Oregon's offensive line in good shape after tough 2014

Oregon's offensive line play in 2014 was a roller coaster of biblical proportions. Without starting left tackle Jake Fisher, the line was an absolute mess (especially against Arizona in October). With Fisher, the Ducks line came together and at times played like one of the best units in the nation. Heading into this season, the Ducks lose Fisher, starting center Hroniss Grasu and...
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It’s all gravy from here

Senior Hamani Stevens hoists the PAC-12 Championship game, and Marcus Mariota caught in a candid moment after the game. Whatever happens a week from now in Pasadena, it’s been a special, memorable, unforgettable year (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photos), On Sunday I got a call from my brother Roger. “Hey Dale, what are you doing for the Rose Bowl?” He had the uptick in his...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks stay true and reach a big goal, earn the Rose Bowl and the playoffs

Long train runnin': 7th-year senior Hamani Stevens anchored an offensive line that busted out 627 yards in a 51-13 win to earn the 2014 PAC-12 Championship and the Rose Bowl, this year the West Regional in major college football’s first playoff (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photo). The Oregon Ducks are PAC-12 Champions, for the fourth time in six years. They’ve won 11 games or...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tales from the highlight tape: Ducks use scheme, execution to bury Huskies for 11th straight time

From the PAC-12 Network, highlights from Oregon’s 45-20 win over Washington, Royce Freeman, 37-yard touchdown run: Pharaoh Brown lines up in a wingback position, and Byron Marshall motions across the formation. Hamani Stevens and Hroniss Grasu get key blocks inside as Freeman bursts through a big hole for a quick score. The key to the play is how expertly Stevens screens out 340...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sometimes, you have to get dressed in the dark

Manning the wall: Jake Fisher, Hamani Stevens and Jake Pisarcik clear a crease for Thomas Tyner in the first half against Michigan State (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). I woke up early this morning to write, and I didn’t want to wake up Vicki. She always puts tee shirts in the 3rd and 4th drawers, and the Nike and Oregon ones I like best are on top in the third one. She...
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September 11, 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...
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August 16, 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...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A hidden weapon for the Oregon defense

At Oregon, the best defense really is a good offense, and this year Don Pellum’s defense will benefit from an under-appreciated asset: An offensive line that can control the fourth quarter. Oregon returns 108 starts on the offensive line, and they’ve all gotten bigger and stronger in the off season. They feature a three-year starter at center in Hroniss Grasu, two-year starters...
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July 28, 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

Alamo bowl highlights: Ducks soar with opportunistic defense, rickety offense against woeful Texas

From Mike Wines of Oregon Duck Soup and Youtube channel Madmike1951, the Alamo Bowl highlights. The Ducks faltered on offense but rode a tenacious defense and a great individual performance by Marcus Mariota to a 30-7 victory, capping off an 11-2 season with a bowl victory over one of the NCAA's richest and most storied programs. Winning the last two games sets the Ducks up for...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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