Found September 16, 2013 on
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The Oregon Ducks are dangerous. The lopsided scores so far this season should be enough indication of that.
But if I’m a defensive coordinator that has Oregon on the upcoming schedule, what I saw this weekend has me fretting even more.
In addition to its speed, Oregon has more versatility than ever before. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has multiple speedy receivers to throw the ball to. He’s a threat to run it and De’Anthony Thomas obviously can break big runs at any time.
With a pair of good running backs behind Thomas on the depth chart in Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner, Oregon will have no problem rolling up more 300-yard rushing games.
And now, there’s a new option.
Johnny Mundt burst onto the scene against Tennessee. The freshman tight end has a big frame, good hands and enough speed to turn a short pass into a long gain. He got the start against the Volunteers because Colt Lyerla was unable to play.
When Lyerla returns, the Ducks can add yet another wri...
BEST OF MAXIM
In his weekly Sunday teleconference with the local media, Mark Helfrich clarified his policy regarding disclosing player injury and illness information and why he replied "circumstances" when asked to explain Colt Lyerla's absence from Saturday's game.
The Ducks have a team policy of not discussing player injuries or illnesses, the coach said.
Bane in pain, and...
After each week during the college football season I usually put together an “All-Video Game Numbers Team”. It’s a fantasy formatted team (QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DST) compiled of FBS players that just put up ridiculous stats that week, whether they’re playing Alabama or Eastern Alabama A&M. Here’s the best of Week Three.
QB Johnny Manziel (Sophomore, Texas...
Tight end Colt Lyerla is leaving No. 2 Oregon because of personal reasons.
Lyerla did not travel with the Ducks to their game at Colorado on Saturday. Coach Mark Helfrich said after the 57-16 victory that the junior was suspended for a game for violating team rules.
The nature of the violation wasn't disclosed.
Lyerla told Oregon's athletics website that his withdrawal...
Strike A Pose!
The Oregonian’s John Canzano warns Marcus Mariota that Heisman talks are coming, and coming quickly.
Canzano: Marcus Mariota would have reduced Johnny Manziel to a mop-up man
Oregon Ducks quarterback acts like he doesn’t want to win the Heisman, but he’s on the right path, isn’t he?
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Speaking to reporters after practice, Colt Lyerla talks about the mini-controversy created by his interview with Jason Quick of the Oregonian.
"The last thing I wanted was to be a distraction from the success we're having right now," he said, speaking with Comcast Sports Northwest and other reporters.
"I just want everyone to know I'm here 100% committed...
Freshman tight end Johnny Mundt had already impressed his Oregon coaches and teammates with his work ethic.
Against Tennessee, he impressed everyone else, too.
Mundt subbed for absent tight end Colt Lyerla against the Volunteers on Saturday and had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks defeated Tennessee 59-14 to remain No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.
Sometimes in life, it is not about how you start, but rather how you finish.
Marcus Mariota and Oregon proved that this afternoon. Mariota and the Ducks overcame a bit of a slow start in their game and wound up vivisecting the Tennessee Volunteers 59-14 today at Autzen Stadium.
Mariota started off two for his first seven passing, and the Ducks as a team had four penalties...
Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14 on Saturday.
Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.
Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was...
Paul Mueller of Bleacher Report has his list of "The Most Explosive Players in College Football" and it includes two Ducks.
Thanks to reader New York Duck, who sent this video along in the comments section.
After stumbling and looking out of synch in the game's first 9 minutes, the Ducks scored 59 unanswered points and 8 touchdowns in 8 possessions in a 59-14 win over Tennessee. Marcus Mariota led the electric offensive effort with 456 yards passing, while the defense used stifling pursuit to limit big plays, holding the Vols to a single touchdown in the first quarter until a late...
It ended up being a big tease.
At the beginning of Oregon's game with Tennessee at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, it appeared that Marcus Mariota was slightly off his game, misfiring on short throws, and failing to establish any rhythm.
Six minutes into the game, all the telltale signs for a major college football upset were present. Tennessee was up 7-0, dominating with...
The Ducks stuck to the plan. You have to like the poise they showed in overcoming a shaky start, getting Marcus Mariota in a great rhythm despite early struggles in the passing game. It was the first time they trailed all year after getting off to lightning fast starts in their first two games, and the feeling is that this team takes its cues from their even-keel coach and chill...
Erik and Robby discuss Oregon's 59-14 win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Post game comments from Ducks QB Marcus Mariota, DL DeForest Buckner and TE Johnny Mundt can be heard.
If not Texas A&M, could Marcus Mariota and Oregon be best-suited to challenge Alabama? Photo: USA Today Sports
1. Alabama and Oregon have to play each other
While you were busy watching the most entertaining three hours college football has had to offer so far this season, Oregon was busy doing unspeakable things to Tennessee. The Volunteers are very obviously in a rebuilding...
The SEC came calling to Autzen Stadium as the University of Tennessee Volunteers came calling to visit the number two ranked college football team in the nation, the University of Oregon Ducks. Under new coach Mark Helfrich, Oregon hasn’t lost a beat from their break neck offensive attack, as they are actually executing plays faster under Helfrich than previous coach Chip Kelly...