Found August 14, 2013 on The Duck Stops Here:
PLAYERS: Marcus Mariota
TEAMS: Oregon Ducks
Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota is the regional cover boy for Sports Illustrated's College Football Issue. The Webfoots last won this honor with Jeremiah Masoli in 2009. Keep in mind, the SI cover jinx is a classic case of selective memory and sample size, like when folks point to the two and three-stars that become All-Americans. Breathe, and remember it's good that the Ducks are cool and on top of the football world.

No. 8 Oregon Ducks season preview: Will the Quack Attack make another BCS run?

No. 8 Oregon Ducks (12-1) Coach Mark Helfrich (first season as a head coach)Returning Starters: 16, 8 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 22Strength of Schedule: 39 Chip Kelly bolted for the NFL following four seasons at Oregon that each ended with a BCS bowl berth. New coach Mark Helfrich was Kelly’s offensive coordinator and, after the Ducks averaged almost...

Oregon RB Thomas Tyner Seen on Crutches

In the wake of Chip Kelly leaving the Oregon Ducks, all eyes turn now to new coach Mark Helfrich to see if he can carry on the legacy that Kelly started. Everyone knows that Oregon shines in the speed of their backfield, and it seems they have suffered a major loss in that department. CBS Sports is reporting that five-star true freshman Thomas Tyner was seen leaving the facility...

QB Mariota set to add leadership to his skillset

Marcus Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. Oregon's softspoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle this summer, says he's ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year. He's already got an impressive skillset. Last season as a redshirt freshman, Mariota set the team'...

Oregon football recruiting: Fastest player in college football wants Oregon offer

Tyreek Hill has offers from Florida State and Alabama, but he wants one from the Oregon Ducks. The 5-9, 186-lb. running back from Garden City Community College in Kansas has been timed in 9.98 (wind-aided) in the 100 meters. As high school track star he ran the 200 in 20.14, the second fastest time in national prep track history. You can't teach speed: in a game against Butler...

Josh Huff, Everett Benyard III highlight Wednesday's two-a-day session with lifetime achievement

The Ducks held two spirited practice sessions Wednesday with renewed physicality and intensity, but Josh Huff and Everett Benyard lll won the day. Yesterday it came out that the two seniors are graduating Saturday, walking in Oregon's summer commencement ceremony with degrees in Sociology and General Social Science respectively. Big man, big accomplishment: 6-7, 305-lb. offensive...

The Six Must-Watch Games For The Oregon Ducks In 2013

This article courtesy of, a partner of Oregon Sports News: With football season less than a month away, it is time to announce my top six games of the season.  I am excited for any game that involves the Ducks, but more excited for certain ones.  Here are my top six and why I can’t wait to see them. 6. Nicholls State – August 31 Let’s call...

Who could unseat the Ducks as the Pac-12 standard?

Rising Programs The Oregon Ducks are currently the standard of excellence in the Pac-12, there is no doubting that. Coming off their second straight BCS Bowl victory and a No. 2 finish in the polls, though they missed out on their fourth straight Pac-10/12 Championship because of Stanford, they were still undoubtedly the team to beat in the conference. This coming year doesn’t...

Oregon football recruiting: Adoree' Jackson basking in 5-star fame--Can the Ducks get his attention?

Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California is a football dynasty. They won CIF Division ll Championships in '09 and 2012, have had 14-1 and 15-0 seasons. Along the way they produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer, three highly-touted receivers that wound up at USC. The latest Cavalier five-star recruit is Adoree' "Sweetpea" Jackson, a 5-10,...

Injury news is rarely good news, but Ducks press on

Freshman speedster Thomas Tyner left the Hatfield-Dowlin complex in street clothes, wearing a walking boot and on crutches. Jason Quick of the Oregonian reported that Tyner was wheeled out of practice on a cart. In post-practice interviews head coach Mark Helfrich seem to suggest that the boot was precautionary, telling Quick, "To my knowledge he is 100%. The boot business...

2013 Oregon Ducks Football Season Preview

Key Players: Quarterback Marcus Mariota, Running Back De’Anthony Thomas, Wide Receiver Josh Huff, Tight End Colt Lyerla, Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Key Losses: Running Back Kenjon Barner, Offensive Guard Kyle Long, Defensive End Dion Jordan, Inside Linebacker Kiko Alonso, Safety John Boyett Breakout Players: Running Back Byron Marshall, Wide Receiver Daryle Hawkins, Defensive Tackle... gives the Ducks a preseason downgrade

Sports Illustrated's legendary college football preview issue is out, and it's a massive but meaningless snub for the Oregon Ducks. The magazine rates the Webfoots fifth in the country, behind Alabama (understandable), Stanford (questionable), Texas A&M (ludicrous), and Ohio State (a tribute to their cream puff schedule). Gabriel Baumgaertner wrote the preview, which...

Smash makes a stand: Byron Marshall paces the Oregon offense in first live scrimmage

Oregon's #3-ranked football team ran 130 plays today, in a situational scrimmage Mark Helfrich described as "live clock, live action, down and distance situation," a close-to-the-real-thing workout with officials that allowed coaches to get a good, extended look at young guys with the season 17 days away. Burnin' down the house: Byron "Smash" Marshall...

Post Practice Wrap Up 081313

EUGENE, Ore. --'s Erik Skopil and Steve Summers discuss what happened during the post practice interviews on Aug. 13, 2013. The Oregon Ducks are in the second week of fall camp.

Podcast: What to watch this season with Matt Zemek

CLICK HERE to download. With the 2013 college football season right around the corner, Matt Zemek of College Football News joins CBR's Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss some of the most compelling stories that they'll be watching this year. Matt and Allen touch on: *The new targeting rules; *Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota; *Lane Kiffin's future...

Receivers shine in fast-paced practice as Ducks earn Friday off

Mark Helfrich gave the Oregon Ducks the day off today after a productive full-pads practice on Thursday afternoon following a morning walk-through. New Sports Illustrated Cover Boy Marcus Mariota was especially sharp in 7-on-7. Rob Moseley of reported that Chance Allen and Blake Stanton made a pair of athletic receptions to help him. Moseley says Allen, a tall, smooth...
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