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Update: Eighth grader still pursuing football dream with uncommon dedication

Quinten Love-Jones has a dream. His parents are in the U.S. Navy and they've imparted a rare discipline to the son. He's training year-round to become a varsity football player in Portsmouth, Virginia, and wants to earn a college scholarship as a running back. Now 14 and in the eighth grade, Quinten played in two […]

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Darrion Weems a solid protector with brains and brawn

Never underestimate a guy who can bench press you 10 times. People say the Oregon offensive line is a question mark this year, that Oregon can’t compete with the elite defensive lines or teams that have extra time to prepare for the spread, that the Cowboy Classic will be just like Boise in ’09 because […]

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Getting to know the Oregon Duck newcomers: Andre Yruretagoyena

Andre YruretagoyenaOL – 6-5, 260, 4.94Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral HS)Under Armour ALL-AMERICAN 2010 Team Record: 14-0 season, back-to-back Class 5A-II state championships. 3,700 yards rushing (263 per game), 54 TDs  7.4 yards per carry 1st Team All-State, consensus 4* recruit Yruretagoyena: rolled r – etha – go – yehna.  It looks Russian but it’s Basque, the proud, […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Anthony Wallace

Anthony Wallace LB – 6-0, 221, 4.55Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)Under Armour ALL-AMERICAN 2010 Stats: 115 tackles and earned honorable mention All-State distinction at linebacker in 2010 (90 tackles in 2009)Team Record: 9-3 7-0 league, league champions, lost to DeSoto, 38-0, in the area round of the Class 5A Division I Region II playoffs.GPA: 3.5RANKINGSRivals: #4 […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Rahsaan Vaughn, wide receiver

Rahsaan VaughnWR – 6-2, 192, 4.37Fremont, Calif. (Washington HS/College of San Mateo) 2010 stats: 59 catches 1007 yards 17.1 ypc  11 tds JC All-American,  rated #1 JC receiver by jcgridiron.com, 4 stars by rivals and scout.  Team record 8-3 Eligibility: junior with 3 years to play two The San Mateo JC Bulldogs run a smash-mouth […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: De’Anthony Thomas

De’Anthony ThomasATH – 5-9, 160, 4.41Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw HS)U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN 2010 Stats: 114 carries 1,299 yards (11.4 yards per carry) 18 touchdowns  16 catches for 359 yards (22.4 avg.) four tds defense,42 tackles five interceptions totaling 122 return yards voted MVP by the City Section coaches, All-City first-team on defense and City Section […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Tacoi Sumler

Tacoi SumlerWR – 5-9, 166, 4.24Miami, Fla. (Christopher Columbus HS)UnderArmour ALL-AMERICAN 2009 Stats: 54 catches 994 yards 17 touchdowns … Recorded two scores on kickoff returns and accumulated four interceptions, including one for td Tacoi Sumler is the fastest freshman football player in the United States.  At a Nike SPARQ camp last summer, he was […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Jamal Prater

Jamal PraterOL – 6-4, 290Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS) 2010 stats: Team Record 6-6, 3-2 league, lost in round of eight in CIF Southern Section playoffs                    2,036 rushing yards and averaged nearly six yards per attempt in 2010                    All-State and All-Valley League first teams                    Rated three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com while garnering […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Marcus Mariota

Marcus MariotaQB – 6-4, 194, 4.48Honolulu, Hi. (St. Louis HS) 2010 Stats: Passing 165 of 255 (64.7%) 2,597 yards,  32 td 5 int                   Rushing 60 carries 455 yds (7.6 yards per carry) 7 tds                    Team Record 11-1, State Champions Marcus Mariota may have the best package of skills, running, throwing, leadership, intelligence, coaching, size […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Colt Lyerla

Colt LyerlaWR – 6-5, 225, 4.56Hillsboro, Ore. (Hillsboro HS)U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN 2009 Stats: Rushed for 1,543 yards and 26 TDs, 843 receiving yards and 13 TDs, 40 total TDs, State MVP and a team State Championship 2010 Stats:  1,519 rushing yards, 352 receiving yards,  12.5 points per game; defense: 45 tackles and two sacks He […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon newcomers: B.J. Kelley

B.J. KelleyWR – 6-2, 175, 4.43Fresno, Calif. (Central HS) 2010 stats: 51 catches, 1223 yards, 16 touchdowns.rushing, 12 carries for 110 yards, 1 td, 9.17 yards per carry. Team Record 8-4, 2nd round of the playoffs Track and Field, personal bests: 200 meters, 21.98, 110 high hurdles 14.71 and 300 meter hurdles 38.37  (statistics from […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon newcomers: Sam Kamp

Sam KampDL – 6-4, 247, 4.82Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View HS) 2010 stats:  Injured, DNP 2009: 68 tackles,  8 sacks, 1 int, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass breakupsTeam record 8-4, 6-0 in league, 5A Central League Champions Recruiting Rating: 3 stars, according to Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports Success has synergy.  The Ducks have depth now; […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Lake Koa-Ka’ai

Lake Koa-Ka’aiDL – 6-4, 245, 4.8Honolulu, Hi. (Kamehameha Schools Kapalama HS) Bad behavior gets headlines.  Too often, it dominates them with insidious consistency; it’s the chief function of a free press to sustain itself by sustaining our attention, most easily done by appealing to our base and insatiable appetite for ruin and the remorse of […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Tyler Johnstone

Tyler JohnstoneOL – 6-6, 250, 4.93Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN 2010 stats: team record 29-1, 25 straight wins, 2 consecutive state titles.  Rushing offense 264 yards per game, 7.4 yards per carry, 46 rushing touchdowns The stereotypical offensive lineman is a bit of a Ferdinand the Bull, a lazy, easy-going guy who lacks the […]

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Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Rodney Hardrick

Rodney HardrickLB – 6-1, 225, 4.53Colton, Calif. (Colton HS) 2010 stats: tight end: 41 catches for 808 yards and 10 touchdowns   outside linebacker: 98 total tackles (69 solo), 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles 2 fumble recoveries Team Record: 12-3, CIF Southern Section Champions photo at left: Hardrick snares a […]

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