Zone Read PM: Oregon volleyball welcomes new recruits, Kenjon Barner and the importance of a name

Posted by Eddie Paskal on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:16 pm.

While Chip Kelly and none of the Oregon football players will even mention it, if everything goes according to plan and the Ducks can win their next three games presumably they will be playing for a national championship on Jan. 7.

However several steep challenges remain, and the next one is a date with No. 13 Stanford.

Since the dawn of the David Shaw era in Palo Alto, the Cardinal has become a hard-nosed, disciplined team. Stanford boasts a potent running game namely thanks to running back Stepfan Taylor and this could be troublesome for Oregon with a banged up defensive line.

ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller takes a look at the recent history between the two schools and the possibility of Stanford ruining Oregon’s national title aspirations.

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The Oregon volleyball team has officially welcomed four new players to the squad for the 2013 season.

With the departure of such stalwarts like Alaina Bergsma and Kat Fischer to graduation, the commitment of four impressive prep players is quality news for the future of the program.

Amanda Benson, Naya Crittenden, Kacey Nady and Haylee Roberts will hope to arrive on campus and be able to contribute to Jim Moore’s top-flight team.

GoDucks.com provides brief biographies on each player and comments from Moore.

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After the record-breaking performances and incredible runs, Oregon’s star running back Kenjon Barner is becoming a household name throughout the country.

However, for all the glamour and accolades that Barner has received as of late, his story could have been very different.

CBS Sports Dennis Dodd takes a deeper look into the Barner family history and shows why Kenjon is more than just a name.

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Accused steroid user Melky Cabrera has a new home. After becoming a free agent after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, sources say the outfielder has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Prior to his suspension, Cabrera was having an all-star caliber year and won the MVP of the 2012 All-Star game helping to secure home field advantage for the National League in the World Series.