The “T” word and the “D” word, and the prelude to the best season ever

With 31 days until the opening Saturday of college football and the Ducks home opener against South Dakota, this might be the most anticipated season in Oregon history. Blessed with three of the best players in the conference in Marcus Mariota,  Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu there is reason to be optimistic. The Ducks have a deep and experienced offensive line and two excellent...
Via The Duck Stops Here
2 days ago  |  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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Top Senior Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

By Mark Dulgerian This week we highlight the Pac 12’s top senior NFL prospects going into the season.  It’s no surprise that three of the nation’s top ranked teams are well-represented here in Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA.  It’s also worth noting that 7 of the 10 top prospects are players that specialize in making an impact in the pass game, a phase that’s dominant within...
Via Optimum Scouting
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the window closing for Oregon football?

It’s 95 days until the start of college football, and Travis Haney of ESPN says the window for Oregon football is closing after this year: Bluntly, it’s a big year for Mark Helfrich. The second-year coach needs to show program sustainability beyond Chip Kelly, and he needs to do so by getting Oregon — among the preseason favorites on an annual basis — into the first playoff...
Via The Duck Stops Here
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Official KSK Mock 2015 Mock Draft Board

Getty ImageThe NFL Industrial Complex mandates that within hours of the draft we must start looking down the chute at the next wave of players due up next year from the NCAA farm system. While we don’t like this gross over-analysis of under-developed 20 year-olds any more than you do, we must do our due diligence and give the 2015 crop of recruits a look.Via @TooMuchPeteGator Van...
Via Kissing Suzy Kolber
May 12, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Spring Game a feel-good story with nothing to crab about

The Oregon Ducks really know how to throw a party. The big winner at the Oregon Spring Game will be Food for Lane County, which last year went home with over 32 tons of food. The troops will be honored again and presented jerseys after the game, and it’s likely to be a great showcase for the Oregon program, with perfect weather and a crowd of more than 45,000, televised nationally...
Via The Duck Stops Here
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ducks get real, go big, and prepare to come home bearing their shield

Oregon’s coaches and players are speaking with a new determination this spring, and it seems to be more than brave spring practice talk, because it’s backed up by some sustained hard work and tangible results. Team leaders like Tyler Johnstone and Hroniss Grasu are talking openly about what went wrong last year and the need to get stronger and execute better. They’re not satisfied...
Via The Duck Stops Here
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What The Oregon Ducks Need In The Upcoming Season To Reach The College Football Playoff ☆

There are several things we know about the Oregon Ducks football team right now: -Marcus Mariota will be healthy (and probably a Heisman Hopeful) next season. -The entire offensive line from last year is returning (including potential first rounder Hroniss Grasu) next season. -The two main running backs from last year will be returning next season (each gained 6.2 yards per carry...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

After a gray, dreary winter, the promise of spring practice

Spring practice starts April 1st. All the optimism and all the waiting gets rewarded with the first glimpse at a new team. In various polls and forecasts, the Ducks are in college football's Top Five, with an excellent chance of making the first year of the four-team playoff. Vegas oddsmakers rate the team as one of the favorites for the national title. The hard lesson...
Via The Duck Stops Here
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Outstanding internal leadership the key to Oregon's success in 2014

The Ducks got two powerful sources of inspiration and commitment this winter, and both will pay great dividends in their quest for greatness in 2014. The decision by Marcus Mariota, Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu to return to school is monumental for the mission of Oregon football. These three delayed millions in the NFL draft. Ifo and Super Mario were likely first-round picks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks And Oregon State Beavers In The NFL Draft

On May, 8th, Radio City Music Hall in New York City will be alive with college football’s finest as the NFL’s higher-ups pick through the 2014 NFL Draft.  While schools like Texas, Alabama and USC are historically known for producing NFL talent, there are several players from Oregon and Oregon State that could be hearing their names called during the draft. Oregon Ducks...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

John Neal would be a good choice as Oregon defensive coordinator, but this guy might be a great one

In the words of the immortal Groucho Marx, nepotism is all right as long as you keep it in the family. With Nick Aliotti retiring Oregon has both a challenge and an opportunity in hiring the next defensive coordinator. After Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu elected to stay in school, the Ducks are ranked #3 or better in the preseason polls. They're a...
Via The Duck Stops Here
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks ranked 9th in final AP poll; 3rd in "way too early" poll for 2014

The final AP poll, marking the 5th time in 6th years the Ducks have finished in the Top Ten: AP Top 25 RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Florida State (60) 14-0 1500 2 Auburn 12-2 1428 3 Michigan State ...
Via The Duck Stops Here
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ifo returns: Ducks putting together a loaded roster with exceptional leadership for 2014

For folks who had doubts about Oregon football post-Chip Kelly, who wondered whether the reign of dominance was over, whether Mark Helfrich and the new staff had the stuff to succeed a legend, today's much-anticipated announcement is a ringing endorsement for the new regime. Whatever doubts anyone may have about Duck football, Hroniss Grasu, Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu...
Via The Duck Stops Here
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss


SAN ANTONIO -- Oregon junior center Hroniss Grasu answers media questions and talks about the Ducks regaining "mojo" as they prepare for the test with Texas on Monday Dec. 30, 2013, at the Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss


SAN ANTONIO -- Oregon Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost, center Hroniss Grasu, wide receiver Josh Huff, wide receiver Keanon Lowe, running back Byron Marshall and quarterback Marcus Mariota answered questions from the media on Dec. 28, 2013. The Ducks meet the Texas Longhorns on Monday in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Ducks Arrive in San Antonio

The Oregon Ducks arrived in San Antonio today and Head Coach Mark Helfrich, junior center Hroniss Grasu and senior safety Brian Jackson appeared before media to answer questions.
December 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Punishments just one part of the disciplinary puzzle

Discipline and motivation are the ultimate measure of a coach.  Did Mark Helfrich get the most out of the talent he had? At the end of his first year, does he have the team going in the right direction? Is he improving in his command of the organization and ability to get everyone to buy into the message? Is the message clear, concise and empowering? The Alamo Bowl, besides being...
Via The Duck Stops Here
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Three pieces of bacon and a marshmallow: post season recognitions trickle in for Ducks

Abby was my favorite niece, a red-haired sparkler with a twinkle in her eye and a firecracker personality, She her own style and a sneaky sense of humor. When she was eight she did a comedy routine for the school talent show. Everyone was a little worried. Comedy can be cruel. Abby took the stage and told her classmates, "I was going to wear my camouflage pants, but I couldn...
Via The Duck Stops Here
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Grasu named finalist for Rimington Trophy

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon junior Hroniss Grasu has been selected as one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding center in college football.
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Player Reaction to Alamo Bowl Invitation

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu spoke with reporters on Sunday evening regarding their reaction to Oregon being invited to play in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 30, 2013 against the University of Texas.
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariota, Grasu announcement elevates present and future of Oregon football

Suppose one of the recruiting websites had a scoop, and reported that the Oregon Duck coaches, who are out on the recruiting trail this week, flipped the commitment of two five-star players, the number one quarterback and #1 offensive lineman in the country. The message boards would go crazy. College football fans go nuts over up-and-coming talent, and somehow the new guy coming...
Via The Duck Stops Here
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariota and Grasu Returning to Oregon in 2014

Quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu will return to the University of Oregon for the 2014 season. Mariota, a redshirt sophomore from Honolulu, and Grasu, a redshirt junior from Los Angeles, announced their intentions a day after earning all-Pac-12 accolades from the conference’s head coaches for the second straight year. “It is an honor to be a student at the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Not Entering The Draft

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota announced on Tuesday that he will return to school in 2014, instead of entering the NFL Draft, via Ducks’ C Hroniss Grasu also announced that he too is returning to Oregon next season. Mariota, a redshirt sophomore, completed 227 of 360 passes (63.1%) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Ducks this season. Many expected Mariota to...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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