October 10, 2009 - 6:47 PM
It has definitely been an eventful few weeks in the Oregon Football world. For starters, there is the possibility that LeGarrette Blount could be reinstated. This news broke almost two weeks ago, and campus is still buzzing about it. Everyone you talk to has their own opinion about whether he should or should not be allowed to play and most are quick to share it. Personally, Blount is showing great dedication and duck pride. He is attending classes and daily practices, and sticking with the team. In a situation like this, it would have been really easy for him to give Oregon Athletics a few choice four letter words and leave. As a senior, this is his last year eligible for Oregon football. What is keeping him here? In my opinion, it is dedication and personal commitment. He is showing everyone his duck pride, and I think he should be recognized for that. But should he be rewarded for doing what he is supposed to do? Now that is the million dollar question...and one I will leave for the experts to decide.
Luckily, our football team is still going strong with Blount out. Many doubted the strength of our defense without him, but we only gave up 10 points on UCLA this weekend without him. And our offense? Although the first half was scoreless against UCLA, we started the second half with two touchdowns in the first thirty seconds. Let me repeat that: TWO TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST THRITY SECONDS OF THE HALF. That was some good lookin' football. Whatever Coach Kelly said at half time in the locker room sure lit a fire under their butts!
And for the second week in a row, we are ranked #13 in the national AP polls. Expected wins against Washington, Arizona, and Arizona State could put us in a good bowl game position. Our tough games left for this season should be USC and Oregon State-both games to be played at Autzen. USC is scheduled for Halloween, and is being talked about as the must-watch game of the season for the Pac-10. Stayed tuned for details on that game...it should be one for the record books.
With a few key players sidelined due to injuries, we will definitely benefit from a break in our schedule this upcoming weekend. Our next game is on the road to Washington on the 24th-- let's beat those Huskies!