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“The world isn’t ready for that:” Ducks take aim at PAC-12 Conference

The energy and effort in fall camp were exceptional. Although there is concern about left tackle Tyrell Crosby’s foot injury, (Andrew Greif of the Oregonian reported that he is in a walking boot, slated to see a specialist early this week) optimism is high. In the highlight video below, notice some nice plays being made […]

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27:  Davis Webb #7 of the California Golden Bears signals to a team mate during the College Football Sydney Cup match between University of California and University of Hawaii at ANZ Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Bear romp suggests there will be no easy days in the PAC-12 North

Cal pummeled Hawaii like a bunch of convicts in Sydney, Australia, which was last night or tomorrow morning depending on where you watched it from. The score was 51-31, with new graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb (a refugee from the penal colony at Texas Tech) completed 38-54 passes for 441  yards and four touchdowns, without […]

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 11:  Head Coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks speaks with the media in front of the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy during a Head Coaches press conference at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Prevot suspension elevates Jelks and Hollins, challenges defensive depth

Something bad happened and Mark Helfrich and the Ducks handled it in the right way. They didn’t cover it up or try to intimidate the victim. They followed university policy. Senior defensive end Torrodney Prevot has been accused of violating the school’s code of conduct, and he has been suspended indefinitely from football, at least […]

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Like puffs of smoke from the College of Cardinals, the Duck depth chart is released

Dakota Prukop has been officially named the Oregon starting quarterback, and true freshman Justin Herbert is number two. Just moments ago the Ducks released their depth chart for game one against UC Davis, next Saturday September 3 in Autzen Stadium. Three redshirt freshmen are slated to start on the offensive line, center Jake Hanson, right […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Reilly Hennessey #12 of the Eastern Washington Eagles passes the ball under pressure from defensive lineman DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks during the fourth quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Brady Hoke fails the Duck defense after latest midterm exam

Hey Brady: if the students haven’t learned, the teachers haven’t taught. First-year defensive coordinator Brady Hoke gave his new-look defense a failing grade yesterday after the team’s last scrimmage of fall camp. The offense won the day handily. Reserve running backs Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James broke long runs. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jalen Brown […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford #88 of the Oregon Ducks dives over safety Tarris Batiste #3 of the Georgia State Panthers for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Dwayne Stanford is the Bernie Williams of Oregon football

For 16 years Bernie Williams patrolled centerfield for the New York Yankees, starting for four World Series Championship teams and hitting 287 home runs. He played with grace and dignity, batting .297 with 2336 hits and 1257 rbi. He rarely complained. He was rarely the center of attention. Other players had bigger contracts and got more […]

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Should the Ducks play Justin Herbert now?

The last time Mark Helfrich had to oversee the development of a promising quarterback with exceptional skills, poise and potential, he did an outstanding job. By the first week of practice in 2011 it was pretty evident that Marcus Mariota was going to be something special. He had an immediate grasp of the offense. He […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 01:  Michigan Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 1 , 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers 34-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The vital principle Oregon coaches can’t fail to teach

As alarming as it was to hear Darren Carrington was injured, it was even more alarming to hear how he was injured. Defensive back Reggie Daniels took a cheap shot and hit him late out of bounds in practice, sending him cartwheeling over a sideline bench. Carrington’s okay, but if he’d landed wrong, he could […]

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 03:  Torrodney Prevot #86 of the Oregon Ducks battles against the block of Stephane Nembot #77 of the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 3, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Buffs 41-24.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Offense is a given, but Duck defense has to survive three early tests

This could be the most explosive offense in Oregon history. They have the quarterback depth to make it work. They feature a durable, strong, consistent workhorse running back who has only gotten better, with improved hands and more explosiveness as he enters his junior year. Royce Freeman could challenge 2000 yards, and he’ll be more […]

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)

Maybe this is the year of GOOD Duck luck

At Nebraska fall camp the defense looks good but the offense sputters. In a weekend scrimmage Tommy Armstrong missed open receivers while the team stumbled with nagging penalties and missed blocks. Typical second-week stuff. Top receivers Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly sat out with injuries. The quarterbacks threw two picks. Wide receiver coach Keith Williams is suspended for […]

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)

Hurry up college football: off-season woes continue for 24th-ranked Ducks

With only one more Saturday remaining without college football, the last hard stretch of the off-season inflamed like a greasy pimple at Duck practice. Season ticket holders were invited to attend. Six hundred saw Darren Carrington tumble over a bench after a late hit out of bounds. He returned with his shoulder in a sling, […]

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What the Brady Hoke defense needs most, it may find in A.J. Hotchkins

At Riverside City College in the toe of California, A.J. Hotchkins made 200 tackles in two years, named a JUCO All-American and the Southern California Football Association Defensive Player of the Year. Most of those tackles came knocking people backward. As a high school basketball player at Tigard High he once thundered home a dunk in […]

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)

The expectation game, and how to play it as a fan

Stewart Mandel of foxsports.com posted his PAC-12 predictions today, and this is what he forsees for the Oregon Ducks: Pac-12 North No. 4: Oregon (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) Unless FCS transfer QB Dakota Prukop proves to be another Vernon Adams Jr., the Ducks may endure their worst season in a decade. Last year: 9-4, 7-2, lost […]

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The freshman most likely to have an impact on the Oregon defense

Oregon gets its linebackers in unusual places. Spencer Paysinger was recruited as a wide receiver out of Los Angeles. Tyson Coleman and Derrick Malone were high school safeties. The Oregon coaches have excelled in the PAC-12 for the last 20 years with 3- and 4-star talent. They’ve reached the national championship game twice with recruiting […]

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)

What Oregon’s first scrimmage means, besides nothing

Early scrimmages are always a mixed bag. If the offense scores, does that mean the defense is bad? If the defense dominates, does the offense suck? Too early to tell. Head coach Mark Helfrich called Oregon’s 90-minute practice Monday “a typical first scrimmage, in that both sides of the ball had some fireworks and both sides […]

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)

13 more reasons why the Ducks will be better than almost anyone thinks

[Athlon Sports, Bovada, CBS, Dennis Dodd, ESPN, fansites, gabbling halfass ignoramuses, jackasses, killjoys, louts, media flacks, nincompoops, Oregon haters and the PAC-12 media writers all think the Ducks will finish third in the PAC-12 North this season, behind Stanford and Washington in various order. There are 29 reasons why the Ducks will be way better […]

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

A crucial principle in the Oregon quarterback search, from Mike Leach

In an interview Thursday with Chris Vannini of coachingsearch.com, Washington State head coach Mike Leach revealed something essential about choosing quarterbacks. Playing quarterback comes down to accuracy. The ability to lead receivers and put the football where it needs to be is something that can’t really be taught, according to the master of Air Raid […]

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