Ducks get back to work with 15 days until the Rose Bowl

Florida State has had some trouble with dual-threat quarterbacks, and the Ducks have the best one in the country. Getting Marcus Mariota to settle down early and find his rhythm is a key to beating the Seminoles, who are prone to slow starts (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photo). Quarterback Marcus Mariota flew back to Eugene in time for Tuesday practice, and center Hroniss Grasu and...
Via The Duck Stops Here
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Senior leaders Grasu, Malone and Grasu excited for FSU challenge, Rose Bowl

Poetic soul, with fire: Duck linebacker Derrick Malone hauls down Utah’s Kendal Thompson in Oregon’s 51-27 win over Utah back in November (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports photo). In another example of the focus, maturity and leadership on the 2014 team, linebacker Derrick Malone, center Hroniss Grasu and wide receiver Keanon Lowe met with reporters today to talk about the Ducks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
17 days ago  |  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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
19 days ago  |  Discuss

College Football Previews: Will Lightning Strike Twice For Arizona?

Well folks, it’s that time of year. It’s that time of year where we see who will put a ring on it and who will be left standing at the alter ringless. What do I mean by that? I mean it’s time for conference championship weekend! The regular season is dead and gone, so now it is time to start crowning champions. We got a great slate of games on deck starting with the Pac-12...
Via BlackSportsOnline
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Oregon Put Together An Awesome Senior Day Video Featuring Player Interviews

Oregon does a great job with putting together videos to get fans excited for upcoming Ducks games. Its video about Senior Day, which took place on November 22 against Colorado, is no exception. The video shows a number of seniors, including Keanon Lowe and Hroniss Grasu, walking through the tunnel with their parents and loved ones, as well as brief interview clips with the players...
Via College Spun
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Reevaluating Mark Helfrich

How do you like me now? Mark Helfrich tuned out his critics and coached the Ducks to a 6-game winning streak after falling to then-unranked Arizona early in October. His pay ranks him 10th among PAC-12 coaches despite a pair of Top Ten seasons (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports photo). When the Ducks lost to Arizona for the second year in a row, 31-24 in week 5 to fell out of the Top...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries change Oregon game plan but not much; still enter game with schematic advantage

Nissan Cube speed: several coaches have wanted to give Marcus Mariota a speeding ticket after three years of racing through PAC-12 secondaries (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports photo). For the Ducks 4-year starter Hroniss Grasu is out at center, lithe tight end Pharaoh Brown won’t play again this season, but their backups are capable players. Reserve center Doug Brenner was the...
Via The Duck Stops Here
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks idle but big games abound in college football with playoffs looming

Forks up: the Sun Devil rally squad was exultant after ASU’s win over Notre Dame, a 3-act play that saw them build a big lead, allow a big comeback and then close strong. Todd Graham’s squad travels to Corvallis today to take on the Beavers (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports photo). For the Ducks this was a much-needed bye week, needing a break from the grind, time to heal some...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Football: Headed into the final stretch

It’s that time again. November is in full swing and the college football season is headed into the most crucial time of year. It’s time for the Oregon football team to make its final push towards the playoff. After big wins against Stanford and Utah the past two weeks, the Ducks head into their bye week at 9-1, PAC-12 North champions, and the #2 ranked team in the county. Following...
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks, Sun Devils hoping to keep focus

PHOENIX (AP) Oregon and Arizona State are in control-your-own-destiny territory, in the Pac-12 race and, quite possibly, the College Football Playoff. Win out in the regular season and they'll play each other in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 5 in San Francisco. The winner of that game will be 12-1 and seemingly a lock for one of the four playoff spots. The key will be to not...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks get win vs. Utah, but injuries hurt team

The Oregon Ducks got their victory in Utah and clinched a place in the Pac-12 championship, but it was costly with injuries to three key players. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and tight end Pharaoh Brown all were knocked out of the 51-27 victory Saturday night over the Utes. The Ducks (9-1, 6-1, Pac-12) have a bye this coming week to assess the damage and heal...
Via AP on Fox
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks get win, but are hurt by injuries

The Oregon Ducks got their victory in Utah and clinched a place in the Pac-12 championship, but it was costly with injuries to three key players. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and tight end Pharaoh Brown all were knocked out of the 51-27 victory Saturday night over the Utes. Oregon doesn't discuss injuries, so it was unclear how serious they were. The Ducks (9...
Via AP on Fox
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon offensive line dealing with more injuries

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The way Oregon's offensive line was playing a few weeks ago, it looked as if Marcus Mariota might not make it through the season. In a too-close-for-comfort victory against Washington State and a loss to Arizona, the Ducks allowed 12 sacks. That's no way to treat the Heisman Trophy front-runner. The return of tackle Jake Fisher from injury the week after the Arizona...
Via AP on Fox
November 03, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Oregon OL Hroniss Grasu Is Wearing An Incredible Throwback Facemask vs. Washington

Oregon is wearing beautiful throwback uniforms today against Washington. The yellow and green threads pay homage to the Ducks’ 1994 team that won the Pac-10 and defeated the Huskies in awesome fashion.  One Oregon player is taking the throwback theme a step further than just the uniforms. His facemask is one not typically worn in today’s game. Check it out:  Grasu’s facemask...
Via College Spun
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon football recruiting: Ducks live and die in L.A.

The Duck lounges on the sideline with several of his closest friends last weekend in the Rose Bowl. Oregon was impressive in a 42-30 victory, something that will help them in the vital Southern California recruiting ground (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photo). When Oregon went out for the coin toss last Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl, their captains were Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Hroniss...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The one thing missing from the Oregon offense

Unjinxable: Marcus Mariota is this week’s Sports Illustrated cover boy, in a story that highlights his NFL prospects. Right now he leads a Duck offense that keeps getting better. They bury you with a surge. Last Saturday the Oregon Ducks reeled off 41 straight points, after erupting for 28 unanswered the week before to close out Michigan State. Against Wyoming  they cranked out 263...
Via The Duck Stops Here
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 CFB Preseason All-Americans

  1st team Offense  QB- Jameis Winston (Florida St) Soph RB- Todd Gurley (Georgia) Junior RB- Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) Junior WR- Amari Cooper (Alabama) Junior TE- Ben Koyack (Norte Dame) Senior C- Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) Senior T- Cameron Erving (Florida St) Senior T- Andrus Peat (Stanford) Junior G- Tre Jackson (Florida St) Senior G- Landon Turner (North Carolina) Junior 1st...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

C Grasu is the anchor of Oregon's offense

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon senior center Hroniss Grasu never would have played football if his parents had their way. Steve and Mariana Grasu, immigrants from Romania, preferred soccer over American football, which they saw as too dangerous. But lucky for Oregon the Grasus eventually gave in and allowed their son to play. Now a senior, Grasu is unquestionably the No. 3 Ducks' anchor...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 16, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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
July 30, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
July 28, 2014  |  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
July 14, 2014  |  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
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