UO at Cal
- Portland Tribune - Sports
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Stadium
TV, radio: KATU (2), KXL (750 AM)
• Receiver Jaison Williams has emerged as the star, but coach Mike Bellotti says that once Cameron Colvin gets healthy, 'he'll make his presence felt.' Colvin, who has five receptions, doesn't suffer from lack of confidence. 'He's battling a series of injuries,' Bellotti says, referring to Colvin's torn quadriceps last December and lingering hamstring issue this season.
• Bellotti, on whether the Ducks soon could be mentioned in the same breath as the 2001-02 Fiesta Bowl team that went 11-1: 'It's very, very early. (But) yes, absolutely. We have a greater diversity of offense, we're similar with two great tailbacks who can play, (many) receivers who can contribute, and we're as good or better at offensive line. Our concern at this point is keeping our defense healthy.'
• Bellotti's theme before the ASU game: 'You keep winning games because of your character and not your talent.'
• Cal's Daymeion Hughes leads the Pac-10 in interceptions with five. The Cal defense ranks ninth in yardage allowed in the Pac-10, but the Ducks will have to deal with Hughes. 'He'll sit on routes. He's fast enough to recover and physical enough to knock receivers off routes,' Bellotti says.
• Bellotti says one key against Cal will be to 'find ways to get to their quarterback (Nate Longshore) and disrupt his rhythm.'
• Interesting quote from Bellotti about the spread offense, saying that he wanted to change to it when Jason Fife and Kellen Clemens were around, 'but I couldn't get my offensive staff excited about it, and I felt like I'd be rowing upstream.' One wonders how much confidence Bellotti had in then-offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig to run it.
• The Ducks picked up their 11th verbal commitment this week, from Talmadge Jackson, a cornerback-running back from Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., according to Educk.com. The verbal list includes highly rated offensive linemen Charlie Carmichael of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Carson York of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, defensive lineman Myles Wade of Central Catholic High, and cornerback Anthony Gilden and linebacker Casey Matthews (son of former USC and NFL great Clay Matthews) of nationally ranked Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Calif.
- Jason Vondersmith