The Slant – Episode 189 – NFL Week One Predictions, Byron Marshall, And Heisman Frontrunners

On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein interviews Oregon Sports News writer Brian Hight. Brian uses his advanced sabermetricssystem to predict week one of the NFL season. Later, Brad tells you what Oregon running back Byron Marshall should do to learn his lesson about his Saturday’s blunder, plus early frontrunners for the Heisman. http://oregonsportsnews.com/wp-content...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 CFB Rankings (Week 1)

Marcus Mariota and his Oregon Ducks could move up to the No.1 spot with a win over MSU this weekend. 1. Florida St (1-0) 2. Oregon (1-0) 3. Alabama (1-0) 4. Auburn  (1-0) 5. Oklahoma  (1-0) 6. Michigan St  (1-0) 7. LSU  (1-0) 8. Baylor  (1-0) 9. Georgia  (1-0) 10. UCLA  (1-0) 11. Stanford  (1-0) 12. Arizona St  (1-0) 13. Ole Miss  (1-0) 14. USC (1-0) 15. Texas A&M ...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview

Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the preconference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season. The University of Nike Product Development...
Via The Sports Bank
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Duck fans pray “we don’t get fooled again”

Lost in a 62-point barrage by the Oregon offense Saturday night was a solid debut by the 2014 Oregon offensive line. With two new starters, tackle Andrew Yruretagoyena and guard Jake Pisarcik, they didn’t allow a sack. The Ducks averaged 7.7 yards a carry and had just two negative plays, one on a pass  on the first play of the game when Thomas Tyner was stopped one-on-one on a...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon RB Byron Marshall Drops Football Before Crossing The Goal Line

It never ceases to amaze me when this happens. Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall had a monster game against South Dakota State, but his most memorable play was this epic blunder. He dropped the ball just before the end zone and a 54-yard touchdown turned into a touchback and South Dakota State ball. Marshall […] The post Oregon RB Byron Marshall Drops Football Before Crossing...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Byron Marshall pulls a DeSean Jackson, drops ball before end zone (Video)

Byron Marshall had a monster game for Oregon in the Ducks’ season-opening 62-13 win over South Dakota on Saturday night in Eugene, but it would have been even bigger if not for a mental mistake. Marshall took a second quarter handoff and broke through the defense for what should have been a 54-yard touchdown. However, […]
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Measure the Ducks Saturday not by the scoreboard, but what they could be

Pick a number. The Ducks could reach it. Oregon is a 52 1/2 favorite for Saturday night’s opening game against South Dakota, and if Mark Helfrich went full throttle with the number one offense for four quarters, the Ducks might have to hand out coupons for free chalupas. Helfrich is too class a guy for that. There’s a great likelihood that Oregon will empty the bench by the middle...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pellum on the sidelines is the first right move for the Oregon defense

After four weeks of smashing each other, the Ducks finally get to play a game, and fans get a first look at what looks to be an improved, energized and aggressive defense (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports). Ultimately it’s not about the x’s and the o’s, it’s about the energy, execution and effort. Which is why Duck fans should be encouraged by Don Pellum’s decision to coach...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Mariota on goals, pressure and preparation

In this video from Comcast Sports NW, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota talks about the team’s response to pressure and expectations, stating very directly that the goal is to win the conference and compete for the national championship. He praises the team’s effort in fall camp. What’s most striking in the video in how comfortable he looks in the spotlight. It still isn...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon cashing in on Marcus Mariota, selling 25 different versions of his jersey (Photo)

You have to love college sports. While the NCAA has stopped selling player jerseys, the schools themselves haven’t. What’s funny is that other teams are doing the same thing, per the Big Lead. But it gets better, as ESPN notes, because amateurism is the best! Michigan is offering 17 versions of No. 98, QB Devin Gardner; Notre Dame is selling 15 different No. 5 jerseys (returning...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Releases Amazing “I Got Mine” Hype Video Ahead Of 2014 Season Opener

In just one week, the Oregon Ducks will suit up and take the field against South Dakota for the first game of their 2014 season – a campaign that fans hope is finally the campaign when the program breaks through and captures a national championship. Oregon is ranked No. 3 in the preseason AP Poll, so the Ducks are certainly among the favorites to take home the hardware in January...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks close best-ever fall camp, begin game week

Fall camp is over and the Ducks begin a normal game week Saturday. A few disappointed young players will be issued red scout team jerseys after being counseled today about whether or not they’re earmarked to redshirt. Yesterday in the last scrimmage of fall camp Royce Freeman broke off a couple of long TD runs, amid growing buzz that he’s challenging to be the starter at running...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Will this be the year that Marcus Mariota proves that he can lead Oregon to a championship?

I still remember the buzz around Oregon QB Marcus Mariota back in 2012. The Ducks had just lost the National Championship game to Auburn. Darron Thomas was the quarterback at the time and was only a red-shirt junior. Thomas would declare for the NFL Draft because Mariota started to emerge to the point where Thomas was not the guaranteed starter. At 6’4 with a strong-arm and running...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Coming soon to a football stadium near you

Tyner time: bigger and stronger and just as fast, Thomas “Dash” Tyner is going to be a load for the Ducks this year, part of a dream backfield that will terrorize the PAC-12 (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports.) Before they even say anything, a point is made. The dramatic physical transformations of players like Thomas Tyner, Tyson Coleman and Arik Armstead show how serious the Ducks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranked No. 3 in preseason, Oregon Football Tickets Ninth Most Expensive On Secondary Market

Ranked as #3 on AP’s Top 25 Schools for the upcoming 2014 season, the Oregon Ducks also stand as the eighth highest-priced ticket on the secondary market at home this season on the TiqIQ Top 25. The team is expected to have another dominant season following its 11-2 record and thrashing of Texas in the 2013 Alamo Bowl last season. With less than two weeks separating Oregon from...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon bolsters roster with late addition of Dillon Brooks

Going into the 2014-2015 season, the Oregon Ducks were set to have one of the youngest and least deep rosters in the high-major ranks. That situation got a bit better on Sunday night, as news broke that 6′-6″ forward Dillon Brooks of Findlay Prep (NV) decided to reclassify to the 2014 class from the 2015 class, ...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The two things that could derail the Ducks

Go speed racer: Second-year offensive coordinator Scott Frost has the keys to college football’s most talented offense, but he and the rest of the Ducks face a grueling road rally in the 15-game road to the national championship (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Oregon has enough talent and experience to win the national championship. Odds are they won’t, because it’s a...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks have perfect mentality for a title run

Apparently there’s a special on thermal blankets at the Wal Mart in Hell. John Canzano said something nice about the Ducks. In his column today he says Oregon has a legitimate shot at the national championship, but he adds that the team “needs an identity.” He wrote: It’s true that Oregon doesn’t have a booming voice in the locker room. Its central characters are a quarterback...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Marcus Mariota Will Not Win the Heisman Trophy

When coaches and scouts are asked to describe Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcus Mariota, the remarks are always in the highly positive.  Mariota is described to be a leader on the field with great size, speed, and a cannon for an arm.  Mariota was projected as a top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and barring any major injury or setback, will be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Mariota...
Via Football Nation
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

BYU WR suspended a game for honor code violation

The BYU honor code is a well-known concept across the country but few non-BYU lifers understand the intricacies and details of the contents. The code was put on public display in 2011 when Brandon Davies, a forward on the school’s basketball team admitted to having premarital sex, forcing him to miss the NCAA tournament. While the code is strictly enforced and students are routinely...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Challenge for Oregon’s offensive line ramps up with Johnstone injury

24-hour protection: The loss of Tyler Johnstone to a second ACL tear is a crucial challenge for Oregon’s national title bid. He’s a two-year starter on Marcus Mariota’s blind side (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports photo). The key to Oregon’s season is to keep Marcus Mariota healthy, and that became an even bigger challenge today as reports surfaced that left tackle Tyler Johnstone...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon will not pay for Marcus Mariota’s insurance policy

Texas A&M lured top offensive linemen Cedric Ogbuehi back to College Station by using the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to cover his insurance premiums. Baylor is also using the fund to pay for a portion of the policy for three of their top NFL Draft prospects. Florida State reportedly is using the fund to cover Jameis Winston’s $55,000+ premiums. According to CBSSports...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks Self-Report Violations Involving a Shaving Kit, Laser Tag, and Putt-Putt Golf

About a week or so ago the news broke that South Carolina had self-reported one of the most ridiculous violations ever--too much icing on cookie cakes. They aren't the only ones that self-reported violations. Just about everyone does because it's better to bust yourself than for the NCAA to do it.That's likely why the Oregon Ducks self-reported a few violations. While...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

When the Ducks stand tall

The blue collar thing will wear thin after a while. Hard to sell a blue collar mentality when you’re practicing out of a $69 million building with Italian marble floors and Ferrari leather seats, but it’s good that the Ducks are reminding themselves, after two days of what Mark Helfrich called “pretend football” (the first two days in NCAA-mandated shorts and helmets, with...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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