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Winning a bowl game requires overcoming the natural defensive advantage posed by a layoff

The last time the Ducks played in Rose Bowl Stadium, they got Royce Freeman loose for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Having the cohesion up front to run the football is critical in the College Football Playup matchup against Florida State (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports photo). Bowl games are advantage defense. The long layoff is a challenge for offenses to maintain rhythm and...
Via The Duck Stops Here
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Browns Will Explore Trading Up For Marcus Mariota

I think this is more about a franchise doing it’s due dilligence, than it is about the Browns giving up on Johnny Manziel.  Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns will explore the idea and options of trading up for Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota. With coach Mike Pettine admitting this week that the Browns will have doubts about Johnny Manziel...
Via BlackSportsOnline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Browns Will Explore Trading Up For Marcus Mariota

I think this is more about a franchise doing it’s due dilligence, than it is about the Browns giving up on Johnny Manziel.  Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns will explore the idea and options of trading up for Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota. With coach Mike Pettine admitting this week that the Browns will have doubts about Johnny Manziel...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon’s next quarterback, and the burden of following a legend

When Marcus Mariota took his last ovation in uniform at Autzen Stadium, his advice to Jeff Lockie was, “Enjoy every moment of this,” sounding like a legend who was saying good-bye (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Past Oregon quarterback competitions suggest the coaching staff is no respecter of sentiment or seniority. Remembering that Helfrich and Greatwood were a part...
Via The Duck Stops Here
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Posts Heartfelt Thank You Video To Fans For Support After Tearing ACL

Earlier this week, Oregon star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tore his ACL during practice, just weeks before his team was scheduled to play against Florida State in the Rose Bowl. While there is obviously no good time for a serious injury, the fact that Ekpre-Olomu is going to miss the College Football Playoff is especially painful. Friday night, the senior defensive back posted a heartfelt...
Via College Spun
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Titans Fan Already Has A Marcus Mariota Jersey

There are many in the industry who believe that Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota will wind up being the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s coming NFL Draft. As such, fans of a number of struggling teams have launched what they’re calling “Suck for the Duck” campaigns – basically, rooting for their team to lose so they’ll have a shot at landing the superstar. At...
Via College Spun
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Highly Touted Oregon QB Commit Travis Waller Will Enroll Early

While Heisman winner Marcus Mariota will almost definitely head to the NFL Draft after this season, one potential future star quarterback will be in Eugene earlier than expected. Four star Travis Waller (Anaheim, CA), who is considered one of the five best dual threat quarterbacks in the country, has signed the necessary paperwork, and will enroll at Oregon for the upcoming semester...
Via College Spun
3 days ago  |  Discuss

TCU hoping to become college football royalty like Oregon

If TCU wants the benefit of the doubt, Gary Patterson says, it must follow the path of the Oregon Ducks into the club of college football royalty. The Horned Frogs are off to a good start, what with the multiple Nike uniform combos. A few more helmet designs might come in handy. But really now it's all about strengthening TCU's national presence on college football's big-boy stage...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon coach confirms All-American Olomu out for season with injury

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game next month. Helfrich acknowledged the senior All-America's college career is over after he was injured during a noncontact drill on Tuesday. The coach wouldn't disclose the nature...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Helfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won't play against FSU

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game next month. Helfrich acknowledged the senior All-America's college career is over after he was injured during a noncontact drill on Tuesday. The coach wouldn't disclose the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Players Say They’re Dedicating Their CFB Playoff Game vs. FSU To Injured CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

When Oregon takes the field Jan. 1 for its College Football Playoff semifinal game against Florida State, the Ducks will be without senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.  Ekpre-Olomu, one of the best cornerbacks in the country and arguably Oregon’s best defensive player, suffered a severe knee injury during the Ducks’ practice on Tuesday. He will miss the remainder of the season...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

National title pick: Why Marcus Mariota will lead Oregon to crown

Here's why I like Oregon to out-duel Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State to win the national championship
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
4 days ago

Oregon All-American CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Out For Season With Knee Injury

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a severe knee injury and will miss the remainder of the season (i.e. College Football Playoff).
Via Gamedayr
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Say it ain’t so, Ifo

Two players in a thousand can make a play like this in a big game, and the Ducks just lost one of their best with the Rose Bowl two weeks away (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). I’m afraid it is, kid. Senior consensus All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s Oregon career is over after he sustained a torn ACL Tuesday in practice. In two weeks the Ducks will face star wideout...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Out For Playoffs With Knee Injury

The have Ducks suffered a major blow to their secondary as Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a knee injury  in practice that is considered serious and will keep out for the rest of the season. Oregon senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation, suffered a knee injury in practice Tuesday, and his season is over. Comcast Sports Northwest reported the news...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Suffered A “Serious Knee Injury” During Practice, Out For Playoff

Arguably the best cornerback in college football reportedly suffered a serious knee injury on Tuesday, and he will miss the College Football Playoff. Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a first-team All-American selection by the Associated Press, went down during practice with what is “believed to be a serious knee injury,” according to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports. Sources: #Oregon...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oregon All-American Ekpre-Olomu suffers 'serious' knee injury

According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered "what is believed to be a serious knee injury in practice" on Tuesday. The Ducks are concerned Ekpre-Olomu tore his ACL, per the report. The senior was named a first-team All-American on Tuesday by FOX Sports and the Associated Press. Prior to the reported injury, Ekpre-Olomu was also a projected...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Concerns That Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Suffered A Torn ACL

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is believed to have suffered a serious knee injury during Monday’s practice. According to Getlin, the concern is that Ekpre-Olomu has a torn ACL. This would be terrible news for a young player that is considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the country and likely in next year’s draft class. The University...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Marcus Mariota Reads David Letterman’s “Top Ten”

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is currently doing the rounds after winning the Heisman Trophy in New York City this past Saturday. One stop, per usual, is over at the David Letterman show to read one of the show’s “top ten” lists. The Oregon junior’s sketch, specifically, was “The Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through Marcus Mariota’s Head When He Won The Heisman...
Via College Spun
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Updated 2 Round 2015 NFL Mock Draft

With only 2 weeks left in the regulars season the draft order and team needs are starting to take shape. So on this fine Tuesday morning we bring you a fresh 2 round mock, chalk full of underclassmen and franchise molding picks. While it is early, we are starting to see which top college players are starting to solidify themselves as high draft picks. As of now the top of the draft...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Here’s A Preview Of Marcus Mariota’s ‘Top Ten List’ On The Late Show With David Letterman Tonight

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, so naturally he’s been doing the media rounds today. Earlier, he had an entertaining conversation with Dan Patrick in studio. Tonight, you can catch the Ducks’ signal caller on The Late Show with David Letterman doing the Top Ten List. Mariota’s already been spotted entering the studio. Here is a preview...
Via College Spun
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Marcus Mariota Attempts To Explain Oregon’s Playcalling System To A Confused Dan Patrick

Marcus Mariota is an excellent quarterback, but as we learned during his heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, he’s not as comfortable when it comes to public speaking. That was a theme during his appearance on today’s Dan Patrick Show. Patrick brought up Mariota’s shyness, and asked the Oregon star how he commanded the offense, which led to an entertaining back-and-forth...
Via College Spun
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to work, Marcus Mariota! End of the dolce vita

Long lei-over: Marcus Mariota remains in New York today, concluding another round of appearances before reading the Top Ten List on David Letterman tonight. He flies back to Eugene on Tuesday, in time to join his teammates for a scheduled Thursday practice (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports photo.) The Heisman Trophy is heavy. It’s 13.5 inches of cast bronze, and weighs about 25 pounds...
Via The Duck Stops Here
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota Delivers Emotional Heisman Trophy Acceptance Speech

Saturday night, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, in landslide fashion, became the first Duck to win the Heisman Trophy. Mariota, who was perhaps the most efficient signal-caller in the nation in 2014, led his team to a Pac-12 title and a College Football Playoff berth. But Mariota’s talents apparently don’t just lie on the football field. After accepting the award, he gave...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon State honors Marcus Mariota after Heisman Trophy win

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, becoming the 76th individual to win the award prestigious award for being the best player in college football.  He became the eighth quarterback in ten years to win the award. To honor his success, The Oregonian published a full page ad in their Sunday edition to congratulate the man from none other than...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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