Keys to the game: revenge isn’t the objective, execution is

Nurse ratch-up: Mark Helfrich is looking for a better and more focused effort from his team than they showed last year in the desert (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports photo). Revenge makes a lousy motivation for a college football team. For one thing, a quarter of the players weren’t even here for last year,  and a dozen or more of the chief perpetrators of last year’s debacle are...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Taking a chill pill on those dire concerns

Bill Parcells used to like to say “you are who your record says you are” and the record says the Ducks are pretty good. They’re 3-0, 5th in the nation in scoring and 27th in scoring defense, the numbers that matter in the end result. Analysts around the web and traditional media have expressed concern this week about injuries on the offensive line and the play in the secondary...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon secondary is a primary asset: the DBoyz are on their grind

With all the uncertainty and anticipation that surrounds Oregon’s 2014 football squad, there is one unit fans just don’t worry about. Oregon’s secondary has been excellent for most of the last 10 years under John Neal. In 2012 they led the nation in interceptions, and despite the loss of three starters from last year’s team, the outlook is very solid for this season. That’s...
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July 31, 2014  |  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...
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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...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks Troy Hill suspended after arrest

Oregon Ducks corner back Troy Hill has been suspended from all team and football activities by head coach Mark Helfrich. Hill was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief prior to his suspension. Hill was initially reported of being arrested last Friday on charges of menacing and fourth-degree assault, according to Comcast Sports Net. No other details...
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon suspends CB Troy Hill indefinitely after arrest

Oregon cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the No. 10 Ducks following his arrest on Friday. Details about the arrest, first reported by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, were not immediately released by the Eugene Police Department. Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon cornerback Hill suspended after arrest

Oregon cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the No. 10 Ducks following his arrest on Friday. Details about the arrest, first reported by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, were not immediately released by the Eugene Police Department. Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Before you burn the tape: what Oregon can build on for Friday and the future

Innovation, speed and energy made Oregon a great team, and the Ducks can be a great team in the future. All they need to do is make plays and play with discipline and purpose. DAT catch: to shift the focus back to success and playing with heart and determination, the Men of Oregon need to take inspiration from plays like this one (A.J. Jacobson, Duck Sports Authority photo). ...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting the Mildcats: Can they bear down against the Ducks?

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, one of the fathers and architects of the spread offense, won double digit games three times at West Virginia, failed miserably at Michigan, lost the Gator bowl three times in four tries, and is 6-4 in his second year coaching the Wildcats. Last year his squad missed a couple of chances early against the Ducks, wound up losing 49-0 on national TV...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Inside the highlight tape: persistence and a total team effort dispatches Utah

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...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Voice of the Fan: 10 points about the last time the Ducks beat Stanford

1.The O on the sides of the helmet with the wings on the shoulders.. Weird. But definitely Iconic in my opinion. The new helmets and uniforms are unbelievable, and the fact that they can upgrade from the “classic” (is it right to say that) winged shoulder design is amazing. 2.Returning talent. The number of defensive players that played in that game that still play for the Ducks...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Five questions, Oregon at Colorado

Can Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner break away? The two young running backs did a solid job after star De'Anthony Thomas went down on the opening kickoff in the Cal game, but they did have four fumbles between them. The Ducks kept three but the Colorado defense has certainly being instructed to rip and strip all this week, knowing DAT is likely out and these two shifty, dangerous...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Upset-minded Cavaliers doubly prepared for Duck onslaught

After their confidence-building 19-16 win over BYU last week, Virginia is not intimidated by the Ducks. Instead they seem eager for the challenge of meeting a #2 team as a 23.5-point underdog, finding motivation in Nike U.'s reputation and style. Cavalier left tackle Morgan Moses told Mark Gionotto of the Washington Post, “They’ve got great facilities, but at the same [time...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Ducks' defense readies for Air Raid

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has surely become accustomed in recent years to all the attention falling on the Ducks' speedy spread offense. So when the spotlight falls on Oregon's defense, Aliotti's pride is apparent. The defense starred last weekend when No. 2 Oregon shut out Arizona 49-0. Six times the Ducks prevented the Wildcats from scoring from the...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Arizona at Oregon: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

EUGENE, Ore. — The No. 3 Oregon Ducks opened its conference play with a 49-0 win over the No. 22 team in the country — Arizona Wildcats —  on Saturday night.It was the Ducks' first shutout since they shut out Stanford on October 25, 2003.The first half both team's offensive units struggled to move the ball and continue to score at the high levels they had been throughout...
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September 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Arizona is a dangerous opponent, and what the Ducks must do to win

Arizona is dangerous because they are next. There are a dozen other reasons, but that's the first and most important. It's an old adage of football that teams make the biggest improvement between game 1 and game 2, but if the Ducks want to win a fourth PAC-12 title and stay viable for the biggest prize, they'll have to show their biggest improvement today.  And an...
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September 22, 2012  |  Discuss

5 crucial questions #3: are the Ducks young corners ready to become shutdown/lockdown defenders?

It's tough playing cornerback at Oregon. The blistering pace and productivity of the Oregon offense demands that opponents throw early and often to catch up. The Ducks play a blitzing and aggressive style of defense with a strong commitment to stopping the run, so cornerbacks are often on an island, guarding taller and faster receivers one on one. And the PAC-12 is loaded with...
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August 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson will have chance to start for Seahawks

Wisconsin Badgers’ quarterback Russell Wilson (16) scores on a 4-yard run past Oregon Ducks Troy Hill during the first quarter of the 2012 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2012. The Ducks defeated the Badgers 45-38. UPI/Jon SooHoo Pete Carroll saw enough out of Russell Wilson this weekend to confirm that the rookie will have an opportunity to compete for...
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May 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Oregon recruiting: Marcus Rios would be a great fit for an athletic Oregon secondary of the future

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 170Position:     CBYear:     Class of 2012High School:     Cosumnes Oaks HS(Elk Grove, CA) 4.43 40 3.0 GPA Marcus Rios is a standout cornerback, rated one of the best 20 in the country by At 6-0, 170, he is physical and athletic, with an aggressive style that would make him a great fit along with Terrance Mitchell, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Troy Hill...
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December 16, 2011  |  Discuss
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