PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Wide receiver Darren Carrington #87 of the Oregon Ducks dives into the endzone for a touchdown after a 30-yard catch against the Florida State Seminoles in the third quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The case for patience, how Duck football got here, and how it gets back

Oregon fans need to envision Elton John in an elaborate African headdress in the soft white light of 15 spotlights surrounded by 50 backup dancers in costume, because part of what Oregon is facing is  “The Circle of Life.” One of Chip Kelly’s favorite practice songs, by the way. Think back to the halcyon days […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 24: Linebacker Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks intercepts a pass from quarterback Steven Montez #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. Colorado won the game 41-38. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Reeling Ducks vow dramatic improvement, still aiming for a great season

In his weekly Sunday press conference Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich expressed optimism that the 2-2 Ducks could turn around their bad start and have a great season. “I told the team last night, and I believe it 100 percent, this team can be special. This team, this year,” Helfrich said. “We have a tough […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Darren Carrington II #7 of the Oregon Ducks catches a touchdown pass on defensive back Isaiah Oliver #26 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Time for a deal with the devil, but probably not Art Briles

This team is a bunch of slogans that no one believes in anymore. They don’t start well and don’t finish well, and they’re not very well coached. They don’t open or close the first half well and they don’t make stops and momentum-seizing drives out of the break. They lose their rhythm and they’re susceptible […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Steven Montez #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes runs with the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. Colorado won the game 41-38. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Buffs stun Ducks to reach 3-1, Oregon in North cellar

Colorado came to Autzen Stadium with a backup quarterback and a belief they can play with anyone, and that’s exactly what they did. First-time starter Steven Montez passed for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns and loped for 135 yards and a touchdown to lead the Buffs to a 41-38 win over the Ducks, dropping Mark […]

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Running back Thomas Tyner #24 of the Oregon Ducks scores on a one-yard touchdown run against the Florida State Seminoles during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

SC debacle a warning torch for those entering the cavern of quick change

The USC Trojans, once the mightiest and most feared team in West Coast football, have had five different football coaches in 7 years. Despite a storied history, a rich donor base, unrivaled prestige and an abundance of talent, they’ve lost 23 games since the 2012 season began. Picked to finish in the national Top Ten […]

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UW hype unchecked after cupcake breakfast

Graphic depiction of #8 Washington’s return to dominance in Northwest football: The Dawgs are 3-0 and they want everyone to know. Last night on Fox Sports post-game wrap following the latest USC debacle, a 31-27 loss to Utah in which they squandered a 24-10 third quarter lead, former Dallas Cowboy and Pitt Panther head coach […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 5:  Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a 37-yard touchdown with outside lineman Tyrell Crosby #73 which was nullified by a holding call in favor of the Arizona Wildcats in the first quarter on December 5, 2014 during the Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  Oregon won 51-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Ducks Come to Early Season Crossroads

by Mike Robinson, DSH staff writer Despite a 2015 season that saw them lose four games, including an Alamo Bowl defeat at the hands of TCU in which they blew a 31-point lead and lost in triple OT, the Ducks came into 2016 with a lot of optimism, and they weren’t alone. Their fans, and […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Dakota Prukop #9 of the Oregon Ducks runs past defensive back Zach Jones #44 of the UC Davis Aggies during the first half of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The adjustment Dakota Prukop has to make, if he has the stuff to do it

Vernon Adams and Marcus Mariota made a lot of big plays that started with their ability to escape trouble, buy time and evade defenders while still looking downfield to make a play. Long completions to Byron Marshall, Josh Huff, Darren Carrington or Bralon Addison resulted. A defense can’t recover a shifty, athletic receiver forever. So […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Dakota Prukop #9 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball as defensive lineman Brandon Weaver #10 of the UC Davis Aggies applies pressure sduring the first half of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks host Buffs in winnable game four; it gets harder from here

In hosting Colorado Oregon finally meets a team with worse injury luck than their own and fewer resources to cope with it. Star outside linebacker Derek McCartney is out for the season, their best tackler and pass rusher. Field goal kicker Diego Gonzalez tore his achilles and won’t play again until next year. Coach Mike […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 10:  Dakota Prukop #9 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Young offensive line the start of the good news for the Oregon Ducks

Already starting this season as redshirt freshmen, Calvin Throckmorton, Jake Hanson, Brady Aiello and Shane Lemieux could be the best offensive line in the country in two years. Figure Zach Okun or Alex Forsyth to fill in the fifth position in that veteran line of the future, with Sam Poutasi and Jacob Capra as possible […]

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 30:  Oregon Ducks cheerleaders perform during the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Texas Longhorns at the Alamodome on December 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

To secure the future, Ducks have to win the state in bumper recruiting year

There’s more Division One talent in Oregon high football this season than any year ever. An astounding, program-changing group of kids are available in a state that rarely produces more than three or four top-level recruits. USC and Washington have already poached commitments from two of the best of them, 4-star Central (Independence, Oregon) defensive […]

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One picture, one pass, one completion and everything would be different

A football season turns on a handful of plays and opportunities. It’s a little like the Olympic games, in that four years of training often comes down to one moment, one move on the uneven bars a gymnast has practiced a hundred times, one push off the starting blocks, the last three hurdles. Trailing 35-32 […]

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 03:  Place kicker Aidan Schneider #41 of the Oregon Ducks kicks a 33 yard field goal from the hold of Taylor Alie #12 of the Oregon Ducks against Isaiah Oliver #26 of the Colorado Buffaloes to take a 41-24 lead in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field on October 3, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Buffs 41-24.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ducks need to rediscover the fast, hard, finish, and their confidence

Nobody expected an undefeated season. Losing a tough game on the road to a Big Ten contender (Nebraska has a good shot at starting the season 7-o with upcoming games at Northwestern, home versus Illinois, at Indiana and hosting Purdue) is not a death knell for the program. It doesn’t even knock them out of […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks reacts to a play with teammate offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby #73 against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Black Monday: Ducks confirm season-ending injuries to Allen, Crosby

After initial reports from several sources, the Oregon Duck Athletic Office confirmed yesterday that junior wide receiver Devon Allen and veteran left tackle Tyrell Crosby have suffered serious injuries and are lost for the season. Allen, Oregon’s Olympic hurdler and one of the fastest players in college football, tore the ACL in his left knee […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on prior to the game against the Oregon Ducks on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Confessions of a dangerous mind

Oregon currently averages 104.7 yards per game in penalties, ranking 126th out of 128 FBS teams. They had 13 for 125 in the Nebraska game. In the same category, Washington is 19th at 41.7. Stanford ranks 5th, 30.5. Part of this is discipline, coaching and teaching. Maybe the Ducks are spending too much time in […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 10:  Dakota Prukop #9 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Dakota Prukop needs to take one hand off the popcorn

Right now Dakota Prukop is eating his popcorn with both hands, and he needs to relax and put one arm around his date. He’s in that stage that golf teacher Jim Flick calls “consciously competent.” He’s a little too deliberate with his swing, a little too programmed and stiff, a little too careful. He lacks […]

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head Coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears walks the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bulls at UB Stadium on September 12, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Helfrich and the Ducks fail math, but can they pass psychology?

The future isn’t written. It’s won with effort, resilience and preparation. Some of the best Oregon seasons have included bitter losses and setbacks, and the Ducks start this day 0-0 in conference. All their goals, including winning the PAC-12 North and earning a trip to the Rose Bowl, are still possible. But the Ducks need […]

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