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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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Every year is a year of long odds and adversity

National talking heads still express doubt about Mark Helfrich’s ability to lead a program, seeing him as the caretaker of what Chip Kelly built in Eugene. In truth, Helfrich has supercharged recruiting and added stability and continuity to Kelly’s innovation. His Ducks are resilient   (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). A great college football season is a miracle of perseverance...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks need Freeman to emerge as leader

Oregon's sophomore running back sensation Royce Freeman helped lead the Ducks to the College Football Playoff national title game as a true freshman. This year, he's being asked to become a leader on and off the field.Freeman's 1,365 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns were certainly impressive, especially for a true freshman. But with the losses of Marcus Mariota, Hroniss Grasu and...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon Football: Three games the Ducks can’t overlook

Following arguably the best season in Oregon Football history, there are certainly high expectations set in Eugene heading into the 2015 season. But with every year that goes by, Duck greats like Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu head off to play at the professional level while new faces step in to try and repeat, or hopefully surpass, the success of the previous year. With the schedules...
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks' O-line ranked No. 5 in Pac-12

ESPN's Dave Lombardi's Pac-12 offensive line preview was released today and the Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 5. This is unsurprising considering the Ducks lost three of their five starting lineman from a season ago. Here is what Lombardi had to say about Oregon's offensive line:"Offensively, the Ducks reload as well as any team in recent memory, and that includes the positions along...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon replacements need to step up in 2015

The Oregon Ducks are still projected to be one of the best teams in the country in 2015, as they've been for the better part of the last decade.Despite the immense talent that remains at Oregon, there are some players who need to be replaced heading into this season, most notably Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. While the QB battle between Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams Jr. figures...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

HRONISS: A Name Chicago Bears Fans Need to Learn

If Kyle Long is any indication of the type of player to come out of Oregon, the Bears may have just snagged another winner in Hroniss Grasu (pronounced Huh-Ro-Niss). They drafted the Oregon Center in the third round with the 71st overall pick, and he’s got a background as interesting as his first name. If you don’t know much about Grasu, know that he was the unquestioned leader...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears agree to deal with 3rd-round pick center Hroniss Grasu

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with Oregon center Hroniss Grasu, their third-round draft pick. Grasu appeared in 52 games for the Ducks, who led the Pac-12 in rushing all four seasons he was there. With the announcement Friday, the Bears have all their draft picks under contract. --- Online: AP NFL website: and
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears sign third-rounder Hroniss Grasu to a four-year deal

The final piece of the Chicago Bears' 2015 draft puzzle is complete. Chicago signed their third round pick - former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu - to a four-year deal on Friday, according to Grasu - who is 6-foot-3 inches and 297 pounds - started all 52 games he played while he was in Oregon, and he was first-team All Pac-12 each of the past three seasons. Grasu...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Replacing center Hroniss Grasu remains an issue for Oregon

There's no doubt that Marcus Mariota's shadow looms over the Oregon program. However, the loss of former center Hronnis Grasu may be just as important to the Ducks. Grasu, who started all 52 games he played at Oregon, was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Now, the Ducks must find his replacement. When Grasu went down with an injury last season...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Review: Chicago Bears

In the NFL the teams who are the most successful have built their team through the draft. The Green Bay Packers, perhaps the most successful team in the NFC North in recent years, drafted 77.3 percent of their players. The Bears on the other hand only have drafted 45.5 percent of the players on their current roster. While free agency is important, building through the draft is crucial...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Results: By Team

Here’s a breakdown of the 2015 NFL Draft by team through the first three rounds. 49ers  –  Arik Armstead/DL/Oregon (17) 49ers  –  Jaquiski Tartt/S/Samford (46) 49ers  –  Eli Harold/OLB/Virginia (79) Bears –  Kevin White/WR/WVU (7) Bears  – Eddie Goldman/DT/Florida State (39) Bears  – Hroniss Grasu/C/Oregon (71) Bengals  – Cedric Ogbuehi/OT/Texas A&M...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears pick Goldman, Grasu on second night of NFL draft

Sticking firmly to their draft board and aligning picks with needs, the Chicago Bears selected Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Oregon center Hroniss Grasu  with their second and third-round draft picks respectively on Friday evening. With Bears legend and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus giving his stamp of approval as he announced Goldman’s selection, the team fortified...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Chicago Bears select Oregon’s Hroniss Grasu

With currently no backup center on the depth chart entering 2015, the Chicago Bears took 6-foot-3, 297 pound Oregon center, Hroniss Grasu with the 71st overall pick in the third round. Grasu started all 52 games while at Oregon and was the Rimington Award finalist (award given to the nations best center), in 2013 and 2014. Not sure if he’ll win the starting center spot right away...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears take C Grasu of Oregon in 3rd round

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have selected Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the third round of the NFL draft with the 71st pick. Grasu, who is 6-foot-3, 297 pounds, started 52 games at Oregon and was second-team All-American. He played on the same line as current Bears guard Kyle Long two years ago. The Bears currently have 32-year-old center Will Montgomery on the roster...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Draft Hroniss Grasu To Delight Of Kyle Long

It’s safe to say the criticism followed the Chicago Bears draft moment when they took Kyle Long in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL draft.  Two Pro Bowls later and not many critics are left.  To that end, the Bears decided to go to the Oregon well again when they scooped up center Hroniss Grasu with the 71st pick in the 3rd round. #Bears select Oregon C Hroniss Grasu in the 3rd...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears snag center from Oregon at No. 71 who helped make Mariota so good

The Chicago Bears took a guy at No. 71 on Friday night who may deserve a share of the Heisman Trophy. Marcus Mariota’s center in college is headed to the Windy City. The Bears select Oregon C Hroniss Grasu… — Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) May 2, 2015 Grasu is listed at 6-foot-3, 297 pounds and figures to compete for a starting spot right away with the Bears. AROUND...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Five positions the Seattle Seahawks should address in this year’s draft

Guessing what general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have in mind for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft is an easy way to look foolish in the future. Last year of all the mock drafts and prospects I wrote about, only one ended up with the team in the end: linebacker Brock Coyle. This time around I don’t feel any closer to knowing which players they...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

What can we learn from the Seattle Seahawks’ official seven round mock draft?

At this point everybody and their mother has done a full seven-round mock draft. You can find ours for the Seattle Seahawks here. What about the teams themselves? As it turns out they get in on the act, too. Yesterday on the team’s official website the Seahawks released a seven round mock of their own… Monday Round-Up: #Seahawks Seven-Round Mock #NFLDraft [
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mel Kiper mocks Oregon center to the Seattle Seahawks in the third round

About a month ago I made a list of three offensive line prospects the Seattle Seahawks should consider drafting. One of them was Oregon center Hroniss Grasu. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks Grasu would be a great fit in Seattle, because in his most recent “Grade A” mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper had the Seahawks picking him in the third round… AROUND COVER32 Bold...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Drafting Seahawks: Hroniss Grasu to Follow Unger's Path

The Seahawks offensive line in it's current state holds a worry for some Seahawks fans. In the hands of offensive line coach Tom Cable the unit has plugged in late round picks or undrafted 'street' pickups into it's injury-opened holes in recent years. But this off-season it has lost two of the five starters from 12 months ago. James Carpenter (left guard) left in the early days...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Drafting Seahawks: Hroniss Grasu to follow Unger's path to Seattle

The Seahawks offensive line in it's current state holds a worry for some Seahawks fans. In the hands of offensive line coach Tom Cable the unit has plugged in late round picks or undrafted 'street' pickups into it's injury-opened holes in recent years. But this off-season it has lost two of the five starters from 12 months ago. James Carpenter (left guard) left in the early days...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 guards and centers in the 2015 NFL Draft

Glamorous. That’s not the word that comes to mind when thinking about players along the offensive line. And it’s especially not attributed to the guys in the middle of that group, the guards and center. While “skill-position” players get all of the headlines, and offensive tackles get the biggest contracts, interior linemen toil in relative anonymity. But in the center of...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The 10 Best Player Names In The 2015 NFL Draft

Let’s have a little fun with these guys. The 2015 NFL Draft features the best talent from college ball but let’s have a look at another way to measure them, by name. These cats have the best names in the 2015 NFL Draft.Owamagbe OdighizuwaThe DE out of UCLA is a quality first round candidate. Rumor has it, the team that can correctly spell his name will get the first crack at...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon QB Mariota still mulling return versus declaring for draft

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- Marcus Mariota's season ended without the honor that mattered to him most. Now Oregon waits to see if he will be back for another try. Going into Monday night's game against Ohio State, the standout junior quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him. Instead...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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