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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ David Lombardi has the Pac-12 post-spring rankings and has Oregon in the middle of the pack and then looks at transfer Matt Hegarty who should be able to help the team.

While all focus shined on Marcus Mariota and the Ducks' high-flying offense last year, it's easy to forget that Oregon's defense actually ranked second (23.6 points per game) behind Stanford in the Pac-12. True star power existed on both the defensive line and in the secondary, but the linebacking corps also did a solid job, and a number of grizzled veterans are returning there. Joe Walker, Rodney Hardrick, Tyson Coleman, and Christian French are all fifth-year seniors who should give Mark Helfrich a reliable backbone at the position.

■ Henry Swift takes a look back at the Joey Harrington years at Oregon.

■ Several Oregon athletic programs scored a perfect 1,000 APR for 2013-14.

■ Tyson Alger has all you need to know to watch/listen to the softball team in the WCWS and Andrew Greif announced three players from the team earned All-American honors.

■ Mitchell Tolman and Garrett Cleavinger earned Pac-12 all-conference honors yesterday and has all the news and notes as the baseball team starts playing Friday in the Springfield Regionals.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Kyle Bonagura ranks the Pac-12 defensive line unit now that spring practice is over and ranks Oregon first.

DE DeForest Buckner is arguably the best defensive lineman in the conference and returns alongside NG Alex Balducci, who started all 15 games a year ago. The Ducks will move on without DE Arik Armstead, a first-round pick of the 49ers, but have an intriguing group of players ready to compete for his snaps -- with Tui Talia, T.J. Daniel, Henry Mondeaux, Jalen Jelks among them.

■ ESPN has 100 things they are looking forward to in 2015 and mentions the Oregon QB battle at #16.

■ Chantel Jennings looks at Oregon's non-conference games this year.

■ Oregon picked up Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty who transferred yesterday.

■ Levi Steier thinks the LB's will be better this year.

■ Cheridan Hawkins talked to the media recently about facing UCLA in the opening round of the WCWS and Jenna Lilley has gone through great lengths to improve.