The Ducks are ready for this, and you should be too

Narratives aren’t reality. They exist to sell the insurance, beer and barbecue charcoal, and the fact that Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard all picked UCLA to win the Pac-12, and Corso and Howard tapped the Bruins as 2014 national champions, doesn’t make it more or less of a possibility. Just 5 days until the rumble and the roar, another day it won’t rain in Autzen...
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The good news is that the bad news isn’t even remotely right

Things are coming together for a very special season in Oregon football. Here are three more reasons to be optimistic on the first day of full pads and full contact: 1. The schedule is very favorable While Stanford faces Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State UCLA and Washington on the road, and also has to host USC, the Ducks miss the Trojans and ASU, two of the strongest teams in the...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

How to turbo charge the Oregon offense in 2014

Scott Frost and Mark Helfrich will have to get innovative to stay ahead of the rest of the PAC-12 and achieve the high expectations that have been set for the Ducks this year. While 24 of 39 media members at PAC-12 Media Days pick the Ducks to win the conference,  Aaron Fentress and others speculate about whether the rest of the conference is “catching up” to Oregon’s spread...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting to know the new Oregon Ducks: Jalen Brown

[The Ducks begin summer workouts this weekend as the incoming freshman join their brothers on campus, beginning their four and five-year adventure as college football players. As we have done annually DSH will profile the new players. The order is alphabetical.] Oregon outdueled 40 schools for Jalen Brown, an acrobatic receiver from Arizona who considered Vanderbilt, Ohio State,...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon spring game a ragged salute to hope and potential

The Oregon Spring Game was ragged and inconclusive, a staple of the genre. It’s impossible to empty the bench and play five quarterbacks and expect polish and mid-season efficiency. Still, there were enough glimpses of improvement, potential and development to suggest this edition of the Ducks can live up to the sky-high expectations, expectations that were cemented in January...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

30 days to a more optimistic you: Ducks are laying the groundwork for a dream season

Yesterday junior college transfer Dominique Harrison nabbed an interception during a live full-contact scrimmage and raced 100 yards for a touchdown. It was just the latest example of athletes who are making big strides in Oregon spring practice, as a focused and committed team prepares for a season with national and conference title hopes (Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports Images photo...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How real is the improvement in Oregon football? Fans get a glimpse in two weeks

In two weeks fan will get their first look at the 2014 Ducks, live on the PAC-12 Network as they broadcast the Spring Game, beginning at 11 on Saturday May 3rd. It’s not a definitive measurement. That receivers can catch the football against a third team cornerback with the quarterback in a red jersey isn’t a sure indication of who will get open against Michigan State, but it’s...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Addison injury challenges Ducks to transform mantras into results and resolve

Bralon Addison tight ropes the sideline for a touchdown catch versus Washington last season. The Ducks face the challenge of replacing their most dynamic receiver and return man, lost for the season after a knee injury suffered yesterday at practice (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports images). The game is quick and cruel and demands resilience. Oregon’s conference and national title...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

With improved horizontal leadership, the Ducks won’t take losing lying down

As the news trickles in from Oregon practice, it could always be worse. At Missouri star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is indefinitely suspended after an arrest for first-degree burglary and assault. In Seattle Husky starting quarterback Cyler Miles can’t attend spring practice after an altercation following the Super Bowl, and down in Arizona, Todd Graham says his offensive line...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

In 2014, Ducks may need a backup qb for something more than sign duty

Jeff Lockie appeared in 9 games last year and Jake Rodrigues 7, and neither had a moment or a series that made you say, that guy is the quarterback of the future. Rodrigues came closest. On his first carry from scrimmage against Nicholls State, he ran a perfectly executed Zone-Read keep, scooting for 28 yards around the right side. He finished the drive with a 23-yard scoring...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Replacements: will the Ducks rebuild or reload in 2014?

College football is a game with built-in cycles and a tremendous challenge every winter: after the last Signing Day pledge comes in, coaches have to accept the challenge to rebuild and reshape their teams for a new season. How do you say good-bye and replace Josh Huff, De'Anthony Thomas, Taylor Hart and the rest? Here's an inventory of what was lost. Chicks dig scars...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon football recruiting: Jalen Brown announces verbal commitment to Oregon

Just two days after a blockbuster 10th straight win over the Washington Huskies, the Ducks achieved a big victory in recruiting as 4-star wide receiver Jalen Brown of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona announced his verbal commitment to Oregon via Twitter. Brown is the best receiver prospect on the West Coast. He's smooth and fluid, a playmaker with the grades to...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Decision day looms for Oregon coaches with final preseason scrimmage set for tomorrow

Oregon coaches face some hard decisions after tomorrow's scrimmage. Somebody has to be on the Scout Team. The squad limit for conference road games is 70. All through fall camp, young players like Danny Mattingly, Johnny Mundt, Chris Seisay and Darren Carrington have challenged for playing time. They've made big plays in position drills, stood out in 11-on-11, racked up...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Receivers shine in fast-paced practice as Ducks earn Friday off

Mark Helfrich gave the Oregon Ducks the day off today after a productive full-pads practice on Thursday afternoon following a morning walk-through. New Sports Illustrated Cover Boy Marcus Mariota was especially sharp in 7-on-7. Rob Moseley of reported that Chance Allen and Blake Stanton made a pair of athletic receptions to help him. Moseley says Allen, a tall, smooth...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Give Chance a piece: smooth Texas playmaker vies for a slice of the touchdown pie

Chance Allen is smooth and smart, a confident athlete who led his high school basketball team in scoring for two years at Fort Bend Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. He was a friend and crosstown rival of fellow Duck Bralon Addison, and after the experience of competing in one of high school football's biggest stages in the Houston area, Allen is superbly prepared...
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ducks move to the future with solid staff decisions

In Mark Helfrich, 39, Scott Frost 38, and Matt Lubick, 41, Oregon football has gained an infusion of youth and energy at the core of its leadership. It's already paying dividends with the recent commit of Devon Allen, strong interest by offensive lineman Cameron Hunt, and renewed enthusiasm from verbal commits Thomas Tyner and the Robinson twins. Helfrich and his staff moved...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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