News: Oregon kicker Rob Beard got back in action during the second half of last week's win over Washington State, leading to the question, who will get the start this week -- Beard or his fill-in, Alejandro Maldonado?
Analysis: Maldonado had filled in capably for Beard for most of the season, but coaches didn't clarify who was going to get the nod this week, which considering Oregon's offensive potential, is a little disappointing.
News: Oregon's placekicking situation seems to be fine. Alejandro Maldonado was called into action when starter Rob Beard suffered an injury and has been flawless -- hitting all eight of his extra points against Arizona. In all, he's 25-of-25 in three games.
Analysis: Such is the potency of Oregon's offense that Maldonado has been called on to deliver extra points, not field goals. He's been rock steady when called on, which must make coach Chip Kelly much more comfortable.
News: Oregon kicker Rob Beard is considered probable after missing last week's game due to illness.
Analysis: Illness is definitely better than a leg injury. However the Ducks play Montana State and I wouldn't be surprised to see Alejandro Maldonado handling kicking duties again if Beard is not 100 percent.
News:Alejandro Maldonado was called on for Oregon kicking duty Saturday after a late decision to sit kicker Rob Beard. Maldonado was 9-for-9 on extra points in the game. A year ago, Maldonado was taken out of a redshirt season in the season's final weeks to do punting chores.
Analysis: Oregon coach Chip Kelly does not discuss injuries, so there's not telling whether Beard will be back soon or if he has a serious injury. For now, it's safe to say the Duck kicking game is in solid hands no matter who lines up back there.