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Pellum on the sidelines is the first right move for the Oregon defense

After four weeks of smashing each other, the Ducks finally get to play a game, and fans get a first look at what looks to be an improved, energized and aggressive defense (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports). Ultimately it’s not about the x’s and the o’s, it’s about the energy, execution and effort. Which is why Duck fans should be encouraged by Don Pellum’s decision to coach...
Via The Duck Stops Here
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

On Saturday, it’s not whether the Ducks win, but how they play the game

South Dakota’s coach Joe Glenn once took over a program at Northern Colorado that had won 13 games in 5 years. He won 98 games and 6 league titles, coaching the team to FCS National Championship in 1996 and ’97. This weekend he faces perhaps the most imposing task of his coaching career, taking the Coyotes, 4-8 last season, 7th place in the Missouri Valley Conference, into Autzen...
Via The Duck Stops Here
1 day ago  |  Discuss

4 Gambling Storylines Worth Following in 2014

4: The Mighty Ducks Oregon is known for 1,432 uniform combinations, high-powered offenses, and near misses when it comes to the pursuit of national champions.  What most fans don't realize is the Ducks have been a steady money maker in the betting markets going all the way back to 2006, the last time they failed to finish the year with an ATS win percentage > .500.  Even...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

South Dakota-Oregon Preview

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Marcus Mariota takes a lot of ribbing over his course load this semester: yoga and golf. For those joking that Mariota need only add underwater basketweaving, the reality is that the quarterback for No. 3 Oregon finished his degree requirements in just three years. Oh, and opponents should also take note that those easy As mean Mariota is going to be able to spend...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Is Selling 25 Different Versions Of Quarterback Marcus Mariota's Jersey

In yet another striking piece of evidence that colleges are profiting wildly on their star players, ESPN reported this week that Oregon is selling 25 different variations of quarterback Marcus Mariota's No. 8 uniform. That is the most of any single player in the NCAA this year, followed by the 17 different No. 98 jerseys sold by Michigan (for quarterback Devin Gardner) and the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Ducks are ready for this, and you should be too

Narratives aren’t reality. They exist to sell the insurance, beer and barbecue charcoal, and the fact that Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard all picked UCLA to win the Pac-12, and Corso and Howard tapped the Bruins as 2014 national champions, doesn’t make it more or less of a possibility. Just 5 days until the rumble and the roar, another day it won’t rain in Autzen...
Via The Duck Stops Here
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Spotlight on Mariota for the No. 3 Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Marcus Mariota takes a lot of ribbing over his course load this semester: yoga and golf. But the light schedule means he'll be able to focus a lot more on football for the third-ranked Ducks. Oregon opens at home on Saturday night against South Dakota. Mariota averaged nearly 282 yards passing per game and threw for 31 touchdowns with only four interceptions...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Mariota on goals, pressure and preparation

In this video from Comcast Sports NW, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota talks about the team’s response to pressure and expectations, stating very directly that the goal is to win the conference and compete for the national championship. He praises the team’s effort in fall camp. What’s most striking in the video in how comfortable he looks in the spotlight. It still isn...
Via The Duck Stops Here
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Selling 25 Versions of Mariota Jersey (Photo)

Even though the NCAA has stopped selling players’ jerseys, the actual schools continue to reap the financial benefits. The most notable of these schools is the University of Oregon. They’re capitalizing off of their QB Marcus Mariota by selling 25 different versions of it, ranging from around $85 to as high as $135. Not to worry, however. Oregon isn’t the only school that...
Via BlackSportsOnline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon cashing in on Marcus Mariota, selling 25 different versions of his jersey (Photo)

You have to love college sports. While the NCAA has stopped selling player jerseys, the schools themselves haven’t. What’s funny is that other teams are doing the same thing, per the Big Lead. But it gets better, as ESPN notes, because amateurism is the best! Michigan is offering 17 versions of No. 98, QB Devin Gardner; Notre Dame is selling 15 different No. 5 jerseys (returning...
Via NCAA Football Zone
2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Keanon Lowe days until Duck football

In the 1980s a guy named Cliff ran a quasi-legal poker game in the smoky front room of the Westward Ho Lounge on Third Street, the only 18-hour bar in Yamhill County. The place was as drab and listless as the lima-bean sized ice cubes in the bottom of a spent glass of Jack and Coke, peopled by retirees and Coca-Cola cowboys, various local folks, the occasional self-styled poker pro...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks close best-ever fall camp, begin game week

Fall camp is over and the Ducks begin a normal game week Saturday. A few disappointed young players will be issued red scout team jerseys after being counseled today about whether or not they’re earmarked to redshirt. Yesterday in the last scrimmage of fall camp Royce Freeman broke off a couple of long TD runs, amid growing buzz that he’s challenging to be the starter at running...
Via The Duck Stops Here
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon RB Tyner is ready for his close-up

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) No more rookie excuses for Thomas Tyner. Oregon's sophomore running back is ready to live up to the expectations that were heaped on him when he joined the Ducks last year. ''It's time to grow up,'' he said. ''It's time to step up and do it big.'' As a freshman Tyner was third on the Ducks with 711 yards rushing, and...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will this be the year that Marcus Mariota proves that he can lead Oregon to a championship?

I still remember the buzz around Oregon QB Marcus Mariota back in 2012. The Ducks had just lost the National Championship game to Auburn. Darron Thomas was the quarterback at the time and was only a red-shirt junior. Thomas would declare for the NFL Draft because Mariota started to emerge to the point where Thomas was not the guaranteed starter. At 6’4 with a strong-arm and running...
Via No Guts, No Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Coming soon to a football stadium near you

Tyner time: bigger and stronger and just as fast, Thomas “Dash” Tyner is going to be a load for the Ducks this year, part of a dream backfield that will terrorize the PAC-12 (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports.) Before they even say anything, a point is made. The dramatic physical transformations of players like Thomas Tyner, Tyson Coleman and Arik Armstead show how serious the Ducks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The two things that could derail the Ducks

Go speed racer: Second-year offensive coordinator Scott Frost has the keys to college football’s most talented offense, but he and the rest of the Ducks face a grueling road rally in the 15-game road to the national championship (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Oregon has enough talent and experience to win the national championship. Odds are they won’t, because it’s a...
Via The Duck Stops Here
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon reimburses insurance premiums for Marcus Mariota, three other players

One of the newest trends in college football is for universities to use part of the athletic department’s student assistance fund to pay for the insurance premiums on policies taken out by football players with promising NFL futures. The Oregon Ducks are the latest to do so. Four players from Oregon — quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Honriss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks have perfect mentality for a title run

Apparently there’s a special on thermal blankets at the Wal Mart in Hell. John Canzano said something nice about the Ducks. In his column today he says Oregon has a legitimate shot at the national championship, but he adds that the team “needs an identity.” He wrote: It’s true that Oregon doesn’t have a booming voice in the locker room. Its central characters are a quarterback...
Via The Duck Stops Here
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Oregon Ducks Season Preview: Predicting Wins and Losses

As the 2014 college football season starts one team that will have pressure on them to finally jump the hurdle and win that elusive national title will be the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have had one of the most successful teams in all the country the past ten years, but haven’t been able to get over that hump and win their program’s first national title in college football.The Ducks...
Via Football Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oregon Refusing to Pay For Marcus Mariota’s Insurance Policy

  The latest trend in college football is for big time college programs to take out insurance policies for their star players who are projected to go high in the NFL Draft. According to CBSSports’ Jeremy Fowler, Mariota will not receive assistance from Oregon.     Mariota could’ve entered the NFL Draft after last season but decided a return to Oregon was in his best interest...
Via BlackSportsOnline
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Marcus Mariota Will Not Win the Heisman Trophy

When coaches and scouts are asked to describe Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcus Mariota, the remarks are always in the highly positive.  Mariota is described to be a leader on the field with great size, speed, and a cannon for an arm.  Mariota was projected as a top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and barring any major injury or setback, will be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Mariota...
Via Football Nation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

BYU Wide Receiver Devon Blackmon allegedly suspended for earrings

According to BYU junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon, he has been suspended for the team’s August 29th opener against UConn for - wait for it - wearing earrings. “Rules are rules.. Abide by them or suffer the consequences…. Looking forward to the Texas game,” Blackmon wrote on his now-defunct Twitter on Monday night. “We have team standards. And there’s consequences...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

BYU WR Suspended For Wearing Earrings

The honor code at BYU is serious folks. Devon Blackmon a transfer WR that originally went to Oregon tweeted out that he has been suspended for the season opener for violating BYU’s honor code. His transgression was wearing earrings. From Lost Lettermen: “Rules are rules.. Abide by them or suffer the consequences…. Looking forward to the Texas game,” Blackmon wrote on his now...
Via BlackSportsOnline
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oregon starting OT Johnstone tears ACL again, will miss season

  Oregon starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone has re-torn the ACL in his right knee and will be out for the upcoming season, according to a published report. Johnstone told Comcast SportsNet that he will have surgery on Friday. Johnstone was coming back from surgery to repair the same ACL after he was injured during Oregon's 30-7 victory over Texas in last season's Alamo...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Ducks LT Johnstone re-injures knee

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone has re-torn the ACL in his right knee and will be out for the upcoming season, according to a published report. Johnstone told Comcast SportsNet that he will have surgery on Friday. Johnstone was coming back from surgery to repair the same ACL after he was injured during Oregon's 30-7 victory over Texas in last season...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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