Oregon Football: Duck Quotes from Pac-12 Media Day

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2012

Oregon Football: Duck Quotes from Pac-12 Media Day

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    Just like that, Oregon's involvement with the Pac-12 media day has come and gone and college football fans are one step closer to the upcoming season.

    Coming into the year, the media voted that USC would win the Pac-12 South division and that Oregon would win the Pac-12 North division.

    In the end, most believed that USC would regain their spot on top of the Pac-12 conference. 

    While the preseason rankings and predictions are fun to read about, once the ball is kicked off, the polls become meaningless. For Ducks fans, what is meaningful is some of the things that the Duck attendees said.

    With Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner and Michael Clay representing the program, here are the things that they said in case you missed it. 

    Joe Penkala is a B/R National Featured Columnist who covers college football. You can contact him @joepenkala. 

Chip Kelly

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    Leading the Ducks into his fourth Pac-12 media day was Chip Kelly. Here are some of the main things that Kelly had to say today:

    • "We only had 10 seniors on last year's team." Only 16 seniors this year, by the way.
    • "De'Anthony's role will increase and Kenjon's role will increase." Kelly was very quick and to the point on this comment after being asked if De'Anthony Thomas would see an increased role.
    • When asked about the potential of De'Anthony Thomas and what he can do Kelly said, "Hopefully a lot ... the only thing we won't do is let him throw ... you'll see him a little bit more in the kick return game, maybe punt return."

Kenjon Barner

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    Representing the offense this year was Kenjon Barner. Most of the talking was done by Kelly but here are some remarks from Barner:

    • The issue that is becoming more clear every day is the idea of Oregon getting new uniforms. When asked, Barner said, "Who knows what to expect? It's Oregon."
    • Barner also sounded like a player who has spent a lot of time around Kelly when answering a question about pressure by saying, "Pressure is what you feel when you don't know what you're doing. I've been in this position a few times in my career."

Michael Clay

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    Michael Clay was also present at media day representing the defense. While he didn't have as much to say as Barner and Kelly, Clay did provide the quote of the day for the Ducks:

    • When talking about the defense, Clay offered up this gem to describe what they look for: "We don't want the big, slow, clunky guys."