That's a Wrap
Thursday, July 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Pac-10 Media Day wrapped up without a hitch and nothing monumental happened or took place, which is not surprising. Upon leaving the hotel, Patrick Chung shook hands with Arizona State senior quarterback Rudy Carpenter, wished him good luck for the season and let him know that he'll be coming after him.
If Pat handles his business on the field as well as he did with today's interviews, he's in for a monster year. Oregon's three prior player representatives at media day - Haloti Ngata (2005), Enoka Lucas (2006) and Jonathan Stewart (2007) - all fared pretty well in the season following their appearances in L.A.
Coach Bellotti was asked a ton of questions about Nate Costa today and made no secret about how excited he is to watch the quarterback competition unfold during Fall Camp. He spoke about how pleased he was with Justin Roper's play in the Sun Bowl and about the added depth at the position with Jeremiah Masoli also now in the fold, pointing out how Masoli is the most experienced quarterback of the bunch in terms of collegiate playing experience.
Ted Miller, formerly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, now covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com and will visit Eugene for the season opener against Washington on August 30. He had plenty of questions for Bellotti about how the Ducks plan to game plan for Husky QB Jake Locker. Despite his position, Locker is the Pac-10's leading returning rusher from a year ago.
Chung spoke for a bunch of his teammates in saying how the Ducks are excited to have such a challenging game to start the season to measure themselves against. I don't know coach's thoughts on this, but Pat sees himself returning kicks in that game as well.
Speaking of Chung, he thinks the UO secondary needs a nickname. Not to pimp this blog as solely a "name this or that" kind of venture, but let the D-Boys know what you think they should be called by sending me an e-mail.
I'm narrowing down the list of "name the blog" suggestions and will put it to a vote on GoDucks.com next week. Thanks to everyone who took the time to add their two cents. I figured we'd get a couple of suggestions, but hundreds? You guys are nuts.
Lastly, it's hard to go to L.A. without at least one celebrity sighting (no, Pete Carroll doesn't count). Last night, while catching up with my predecessor in this position, Dave Williford and I saw Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra out for an evening stroll. As a diehard Red Sox fan since 1981, I had to restrain myself from yelling Nomahhhh! as he walked past.
That's a Wrap