Who will be voted onto the island?

Fri, 08/20/2010 - 10:39am
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Don Smalley

Unlike some years, the Oregon football fall camp has been uneventful. The Ducks are still weighing their options at quarterback. But another battle going on is on the defensive side of the ball.

Talmadge Jackson III is a definite on one corner, but who will play on the opposite of side of the field is in question. At least the Ducks have several great options to go with.

Right now, Anthony Gildon, who started in the Rose Bowl, seems to have a leg up on the competition.

“If you look at Anthony Gildon, in three critical downs, he knocked the ball down,” secondary coach John Neal said. “That gets your attention.”

Neal has a nice problem to have as he has the option of five or six quality players on the roster to choose from. Whether it’s Cliff Harris, Scott Grady or Javes Lewis, the secondary might be a revolving door as the season goes along.

Another nice thing at Neal’s disposal is Eddie Pleasant, who moved from the linebacker position to strong safety.

“It’s good that the coaching staff has confidence in me to make that move,” he said. “I feel real comfortable there.”

Other notes:

LaMichael James (knee) and Kenjon Barner (hand) seem to have fully recovered from minor injuries. Everyone else seems relatively healthy.

The field turf at Autzen is finished with the Pac-10 logo on each 20-yard line. The crown is gone leaving a flat surface which is something the players will have to get used to. Also, the athletic department installed new murals on the walls lining the field that just says Oregon Ducks all around.

Dew Tour: Skate Vert Finals Photo Gallery

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 10:44pm
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Another great Dew Tour photo gallery courtesy of Dave Giezyng, this time of Sunday's skate vert finals. Check it out on flickr:

Dew Tour: Walking it off with Dave Mirra

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 9:26pm
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It was a tough day for Dave Mirra. The BMX legend wasn’t on top of his game Sunday, finishing a pedestrian 8th place in the Dew Tour BMX park finals. Always the ambassador for his sport, Mirra shook it off and joined me for a quickie interview after the event.

It obviously wasn’t your day today. But what do you think about the event in general here in Portland and the support from the fans?

Dew Tour: Dhers Squeaks Out BMX Park Victory

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 6:53pm
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What were you doing when you were 15 years old? Probably not competing for BMX supremacy at the Dew Tour. But Brett Banasiewicz, the 15-year-old phenom from South Bend, Indiana, was doing just that. With just two riders to go at the BMX park finals, Banasiewicz had put together the only two 90+ point runs of the day, throwing down tricks like a no handed front flip to whip the Rose Garden crowd into a frenzy.

Dew Tour: Going Big with Jamie Bestwick

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 4:00pm
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As I took in all the action at the Dew Tour’s skate vert finals earlier today, I looked to my left, and who did I see standing next to me? Only the best BMX vert rider EVER, Jamie Bestwick, who just won his 8th straight Dew Tour BMX vert competition yesterday. One thing I learned early on as a reporter – carry your recorder with you at all times. Here’s the quickie Q&A:

Dew Tour: Shaun White Flies High in Skate Vert Finals

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 3:34pm
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Earlier this month at the X Games, Shaun White's quest for a gold medal was denied by Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who countered White's big air with technical precision to claim the gold for himself. But today at the Dew Tour's skate vert finals at the Rose Garden, White got at least a measure of revenge, knocking out PLG along with Bucky Lasek in his second to last run to claim yet another Dew Tour win.

Dew Tour: BMX Vert Finals Photo Gallery

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 12:35am
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The final Dew Tour photo gallery of the night, featuring all the action from the BMX vert finals, is now up on our Flickr page:

Coming tomorrow: More event recaps plus interviews with Dave Mirra and Jamie Bestwick.

Dew Tour: BMX Park Prelims Photo Gallery

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 11:03pm
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Just uploaded some absolutely sick photos of the BMX park prelims today at the Rose Garden. Great job by photographer Dave Giezyng. who somehow managed to stay focused on the competition despite all the pretty young things in attendance. Check 'em out (er, the athletes, not the girls): (apologies for the ghetto link -- we're still working out a few kinks with the new site.)


Dew Tour: Bestwick Best Again in BMX Vert

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 10:03pm
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Jamie Bestwick had won seven straight Dew Tour BMX vert competitions heading into the finals tonight, but when he entered his final run of the night, it was in unfamiliar territory: 7th place. Bestwick's subpar score came courtesy of a spill midway through his first run, but when it came time for his second, he shook himself and proceeded to go bigger and drop sicker tricks than anyone else.

Dew Tour: BMX Park Prelims Results

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 7:03pm
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It was a sketchy BMX Park prelim competition tonight at the Rose Garden as the need for two neck braces and a stretcher (for Vince Byron) had the medical crew working overtime. But all the riders continued to go big, with 12 advancing to the finals, scheduled for tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Here are the riders who will be competing in the finals, in order of qualifying score.

1. Mike Spinner

2. Daniel Dhers

3. Garrett Reynolds

4. Drew Bezanson

5. Craig Mast

6. Brett Banasiewicz

7. Andrew Buckworth

8. Dennis Enarson

9. Mark Webb

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