The Ducks rebounded as we expected, thumping Nevada in Saturday's home opener. For me, the upside was the contributions by the rookies. Half the time names called for carries or catches were Autzen newbies. Receptions by Vaughn, Murphy, Dungy, and Lyerla gave us a glimpse of the future of our receivers. Tra Carson, you know - the kid who broke LaMichael's TD record in Texas, looks to give us more of a short yardage power runner. But, the biggest impact was by the Black Mamba, De'Athony Thomas. His 204 all purpose yards gave us an idea why he was such a highly valued recruit - and why we are fortunate he became a Duck. His ability to step in immediately makes us forget all about that other "marquee" running back that has left the program.