Lock It Up- CSN Insiders CFB Picks, Week 8
The mid-season point of the college football season sees the Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) ranked No. 2 in the country and playing their typical brand of dominant football.
On point: So far Oregon as demonstrated a dramatic improvement over last season. The Ducks struggled in most categories last year but appear to have turned the corner.
On 19 punts, UO has allowed four returns for an average of four yards per return. That’s tied for 23rd in the nation. The Ducks are 13th in net punting (40.2 per play).
UO ranks 67th in kick off return yards allowed (21.32 per return).
Oregon ranks seventh in average put return yards (18.25) and 53rd in average kick off return yardage (22). Wide receiver Bralon Addison is the reason why. He is second in the nation in punt return average (23.9) thanks to two spectacular touchdown returns of 75 and 67 yards against California.
Senior Alejandro Maldonado is averaging a solid 41 yards per punt on 19 attempts and has placed eight inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and four have gone 50-plus yards.
As a field goal kicker, Maldonado has not received many opportunities but has made three of four attempts.
Freshman kicker Matt Wogan made his only field goal attempt and is delivering booming kickoffs.
Missing the mark: Let the kickers kick. Five attempts are not very many. Clearly Oregon is not concerned about giving kickers ample game experience in preparation of a big moment that may or may not come in a close game.
So be it.
MVP: Addison. His development as a return threat has allowed De’Anthony Thomas to focus solely on being a running back.
Grade: B. Not much to be concerned about here. Solid all the way around.
Next up: Defense