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Ducks should go back to the future with uniquely talented qb

Today Scott Frost told Andrew Greif that he will probably never have another quarterback like Marcus Mariota in his coaching career. He’s probably right. Mariota’s a combination of talent, character and humility that comes along once in a generation, although Morgan Mahalak and Travis Waller look like very good ones for the the future. As […]

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Ducks quest for better execution is their key challenge in 2014

The preseason AP college football poll came out yesterday, and the Ducks are third in the country for the third time in four years. Over the last five years, they have the best record in college football at 47-6, an .887 winning percentage. Yet it’s in the ultimate-game mentality of sports that they are more […]

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The two things that could derail the Ducks

Oregon has enough talent and experience to win the national championship. Odds are they won’t, because it’s a very hard thing to do. But the dream is more possible this season than in any other time in program history. The nucleus is that strong with Marcus Mariota, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Hroniss Grasu returning. Even with […]

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Ducks have perfect mentality for a title run

Apparently there’s a special on thermal blankets at the Wal Mart in Hell. John Canzano said something nice about the Ducks. In his column today he says Oregon has a legitimate shot at the national championship, but he adds that the team “needs an identity.” He wrote: It’s true that Oregon doesn’t have a booming […]

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New football film has a strong Oregon connection and a powerful story

In the scorching hot August of 2004 there had been three murders in Richmond, California in the space of the week Terrance Kelly had played basketball with some friends, and on the way home he stopped off to pick up his brother. The next day he was leaving for Oregon, having earned a full-ride scholarship […]

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Stanford prepares for an imposing road in 2014

The Stanford Cardinal deserve full credit for winning the last two PAC-12 titles and beating the Oregon Ducks three years out of the last five, but the arrogance and elitism that emanates out of Palo Alto is getting a little tiresome. It’s not as if they’re invincible. Last year they fell to Utah, USC and […]

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Practice news digest: Oregon defense looks tougher at every level in 2014

Reports trickling in from fall camp suggest the Oregon defense will be much tougher in 2014. Rob Moseley at goducks.com talked today about how impressive Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci will be up front: Moseley wrote, “There have been no more impressive, nor more physically imposing, players in Oregon’s preseason camp so far […]

Ducks have three weeks to solve the Michigan State problem, the latest variation of the Stanford problem

Not discounting South Dakota or the importance of the daily grind, but the Ducks will find out what they have offensively in week two against Michigan State. Last year defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s defense finished in the top three nationally for rushing yards per game (86.3), yards per rush (2.84) and rushing touchdowns (8) while allowing […]

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Challenge for Oregon’s offensive line ramps up with Johnstone injury

The key to Oregon’s season is to keep Marcus Mariota healthy, and that became an even bigger challenge today as reports surfaced that left tackle Tyler Johnstone reinjured his right knee in practice last week. The junior is out for the year and faces another long rehab. Johnstone plays the most important position in the […]

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Charles Nelson could fill a critical vacancy in the Quack Attack

Charles Nelson chose number six. It’s a sign of confidence and a glimpse of the kind of player he wants to be, choosing DAT’s old number, also his high school number, and he backs it up with preparation and intensity. He’s already made an impression at practice. Rob Moseley reported yesterday at goducks.com that the […]

Duck stars impressive in NFL debuts; camp notes

Today is the first day of two-a-days, a big day for learning and resilience among Oregon’s new players, a ten hour football workday of practice, meetings and recovery. Elsewhere in the Duck universe, De’Anthony Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs and Josh Huff of the Philadelphia Eagles both made a splash in their NFL debuts. […]

The good news is that the bad news isn’t even remotely right

Things are coming together for a very special season in Oregon football. Here are three more reasons to be optimistic on the first day of full pads and full contact: 1. The schedule is very favorable While Stanford faces Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State UCLA and Washington on the road, and also has to host […]

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Development of Oregon’s linebackers crucial for 2014 success

Maybe this is the year Oregon becomes Linebacker U. In Kiko Alonso, Dion Jordan and Michael Clay, the Ducks had a great group of linebackers that led an opportunistic defense. Casey Matthews and  Spencer Paysinger before them did as well. Four of these guys made it to the NFL (Clay is a quality control coach […]

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