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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

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

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...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
4 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

Oregon State salutes Marcus Mariota on winning Heisman with full page ad

The “Civil War” between Oregon and Oregon State is one of college football’s better rivalries. On Sunday, Oregon State took the opportunity to salute the quarterback of the team that defeated them 47-19 earlier this month. The Beavers took out the above pictured full-page ad in The Oregonian congratulating Marcus Mariota on his winning the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Oregon State Congratulates Oregon QB Marcus Mariota With A Classy Newspaper Ad

Oregon and Oregon State share one of the most intense and oldest rivalries in all of college football. However, state pride apparently trumps the bad blood that has been built up over 120 years in the Civil War. In today’s issue of The Oregonian, the Beavers’ athletic department took out a full-page advertisement congratulating Mariota on bringing the Heisman Trophy back to...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Mariota Heisman speech was full of emotion (Video)

Marcus Mariota gave a moving speech upon winning the Heisman Trophy award that showcased his humble and grateful personality. The Ducks QB became the first player to win the award in the school’s history. He was so overwhelmed that he began shaking hands with the past winners before beginning his speech. Mariota congratulated the other...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Mariota Heisman outfit – tie matched dad’s shirt

Some may call it corny, but I think it was pretty cool that Marcus Mariota wore a tie to the Heisman Trophy ceremony that matched his father’s shirt. Mariota’s father, Toa, is Samoan and was there in New York to witness his son winning the first Heisman Trophy in Oregon’s history. Toa wore his shirt...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy In Dominating Fashion

The 2014 college football season has been full of surprises. None of them occurred Saturday night. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota ran away as the winner of the 80th Heisman Trophy for the best player in college football, becoming the first player in Ducks history to win the prestigious award. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was the runner-up for...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Heisman Lock Marcus Mariota Has Been Perfecting His Pose For Years

On Saturday evening the 80th Heisman Trophy presentation will take place in New York City. College football’s top honor will be awarded to one of three finalists named earlier this week: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon or Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. After being slighted as a finalist for the likes of AJ McCarron and Jordan Lynch in...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Elementary School Class Makes the Only Marcus Mariota Tribute Video You Need to See

For the last few years Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota has been delighting fans with his play on the field. In what could be his last season in college he has put on one heck of a show for fans; one that could (should) end with him winning the Heisman and leading his team to the national championship.As his college career likely draws to an end (he could come back next season...
Via FatManWriting
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Reveals Mesmerizing All-Green Jerseys for Rose Bowl Playoff Game

The Oregon Ducks are one of four teams in the inaugural College Football Playoff and although three will ultimately fail in their quest for a national title, only one will dominate the uniform game. Shockingly, that team is the Oregon Ducks. They revealed their jersey combo for the Rose Bowl meeting with Florida State and Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Slant – Episode 213 – CFP Top Four, Ducks Offense Anemic?, And NFL Talk

On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein wonders of the College Football Playoff committee got the top four teams right. Then, he’ll tell you the conspiracy theory on why Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks offense looked anemic; plus, he will prove we already have our NFC and AFL championship games set and ready to rock.
Via Oregon Sports News
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ahmad Rashad Takes In Pac-12 Championship Game

It was a good weekend for Oregon Ducks football fans as the team trounced Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game and earned a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Back9Network host and executive producer Ahmad Rashad took in the game and served as honorary captain for the Ducks, for whom he enjoyed three record-setting seasons that saw him rush for 2,306 yards, catch...
Via Back9Network
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Senior leaders Grasu, Malone and Grasu excited for FSU challenge, Rose Bowl

Poetic soul, with fire: Duck linebacker Derrick Malone hauls down Utah’s Kendal Thompson in Oregon’s 51-27 win over Utah back in November (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports photo). In another example of the focus, maturity and leadership on the 2014 team, linebacker Derrick Malone, center Hroniss Grasu and wide receiver Keanon Lowe met with reporters today to talk about the Ducks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oregon WR Charles Nelson Breaks One Big; Teammate Trucks Over Arizona Defender

There are just too many weapons on the Oregon Ducks. It seems like they almost have a never ending supply of them. As one graduates and/or goes to the NFL another two freshman emerge. Friday night in the PAC-12 Championship it was freshman wide receiver Charles Nelson's turn to blow up.The youngster had just 10 receptions and 162 yards heading in to the game against Arizona. When...
Via FatManWriting
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Has Scored More at Levi's Stadium Than the San Francisco 49ers Have

This season--just like any other--the Oregon Ducks offense has been a high-scoring juggernaut (4th in the country with 45.9 points/game). The San Francisco 49ers on the other hand have found it a little more challenging to find the end zone this season.A little stat that the PAC-12 Championship commentators shared during the fourth quarter really put just how much the 49ers offense...
Via FatManWriting
16 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Arizona's Center Ejected For Starting Fight in the Second Half of the PAC-12 Championship

In a way I get it. You are getting your behind handed to you by the Oregon Ducks. You are getting sick and tired of whatever that pesky defensive lineman has been doing. You just can't take it anymore so you blow up and start a fight.No--I don't get it. All he did was catch the other guy off guard and surprise him. He did no actual harm to the other guy. That's not true. When the...
Via FatManWriting
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Shockingly, Oregon’s Uniforms for Pac-12 Title Game are Intense

The Oregon Ducks just need one more win to secure a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff top four. Mark Helfrich’s squad meets Arizona at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday night and they will be donning these scintillating uniforms for the occasion: [Twitter: @QuackZone] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pac-12 Championship Preview and Prediction: Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats

After 14 weeks, 12 teams, nine conference games and three successful Hail Mary passes, the Pac-12 Championship Game is finally here. And it...
Via Athlon Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks Are The Champions Of The West

Oregon’s men and women cross country teams made history at the NCAA Regional race this past weekend in Indiana.  For the first time in over 20 years, the Ducks were crowned champions on both the men and women’s side.  It was an exciting day for Oregon Athletics as we saw the women set the pace with a victory in the 6k race.  Once again, the Lady Ducks executed the “pack”...
Via Oregon Sports News
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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