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The Franchise: Canton Kaumatule and the evolution of the Oregon defense

With the ability to drive through blockers or leave them grabbing air, Canton Kaumatule has the potential to develop into a dominating defensive lineman with a pro future. At the workouts for UnderArmour All-American Game in January, nobody could block Canton Kaumatule. Healthy and fully motivated, he bullrushed and ripped his way through the best prep linemen in the country. Three...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks dump Bears for 21st “W,” move inside the bubble

By Eric Sloat, DSH correspondent Elgin Cook sunk five straight  throws and soared for a thunderous dunk to ice Oregon’s 80-69 win over Cal Wednesday night (file photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images). The win over Utah was great; but it also put even more pressure on the Ducks to win the next one; and who would be the opponent in that one? Just the California Bears, a team Oregon...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Combine scuttlebutt: ESPN’s McShay says Winston clearly better than Mariota

Super Mario versus Famous Jameis: millions are at stake, and the futures of franchises, as pro teams debate which of these two has a brighter future in the NFL. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) ESPN draft expert Todd McShay says Jameis Winston is a far more advanced pro prospect than Oregon Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. In an interview with Bart Hubbuch of the New York...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vernon Adams dials in

No passing fancy: Vernon Adams will get another crack at the Washington Huskies this October (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Vernon Adams did an extended interview with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports Radio. He talks about how the Oregon offer came about, how his former teammates reacted to his decision to move on, and what he is doing to get ready for the quarterback competition...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks dunk #9 Utah for signature win

Dillon Brooks paced the Ducks with 19 points and 7 rebounds as they upended the #9 Utah Utes 69-58 at Matthew Knight Arena (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images). by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent The rafters don’t shake in Matthew Knight Arena like they did in Mac Court, but it sure sounded like the good old days as the Ducks bounced the Utes, 69-58. The win puts the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gore again: the Ducks will bull their way to another PAC-12 title in 2015

Duckusuckers: after a four-way race at quarterback is settled, the Ducks should have the beef and muscle to steer their way to another conference title (photo illustration by Duckusuckers, from the Livefyre comments section). The pundits will have their trendy picks, because that’s what pundits do. At ESPN this week 23 of their 37 college football analysts picked USC to make the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The fifth element: Taylor Alie shines running Oregon’s 2-point unit

PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 11: Taylor Alie #12 of the Oregon Ducks runs in to score a two point conversion during the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 11, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Three miles from Autzen Stadium, Sheldon High School counts NFL stars Chris Miller, Todd Christensen, Michael Walter and Jon Jaqua among...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Waller story isn’t written yet, and it’s going to be a blockbuster

Consensus 4-star recruit Travis Waller join the Ducks in January, ready to compete with Vernon Adams, Jeff Lockie and Morgan Mahalak for the starting quarterback job and a chance to succeed the best player in school history (isportsweb.com photo). In the fifth game of his sophomore year Travis Waller became a quarterback, moving over from wide receiver to run the spread offense...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks skin Colorado 73-60, stand alone in 3rd place

The Ducks inched closer to an NCAA tournament berth with a 73-60 win over Colorado at Matt Knight Arena (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). By Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Two minutes before Oregon’s game against Colorado started, Arizona State beat UCLA, 68-66, a win by the Ducks would put them alone in 3rd place.  Two hours later, the Ducks are in 3rd place, after...
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Oregon’s best athlete at quarterback might get his first opportunity at a different spot

Before transferring to Oregon in the summer of 2014, Ty Griffin lit up the Yellow Jacket defense with a couple of nice runs in the Georgia Tech spring game, showing off speed and awesome athletic ability (yellowjackedup.com photo). Oregon’s best athlete at quarterback might not be a quarterback in two months. Ty Griffin, a 6-0, 200-pound dual threat from Powder Springs, Georgia...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Lockie, nobody’s favorite to win the starter’s job, embodies the best of the Oregon tradition

In a just world, Jeff Lockie would get more credit. Most websites, including this one, have already typed in Vernon Adams as the Ducks likely starting quarterback in 2015, and elevated the first post-Mariota version of the team to title contenders after adding the dynamic Eastern Washington dual threat with the scrappy pocket presence and infectious TV timeout dance moves. Adams...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

“Don’t count this kid out” in Oregon quarterback race

A four-star quarterback out of Marin Cathlolic High School in 2014, Morgan Mahalak’s Signing Day “hat ceremony” indicated a sense of humor and decisiveness about his school choice. Oregon practices are closed, and workouts take place in the closed confines of the Hatfield-Dowlin Center and the indoor facility at the Moshofsky, so fans haven’t had much of a look at Morgan...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks fall to Bruins inside game in Pauley laugher, 72-63

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) The Ducks came in to Pauley Pavilion with a 1 game lead on the Bruins; when the game finished, UCLA had pulled even with a 72-63 win over the Ducks. Both teams are at 8-5, good for a tie for 3rd place.  It started very badly for the Ducks, 10-2 Bruins before everybody had a chance to sit down, more...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The NFL is drunk and stupid. Is it stupid enough that CK could steal Marcus Mariota?

Hot commodity: many experts feel Jameis Winston is the surest bet among draft-eligible quarterbacks. Shown here working out in advance of the NFL Combine, the decision to draft him could turn out as stinky as week-old crab legs (twitter.com photo). It’s 75 days until the NFL Draft, and Marcus Mariota’s draft stock undergoes an almost daily reevaluation. It’s a conversation...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Fifty shades of green: Duck offense will torture opponents and titillate fans in 2015

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Football is a game of matchups. Oregon’s spread offense is so prolific and successful because it’s designed to isolate speed in space. For seven full seasons it’s titillated fans with a whip crack pace, and in 2015 the Ducks have the most impressive array of talented, shifty, sexy playmakers in their history. They will handcuff opposing...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Two sure signs the Vernon Adams experiment is going to work

Man on Fire: Mark Helfrich drew some pointed criticism this week from Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin for the way the Ducks poached Vernon Adams (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Some people have loud and bellicose doubts that Vernon Adams can successfully make the transition to Division One football. He’s too short, they say. He has too many bad habits and a long...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks topple Trojans for 11th straight time, reach 8-4

 Oregon guard Joe Young, shown here in last year’s NCAA tournament, scorched the Trojans last night for 26 points to pace the Ducks fourth win in a row and 11th straight in the UO-USC series(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images). By Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Oregon 80, USC 75. At times the game was like a television show that you know will be on next week, so...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

How Oregon keeps breaking the curve, and Vernon Adams will ace the move to Division One

Duck commander: Vernon Adams is the latest addition to a loaded Oregon offense (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images). Oregon is that guy in the back of the class that makes everybody groan the day after midterms, the only one who had the answer to the obscure question from page 428. They break the curve in college football, producing results that outstrip ratings, expectations...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Autzen pay window due for new ceiling and a reinforced floor

Wolf of MLK Boulevard: the Ducks locked up Mark Helfrich with a big contract extension after two successful seasons (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). Hopefully a lot zeroes will lead to a lot of Ws. After a 13-win season, a Rose Bowl victory over Florida State, a solid recruiting year that was capped off Monday with Vernon Adams’ decision to transfer from Eastern Washington...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks seek to buy time in the pocket with Adams audible

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 06: Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Eastern Washington Eagles is pressured by Andrew Hudson #93 of the Washington Huskies on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Vernon Adams announced today on Instagram that he’s going to join the Oregon Ducks, completing a 5th-year transfer after graduating...
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Ducks top Kent, Cougs as Bell serves one-game suspension

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent  Feeling his O’s: Dwayne Benjamin, shown here in action earlier this year against Michigan, soared for a career-high 25 points as the Ducks bested Washington State 95-72, running their conference record to a very Sark-like 7-4   (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images). The crowd at MKA welcomed Ernie Kent back with a standing ovation...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The story of Oregon football: passion, speed, hard work and results

“Tempo is deadly, and execution, equally so.” Oregon Football from OregonVideo on Vimeo.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Reggie Daniels, the Captain America of the Oregon Defense

Winter soldier: Reggie Daniels separates Jaydon Mickens from the ball at the goal line in the Ducks 45-20 win over Washington, their 11th straight in the long-time rivalry (photo by George Artsitas, worldlink.com). In the Avenger movies there’s always one bad guy who almost gets away, and Captain America cuts him down with his shield. The soulless, genetically-perfect minions...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Walker’s continued improvement pivotal for Oregon defense in 2015

Joltin’ Joe: Joe Walker clamps down on Victor Bolden in the 2014 Civil War. After turning in 87 tackles last year, the senior linebacker’s continued development is crucial to the success of the Ducks as they reload for the 2015 season (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). Joe Walker more than doubled his productivity as a junior, emerging as one of the leaders in the Oregon...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon football recruiting: can the Ducks break through football’s glass ceiling?

Oregon has won two Rose Bowls in the last five years, but they’ll have to win the next one without Marcus Mariota or Darron Thomas (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images). Oregon is an outlier in college football. In the last seven years they’ve won at least ten games a season, captured four conference titles and reached two national championships while typically recruiting classes...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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