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)

Mike Leach pleads for mercy, but Freeman makes no promises

Oregon sports information director Andy McNamara passed along a story from PAC-12 Media Days, Washington State coach Mike Leach kidding Royce Freeman when they passed each other going from interview to interview. Leach said, “No touchdowns against us, okay?” Freeman responded, “Can’t promise anything.” Last season Royce rolled opponents for 1836 yards and 17 touchdowns, […]

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Ducks unveil yet another new uni. When do they unveil a Top 25 defense?

The brand is built. Time to focus on stopping the run and winning third down. Over the weekend on Twitter Oregon teased another new uniform combination for the 2016 season, a charcoal gray jersey and pants with green numerals and yellow trim. At least the green and yellow were in there somewhere. The Ducks are […]

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How the Ducks will choose their starting quarterback

Throughout summer and spring practice, Mark Helfrich has said he wants to see separation and consistency before he names the Oregon starter at quarterback. At PAC-12 Media Days he told reporters, “It’s got to happen. It can’t be something where you’re 52.7 percent of the vote and somebody else is‑‑ you don’t want those little tiny […]

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)

Six weeks til game day, it’s all about the Oregon defense

Talking season is almost over. The Ducks start fall practice in about two weeks, and the 2016 opener at Autzen Stadium against UC Davis is just 41 days away. Everything depends on the growth of the defense. Oregon is going to be loaded offensively with the conference’s toughest-to-tackle running back in Royce Freeman and best […]

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)

Marcus Mariota remains the standard and the hope of Oregon football

In 2001 athletic director Bill Moos paid for the “Joey Heisman” billboard in Times Square, a bold move to elevate Oregon football in the national consciousness. It worked, but Marcus Mariota is that billboard now. The Ducks built a brand with wide-open offensive football, exciting players and a rising 20-year record of success, success that […]

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Native son: Ducks scour the country for QBs, but the answer is 4 miles away

Justin Herbert has the athletic ability, intelligence, poise, character and leadership to be a future starting quarterback at Oregon, to be the next surprising, relatively unheralded success story in a program that has a rich legacy of finding gems no one else bothered to pick up. Marcus Mariota. Dan Fouts. And from the state of […]

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Touchdown Terry Wilson and the future of the Oregon offense

It’s too early to tell what the Ducks have in Terry Wilson, their three-star quarterback commit from Del City, Oklahoma, but there are some early indications he could become a gigantic sleeper, a pleasant surprise to everyone but the Oregon coaches. In the spring game he completed 4-10 passes for 22 yards, a good-sized kid […]

EUGENE, OR. - SEPTEMBER 28:Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks returns the opening kickoff during the first quarter of the game against the California Golden Bears at Autzen Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. Thomas was hit hard on the opening kickoff and did not return to action after that play. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

A move college football needs to make

It’s one of the most exciting plays in the game, an adrenaline rush for fans and players alike. The roar in Autzen reaches jet engine levels. The kickoff. Particularly the opening kickoff. The kicker raises his hand and 10 of the fastest athletes on the team take a sprinter’s crouch. He booms it deep with […]

Jesuit's Demetrius Douglas, right. breaks up a pass during his team's 41-14 win over Gresham in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Jesuit High School on Nov. 7, 2014. (Beaverton Leader: Miles Vance)

Ducks land Demetrius Douglas, the top cornerback prospect in the state

Jesuit Crusader cornerback Demetrius Douglas announced his verbal commitment to the Ducks on Twitter Sunday morning, the 11th commit of the 2017 class in what has been a surging summer for Brady Hoke, John Neal and the rest of the Oregon coaches. Douglas is a three-star prospect who is seriously undervalued after missing five games […]

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Johnny Ragin at the heart of Oregon’s new-look defense

Johnny Ragin III is ripped and ready. The 6-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Wilsonville High is finally healthy, eager for his senior turn in the heart of Oregon’s new-look defense. He represented new defensive coach Brady Hoke’s unit at PAC-12 Media Days this week, expressing deep enthusiasm for the change in approach and scheme. In […]

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)

Nick Aliotti breaks down the Ducks and the PAC-12 North

At PAC-12 Media Days radio hosts Jason Scukanec and Isaac Ropp of 1080 The Fan sat down with former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti to discuss the upcoming season. Aliotti allows that new next-door neighbor Brady Hoke has made some significant progress toward implementing his new 4-3 defense: Your browser does not support iframes.

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Helfrich talks quarterbacks

With characteristic style and sartorial splendor Comcast Northwest’s Aaron Fentress cornered Mark Helfrich at PAC-12 Media Days. They talked about the Oregon quarterback rotation and the possibility for improvement in the defense: Your browser does not support iframes.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In SEC recruiting, they play by different rules

SEC schools deal themselves significant advantages to maintain their claim of football supremacy, starting with how they acquire players. It’s a tremendous coaching edge to recruit in an area that features hundreds of division one prospects, big offensive and defensive linemen, agile, freak-athlete linebackers, speedy receivers and backs. But in the gridiron-religion south they take […]

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C.J. Verdell an unheralded Duck commit with an lightning yellow future

by Brian Mahuna, DSH correspondent Much like a big box retailer needs to replenish its on-hand merchandise in order to continue building a successful and profitable business, a college football team needs to recruit athletes that fits their system and keep them competitive amongst the competition. This parallel ends here however. Best Buy isn’t always […]

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Ducks flex recruiting muscle in nabbing top tight end McKitty

On Sunday, the Ducks finally beat Auburn. Four-star tight end Tre’ McKitty announced his verbal commitment live on ESPNU from The Opening in Beaverton, choosing Oregon over War Damn Eagle, The Gator Chomp and The Tomahawk Chop. The 6-4, 238 prospect from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida had 32 scholarship offers, most in the country […]

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Devon Allen just the start of Oregon fast

Devon Allen’s epic accomplishment at Hayward yesterday, running a lifetime best to win his second U.S. Track and Field Championship in the 110 meter hurdles and qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, underscores a important fact about the 2016 Oregon football team. This is the deepest, fastest Oregon team ever. This week […]

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