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Spartans come bearing their shield in 56 days

Three key games define Oregon’s season in 2014, one each in September, October and November. Every week is important, but the showdowns with Michigan State on September 6th, at UCLA on October 11th, and Stanford on November 1st will determine whether Oregon can achieve a dream season, the conference title and a spot in the […]

One month till training camp, Ducks poised for favorite’s role

For cold-hearted objectivity, nothing beats an oddsmaker. Those guys outguess the public for a living. Yesterday online bookmaker bovada.com set the odds for for the PAC-12 Championship, and the Ducks come in as the favorite at 6-5. From a bookie, that’s staggering optimism in a 12-team league. California and Colorado were the long shots at […]

66 Days until Duck football: Coyotes vow to “Beat Oregon”

The Ducks are playing the wrong Dakota. They host South Dakota in 66 days, Saturday night at 7:30 in Autzen Stadium, but the Coyotes were 4-8 last season and won just one game the year before that. Meanwhile North Dakota State has won three straight FCS Championships, 15-0 in 2013 including a season-opening upset victory […]

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Getting to know the new Oregon Ducks: Braden Eggert

In the Napa Valley they  play The Big Game in November, the annual showdown between Napa High School and crosstown rival Vintage. The Kiwanis Club presents a thousand dollar check to the winner, with the loser receiving $500. They get to ring the KVON victory bell. A capacity crowd comes to Memorial Stadium, the Napa […]

For talent PLUS character, Super Mario ought to be more famous than Jameis

According to the Heisman Trophy mission statement, the award “annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” If the integrity and character part truly means anything, Marcus Mariota ought to be halfway to New York […]

Getting to know the 2014 Oregon Ducks: Tanner Carew

[The Ducks begin summer workouts this weekend as the incoming freshman join their brothers on campus, beginning their four and five-year adventure as college football players. As we have done annually DSH will profile the new players. The order is alphabetical.] Tanner Crew does everything with speed and efficiency. He can snap the ball to […]

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Getting to know the new Oregon Ducks: Jalen Brown

[The Ducks begin summer workouts this weekend as the incoming freshman join their brothers on campus, beginning their four and five-year adventure as college football players. As we have done annually DSH will profile the new players. The order is alphabetical.] Oregon outdueled 40 schools for Jalen Brown, an acrobatic receiver from Arizona who considered […]

Duck droppings: Amoako bolts, Kiper rates, Mariota ascends

Redshirt sophomore defensive back Eric Amoako has become the fifth player to transfer out of the program this season, following Eric Dungy, Jake Rodrigues, Damion Hobbs, and Tyrell Robinson. The 5-11, 190-lb cornerback appeared in one game in 2013, and he was 4th on the depth chart for this fall behind Ifo Ekpre-Olomu,, Dominique Harrison […]

Duck defense poised to play bigger role in drive for stellar season

Things could really come together for the Oregon defense this season. There are some strong reasons to believe they’ll improve significantly on last season, with improvements in attitude, leadership, approach and experience (Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports Images). In 2013 the Ducks ranked 6th in the conference defensively in rushing defense, allowing 3.82 yards a […]

Ducks coaches turn feisty in recruiting wars

This week saw a subtle shift in the recruiting practices of the Oregon staff, as two separate recruiting news items showed the Ducks are more willing to play hardball in the recruiting wars. Used to be, the Duck coaches, particularly under Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly, employed a “hands off” policy on prospects that were […]

With just 83 days until Oregon football, it’s time for a fan summer workout

It’s a grievous mistake to base too much on a spring game, but Devon Allen drew a lot of heightened awareness and attention among fans with his two-touchdown performance (2 catches, for 49 and 45 yards). He added another layer of intrigue by setting a school record in the 110-meter hurdles, 13.27, besting the old […]

Is the window closing for Oregon football?

It’s 95 days until the start of college football, and Travis Haney of ESPN says the window for Oregon football is closing after this year: Bluntly, it’s a big year for Mark Helfrich. The second-year coach needs to show program sustainability beyond Chip Kelly, and he needs to do so by getting Oregon — among […]

Basketball update: Ducks nab Ahmaad Rorie from Cal

by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat First up, if anything needs some good news it’s the Oregon basketball team, and it got some in a big way, 4* point guard, Ahmaad Rorie is a Duck. Rorie originally signed with Cal, but when Mike Montgomery retired, he asked to be released from that commitment, and the […]

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