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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Week 13
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 11/23/2010
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GAME TIME
Kickoff is set for 4:06 p.m. PT at Autzen Stadium with a live telecast on ESPN. A live radio broadcast will also be available across the Oregon Sports Network and on XM 143 and Sirius 122.

THE SERIES
• Oregon leads the all-time series 21-14 and is 11-4 against the Wildcats in Eugene.
• The Ducks have won two straight and 13 of the past 16 meetings in the series, dating to 1994.
• UO’s .600 winning percentage against Arizona is its highest vs. any Pac-10 opponent.
• The Ducks have defeated the ‘Cats the past two years by a combined score of 99-86.

QUICK HITS
• Friday marks Senior Day as 22 UO seniors take the field at Autzen Stadium for a final time.
• With 39 wins since the start of the 2007 season, Oregon’s outgoing class has enjoyed the most victories of any class in school history.
• Oregon’s seniors are 27-7 in Pac-10 play, including a 15-2 mark at Autzen.
• The Ducks have outscored their opposition 87-7 in the fourth quarter this season, including 24-0 over the past three games.
• Oregon has not trailed in any game this season entering the final quarter and are 15-0 when leading after halftime under Chip Kelly.
• UO’s 507 points are the second-most in school history (545 in 2008).
• Oregon (17.2) and Arizona (18.1) rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense this season.
• Additionally, the Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (50.7), total offense (542.2) and total defense (315.4).
• Oregon is the most penalized team in the Pac-10 at 66.9 yards per game, while its opponents are the least penalized at 49.5 yards per contest.
• 30 of Oregon’s 59 touchdown drives this season have taken five plays or less and 22 have lasted 56 seconds or less.
• The Ducks boast the nation’s top punt returner in SO CB Cliff Harris (23.2 avg) and the No. 10 kick returner in FR WR Josh Huff (28.4 avg).

HEAD COACH CHIP KELLY
What more could be asked from Oregon’s 30th head coach, who became the first in Pac-10 history to win an outright conference title in his first season at the helm. Becoming the school’s first mentor to take it to the Rose Bowl, as well as earning coach-of-the-year accolades in 15 years, the Manchester, N.H., native guided his team to more wins in his first year in the Pac-8/10 since former UO player and assistant coach John Robinson led USC to 10 wins in 1976.

TOPS IN THE NATION
The Ducks lead the nation in scoring offense (50.7) and punt returns (20.7). Oregon also ranks among the top 5 in total offense (2nd, 542.2), turnover margin (T-5th, +1.1) and pass efficiency defense (5th, 96.69). Individually, SO RB LaMichael James is first in rushing yards per game (158.0) and scoring (12.0), and fifth in all-purpose yards (174.3); SO CB Cliff Harris is first in punt returns (23.2), tied for second in passes defended (1.50) and tied for ninth in interceptions per game (0.50); SR DE Kenny Rowe is tied for fifth in fumbles forced (.40); SR LB Casey Matthews and FR LB Boseko Lokombo are tied for fifth in fumbles recovered (0.30).

LEADERS OF THE PAC
After the first 12 weeks of the college football season, Oregon leads the Pac-10 in 16 of 33 statistical categories: Scoring offense (50.7), scoring defense (17.2), total offense (542.2), total defense (315.4), rushing offense (291.1), pass efficiency defense (96.7), punt returns (20.7), interceptions (15), PAT kicking (62-62, 1.000), opponent first downs (17.9), opponent 3rd-down conversions (30.8), opponent 4th-down conversions (17.6%), turnover margin (+1.1), red zone defense (19-30, 63.3%), on-side kicks (1-1, 100%), on-side kicks against (0-1, 0%). Individually, SO RB LaMichael James is the top rusher (158.0), scorer (12.0) and all-purpose runner (174.3) in the Pac-10; SO CB Cliff Harris leads the conference in interceptions (0.50), passes defended (1.50) and punt return average (23.2); SO PK Rob Beard leads in PAT pct. (53-53, 100%); SR DE Kenny Rowe is first in fumbles forced (0.40); SR LB Casey Matthews and FR LB Boseko Lokombo are tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (0.30).

JAMES NAMED DOAK WALKER FINALIST
SO RB LaMichael James has been named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. James joins Oklahoma State senior Kendall Hunter and Wisconsin junior John Clay as candidates for the award, which will be presented at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The awards show will air live on ESPN at 4 p.m. PT.

SCORING AVALANCHE
Through ten games, the 2010 Oregon Ducks have scored 507 points. Not only is this a school record for ten games, it’s four points more than the previous 12-game mark (2008) With two regular season plus one bowl game to go, the Ducks are just 38 points shy of the UO season record of 545 set in 2008.

FIRST CLASS
With 39 wins since the start of 2007, this year’s seniors surpassed the 1998 to 2001 group as the winningest class in 115 years of Oregon Football. Heading into Friday’s clash with Arizona, which also happens to be Senior Day, the class has an overall mark of 39-10, 27-7 in Pac-10 play. Five of those seniors - DT Brandon Bair, CB Talmadge Jackson III, WR Jeff Maehl, LB Spencer Paysinger and DE Kenny Rowe - have played in all 49 games.

TOP DUCKS
The Ducks climbed to No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history on Oct. 17, when they earned the top spot in the AP Top 25, USA Today (coaches) and Harris polls. Still No. 1 for the sixth straight week, Oregon has now spent 11 straight weeks in the top 5, which is its longest stretch ever.

BCS NO. 1
Oregon is No. 1 in the BCS standings for the fourth straight week after debuting in the No. 2 spot in the first rankings of the year Oct. 17 and remaining there Oct. 24. UO is in front of No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Boise State, No. 5 LSU and No. 6 Stanford. The top two teams in the final rankings released Dec. 5 will play for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. Prior to this season, the Ducks highest BCS ranking was No. 2 on Nov. 11, 2007.

VS. THE TOP 10
Since 1999, the Ducks are 9-9 against top 10 opposition, including wins in five out of the last seven. Oregon is 3-1 against the top 10 under Chip Kelly, with the lone defeat coming against No. 8 Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl.

VS. THE TOP 25
The Ducks are 2-0 against top 25 teams this season. Last year, Chip Kelly’s first as Oregon head coach, the Ducks were 4-2 against top 25 competition. UO’s only loss to a non-ranked team during the Kelly era came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009.

FAST STARTS
UO is 10-0 for the first time in school history, setting a new single-season winning streak in the process and tying for the second-longest overall streak.

SACKTOWN U.S.A.
Quarterback sacks, for and against, have been a big statistic for the 2010 Ducks. Oregon is tied for third in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally, averaging 2.70 sacks per game, while allowing only seven sacks all season. 11 different players have gotten in on the action and ten Ducks have multiple sacks, led by SR DE Kenny Rowe with 6.0.  Rowe’s 22.5 career sacks are good for sixth all-time at UO.

AUTZEN ADVANTAGE
The Ducks have won 15 straight games at Autzen Stadium, dating to 2008, which is the second longest streak in stadium history. UO won a record 23 straight between 1997 and 2001. Oregon has won its last 12 Pac-10 contests at home since falling in overtime against Oregon State in the 2007 Civil War.

HOUSE OF LOUD
With five sold out crowds in as many games this season, including a State of Oregon record 60,017 vs. Washington on Nov. 6, Oregon has sold out Autzen Stadium (cap. 54,000) for 73 consecutive games, dating to 1999.

KELLY AT AUTZEN
Head coach Chip Kelly made his sideline debut at Autzen Stadium Sept. 12, 2009 (W 38-36 vs. Purdue) after spending the prior two seasons calling plays from a booth high above the field as the team’s offensive coordinator. Since Kelly’s arrival in 2007, the Ducks are 22-3 at Autzen, averaging 45.1 points per home game.

PADDING HIS STATS
After gaining 121 rushing yards vs. Washington Nov. 6, SO RB LaMichael James has now eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark a UO-record 16 times in his career. He has surpassed the 100-yard pinnacle seven times this season and 13 times in 16 career Pac-10 games.

200 TIMES THREE
SO RB LaMichael James has broken the 200-yard rushing barrier three times this season, rolling up 227 vs. Portland State, 239 at USC and a Pac-10 season-high 257 vs. Stanford. His performance against the Cardinal ranks second on the UO single-game ledger, while his efforts vs. the Trojans and Vikings are sixth and seventh, respectively, on Oregon’s all-time list. James is second in career 200-yard games behind Reuben Droughns (1998 (3), ‘99 (1)), who holds the school record with four, and tied Droughns’ mark of three in one season. The 200-yard mark has been topped only 17 times in program history.

LMJ 3000
It only took LaMichael James 16 career games to reach 2,000 rushing yards for his career, going over the milestone Sept. 25 at Arizona State. Now with 2,968, the sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, ranks second all-time at Oregon and is on pace to eclipse 3,000 yards and take over the top spot by the end of the season. He stands 328 yards shy of Derek Loville’s (1986-89) UO record of 3,296.

FASTEST TO 1,000
SO RB LaMichael James became the fastest Oregon player to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a season in terms of games played, passing the marker in his seventh game. It took him 140 attempts to do it, which ranks second all-time behind LeGarrette Blount, who hit 1,000 in 137 carries (13 games) in 2008. Three players previously eclipsed the mark in eight games.

THREE’S COMPANY
On his 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter at USC, SO RB LaMichael James became the third UO player with two 1,000-yard seasons in a career, matching Onterrio Smith (2001, ‘02) and Maurice Morris (2000, ‘01).

LaRECORD WATCH
Now with 1,422 rushing yards on the season, SO RB LaMichael James ranks third on the all-time season rushing list, He needs to average 100 yards per game over the final three contests to match Jonathan Stewart’s Oregon record of 1,722, set in 2007.

KING JAMES
SO RB LaMichael James scored at least one touchdown eight straight games to start the season and has 32 scores in 22 career games (31 rush, 1 rec). His 17 rushing TDs on the season are equal to LeGarrette Blount’s season record set in 2008, and his 31 career TD totes are second all-time behind Derek Loville’s 41 from 1986-89. James has 108 points on the year, good for fourth on the UO single-season record list and only nine points away from tying Nathan Villegas (117 in 1998) for the top spot. On the Oregon career scoring list, the back ranks eighth with 192 points.

PRIORITY MAEHL
Perhaps lost a bit due to LaMichael James’ All-America caliber season is the fact that SR WR Jeff Maehl is having one of the best years of any receiver in Oregon history. With three games to play, Maehl has already set an new UO single-season record with 11 receiving touchdowns and he is currently riding the longest touchdown streak by an Oregon receiver with a scoring grab in eight straight games, breaking Steve Bunker’s former mark set in 1965. His 59 receptions are the most since Jaison Williams had 68 in 2006, and he is within range of Samie Parker’s Oregon record of 77 in ‘03. With 830 yards, Maehl is on pace to become only the eighth Duck ever, and the first since Demetrius Williams in ‘05, with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Season Receiving Touchdowns
1.    Jeff Maehl, 11 (2010)
2.    Demetrius Williams, 10 (2005)
       Tony Hartley, 10 (1998)
       Cristin McLemore, 10 (1993)
       Bobby Moore*, 10 (1969)

Career Receiving Touchdowns
1.    Keenan Howry, 24 (1999-02)
       Cristin McLemore, 24 (1992-05)
3.    Jeff Maehl, 23 (2006-10)
4.    Tony Hartley, 22 (1996-99)
*Ahmad Rashad

LIGHTNING YELLOW
Of the Ducks’ 59 scoring drives resulting in touchdowns, 30 have taken five plays or less and 22 have lasted 56 seconds or less.

BOWL ELIGIBLE
The Ducks were the first team in the Pac-10 to become bowl eligible in 2010, a feat they accomplished for the sixth straight year. Oregon has been to 17 bowls in the past 21 seasons, the eighth-most appearances in college football over that time span and more than any other Pac-10 team.

DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES
Oregon has recorded its third straight and sixth overall 10-win season in history - all since 2000. The UO record for victories is 11 by the 2001 team, which defeated Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl and finished ranked No. 2 in the polls.

PAC-10, NAT’L PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
UO players have received weekly or national awards after all but two games this season (Portland State and Washington). The latest was SO CB Cliff Harris being selected Pac-10 player of the week (special teams) and CFPA national punt returner performer of the week after returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, giving the Ducks their first lead and one they would never relinquish in a road victory over Cal. Harris joined Dennis Dixon in 2007 as the only Ducks to win the conference’s weekly honor three times in one season.

WEEK 1 • NEW MEXICO
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Kenjon Barner (offense); Cliff Harris (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)
Paul Hornung Performance of the Week
Kenjon Barner

WEEK 2 • TENNESSEE
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Jackson Rice (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Kenjon Barner (punt returner)
Paul Hornung Performance of the Week
Kenjon Barner

WEEK 3 • PORTLAND STATE
CFPA Performer of the Week
LaMichael James (running back)

WEEK 4 • PORTLAND STATE
None

WEEK 5 • STANFORD
Walter Camp National Player of the Week
LaMichael James (offense)
Pac-10 Player of the Week
LaMichael James (offense); Cliff Harris (defense)
CFPA Performer of the Week
LaMichael James (running back)

WEEK 6 • WASHINGTON STATE
CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)

WEEK 8 • UCLA
CFPA Performer of the Week
David Paulson (tight end)

WEEK 9 • USC
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Jeff Maehl (offense)

WEEK 10 • WASHINGTON
None

WEEK 11 • CAL
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Cliff Harris (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)

DT ARE YOU WITH ME?
After initially being left off the watch list for both of college football’s major quarterback awards, SO QB Darron Thomas was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award and added to the Manning Award watch list following his career performance (to that point) vs. UCLA. Against the Bruins, the sophomore from Houston had personal bests of 22 completions (31 attempts) and 308 yards. He tossed three touchdowns and also ran for 48 yards on five carries.

TOUCHDOWN THOMAS
SO QB Darron Thomas passed for a career-high four touchdowns vs. Portland State - all before halftime - becoming the first UO quarterback to accomplish the feat since Justin Roper had four TDs vs. South Florida in the 2007 Sun Bowl. He matched that total again Oct. 30 at USC and now leads the Pac-10 with an average of 2.3 TDs per game. The Houston native also has four rushing scores on the year.

EXPLOSION PLAYS
Through 10 games, the Ducks have 44 plays from scrimmage of 25 yards or longer, 20 of 40 or more yards, six of 60 or more yards and three of 70-plus yards. Of the 44 big plays, 25 have resulted in touchdowns.

84 - James reception (Thomas) at WSU*
76 - James rush vs. STAN*
72 - James rush at UT*
66 - James rush vs. PSU*
61 - Paulson reception (Thomas) at ASU
60 - Barner reception (Thomas) vs. UNM*
57 - Huff reception (Thomas) at USC
55 - James rush at WSU
54 - Huff reception (Thomas) at ASU*
52 - James rush vs. PSU
47 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. PSU*
45 - James rush at USC
45 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at USC*
43 - Costa rush at WSU
42 - James rush at USC*
42 - Alston rush vs. UCLA
42 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. UCLA
41 - Huff reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
41 - Barner rush vs. UNM*
40 - James rush vs. ASU*
39 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. UNM
38 - Davis reception (Thomas) vs. UW
38 - Alston rush vs. UNM
36 - Reed rush vs. PSU
35 - Thomas rush vs. PSU
35 - James rush vs. PSU*
34 - Thomas rush vs. UW*
34 - Maehl reception (Costa) at WSU*
33 - Tuinei reception (Thomas) at USC*
30 - Barner rush vs. UW*
30 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at USC*
30 - Paulson reception (Thomas) vs. UNM*
29 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. Cal*
29 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
29 - Tuinei reception (Thomas) at UT*
29 - Williams reception (Thomas) at UT
29 - Reed rush vs. PSU
28 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. PSU
28 - James rush vs. PSU
27 - James rush vs. UCLA
27 - Paulson reception (Thomas) vs. UT*
25 - James reception (Thomas) vs. UCLA
25 - Davis reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
25 - Barner rush vs. UNM*
* indicates TD

FAB FROSH
After the first couple of days of preseason camp, it was evident that true freshman receiver Josh Huff had too much talent not to play immediately. That’s saying something, considering he would be coming into a team returning nine starters on offense, including all three wide receivers. The former USA Junior National Team member has scored four touchdowns and ranks third on the team with 794 all-purpose yards. Since taking on kick returning duties Oct. 9 at Washington State, the Houston native ranks second in the Pac-10 and tenth nationally with an average of 28.4 yards per return.

DUCKS CRUSH RUSHING MARK
The Ducks not only set a new single-game record for rushing in the win over Portland State, they crushed the previous standard by 63 yards. Oregon ran for 528 yards against the Vikings, surpassing the team’s 465-yard effort at Washington in 2007.

DARRON DIGS THE DESERT
The first Pac-10 start by SO QB Darron Thomas produced one of the best games of his young career. Thomas set career highs of 260 passing yards, 19 completions and 33 pass attempts in the win at Arizona State. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another score.

MAEHL JOINS ELITE LIST
With 59 receptions on the season, SR WR Jeff Maehl has broken into the top 10 on Oregon’s all-time list. Maehl now has 160 career receptions, good for sixth (tie), and needs two more to reach the top 5. The true senior from Paradise, Calif., has played the last 39 games at receiver after spending the first 10 of his career at safety.

MORE THAN HALFWAY TO HOWRY
There aren’t enough games left in WR Jeff Maehl’s career to approach Keenan Howry’s Oregon record of 48 consecutive games with a reception (1999-02), but the senior still has an impressive string to his credit, having made at least one catch in 31 straight games dating to Oct. 4, 2008 vs. USC.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS
SR QB Nate Costa injured his right knee in the win over Washington Nov. 6 and will miss the remainder of the season. Costa, a team captain who lost his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury and overcame three knee surgeries, battled back to play in 21 straight games as the backup QB and primary holder the past two years. His hold of a bad snap on a game-tying PAT at Arizona in 2009 earned him Pac-10 player of the week honors on special teams (the first ever awarded to a holder) and kept Oregon’s Rose Bowl run alive. He also started and helped the Ducks to a key road win at UCLA during their ‘09 Pac-10 championship season. Earlier this season, he came off the bench for an injured Darron Thomas at Washington State and completed 13 of 15 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, while running  for 84 yards and another score in the road victory. Already a UO graduate with a degree in Sociology, the Hilmar, Calif., native finished his career with a 70.4 percent completion rate (50 of 71), 556 passing yards and two touchdowns against one interception, and 195 yards and three scores on the ground.

ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY RETURNS
ESPN College GameDay produced its weekly college football preview show from the University of Oregon prior to the Stanford game, marking the fifth appearance in Eugene by the popular show which features Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews. Oregon has a 4-1 record when hosting GameDay and has won three straight dating to 2007.

CLEAN SHEET
The 72-0 result vs. New Mexico Sept. 4 was the Ducks’ first shutout since blanking Stanford 35-0 on Oct. 25, 2003. With another shutout of Portland State (69-0) Sept. 18, the Ducks recorded multiple shutouts in a single season for the first time since 1964.

THE GANG’S ALL HERE
Oregon’s 2010 defense was billed as a swarming, deep crew during preseason camp and that description has proven to be spot-on. The Ducks saw 29 players make a tackle vs. New Mexico, with 20 of those guys recording multiple stops, and 26 players credited with stops at Tennessee. Against Portland State, 32 players made the defensive stat sheet with 30 making at least one tackle.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
At the start of last season, UO had 18 returning players with starting experience. This year, 27 such student-athletes came in with at least one starting assignment under their belts. Last year’s returners totaled 174 career starts while this year’s returners totaled 279, an average of 12.7 per man on the 2-deep depth chart.

BARNER BURNER
SO RB Kenjon Barner equaled UO’s modern scoring record with 5 touchdowns (4 rush, 1 rec) vs. New Mexico Sept. 4, tying Saladin McCullough, who ran for five scores vs. Arizona, Nov. 9, 1996. Barner scored all 30 of his points before halftime, surpassing his 2009 season total of 24 (3 rush TD, 1 ret TD).

ALL-PURPOSE BACK
Just 21 games into his college playing career, SO RB Kenjon Barner has already climbed onto Oregon’s career list for kick return yardage, ranking sixth with 1,221 yards. The Riverside, Calif., product also ranks ninth all-time in punt return average (12.6) and has already surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards to date (2,308).

MORE RECORD INK FOR BARNER
The 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by SO RB Kenjon Barner at Tennessee tied for the eighth-longest such return in school history.

PLAYMAKER
SO CB Cliff Harris has made the most of his 18 appearances in an Oregon uniform. Brought out of a potential redshirt midway through last season, the former U.S. Army All-American is the team leader among active players in career passes defended with 24 (6 INT, 18 PBU). Add to that his first “pick 6” on a 76-yard return at Tennessee, and a Pac-10 record-tying four punt returns for touchdowns this season, and you have a player with a career’s worth of big plays with the majority of his collegiate playing days still in front of him.

BIG PLAY PAULSON
JR TE David Paulson, who had three grabs for 41 yards in the win vs. UW Oct. 6, has 30 career receptions - all but four resulting in either a first down or a touchdown. He ranks third on the team in receiving yards this season with 322 and is averaging 16.9 yards per catch for his career.

JOIN THE CLUB
SR RB Remene Alston Jr. and SO RB Kenjon Barner etched their names in the UO record book by each surpassing 100 yards rushing for the first time in the win vs. New Mexico Sept. 4. Alston set career highs with 21 carries and 110 yards, as did Barner, who rushed 17 times for a net of 147.

RECORD ROUT
Oregon’s 72-0 rout of New Mexico on Sept. 4 produced a fair number of school records, including 720 yards of total offense to best the old mark of 694 at Oregon State in the 2008 Civil War. The Ducks equaled the program’s modern scoring record with 72 points while setting a new modern record for scoring margin (also 72 points), the most since a 72-10 victory vs. Nevada, Sept. 18, 1999. It was UO’s most points overall since a 97-0 win over Willamette (Ore.) in 1916.

TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD
With 668 yards of total offense against Portland State, Oregon has recorded two of its three most prolific offensive games in history this season. The yardage against the Vikings ranks third in school history behind 720 vs. New Mexico and 694 at Oregon State in 2008.

FIRST-TIME STARTERS
Only three new starters took the field in Oregon’s season opener vs. New Mexico, led by SO QB Darron Thomas as the only first-time starter for the offense. On defense, JR DE Terrell Turner and SR DT Zac Clark made opening assignments for the first time. True FR K Eric Solis handled kicking duties in his first-ever game at Autzen. Others to make their first career starts this year are FR DT Wade Keliikipi, and SO DE Dion Jordan, both vs. UCLA.

CLIFF NOTES
Of the many records set in Oregon’s lopsided 72-0 victory over New Mexico to start the season, none may hold up longer than the mark set by SO CB Cliff Harris, who became the first UO player to return two punts for touchdowns in a single game. The Fresno, Calif., product replaced regular returner SO RB Kenjon Barner, who was given the rest of the day off with UO on top 42-0 in the second quarter, and fielded the first two punts of his career, taking one back for 61 yards and the next for 64. Harris, who now holds Oregon’s season and career records for punt return TDs with four, tied the conference single-game record, which was last accomplished by USC’s Mike Garrett in 1965 vs. Cal (also Sam Brown, UCLA vs. Stanford, 1954).

CAN I GET AN ENCORE
After claiming its third Pacific-10 Conference championship of the decade (T-’00, ‘01 and ‘09), Oregon sets its sights on its ninth league title in 2010. (Only USC won more shares of the conference crown, seven, during that span than Oregon.) The Ducks hope their next 10 seasons will be as successful, if not more, than the previous decade as they accumulated more wins (87-38, 69.6%) than any other 10-year span in school history. Entering 2000 having achieved a school-record nine wins on six occasions, Oregon not only matched that number since the start of the century, it has posted 10 or more victories in a single season six times.

COACHING CONTINUITY
An overlooked facet of Oregon’s success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. Although second-year head coach Chip Kelly begins just his fourth season as part of the Ducks’ program, the core of the staff has remained intact over the course of three different head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell enters his 28th year on the Oregon staff, which equals the longest tenure of any Oregon assistant football coach in school history. In addition, offensive line coach and running game coordinator Steve Greatwood begins his 25th year on the Ducks’ coaching staff, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 23rd season, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti begins his 20th season at Oregon.

CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS
The Ducks are in line to have nine of their 12 regular-season games nationally televised as part of the Pac-10’s network television contract. Starting with the Sept. 11 road opener at Tennessee on ESPN2, other TV games include Arizona State (Sept. 25, FSN), Stanford (Oct. 2, ABC/ESPN2), UCLA (Oct. 21, ESPN/ESPN 3D), USC (Oct. 30, ABC), Washington (Nov. 6, ABC), at Cal (Nov. 13, Versus), and Arizona (Nov. 26, ESPN). The Oregon at Oregon State game (Dec. 4) will also be televised by ABC at 12:30. In addition, televised home games vs. New Mexico (Sept. 4) and Portland State (Sept. 18), and a road game at Washington State (Oct. 9), were picked up for regional broadcasts  by the Oregon Sports Network via Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

2010 PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL
The University of Oregon received the top spot in the Pac-10 preseason media poll. The defending Pac-10 champions garnered 15 first-place from the 35 West Coast media members who participated in the poll. The Ducks earned the top spot for just the second time since the poll began in 1961. Oregon was also a preseason favorite in 2001, going on to win the Pac-10. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 26 of 49 previous polls, including nine of the last 10.

OREGON 2010 HONOR ROLL
Pac-10 All-Academic
First Team
LaMichael James, RB
David Paulson, TE
Carson York, OL

Second Team
Ramsen Golpashin, OL
Justin Hoffman, WR
Jordan Holmes, OL

Honorable Mention
Mark Asper
Michael Clay
Nick Cody
Nate Costa
Taylor Hart
Jeff Palmer

2010 Midseason All-Americans

First Team
Cliff Harris, CB (SI.com)
Jordan Holmes (SI.com)
LaMichael James (SI.com, Phil Steele)

Second Team
Cliff Harris, PR (SI.com, Phil Steele)
Brandon Bair (SI.com)

Third Team
Brandon Bair (Phil Steele)

2010 Preseason All-Americans
First Team
LaMichael James (Yahoo! Sports)

Second Team
LaMichael James (CBSSports.com, Rivals.com, Sporting News, NationalChamps.net)
Casey Matthews (Rivals.com)

Third Team
Casey Matthews (CBSSports.com)

Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
(top defensive player)
Cliff Harris
Kenny Rowe

The Butkus Award Semifinalist
(nation’s top linebacker)
Casey Matthews

Walter Camp Foundation 2010 Player of the Year Watch List
LaMichael James

Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
(top defensive lineman)
Kenny Rowe

Paul Hornung Award Watch List
(most versatile player)
Kenjon Barner

Lombardi Award Watch List
(outstanding lineman or linebacker)
Casey Matthews
Kenny Rowe
Bo Thran

Lott Trophy Watch List
(defensive IMPACT player)
Casey Matthews (semifinalist)
Kenny Rowe

Maxwell Award Semifinalist
(outstanding college football player)
LaMichael James

John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List
(nation’s top tight end)
David Paulson

Manning Award Watch List
(best college football quarterback)
Darron Thomas

Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List
(nation’s top defensive player)
Kenny Rowe

Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist
(nation’s top quarterback)
Darron Thomas

Outland Trophy Watch List
(outstanding interior lineman)
Bo Thran

Rimington Trophy Watch List
(nation’s top center)
Jordan Holmes

Eddie Robinson Award Finalist
(coach of the year)
Chip Kelly

Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist

(nation’s top defensive back)
Cliff Harris

Doak Walker Award Finalist
(nation’s top running back)
LaMichael James

Preseason All-Pac-10
First Team
John Boyett (Phil Steele)
LaMichael James (Sporting News, Rivals, Phil Steele)
Casey Matthews (Sporting News, Rivals)
Kenny Rowe (Sporting News, Rivals)
Bo Thran (Sporting News, Rivals, Phil Steele)

Second Team
Brandon Bair (Rivals, Phil Steele)
Kenjon Barner, KR (Rivals, Phil Steele)
Jeff Maehl (Rivals, Phil Steele)
Casey Matthews (Phil Steele)
Spencer Paysinger (Phil Steele)
Kenny Rowe (Phil Steele)
Carson York (Rivals, Phil Steele)

Third Team
Mark Asper (Phil Steele)
Talmadge Jackson III (Phil Steele)

Fourth Team
Cliff Harris (Phil Steele)


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