week
Monday, September 22, 10:30 p.m. PT

Normally in this blog space, on a Monday or Tuesday, I post the results of my hack predictions that are made prior to each game. Well in true amateur blogger fashion, I typed up those gems last Thursday, saved them on a jump drive and promptly lost said drive somewhere between the Cas Center and my house - a distance of maybe 3 miles.

It was probably karmic punishment for sensing a Bronco upset, although I was not bold enough to spell that out completely among the predictions. Next week, to be safe, I'll resort back to the actual printed version sealed in an envelope and stored in my desk.

Before we get to the team players of the week, some Monday practice notes:

  • While he didn't practice, Justin Roper was much more mobile than last week, having moved to a smaller sleeve-like knee brace. He was able to jog lightly from session to session (Oregon practices are broken up into 5-minute increments).
  • Jeremiah Masoli was a full go today and proved that his velocity was not affected in the least by the concussion he suffered vs. Boise State. He looked more spry than usual and practiced like someone who wants another crack at the starting job.
  • Darron Thomas saw plenty of reps come his way in the wake of his breakout performance last Saturday. It was a brief workout, typical for a Monday, and with several offensive starters sitting out there was not a whole lot of work for any of the QBs with the "first team."
  • Chris Harper also threw his share of passes and looked poised to bounce back from a rough passing outing vs. BSU.
  • From the comments and body language of several players, it's was pretty clear that Saturday's loss was still weighing on a fair amount of the team and they are only going to be able to replace that feeling by bouncing back with a win.

With that out of the way, let's turn our attention to the UO coaching staff's selections for top honors in last Saturday's game vs. Boise State.

Team Players of the Week

Game Balls

Offense: Darron Thomas (13-25-1, 210 yds, 3 TD)

Defense: Ra'Shon Harris (11 tackles, 8 solo, 2 TFL)

Special Teams: Patrick Chung (4 KOR)

Scout Team Honors

Offense: John Boyett

Defense: Dewitt Stuckey

Special Teams: Jennings Stewart, Blake Thompson

Big Hit

NA

Best Effort

Jairus Byrd (3 PR)

Big Play

Patrick Chung (62-yard KOR)

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