The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers wait today for some big decisions … – OregonLive.com
This could be a very interesting day for fans of both Oregon and Oregon State.
Let’s start with the Ducks, who should learn this afternoon where Montana State grad-transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop plans to spend his senior season.
FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reports the decision has narrowed either to Alabama or Oregon.
Prukop was in Eugene for much of the weekend, then spent Sunday at Alabama. He told AL.com yesterday that he was very impressed with Alabama’s facilities.
Prukop is a dual-threat guy, although his skill set is a little different than that of Vernon Adams, the Big Sky, grad-transfer quarterback the Ducks plucked away from Eastern Washington prior to this year.
Adams is an elite passer. Prukop is better with his feet than Adams is, and probably not as good as a passer.
But Prukop throws it well enough that he would be a good fit for the UO offense. Should he choose the Ducks and earn the starting job, it probably would make the zone-read a bigger part of Oregon’s game in 2016.
— Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo touched down in Salt Lake City last night while en route to Provo to meet with BYU officials about the Cougars’ vacant head-coaching job.
Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake also is said to be a candidate.
Travelers in the airport applauded Niumatalolo after his arrival.
Clearly he would be a popular choice, and he seems to be the leading candidate. Schools don’t usually bring a coach to campus unless they are serious about making a job offer. But I don’t think this is a done deal.
For one thing, Niumatalolo hasn’t committed himself, and speaks frequently about his love for the Naval Academy.
And then there is his offense, which is an option-based, wishbone derivative. That doesn’t look like a good fit for BYU, which has a history of wide-open, passing attacks. The Cougars’ roster would need a makeover to run the kind of offense Niumatalolo uses at Navy.
Of course, good coaches generally fit their schemes to their personnel. I remember listening to Pete Carroll talk with disdain about the zone read while USC’s coach. After moving to the Seahawks, he begin using the zone read with quarterback Russell Wilson.
If talks break down between Niumatalolo and the Cougars, Sitake is nicely positioned. He is a former BYU player, with an excellent reputation as both recruiter and coordinator.
OK, more links:
Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams hopes a splashy showing in the Alamo Bowl catches the NFL’s attention.
Adams’ favorite NFL quarterback? Aaron Rodgers.
Matt Lubick puts himself in position to be Oregon’s offensive coordinator.
The personable Lubick feels no pressure.
Lubick wants what is best for the Ducks whether or not he is named offensive coordinator.
Oregon’s defense gears up for multi-dimensional TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.
UO running back Royce Freeman makes this very early list of 2016 Heisman candidates compiled by SI.com’s Zac Ellis.
Quarterback recruit Tristen Wallace flips from Ohio State to Oregon.
Coveted receiver Eddie McDoom commits to the Ducks.
Three Ducks get All-America mention.
TCU receiver Josh Doctson is a first-team All-America selection.
Quarterback Travis Wilson will get one more start for Utah.
It’s finals week at BYU and Utah. which complicates prep for Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl.
The Merc’s Jon Wilner explains his Heisman ballot (he picked Christian McCaffrey No. 1) and has some thoughts about why McCaffrey didn’t win.
Washington State upgrades nutritional offerings for athletes.
Zach Banner, USC’s all-conference tackle, says he will return for his senior season.
The Trojans wait on a decision from linebacker Su’a Cravens, who will announce Wednesday whether he will return for his senior season.
Washington’s Jimmy Lake became an all-conference corner the old-fashioned way: he earned it.
Arizona wants to reignite the running game before the New Mexico Bowl.
Arizona’s injury-plagued defense gets one more chance.
The links from Duck Sports Now.
The links from Beaver Sports Now.
— Ken Goe
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