The Chemistry is Second Nature

Last week he had the headsets on but this Saturday, Masoli likely will be the starter when the Oregon Ducks take on the Boise State Broncos in Autzen Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Even though he'll most likely be the starter, Masoli is also going to be sharing the role with freshman Chris Harper.

"Last week we were preparing just as hard you' never know it could be just one play away," said Jeremiah Masoli about the process of getting ready to take on BSU. "This week I'm taking it the same but to another degree."

Oregon lost starting quarterback Justin Roper to an injured left knee in the Purdue game but when that happened Masoli was on the sideline with the headsets on. Chris Harper finished off the game for the win as he led the Ducks in the final overtime stanza and now the Ducks are 3-0 for the season and ranked 12th in the Coaches Poll and 17th by the Associated Press. This week the Ducks will use both Masoli and Harper in a contest that matches the Ducks with one of the most successful programs in the country over the last several years. BSU is 2-0 and is making the first visit ever tot Autzen Stadium. What does Masoli think about the Broncos?

"They're a tough defense," observed Masoli of this week's opponent. "They like to hit. They look very physical on film. It's going to be another test for us."

So far this season Masoli is 16-for-28, 196 yards and two touchdowns. He's also rushed for 19 yards on three tries with a long of 15. Masoli did not get onto the field against Purdue last week but Harper did and now for the season has rushed the ball 20 times for 102 yards net and scoring two touchdowns. Harper has also made six passes, completing four for a total of 40 yards with a long of 31 and has tossed one touchdown throw.

The BSU defense has been pretty stingy so far in the early part of the season giving up only 257.0 total yards of offense and only 14 points per game. The Ducks are averaging 562.33 yards per game (4th nationally) and is ninth in scoring at 47.33 points per game.

Some may wonder how two players that met each other two and half months ago are going to manage sharing the responsibilities and duties of quarterback in a game that is going to draw a lot of attention throughout the country. Working together isn't going to be a problem according to Masoli because he feels the team is a family and the cohesiveness between everyone, especially the quarterbacks is very good.

"We've been building that chemistry since fall camp," admits Masoli. "It's just like second nature already."

The game is going to be carried on the Oregon Sports Network starting at 12:30 p.m. and will also be available on the radio via the OSN radio network and on XM satellite radio.




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