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Tony James, the speedy all-purpose back from Gainesville, Florida, committed to Oregon on Sunday morning, according to ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson and Justin Hopkins of Duck Territory.
James has to really be sold on the Ducks. He committed after making his official visit the night of some of the worst weather in the school's football history a steady downpour of miserable swirling rain that'd discourage many prospects from warm weather states.
A 4-star prospect with offers from Florida, James is 5-9, 175, with a top 100 meter time of 10.52. He's shifty and elusive in the open field, a good student with a 3.0 G.P.A. A four star commit with offers from Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami and over a dozen others. He coveted an Oregon offer from the beginning of his recruiting.
His commitment gives the Ducks a big, powerful back with good speed in Royce Freeman, and a shifty, quick one in James. His highlight tapes can be found here.
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Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns and Byron Marshall ran for 130 yards and two more scores for the Ducks (4-0, 1-0).
The game was played as a strong storm swept across the Pacific Northwest, cutting...
A strong start to his NFL career has quickly faded into a disappointing mess that is looking kind of scary. Michael Vick looked like he was ready to run Chip Kelly's offense, and looked great doing it against Washington.
But that was just one game. The team has been in shambles ever since. While back on the West Coast Chip Kelly's former team is still beating up lesser...
With one of the worst nights of weather for an Oregon game since the 1983 Toilet Bowl, the Ducks achieved a much different outcome than they did 30 years ago.
Among the critical differences between then and now are talent, quickness, desire and athleticism: on this treacherous Saturday there were 10 fumbles in the slippery conditions, and the Ducks recovered 8 of them, four of Cal...
Ducks win another
In yesterday’s torrential downpour at Autzen Stadium, Byron Marshall fumbled two of his first four touches while filling in for the injured De’Anthony Thomas.
That didn’t stop him, though, from going on to have one of the best games of any player.
“Marshall entered the game with two touchdowns and tied that mark within the game’s first 10 minutes. He capped...
With De'Anthony Thomas injured on the opening kickoff, Bralon Addison, Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and the Oregon defense sparked a 55-10 win that was short on artistry but long on guts and heart.
The defense applied relentless pressure and swarming pursuit, striking for 5 turnovers. Addison tied a school record with two punt returns for touchdowns. Marshall ran 19 times for...
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon corner back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu answers media questions following Oregon's 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota responds to media questions following Oregon's 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
Marcus Mariota says Thomas Tyner improves every day in practice and he's going to be a special player.
Aliotti gives grudging praise to his defense, noting they only allowed one explosion play a pass for 33 yards ("on an all-out blitz, a mistake by the coordinator"). Cal's longest run was for 13 yards, and the Ducks held them, with aid from the miserable weather...
In-game notes taken while working the game for Duck Sports Authority:
Wogan blasts one 8 yards deep, touchback. That's going to be a huge weapon when they face dangerous returners.
Bears first throw underneath to Harper for 6 yards. They'll be looking to dink and dunk the Ducks all night, but very difficult to do that successfully.
1-6 start for Mariota passing, again...
Everybody has a plan until you punch them in the mouth.
I don't expect Mark Helfrich to get a face tattoo anytime soon, but one thing he has done very well in his first few weeks on the job is instill an attitude of toughness in the 2013 team. It's the best indicator yet of what kind of coach he will be after a 4-0 start against the bottom half of the schedule.
Prior to kickoff of Saturday's game against Cal, Oregon tweeted out this photo of the Ducks' new, matte black helmets they'll be wearing against the Bears.
Courtesy of Mike Wines of Oregon Duck Soup, here is the Oregon football motivational from goducks.com:
…make that three new helmet designs that we were unaware of before today’s slate of games. Oklahoma State and Arizona State have already debuted their new lids – now we’ve got a new black helmet from the kings of uniform upgrades, the Oregon Ducks. The school’s Twitter account posted a picture tonight ahead of the Ducks’ matchup with Cal:
Today’s Oregon uniform will...
EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks opened up Pac-12 play against California on Saturday, but suffered a major loss when running back De’Anthony Thomas suffered an apparent leg injury on the opening kickoff. After taking a huge hit, Thomas grabbed his leg and helped off the field. The junior back was seen later on the […]
EUGENE, Ore. – Things couldn’t have gone much worse for California as the faced the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks In Monsoon like conditions Cal had four fumbles and gave up an interception while the Ducks, let the rain slide off their backs to score often and went into halftime leading 41-3.