Kelly Moving on to USC

Chip Kelly was most impressed with the effort his team put against Washington on Saturday in all aspects of the game. Oregon destroyed Washington 43-19 and the offense, defense, and special teams turned in key plays. Kelly, while happy with the win, is now completely involved in preparing for the next opponent -- the USC Trojans.

The Ducks completely controlled the contest on Saturday and got several key plays, including a blocked punt by Rory Cavaille, a first-down conversion by Nate Costa on a planned fake field goal attempt, plus numerous notable offensive and defensive plays.

Kelly calls USC, "the best team we will have faced to date." This week the Oregon - USC game will be the focal point of national attention and surely many will ask based on his observation if USC is better than Boise State. BSU is ranked 7th in the BCS while USC is ranked ahead of them at 5th.

"They're USC for a reason," said Kelly. "It's not like they snuck up on somebody."

The Duck headman suggested to reporters on Sunday that anyone who doubted USC's talent need only to look at a recruiting site and see the number of 5-star players USC signs and then compare for themselves.

While he was offensive coordinator, Kelly designed a game plan that beat USC 24-17 at Autzen Stadium, however he doesn't even try to make comparisons between this team and then.

"I don't have time to compare the 2007 team to the 2009 team," Kelly said. "We're too busy watching film on our opponents.

ESPN's GameDay is coming to Eugene again next weekend. Kelly is happy for the attention the show brings to the university, but otherwise he and his team are unaffected by it. The Ducks will be tied up in team meetings at a hotel starting Friday evening until game time.

"As (far as) players on our team, we never see it," commented Kelly on College GameDay. "None of our guys...we're at the hotel. They're on from 7 to 9 so we don't see any of the hysteria and all the craziness that surrounds the show."

Notes:
Kelly had no comment on the two calls made on Brandon Bair or a call on T.J. Ward. The calls on Bair and Ward were personal fouls. Bair indicated after the game that he did not know why they were called as he was playing the same way as always. In replays of the game it appeared that Ward was simply playing through until the whistle and pushed a player that had not yet touched his knee to the ground. Kelly mentioned any kind of disputes over officiating would be handled by the conference.

The status of two players injured in the Husky game -- linebacker Josh Kaddu and Talmadge Jackson III were not addressed by Kelly though he did say that Jackson is listed as day-to-day and expected at practice tomorrow. Kaddu however is scheduled to see doctors about his foot.


eDuck Top Stories