LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck poses with Oregon cheerleaders before a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 93-85.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With the Ducks, the case for optimism is always the strongest

Over at fishduck today Charles Fischer lets loose a great raging rant on the pundits, who are doing their annual best to predict the inevitable demise of the Ducks. With foolish consistency the national writers presume Oregon is coming further back to the pack this season: Oregon preseason predictions Athlon           […]

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)

The summer confidence meter: UW at Oregon

Especially in sports, people overreact to the last thing that happened. Washington won the 2015 Apple Cup over a beat-up Washington State team without a quarterback, then won the Heart of Dallas bowl over Southern Mississippi to finish 7-6. From that they’re the consensus favorites to win the PAC-12 North, probably the most-hyped team in […]

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 10: Cornerback Marcellus Pippins #27 of the Washington State Cougars tackles safety Shalom Luani #18 of the Washington State Cougars after Luani intercepted a pass during overtime of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The summer confidence meter: Ducks at WSU

Washington State won three games on the last play of the game last season, going 9-3 after an inexplicable opening home loss to FCS Portland State. They beat the Ducks in Autzen, 45-38 in double overtime after Luke Falk threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Dom Williams to tie the game in the last second […]

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More on Lenoir

New Oregon commit Deommodore Lenoir patterns his game after Jalen Ramsey, the Florida State star who became the first cornerback taken in this May’s NFL draft. The 4-star prep told Robert Judin of Campus Insiders, “I model my game after him because he’s a physical guy. Not only can he cover  but he will come […]

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Brady Hoke gets busier, nabs a lockdown corner from L.A.

Oregon stayed lightning fast and gleaming green and yellow hot with another verbal commitment yesterday, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir of Bishop-Mora Salesian high school in Los Angeles. The 5-11, 180-pound senior chose the Ducks over Nebraska and 34 other schools. His offer list included Alabama, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Services […]

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Brady Hoke gets busy

Thursday could have been awkward. The Oregon coaches are in San Diego today for a satellite camp on the campus of Madison High School, home of the Warhawks and Sampson Niu (pronounced new), a 4-star linebacker with 30 division one offers, including the Ducks and USC. Nui idolized Junior Seau as a boy, the great […]

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Yankoff commit shows Duck coaches remain ahead of the recruiting curve

This is how good Colson Yankoff is as a quarterback prospect: the Coeur d’Alene Vikings had won three Idaho 5A football titles in the last five years, had a senior returning who’d thrown for over 3000 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2014, won one of those titles in 2013, and Yankoff split time with him as […]

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Quarterback succession plan takes shape after two years of audibles

This weekend Vernon Adams threw his first touchdown in the CFL, and Jeremiah Masoli was named the week one starter for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Their continued success earning a living in the pro game serves as a reminder of how beautifully the Oregon offense functions with a dynamic quarterback. Vastly different styles and body […]

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Cam Robinson #74 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Another obstacle the Ducks face in their battle to compete nationally

Opposing fans like to deride the Ducks about their zero national championships, but this is another example of what they’re up against: Southern justice. May 17th Alabama football stars Laurence “Hootie” Johnson and Cam Robinson were arrested at 2:33 in the morning at a closed public park with a small bag  of marijuana and a […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Kirk Merritt #11 of the Oregon Ducks makes a catch against defensive back Kevin King #20 of the Washington Huskies on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 26-20 .
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Merritt transfer creates opportunity for Brown, Mitchell, Ofodile

Kirk Merritt is transferring out of the Oregon program, reported yesterday by 247 Sports, the Oregonian and other media outlets. The speedy, versatile athlete from Destrehan, Louisiana cites family reasons and a desire to move closer to home. Attrition is part of the game in college football. In any given class roughly a third will […]

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 22:  Running back Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks rushes for a touchdown against Ryan Moeller #25 of the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at Autzen Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The post-spring confidence meter: Colorado

  If the Ducks start the season with wins over UC Davis, Virginia and Nebraska, their conference opener against the Colorado Buffaloes is a prime, lean, grade A opportunity to enter the meat of their schedule undefeated and ranked as a Top Ten team again. Dakota Prukop and the new offense, plus Brady Hoke’s new […]

LINCOLN, NE - DECEMBER 5:  Mike Riley, newly hired head football coach at the University of Nebraska, talks with members of the media during a press conference inside Memorial Stadium December 5, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska.   (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Oregon at Nebraska matchup a referendum on the direction of two programs

They let go of their hard-driving, abrasive coach, the one who won 67 games in seven-plus years, winning the division four times, finishing in the Top 25 six times and winning four bowl games. They replaced him with a nice guy who got along better with players, the university administration, boosters and the media. Discipline […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 13:  Rodney Hardick #48 of the Oregon Ducks leads the team onto the field against the Wyoming Cowboys at Autzen Stadium on September 13, 2014  in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The post-spring confidence meter: Virginia at Oregon

There’s cautious optimism among the Wahoos, who hired BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall as their new head coach last December 4th. Mendenhall won 99 games in 11 years at Provo, including two  conference championships. He reached a bowl every season and finished in the Top 25 five times, the most successful coach in school history after Lavell […]

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Ducks football recruiting takes flight with Forsyth commitment

Alex Forsyth announced his verbal commitment to the Ducks on Saturday, their third in three days as a dormant class began to take shape with a flurry of positive moves. Forsyth is a 6-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from West Linn High, where he plays for former Oregon and NFL quarterback Chris Miller, now the mighty […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 05:  Running back Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks stiff arms defensive lineman Kaleb Levao #97 of the Eastern Washington Eagles during the second quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Aaron Fentress is never wrong, but sometimes he’s mistaken

Comcast Sports Northwest’s Aaron Fentress has an interesting series this week on Oregon’s path to return to a conference championship and national title contention. To arrest their slide toward mediocrity, the veteran football writer says, the Ducks need 5 crucial things to happen: Dakota Prukop must be Mariota-like. UO must get Royce Freeman to New […]

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Ducks build recruiting momentum with another steal in Tennessee

Brady Hoke has his first recruiting victory as Oregon defensive coordinator. The Ducks gathered some badly-needed momentum last night by securing their fourth verbal commitment in the 2017 class, 6-3, 280-pound defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier of Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. In the last two recruiting cycles the Ducks have nabbed Offensive Player of the Year Dillon […]

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Vaka commit reflects Oregon’s creativity in football recruiting

Recruiting is the battle for the future in college football. Operating with some distinct disadvantages in climate, population and location, the Ducks have always had to be inventive, make their own evaluations and understand more about an athlete’s story than other programs. Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian noted yesterday that the Ducks recently lost out […]

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Puddles the Oregon Duck mascot is carried on the shoulders of fans on the feild of Autzen Stadium after the Oregon Ducks beat the Stanford Cardinal 52-31 at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

When you diss the Duck, you’ve gone too far

The Oregon Ducks have won nine or more games for nine straight years, won four conference championships and been to the national title game twice. It’s sped by as fast as a Marcus Mariota touchdown run, but in the replays, rehashes and recountings they’ve accumulated a lot of detractors. Just about everyone who doesn’t love […]

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)

The post-spring confidence meter: Oregon Ducks game one

  VegasInsider.com sets the over/under on Oregon regular season wins at 8. Like the preseason magazine Athlon, the website predicts Washington to win the North Division, tops in the conference at 9 projected wins. Veteran bookmaker Chris Andrews set the numbers. Keep in mind odds makers aren’t infallible and their aim is to beat public perception […]

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