Not a whole lot of news out of the Huskies today. However, as is the Tuesday custom, we had a very useful briefing from offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. His challenge this week is scoring more points than Oregon -- obviously -- and ideally scoring them slowly enough to keep the ball away from the offensive-minded Ducks as much as possible. My Wednesday story deals with how he plans to walk that tightrope.
A few other details and notes:
Lappano and coach Tyrone Willingham have been non-committal on the planned tailback rotation for this week, however Lappano said he was impressed with Brandon Johnson's straight-ahead physical running style.
Lappano said another new offensive contributor could be guard Jordan White-Frisbee, who is making progress since his conversion from defensive tackle.
Anthony Russo, Greyson Gunheim, Wilson Afoa and Rankin practiced Tuesday in the honorary gold jerseys.
Oregon defensive end Nick Reed was selected Pac-10 defensive player. Against Washington State, Reed had a team-high 11 tackles, including six solo, five for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. Earlier, Reed had been named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Andre Crenshaw will assume Oregon's runner/receiver hybrid position previously handled by Jeremiah Johnson, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Finally, reports out of Eugene indicate that the Ducks are expected to debut new white helmets on Saturday. (That photo, by the way, is from the UO web site).