SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Eastern Washington Eagles rushes against the Washington Huskies on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Three puffs of smoke released from the Hatfield-Dowlin: Adams starts vs. EWU

Consider how crazy talented the Ducks are, then consider this: 2016 verbal commit at wide receiver Dillon Mitchell had over 200 yards and six touchdowns in the first game of his senior year last night. Mitchell’s from Tennessee, another national recruiting coup for Oregon. That thoroughness in talent hunting is much in evidence as the […]

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 14:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass in the first half of a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Eight days a week, the Ducks pursue excellence

The Ducks are one Marcus Mariota away from kicking off the college football season, eight days until the first snap. Whatever decisions come out of the Hatfield-Dowlin Center in terms of the starting quarterback, the depth chart and the roster, Oregon fans have to appreciate the genuine class Jeff Lockie has displayed in his battle […]

Oregon Ducks Are In Top-Seven For Best Odds To Win Second-Ever CFP

The Oregon Ducks were on the brink of history as they made it all the way to the conclusion of the first-ever College Football Playoff, but were cut short by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the National Championship game. However the Ducks are clearly in the conversation for a title once again, as Las Vegas […]

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 secret sauce of Oregon football

A variety of commentators from All-time Ohio State great Eddie George to Comcast Northwest’s Aaron Fentress have predicted the Ducks will take a step back this year. Watch out for Stanford, Rachel Barbeau of Sirius Satellite radio says. USC is the team that can make the college football playoff from the PAC-12, George Schroeder of […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Head Coach Urban Meyer (R) of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with Head coach Mark Helfrich (L) of the Oregon Ducks after 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 Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Checking in at fall camp, two weeks from the run through the tunnel

Linebacker Jonah Moi suited up for Oregon’s practice yesterday, and his arrival and enrollment means the Ducks have achieved another rare milestone in college football. For six straight years they’ve enrolled every signed recruit. It’s another of the ways the Ducks beat the recruiting rankings and exceed expectations season after season, another of their many […]

during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

Stanford love both prevalent and mystifying from pundits around the country

Dari Nowkhah of the SEC Network (formerly one of the voices of college football for ESPN) was on Sirius Satellite Radio this morning and the announcing team asked him his four picks for the College Football Playoff. His answer: Ohio State, TCU, Stanford and Auburn. One of these things is not like the other. Ohio […]

PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Vernon Adams #16 of the Eastern Washington Eagles during pre-game warmup before the start against the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Pullman, Washington.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

Big play V.A. has passed math, but can he learn The Oregon Way?

Oregon players take care of their business. Over the last eight seasons of exceptional success, the hallmark has been a culture of doing the right things in the right way with a high degree of commitment to team goals and the team message. It’s an integral part of what makes this program so much fun […]

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)

Standing on a pickle bucket outside the Hatfield-Dowlin practice fields

Remarkable to think that the Ducks have lost the best player in school history (Marcus Mariota) and one of the most touted recruits in school history (Thomas Tyner), and they are still legitimate favorites to win the PAC-12 North. Nobody thinks the Ducks will beat Michigan State in East Lansing. Every pundit has that game penciled […]

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

The most Mariota-like quality the Ducks have to get from their new quarterback

At Titans training camp Marcus Mariota has now completed six practices without throwing an interception. It’s worth mentioning because it illustrates what the Ducks most need from their new signal caller: Mariota’s decision-making and cool, particularly his ability to avoid negative plays. In three seasons at Oregon Mariota threw 105 touchdown passes with just 14 […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 01:  Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after the Spartans score a touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the first half of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on January 1, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ducks to open camp with no Big-Play V.A., but those big plays will come from somewhere

The defending conference champions open fall camp in six days, on August 10th. At PAC-12 Media Days last week Mark Helfrich shut down the speculation about the quarterback battle between Vernon Adams and Jeff Lockie. “I know everybody will want to address the quarterback position,” Helfrich said. “And the only thing we’re going to talk about are the people […]

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 […]