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The post-spring confidence meter: linebacker

This position group got immediately better the day Brady Hoke was hired. Torrodney Prevot, Eddie Heard and Justin Hollins are no longer castaways on linebacker island, muttering forlornly to a Wilson 1003 as they futilely guard five yards of air, short of rope as they try to lash themselves to a running back or slot […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 5:  Linebacker Joe Walker #35, defensive lineman Sam Kamp #99, linebacker Danny Mattingly #46, linebacker Tony Washington #91, and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks smother Jerrard Randall #8 of the Arizona Wildcats in the third 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)

The post-spring confidence meter: defensive line

Duck fans are an optimistic bunch, generally. It stems from having a long run of respectability after an even longer run of failure and football shame. Players like Danny O’Neil, Joey Harrington, Dennis Dixon and Marcus Mariota taught us anything was possible. The Ducks could beat Washington 12 times in a row. They could beat […]

The Oregon Ducks offensive line sets up for a play at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon lost to Washington State 55-16. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

The post-spring confidence meter: offensive line

Stanford’s offensive line has the gaudy reputation. They call themselves “The Tunnel Workers Union” and pose for a poster every summer in eye black and uniform pants. They have the hype, but in terms of productivity and consistency, the finesse-oriented, weak-in-the-front-lines Oregon Ducks have led the conference in rushing for ten straight years. There are […]

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Losing the future: the alarming, steady erosion in Oregon recruiting

The reputation and results of Oregon football recruiting are melting as steadily as the Greenland ice sheet and eroding as precipitously as certain sections of the California coastline. While it’s something less than a global catastrophe, recruiting-change deniers can’t ignore that the Ducks are losing the day in recruiting. Last night Daniel Green, a 3-star […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks speaks to the media after being defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Miller marks Helfrich as a coach who needs a fast start

In an ESPN blog post about coaches who need to get out of the gate quickly in 2016, PAC-12 blogger Ted Miller chose Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks. Miller wrote, “Just a decade ago, a 9-4 finish — as the Ducks produced in 2015 — would have been cause for celebration. Yet more than […]

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Johnson disses the Ducks

Keyshawn Johnson, now a self-admitted helicopter dad living in the reflected glory of his highly-recruited son, threw shade on Oregon today with a Twitter blast. He and Keyshawn junior, a 6-1,195, 4-star wide receiver from Calabasas High in Mission Viejo, California, are scheduled to make an official visit to Lincoln for Oregon’s September 17th clash […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Darren Carrington #7 of the Oregon Ducks hurdles defensive back Budda Baker #32 of the Washington Huskies in the second half on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 26-20.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The post-spring confidence meter: receivers

Even going back to the dismal days when wins were scarce, Oregon has always had running backs and receivers that were fun to root for. Bobby Moore. Greg Newland. Tony Cherry. Lew Barnes. Christin McLemore. Samie Parker. Maurice Morris. Rueben Droughns. Jeremiah Johnson. Guys who could score touchdowns, who gave the Ducks a fighting chance […]

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 02:  Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Ty Summers #42 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter during the Valero Alamo Bowl at Alamodome on January 2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The post-spring Confidence Meter: rating the elements of Duck football success

Mark Helfrich stands steadfast in answering every question with a quip and a deflection. Though it’s certain he takes his job seriously it’s rarely evident, except after a loss. Fans will get nothing but the broadest of overviews from the official story. Are the Ducks better? Worse? Treading water? Headed for an implosion or certain […]

EUGENE, OR - APRIL 27: Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks watches the action on the field in the first half of the Oregon Spring Game at Autzen Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks stir cautious optimism with competitive, ragged spring game

Sometimes the hype is real. Oregon’s Spring Game was a better-than-average show by spring game standards. The enthusiasm was high and there was a good crowd. The split squads played to a 21-20 finish with a failed two-point conversion at the end, Justin Hollins making his eighth tackle of the game to preserve the win. […]

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Ducks unveil new uniforms, and more importantly, new talent

Every you get reborn. Every year you have to. Kids graduate and stars move on to the NFL. The cycles of college football dictate a team has to find new leadership and shore up holes every single spring. This morning the Ducks will break out yet another set of new uniforms, this one to honor […]

From sweet to elite: Ducks dunk Duke, 82-68

Oregon dominated defending national champion Duke Thursday night in Anaheim with a high-flying display of dandy dishes and high-flying dunks, earning an Elite Eight berth opposite Oklahoma in the West Regional Final. The Ducks led 36-31 at the half but quickly grabbed the Blue Devils by the horns when play resumed. Casey Benson nailed a […]

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Hubba Hubba–here comes Chuba

There’s no under the radar anymore. With Youtube and Hudl videos and recruiting websites and combines and international all-star games, if a kid has football talent, the system will find him. Witness the latest internet football sensation, Chuba Hubbard, a 6-1, 190-pound running back from Bev Facey Community High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. […]

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Prukop transfer renews optimism for new-look Ducks

KVAL reporter Preston Hiefield IV interviewed Dakota Prukop during a walk around campus, and a look at the interview is a burst of optimism for Duck fans as the team moves within three weeks of the start of spring practice. The brief conversation confirms what we’ve heard about the senior transfer from Montana State. He’s […]

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Ducks clinch share of PAC-12 title with road comeback at UCLA

[Editor’s note: Eric Sloat is on hiatus. I’m pinch-hitting.] Oregon closed in on its first conference title in 14 years with a 76-68 come-from-behind victory over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion Wednesday night. The #9 Ducks lead Utah by a game and Cal by a game and a half at 13-4 in the conference. They close […]

En Route To March Madness, Oregon Ducks Tickets Remain Very Affordable

The Oregon Ducks are relevant in men’s hoops again and by the time March Madness rolls around, they could be a fun sleeper pick to enjoy a long run in the tournament. A strong showing in a tough Pac-12 conference has attributed to their rise, as the Ducks have gone 10-4 inside the conference and […]

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)

Brady Hoke and the rebirth of the fast, hard finish

What if Oregon had a defense to match its offense? Smart, prepared, aggressive, athletic, attacking and fast. What if the Ducks said good-bye to bend and don’t break, took the field with a clear understanding of what they were supposed to do, attacked the quarterback and the line of scrimmage with a simple, understandable mission: […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

POWER RANKINGS WEEK 8

      By Eric Sloat It was the “Lost Weekend” for the Oregon Ducks; dropping both games to Cal and Stanford; blowing their chance at a #1 seed in the NCAA’s. They do however stay in first place, Arizona joins them at the top off their sweep of UCLA & USC. Cal beat the […]

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