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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Duck Stuff

Yesterday it was the offensive three-headed monster and today it's the same for the Oregon defense.

1. Oregon: LB Joe Walker, DL DeForest Buckner, CB Chris Seisay

The skinny: The Ducks did lose defensive firepower, but they've also retained some of their big guns. Buckner is a future NFL talent who led the team with 13 tackles for loss (four sacks) last year, while Walker's 49 solo tackles were the most from the linebacking corps. The biggest production vacuum comes in the secondary, where Erick Dargan's conference-best seven interceptions have vanished. Seisay filled in for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu late, so he has big shoes to fill.

■ Andrew Greif looks at 6 Oregon newcomers to watch during spring practice.

■ Joey Holland says there is reason to believe that whoever starts for QB they have a winning track record behind them so not to worry.

■ Oregon cruised past UC Riverside 12-3 yesterday to complete the sweep behind a strong performance from Josh Graham.

On deck: Oregon continues its five game road trip Friday at Arizona where the Ducks will play the first of three, all of which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Oregon will send Conor Harber to the mound Friday.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ David Lombardi talks about returning three-headed monsters for Duck football.

The Ducks return a stockpile of offensive skill position talent. They just aren't set on a quarterback to replace Marcus Mariota yet. Regardless of Mark Helfrich's pick, is there anyone who truly expects that Oregon won't be productive next year? The Ducks have developed a reputable track record of reloading to light up the scoreboard. Match dynamic talent with that proven system, and there are bound to be fireworks at Autzen Stadium. The post-Mariota push starts with Freeman (1,365 yards, 19 touchdowns as a true freshman) and the versatile Marshall (over 1,000 receiving yards last year in addition to his rushing totals). Allen and Darren Carrington bring more speed to the outside, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of scorers here; Oregon just needs a point guard to glue it all together.

■ Kyle Bonagura talks about each Pac-12 football coach and their best team Mark Helfrich was had a comfortable lead when I took the poll.

■ Jason Selby reminds us that spring practice is less than a week away.

■ Max Thornberry talks about Matt Eureste and Ducks baseball.

■ It took 13 innings but the Ducks came out on top against UC Riverside 10-7.

On deck: Oregon and UC Riverside wrap up their two-game series on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Ducks will send Jacob Corn (1-0, 6.35) to the mound.