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Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota has won the job as starting quarterback for No. 5 Oregon.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly announced Friday that Mariota had earned the job over sophomore Bryan Bennett, who was Darron Thomas' backup last season. Thomas left school early to declare his eligibility for the NFL draft.
Oregon went 12-2 last season and defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks open this season at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 1.
Mariota is the first freshman to start in an opener for Oregon since Danny O'Neil in 1991.
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Beats out Bryan Bennett
The quarterback battle at the Oregon Ducks football program has officially been decided.
After the surprise departure of Darron Thomas to the NFL draft, Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota were left to compete for one of the top jobs in college football. The two competed through spring, summer, and fall camps and made the decision a tough one for Head Coach...
Kenjon Barner is quick to say that he is no LaMichael James.
And he doesn't want to be.
Barner takes over this season as the top running back for Oregon now that James has moved on to the San Francisco 49ers. He says he's ready to establish his own legacy with the Ducks - separate from the one-two punch he formed with James the past two seasons.
Often over the last two...
EUGENE -- The heavily scrutinized quarterback battle was put to rest Friday when redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota was named the starter over sophomore Bryan Bennett. The announcement came just over a week from the Ducks’ Sept. 1 season-opener against Arkansas State.
2011 Record: 12-2 (8-1 in Pac-12)
Head Coach: Chip Kelly (34-6 at Oregon, 25-2 in Pac-12)
Last Bowl Game: 2011 season Rose Bowl: beat Wisconsin 45-30
2011 Exit Survey
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Out of Conference: 9/1 vs Arkansas St, 9/8 vs Fresno St, 9/15 vs Tennessee Tech
Revenge: 11/3 at USC
Swing Games:10/6 vs Washington, 11/10 at Cal, 11...
OMG! OMG! The Oregon Ducks showed off their new uniforms!
Actually, excuse me. According to the mainstream media, they “unveiled” new uniforms.
These uniforms are top of the line. They’re the most technologically advanced uniforms ever created. Rumor has it their helmets are going to be an offspring of the new, shiny, winged version debuted at the Rose Bowl.
Can you believe...
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks took to Autzen Stadium to finish up preseason fall camp on Thursday morning with a lot of hyperbole and speculation surrounding who will be placed amongst the first-team on the depth chart that is scheduled to be released sometime on Friday.
The Oregon Ducks announced the initial depth chart for the first game against Arkansas State on Sept. 1, 2012.
Freshman Marcus Mariota has been named the starting quarterback in Eugene, and he strongly believes he will become the best quarterback in Oregon history.That's quite a claim when you consider the great names that have recently been in Eugene: Joey Harrington, Dennis Dixon, Jeramiah Masoli, and Darron Thomas.Harrington almost won the Heisman Trophy, Dixon went 10-0 his senior...
In the hunt for the next great quarterback at Oregon, all signs entering the fall seemed to point toward Bryan Bennett. The third-year sophomore played in nine games last season backing up Darron Thomas, and in his one start, led the Ducks to a 45-2 road win at Colorado. Not too shabby a debut, huh?
However, if you really followed the quarterback position closely in...
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks women’s soccer team fought hard against the #11 ranked Portland Pilots on Friday night on the road at Merlo Field but came up short, losing the match 2-0. After giving up a goal in the third minute of action, the Ducks came back aggressively but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.