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Mark Helfrich on WR Darren Carrington: 'Nothing has changed'

BURBANK, Calif. -- Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington was suspended before the College Football Playoff national championship due to a failed drug test. Due to this, the NCAA may suspend Carrington for the first half of the 2015 season.However, no news has become available on that front. Not even Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich knows what to make of it just yet.When asked if...
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Mark Helfrich not opposed to rotating two quarterbacks

BURBANK, Calif. -- While Mark Helfrich went out of his way to praise Oregon QB Jeff Lockie, he didn't completely rule out the idea of playing both Lockie and incoming graduate transfer Vernon Adams Jr. When asked by Pac-12 media about his two quarterback philosophy, Helfrich said that the Ducks have done it before. "Yeah, we've played two quarterbacks before in various ways. I...
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Mark Helfrich: We have '100 percent' confidence in QB Jeff Lockie

BURBANK, Calif. -- Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich used part of his time at Pac-12 Media Days to reassure Duck fans and the media that he has total faith in QB Jeff Lockie."Jeff Lockie had an outstanding spring, and I know to a person in our program, we have a hundred percent confidence in him and all those around him."When asked about Lockie's spring again, Helfrich responded,...
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Oregon QB Jeff Lockie taking first-team reps

The Oregon Ducks may be looking forward to graduate transfer quarterback Vernon Adams joining the team soon, but coach Mark Helfrich has made it clear that Adams will have to earn his playing time. Speaking to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, Helfrich said that junior quarterback Jeff Lockie would continue to take reps with the first team because he had earned the privilege to do so and would...
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USC edges Oregon as preseason media pick to win Pac-12

BURBANK, Calif. -- Southern California was picked to win its first Pac-12 football title since 2008 in a preseason media poll Thursday. The Trojans received 21 of 45 votes for the title, edging defending champion Oregon. The Ducks got 17 votes for the top spot and were picked to win the North division, while USC is favored to win the South. Oregon has won four of the last six league...
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Position battle: Should Ducks go with Matt Hegarty or Jake Pisarcik?

The Oregon Ducks struggled with injuries across the entire offensive line in 2014. While some members of the line are now gone--Jake Fisher, Hronnis Grasu and Hamani Stevens--replacements have been brought in.In order to replace Grasu, Oregon's starting center for most of the past four seasons, the Ducks reached out to former Notre Dame lineman Matt Hegarty. Hegarty agreed to join...
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Can Royce Freeman win Pac-12 Offensive POY Award?

While Oregon may have the best collection of wide receivers and running backs in the country, there is one player that stands above the rest: RB Royce Freeman.The sophomore sensation burst onto the scene in 2014 as a freshman. In his first campaign as a Duck, Freeman ran for 1,365 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on the ground. For his play, Freeman was named the Pac-12's offensive...
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Why Oregon is still the favorite in the Pac-12

Coming off of a 13-2 season in which they won the Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl, the Ducks are riding high into 2015, despite the fact that their without their Heisman-winning QB Marcus Mariota. The Pac-12 Media poll won't be released until Thursday morning, but it's a safe assumption that the Ducks will once again be favored to capture the conference title. But why?SB Nation's Bill...
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Royce Freeman, DeForest Buckner named to CFB Top 100

Sports on Earth recently put out its rankings of the top 100 players in college football for the 2015 season. Unsurprisingly, two Oregon Ducks found their way on the list. Defensive end DeForest Buckner was named the No. 59 player in the country, while sophomore running back Royce Freeman was named No. 57.Here is what writer Matt Brown had to say about his rankings of Buckner:"Fellow...
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DeForest Buckner named No. 1 Pac-12 draft prospect

Who is the best NFL prospect in the Pac-12 right now? Most people would assume that it would have to be a QB, likely either Cal's Jared Goff or USC's Cody Kessler. While both are very talented, the NFL may be more interested in Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.Here is why Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke believes Buckner could be a top-10 pick in 2016:"Former Duck Arik...
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Mark Helfrich talks Jeff Lockie, Oregon QB competition

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich went through ESPN's "carwash" today and spoke about QB Jeff Lockie and the Ducks' impending QB battle. Helfrich addressed the QB battle, which will take place between Lockie and incoming graduate transfer Vernon Adams. of the QBs, Helfrich said he all they need to do is "Score. To take care of the football and score." Helfrich went on to add "The...
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Future Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. expects to be late to camp

Vernon Adams Jr., Oregon's future QB, says he will be a couple of days late to the Ducks' fall camp as he completes his undergraduate degree. Adams, who is a graduate transfer from Eastern Washington, explained to Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard that he's looking forward to joining the Ducks and competing for the starting job.“I’m probably going to be a couple days late...
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Loss to Ohio State fuels Ducks defense

Before Tyree Robinson falls asleep every night, he looks at the Jan. 19 cover of Sports Illustrated. That cover, seven days after Oregon's 42-20 loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship, depicts Robinson being bowled over by Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliot. "I was going for the strip (of the football), and Seisay was going for the tackle," Robinson said...
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Team chemistry key to Oregon QB decision, says former defensive coordinator

Former Oregon defense coordinator is skeptical of incoming QB Vernon Adams' timeline. Needless to say, he's likely not the only one who thinks it will be difficult for the Eastern Washington graduate transfer to earn the starting job in 23 days.“I think it’s very difficult, I really do,” Aliotti said, according to Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard. “When you have a bunch...
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Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown shows injury progress in wakeboard video

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown is recovering from a devastating leg injury that almost cost him his entire football career. However, it seems like the big tight end is enjoying the process of rehabbing his injury.Brown recently posted a video of a wakeboarding session he had recently on Instagram. In the post he said, "My new hobby where rehab and fun merts. Just my 2nd time on the...
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Oregon transfer QB Vernon Adams to arrive late to camp

Oregon Ducks incoming transfer quarterback Vernon Adams plans on arriving late to camp and enrolling at the university next month as he wraps up his coursework at Eastern Washington University. Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard reported the update on Adams’ status, which has been up in the air for some time now. Adams is currently taking a math class through the Community...
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Report: Vernon Adams plans to arrive late to Oregon camp

vernon adams ewu oregon After some brief concerns earlier this month over his ability to transfer to Oregon as planned, former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is in the process of finishing his coursework at EWU and will look to enroll at Oregon next month, according to The Register-Guard. It doesn’t appear that Adams will be on campus in time for the beginning...
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Looks Like Oregon TE Pharaoh Brown is Recovering Well From Broken Leg

Last year Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown saw his season prematurely end when he suffered a broken leg against Utah. For a time there was some concern that he might have to lose part of his leg, but thanks to the great work done by the people on the field that was not necessary. As serious as the injury was it would not have been shocking if his career was done, but he has sworn that...
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Making the case for Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams

It's the question on everybody's mind in Eugene: Who will be Oregon's starting quarterback this season? Both Vernon Adams Jr. and Jeff Lockie are going to have a real shot at earning the job during fall camp. The Oregonian's Tyson Alger explains what both Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams bring to the table. First up is Lockie:"He's done everything that's been asked of him. He stuck...
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Are Oregon's running backs the best position group in the Pac-12?

Which position group is the Pac-12's best. Well, obviously the Oregon Ducks skill position players would qualify, considering the running backs and the wide receivers have been consistently named among the top groups in the country.ESPN's Kevin Gemmell took on this topic and concluded that Oregon's group of running backs should be considered the best unit in the conference. Below...
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Is Oregon's most important player RB Royce Freeman?

Oregon's offensive success over the past decade has always been predicated on the ability to run the ball effectively in any given situation. Due to this, it should come as no surprise that sophomore running back Royce Freeman has to be considered Oregon's most important player heading into the 2015 season.ESPN's Kevin Gemmell recently named Freeman as Oregon's most important player...
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Oregon's group of wide receivers could be nation's best

The question has been asked before: Do the Oregon Ducks have the most talented group of wide receivers in the nation. Phil Steele said earlier this offseason that the group is the best in the country. So, do others agree?ESPN's Dave Lombardi recently ranked the Pac-12 North wide receivers and found that Oregon's group is in "great shape". Below are his full comments:"Based on the...
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QB Jeff Lockie embraces offseason leadership role

While the impending (finalized) arrival of graduate transfer Vernon Adams looms large over Oregon's QB race, Jeff Lockie has flown under the radar as he prepares to finally take over the Duck offense. Lockie may not be the sexy choice at Oregon, but he may be the right one. As Austin Meek of The Register-Guard explains, Lockie is still the guy trying to show that he belongs."For...
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Three keys to another Oregon run to the College Football Playoff

A year after making it all the way to the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, the Ducks are solely focused on making a repeat appearance. However, without 2014 Heisman Trophy-winning QB Marcus Mariota, the road to the playoff looks to be a bit tougher. That being said, FishDuck.com's Charles Fischer believes the Ducks can and will make it back to the College...
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Oregon's offensive line in good shape after tough 2014

Oregon's offensive line play in 2014 was a roller coaster of biblical proportions. Without starting left tackle Jake Fisher, the line was an absolute mess (especially against Arizona in October). With Fisher, the Ducks line came together and at times played like one of the best units in the nation. Heading into this season, the Ducks lose Fisher, starting center Hroniss Grasu and...
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