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Spaulding Roundup: Goines and Kendricks Healing; Barr Named to Another Award List

Simon Goines and Connor McDermott hope to return to strengthen the Bruin offensive line on Saturday, while Anthony Barr gets closer to one of college football's most prestigious honors.

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The Bruins continue to put last Saturday's game at Oregon behind them, and work toward this weekend's Homecoming game against Colorado at the Rose Bowl. Coach Mora talked with the media as usual after this morning's practice. (video via BSRTV - YouTube).

As gbruin noted yesterday, Simon Goines is looking good to return on Saturday against the Buffaloes. Per Jack Wang, both Goines and Connor McDermott were active at practice today, sans pads. Eric Kendricks was also limited this morning, though as noted by Chris Foster, Mora thinks that he will play this weekend.

... "You don't like to divulge a lot of what happens on the sideline because it's kind of a sanctuary," Mora said. "But when he had to leave the game, he was sobbing like a little baby. It hurt him not to be out there with his teammates. You want that passion in all your players. It's going to be hard to keep him off the field."

Foster noted the uneven nature of the offense over the past couple of weeks - the lack of an effective run game against Stanford and the almost complete absence of a passing game at Oregon.

In an announcement that should surprise no one, but still earn plenty of respect and praise, Anthony Barr was named as a semi-finalist for this year's Chuck Bednarik Award. Congrats to Anthony for being one of the 16 players remaining under consideration for the award recognizing college football's best defensive player.

Wang talked with Scott Quessenbery about taking off his redshirt last week and making his first collegiate action on the road at Oregon as a starter.

While the Bruin Football experience in Eugene was not as satisfying as we had hoped, it was far better than what a recent Oregon Football alum received in his return to campus and his first (and only) time watching a game from Autzen Stadium. Per the Oregonian columnist who published the letter, another recent Oregon player has backed up the heavily negative view of his old fanbase. After seeing how Kevin Love was treated in his one trip to play in Eugene (and the reaction of his Oregon alum father to the abuse), I can't say that I am shocked. But the article is not about any impoliteness toward the opposition, but against their own Ducks.