Reading the Signing Day tea leaves, and the mail

Whatever happens between now and Signing Day, Mark Helfrich will join every coach in the country in saying the Ducks signed a great class they are very excited about (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). With National Signing Day in five days, this is the last visit weekend in college football. The Ducks are scheduled to entertain 6-6, 245-pound Tyrone Wheatley from Buffalo, New...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

DeFo returns, and that’s the beginning of hope

If there’s a pile-up at the line of scrimmage, DeForest Buckner is usually in the middle of it. Oregon’s prospects for defending their PAC-12 title got a huge boost when the NFL prospect decided to return for his senior year (Brian Bahr, Getty Images photo). The desolate period from mid-January to August when there is no college football is overladen with mostly bad news, like...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon DE DeForest Buckner to stay

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner will stay with the Ducks for his senior year. Buckner announced his decision Wednesday. In a statement posted on the team's website, Buckner said he wanted to finish his degree. He also believes that another year of experience will help his development for the pros. Buckner has started 23 straight games. He had 81 total tackles...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

On the biggest stage, the key is to remember the game is still the same

Kirk Herbstreit said this week that the Rose Bowl was an opportunity for the Ducks to silence the critics, to prove that they can “hold their water” against an SEC-type opponent. He and Chris Fowler will be on the telecast today for ESPN. Nationally the game is billed as a showdown between two Heisman Trophy winners, and that’s inevitable, something that gives Jameis Winston...
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January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon men’s basketball falls to Ole Miss, 79-73

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Elgin Stampede: Oregon big man Elgin Cook borrows a page from Alex Balducci, Arik Armstead, Tony Washington and DeForest Buckner, playing strong in the trenches (Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports photo). A tough loss for the Ducks, losing 79-73 to Ole Miss. The game started off going back and forth. The Ducks had a lead at 24-23, before...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The only PAC-12 Championship Game thread you will ever need

It’s 63 degrees at Levi Stadium with intermittent rain, heavy at times. Keanon Lowe, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead are in uniform tonight, but Thomas Tyner and Hroniss Grasu will not play. The field is patchy after being resodded, and could become an issue if the rain continues and it gets chewed up between the hashes. Oregon is in green jerseys, white pants, white helmets...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

West Recruiting Notebook

Ducks Land Canton Oregon continues to make waves in Hawaii and the Ducks landed one of the top prospects from the state in the past few years when Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end Canton Kaumatule committed to the Ducks over the weekend. Not only did the Ducks get a verbal from Kaumatule, but he signed his financial aid agreement with Oregon on the trip. The Ducks have...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Steady improvement in the Oregon defense a great sign for conference title push

O for a throwback defense: steady improvement in the Oregon defense has been encouraging, but they’ll be tested against Cal, Stanford and Utah. The Bears try to steal the picnic basket with a high-volume passing attack, while The Cardinal and the Utes pound the ball on the ground (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Don Pellum’s defense had their most complete performance of...
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October 23, 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...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Practice news digest: Oregon defense looks tougher at every level in 2014

Stick that in your smash mouth offense: The Oregon defense will be tougher and more physical this season, with an increased commitment to stopping the run (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Reports trickling in from fall camp suggest the Oregon defense will be much tougher in 2014. Rob Moseley at talked today about how impressive Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Football: Top 3 positional battles to watch

The beauty of college football is the fact that each and every year teams must replace players who have moved on.  Every team deal with losses from the previous season, and every year teams find a new player ready to make an impact. This is true for the Oregon football team as they head into this upcoming season. While Oregon returns majority of starters from key units (offensive...
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Biggest Challenge facing the Oregon Ducks

Oregon only returns five starters on defense. Don Pellum will have to rebuild and reenergive a defense that had trouble stopping people in 2014, particularly in big games at the end of the year. Rushin' hospitality: DeForest Buckner and Torrodney Prevot apply pressure on Case McCoy in December's Alamo victory. Pressure and penetration are the two keys to a great defense, and...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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