JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Urban Meyer smiles toward quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida defeated Georgia 49-10.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Ducks can thrive with Jeff Lockie at quarterback. They may have to.

People think about successful college quarterbacks, and they think about Tim Tebow with blood on his jersey leading a crucial touchdown drive, or Vince Young gliding into the end zone with seconds to play, confounding a USC team that had assembled more talent than perhaps any in history, some of it with stashes of cash and […]

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Quartreback Cody Kessler #6 of the USC Trojans throws a pass against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

PAC-12 preview with College Football Zealots

Kevin Causey of College Football Zealots stopped by with questions about the PAC-12 and Oregon’s chances to repeat as a conference champion and playoff team:   What one game are you most looking forward to in the Pac-12 this season (and why)? The PAC-12 is one of the most balanced and competitive conferences in the country, […]

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears looks to pass the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes at California Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cinderella wears bear slippers in the PAC-12 North

The Cal Bears enter head coach Sonny Dykes third year with a two-year starter at quarterback in Jared Goff. The tall, reed-slender gunslinger from Marin Catholic High showed dramatic improvement as a sophomore, passing for 3973 yards with 35 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions (18 and 10 on a 1-win team in 2013). Goff has most […]

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 1: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touch down during the first quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The quiet revolution in Oregon football recruiting

Chip Kelly was a reluctant recruiter. He hated the process that required him to suck up to 18-year-old kids and their parents, much more comfortable in his office, the practice field or the film room. His attitude was, “We’ll win with you or without you.” Quick, smart and funny, with a knack for connecting with […]


Beefed-up Ducks ready for defense of PAC-12 Crown

by atvinton, DSH correspondent New student-athletes arrived last month in time for summer sessions. During these months, players will go through what Mark Helfrich calls an “indoctrination” into the program. Jim Radcliffe, Oregon’s strength and conditioning coach of many years, will be trusted with prepping these players for the upcoming fall. Radcliffe has earned this […]

EUGENE, OR - MAY 3: Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich greets his players  before the Spring game at Autzen Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Every year is a year of long odds and adversity

A great college football season is a miracle of perseverance and belief. Think about last year, with the Ducks losing Terrence Mitchell to the NFL and starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone and leading returning wide receiver Bralon Addison to injury before the season even started. All-Conference 3-year starters Hroniss Grasu and Jake Fisher went down […]

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Wide receiver Charles Nelson #6 of the Oregon Ducks dives to the one-yard line in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The ultimate solution to the Charles Nelson dilemma: yes

Charles Nelson is an igniter. Football is a game of execution, emotion and sustained effort, and Nelson excels at all three. He’s the kind of player who excites not only fans with big plays, he inspires a sideline with his effort and focused intensity. Nelson burst onto the scene as a true freshman last fall […]

EUGENE, OR - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Jeff Lockie #17 of the Oregon Ducks scrambles against the South Dakota Coyotes at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Vernon Adams needs a lesson from Devon Allen in clearing hurdles

Andrew Greif, the Oregonian’s always-on-the-spot beat writer for Oregon football, reported yesterday that Vernon Adams has been admitted and is eligible to enroll in the University’s graduate program. He can’t start classes until August 5th, however, and is not eligible to participate in team activities or use the facilities at the Hatfield-Dowlin Center until he […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05: Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks keeps on his feet for a gain during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats in the PAC-12 Championships at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Royce Freeman and the Heisman two-peat: the Ducks need Royce to be the boss

The Ducks need Royce Freeman to contend for the Heisman this year, not because the Heisman is so important, but because they need a Heisman-level season from him to win another PAC-12 title and contend for the national championship. Marcus Mariota is gone, and that leaves a giant hole in the Oregon offense. Vernon Adams, […]

Oregon’s Most Expensive Game Of Season On Road At Sparty

It was almost a fairy tale season for the Oregon Ducks football team. Second-year head coach Mark Helfrich and Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Marcus Mariota plowed through the Pac-12 conference onto the first ever College Football Playoff, where the Ducks ended Florida State’s 29-game win streak in the national semifinal. In their second-ever national championship […]

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

History Says Oregon Undrafted FAs Have a Chance

by atvinton, DSH correspondent After LeGarrette Blount rumbled for 148 yards on nearly 5 yards per carry in the AFC Championship game versus Indianapolis, it was easy to forget that Blount made his first NFL roster the hard way. Following a senior campaign at the University of Oregon that was shortened due to a conduct […]

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Matt Hegarty #77 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish moves to block against the Brigham Young Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on November 23, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 23-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ducks add depth with Hegarty transfer

The NCAA graduate transfer rule has been berry berry good to the Oregon Ducks. ESPN and others have reported that Notre Dame 5th-year senior Matt Hegarty is transferring to Eugene after announcing a decision to leave the Irish in March. Eligible to play right away after completing his degree this spring, he chose the Ducks over Florida […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 8:  wide receiver Dwayne Stanford #88 of the Oregon Ducks runs for a touchdown as defensive back Marcus Williams #20 of the Utah Utes tries to tackle him during the second half of an NCAA football game November 8, 2014 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Oregon defeated Utah 51-27. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Best Oregon receiver corps ever? The potential is mind-boggling

A couple of weeks ago on Comcast Sports Northwest Aaron Fentress made the bald assertion (his favorite kind) that this could be the best Oregon receiver group in school history. Statistically, he has a case. Consider the returning talent: Byron Marshall 74 1003 13.6 77 (TD) 6 Darren Carrington 37 704 19.0 64 4 Devon […]