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...
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.
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...
The final AP poll, marking the 5th time in 6th years the Ducks have finished in the Top Ten:
AP Top 25
Florida State (60)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota announced on Tuesday that he will return to school in 2014, instead of entering the NFL Draft, via GoDucks.com.
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...
The Pac-12 Conference today announced the All-Pac-12 team for football. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu and defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu were all selected for the second year in a row to the first team. Defensive lineman Taylor Hart was selected to the second team while junior Erick Dargan was named to the second team special teams unit.
As for the bowls, the key for the Ducks now is to embrace whatever matchup they get, and treat it as a chance to improve and compete. They showed a lot of heart and resilience in coming back to win the Civil War on a night they were beaten and tested. They played for each other and never quit.
In that respect, the 2013 Civil War was a triumph of coaching. This was a team that was...
What stands out in the highlight tape and on the stat sheet is how the Ducks got big plays from so many people in the Utah game.
While no one player accumulated massive stats, offensively and defensively 18 different Ducks contributed two or three key plays that accumulated for a win.
All we need you to do chief is raise your hands: Ricky Havili Heimuli gets inside pressure on...
EUGENE -- Oregon center Hroniss Grasu answers media questions following the Ducks 44-21 win over Utah on Nov. 16, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
Football-mania has taken over the country and the excitement is building. At the college and professional levels, coaches are getting more creative and doing new things offensively that have never been done. The high point totals and flashy offenses have made the game more fun to watch than ever before.
It seems that no matter what day or what time of day it is, there is a football...
Tennessee presents some match up problems, but it doesn't mean the Ducks can't solve them. Their middle linebacker A.J. Johnson is 6-2, 243 and the #1 rated MLB prospect in college football according to nfldraftscout.com. Johnson had 138 tackles last year.
Lining up in front of him is 6-8, 351 pound defensive tackle Daniel McCullers. Positioned sometimes over one of Oregon...
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon's center Hroniss Grasu speaks to Erik Skopil of eDuck.com regarding the upcoming game with Tennessee at Autzen Stadium.
Everybody wants to know what's going on with the Ducks. Today Cullen Burnell of Movoli.com stopped by with seven questions, which The Duck Stops Here answered at a blur-fast pace, though we scowled at a couple of the hypotheticals:
After Chip Kelly decided to leave the program for the NFL, new coach Mark Helfrich and his staff said that little would change in terms of how the...
Sports Illustrated's legendary college football preview issue is out, and it's a massive but meaningless snub for the Oregon Ducks.
The magazine rates the Webfoots fifth in the country, behind Alabama (understandable), Stanford (questionable), Texas A&M (ludicrous), and Ohio State (a tribute to their cream puff schedule).
Gabriel Baumgaertner wrote the preview, which...
Out of the spotlight
We all know who the very important players are going to be for the Oregon Ducks during the 2013 college football season. Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas are sure to steal most of the camera time, and they’re likely to be the catalysts for another successful season.
But while those guys are looked at as sure things at this stage in the game, there are...