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The Grumpy Cat view of the Oregon-Florida State matchup

There’s no reason to be afraid of the Seminoles, but Duck fans shouldn’t be overconfident or disrespectful either. Oregon fans look at Jameis Winston’s interception numbers and the Noles’ many narrow escapes in a 13-0 season and it’s tempting to jump to the conclusion that FSU is a vulnerable and overrated team. No one in […]

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The only prep Brady Quinn did for this video was to put on some more hair gel

Brady Quinn breaks down the Florida State-Oregon matchup, relying heavily on some nonsense about Marcus Mariota’s supposed inability to throw the football into tight windows. This kind of pap and claptrap has been repeated ad nauseum by a variety of knee-jerk analysts, and it doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. At least four of Mariota’s […]

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Say it ain’t so, Ifo

I’m afraid it is, kid. Senior consensus All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s Oregon career is over after he sustained a torn ACL Tuesday in practice. In two weeks the Ducks will face star wideout Rashad Greene and the Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl without him. Ifo’s injury is a heartbreak for a team and a […]

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Ducks get back to work with 15 days until the Rose Bowl

Quarterback Marcus Mariota flew back to Eugene in time for Tuesday practice, and center Hroniss Grasu and running back Thomas Tyner also wore pads for the workout, aiming to return to the lineup for the Rose Bowl. The Ducks eased into Florida State prep. They’ll have a full week of practices before taking four days […]

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Exodus: how the Ducks became the Gods and Kings of offensive football

by Jamaal Ryan, DSH correspondent Rare is the breakthrough innovation that is fully appreciated during its infancy.  As is often the case, new ideas are magnets for skepticism and ridicule.  Human nature makes us suspicious of change, and the champions of the status quo can present a formidable barrier to accepting new approaches.  The introduction […]

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Marcus Mariota on The Dan Patrick Show

Marcus banters with Patrick, talking about audibles, his NFL decision and Phil Knight, but mostly displaying a good sense of humor as the radio personality riffs on fame and football: Mike Florio of nbc.com posted that Chip Kelly was asked about Mariota today on Philadelphia sports radio, and the former coach offered this emphatic endorsement, […]

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Back to work, Marcus Mariota! End of the dolce vita

The Heisman Trophy is heavy. It’s 13.5 inches of cast bronze, and weighs about 25 pounds. The heaviest part, though, is its psychic weight. Only 8 of 80 Heisman winners have gone on to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Doak Walker, Paul Hornung, Roger Staubach, O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen, Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, […]

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Marcus Mariota’s most difficult assignment ever

As Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been the most recognizable and sought-after Duck, but now he’s a celebrity. The after-practice scrum of reporters will not only include ESPN and Sports Illustrated, but stringers for TMZ, People Magazine and the National Enquirer. Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday but his stint in New York isn’t […]

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Basketball Ducks bounce back, top Illinois 77-70

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent It was a great day to be a Duck. While Marcus Mariota was in New York winning the Heisman Trophy, the Oregon basketball team was in Chicago, beating the Fighting Illilini, 77-70, a second straight win for Oregon, and a great bounce back from the loss to Ole Miss […]

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Mahalo, Marcus: Mariota wins Oregon’s first-ever Heisman Trophy

Marcus Mariota won Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy Saturday night, with 90.92% of the total possible points, the second highest all-time behind Troy Smith of Ohio State. Mariota received 788 first place votes. Alabama’s Amari Cooper garnered 49, while Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who finished second overall, had 37. The junior quarterback led Oregon to […]

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Marcus Mariota and the Heisman jinx: what’s his upside as a pro?

The Heisman jinx was born shortly after the award. University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger won the first one in 1935, drafted first by the Chicago Bears but never played pro football. 1939 winner Nile Kinnick died in World War II piloting a fighter plane in the South Pacific. Syracuse great Ernie Davis fell victim […]

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