Three puffs of smoke released from the Hatfield-Dowlin: Adams starts vs. EWU

By naming Vernon Adams the clear-cut starter, the Oregon coaches ended a lot of speculation and ambiguity. This team will go as far as the 5-10, 180-pound transfer takes them. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Consider how crazy talented the Ducks are, then consider this: 2016 verbal commit at wide receiver Dillon Mitchell had over 200 yards and six touchdowns in the first...
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Eight days a week, the Ducks pursue excellence

Marcus Mariota will be making great decisions for another football team in 2015. The Ducks have find consistency and leadership without him. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) The Ducks are one Marcus Mariota away from kicking off the college football season, eight days until the first snap. Whatever decisions come out of the Hatfield-Dowlin Center in terms of the starting quarterback...
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The secret sauce of Oregon football

Eddie George of Sirius Satellite Radio says the Ducks “were exposed a little bit physcially” in the loss to tOSU. Was Alabama exposed? How about January 1st against Florida State? What was exposed then? (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) A variety of commentators from All-time Ohio State great Eddie George to Comcast Northwest’s Aaron Fentress have predicted the Ducks...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Replacing Marcus Mariota: it doesn’t take a village, but it takes a whole team

EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 26: The Oregon Ducks run onto the field before the game against of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Lots of people, fans and self-appointed experts, expect the Ducks to fall back without Marcus Mariota in 2015. Mariota is off learning to ply his trade with the Tennessee Titans...
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Checking in at fall camp, two weeks from the run through the tunnel

Since this painful handshake Mark Helfrich and his staff have worked to make this year different. All the news from fall camp suggests they’re succeeding. Oregon may not return to the national championship game, but they’ll field an entertaining and committed team in 2015.(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Linebacker Jonah Moi suited up for Oregon’s practice yesterday...
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Stanford love both prevalent and mystifying from pundits around the country

A victory in the Foster Farms Bowl is nice, but it isn’t necessarily a springboard to national championship contention. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images photo) Dari Nowkhah of the SEC Network (formerly one of the voices of college football for ESPN) was on Sirius Satellite Radio this morning and the announcing team asked him his four picks for the College Football Playoff. His answer...
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Big play V.A. has passed math, but can he learn The Oregon Way?

PULLMAN, WA – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Vernon Adams #16 of the Eastern Washington Eagles during pre-game warmup before the start against the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Pullman, Washington. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images) Oregon players take care of their business. Over the last eight seasons of exceptional success, the hallmark...
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Standing on a pickle bucket outside the Hatfield-Dowlin practice fields

Smart play J.L.: the last time Jeff Lockie got to run the full offense in a football game, he completed 11-12 passes. Vernon Adams will have to prove he has full command of the offense to take the reins from him. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Remarkable to think that the Ducks have lost the best player in school history (Marcus Mariota) and one of the most touted recruits...
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The most Mariota-like quality the Ducks have to get from their new quarterback

 Mahalo Marcus: he’s $25 million richer now and wowing observers at Titans training camp with his consistency, but what Marcus Mariota left behind at Oregon was a legacy of making the right decisions and doing things the right way. At Titans training camp Marcus Mariota has now completed six practices without throwing an interception. It’s worth mentioning because it illustrates...
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Ducks to open camp with no Big-Play V.A., but those big plays will come from somewhere

 This year it’s the Michigan State Spartans who have the veteran leader at quarterback, the MVP of two bowl games, a Heisman Trophy candidate and one of the best NFL prospects in college football. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The defending conference champions open fall camp in six days, on August 10th. At PAC-12 Media Days last week Mark Helfrich shut down the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks can thrive with Jeff Lockie at quarterback. They may have to.

 That was then, this is now: Jeff Lockie is a better passer than Tim Tebow, and he’s apparently a better student than Vernon Adams. Urban Meyer has changed jackets and is gunning for his fourth national title. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) People think about successful quarterbacks, and they think about Tim Tebow with blood on his jersey leading a crucial touchdown drive...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Random thoughts on the Ducks and college football as the countdown clock to fall camp starts ticking quickly

 Buckeye stars celebrate the Big Ten Championnship last December in Indianapolis. tOSU peaked at the right time to sweep the first college football playoff, and they are odds-om favorite to repeat (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images). I use Twitter all wrong. Most folks use it for indecipherable slang and posts like “I like cheese” but I use it for thoughts and observations...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

PAC-12 preview with College Football Zealots

This year it’s the USC Trojans who are the likely conference favorites, led by a veteran quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images). Kevin Causey of College Football Zealots stopped by with questions about the PAC-12 and Oregon’s chances to repeat as a conference champion and playoff team:   What one game are you most looking forward to...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cinderella wears bear slippers in the PAC-12 North

BERKELEY, CA – SEPTEMBER 27: Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears looks to pass the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes at California Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The Cal Bears enter head coach Sonny Dykes third year with a two-year starter at quarterback in Jared Goff. The tall, reed-slender gunslinger...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The quiet revolution in Oregon football recruiting

The speed, uniforms, the Nike connection and the entertaining playing style have made the Ducks a dream school for the newest generation of top talent, and Mark Helfrich and the Oregon coaching staff are maximizing those advantages with unprecedented recruiting success (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). Chip Kelly was a reluctant recruiter. He hated the process that required...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Beefed-up Ducks ready for defense of PAC-12 Crown

by atvinton, DSH correspondent DeForest Buckner returns to anchor the Oregon defensive line along with Christian French. Newcomer Canton Kaumatule had 2 sacks in the spring game, and sophomore Henry Mondeaux drew praise from line coach Ron Aiken for his improvement this spring (photo by Brian Bahr, Getty Images). New student-athletes arrived last month in time for summer sessions...
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July 14, 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

The ultimate solution to the Charles Nelson dilemma: yes

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Wide receiver Charles Nelson #6 of the Oregon Ducks dives to the one-yard line in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Charles Nelson is an igniter...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Vernon Adams needs a lesson from Devon Allen in clearing hurdles

Leader in the clubhouse:  While Vernon Adams works on quadratic equations and graduation requirements, Jeff Lockie is running Oregon’s summer workouts. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Andrew Greif, the Oregonian’s always-on-the-spot beat writer for Oregon football, reported yesterday that Vernon Adams has been admitted and is eligible to enroll in the University’s...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Royce Freeman and the Heisman two-peat: the Ducks need Royce to be the boss

The thunder rolls: Royce Freeman pounded out 1365 yards as a true freshman, but slumped a bit in so-so performances against Florida State and Ohio State as Thomas Tyner emerged as the Ducks most effective runner in the late season(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images). The Ducks need Royce Freeman to contend for the Heisman this year, not because the Heisman is so important, but because...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon’s Most Expensive Game Of Season On Road At Sparty

It was almost a fairytale season for the Oregon Ducks football team. Second-year head coach Mark Helfrich and Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Marcus Mariota plowed through the Pac-12 conference onto the first ever College Football Playoff, where the Ducks ended Florida State’s 29-game win streak in the national semifinal. In their second-ever national championship appearance...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

History Says Oregon Undrafted FAs Have a Chance

by atvinton, DSH correspondent GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 01: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) After LeGarrette Blount rumbled for 148 yards on nearly 5 yards per carry in the AFC Championship...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks add depth with Hegarty transfer

SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 23: Matt Hegarty #77 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish moves to block against the Brigham Young Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on November 23, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 23-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The NCAA graduate transfer rule has been berry berry good to the Oregon Ducks. ESPN and others have reported that...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Oregon receiver corps ever? The potential is mind-boggling

Hard to think a 6-5, 205 wide receiver with two years experience could be overlooked, but Marshall, Addison Carrington and Allen get most of the publicity on the Oregon offense. The hard-blocking Dwayne Stanford contributed 43 catches, 639 yards and 6 touchdowns last season (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images). A couple of weeks ago on Comcast Sports Northwest Aaron Fentress made...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks depth at receiver unmatched in conference

by atvinton, DSH correspondent 2014 Season: Pac-12 First Team: Nelson Agholor (USC), Jaelen Strong (ASU) Second Team: Vince Mayle (WSU), Nelson Spruce (CU) Honorable Mention: Austin Hill (UA), Cayleb Jones (UA), Byron Marshall (UofO), Ty Montgomery (Furd), Jordan Payton (UCLA)   UO in good hands: with Byron Marshall and Bralon Addison back to lead the receiving corps, the Ducks...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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