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Monday, December 31, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Nick Aliotti and several members of the defense talk about getting ready for K-State and KEZI shares their latest report from the desert. Video courtesy of the RG and KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Oregon Duck makes it from Las Vegas to Glendale on the fourth day of their road trip.

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu believes he will have a much better game than when he played as a freshman against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

"With football, especially at the corner spot, it's all about confidence and how you're going to play at the end of the route, and I think I've grown in both of those aspects of my game," he said.

That increase in confidence has made him more of a vocal leader and has helped the defense tie for the lead in the nation in takeaways with 38.

• Isaac Rosenthal and Rob Moseley have notes from yesterday's practice. Here are some photos from the practice session.

• Matching up the Oregon secondary versus the K-State receivers. Edge to Oregon.

The Oregon Daily Emerald compares the Fiesta Bowl mascots and it was no contest, the Oregon Duck takes down Willie the Wildcat.

Rob Moseley reports Kenjon Barner has picked up right where LaMichael James left off with a stellar season of his own.

Barner put himself in position to meet or exceed the goals he set for himself in the offseason, no matter how ambitious they may have seemed to anybody else. He’s enjoyed a season of historic proportions, with one game left to further cement his legacy.

“It’s been an absolute blessing,” Barner said. “That’s the best way to describe it.”


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

De'Anthony Thomas and Jerry Allen do a little fishing, some Friday practice footage, Mark Helfrich-Kenjon Barner-Marcus Mariota talk with reporters and a KEZI report. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom, and KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Oregon mascot continues his road trip and just happens to bump into an old friend in Las Vegas.

Matching up the Oregon D-line versus the K-State O-line with the edge given to Oregon.

Edge to Oregon. Kansas State has some big bodies upfront but so does Oregon. The Ducks' depth and speed can become a problem for opponents.

Kenjon Barner is savoring his final days as a Duck.

Adam Jude continues his ten moments that defined the 2012 season. Off to a quick start comes in at number five and DAT comes in at number six.

Ted Miller believes De'Anthony is ready to carry the torch next season.

Rob Moseley reports the BCS vets on the team are encouraging the younger guys to soak it all up but now it is time to get to work.

Joel Gunderson says this Oregon offense is really, really good.

A stud quarterback, a loaded running back crew, and receivers coming into their own, all combining to score just over 50 a game, in a major conference. It’s a special machine, this Duck offense.

They face a challenge Thursday when the Kansas State Wildcats step on the field in the Fiesta Bowl. However, after the display they put on for 11 of their 12 games this season, you have to like their chances.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Boseko Lokombo interviews Nick Aliotti, De'Anthony Thomas talks with reporters and KEZI arrives in the desert and lays out their schedule of activities. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom, the Register Guard and KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

A short recap of our Duck mascot during the second day of their road trip to Glendale.

Practice continued yesterday and Wade Keliikipi has returned from an injury which is good news.

Keliikipi hasn't played since Oregon's win at USC, missing the final three games of the regular season with a lower leg injury that had him watching from the sideline on crutches for the home finale against Stanford. He had his left ankle taped up today but participated in warm-ups and individual drills for the start of practice.

Kiko Alonso was also glad to see Keliikipi return to practice.

Aaron Fentress says the Ducks are working hard in living right in Arizona.

Thomas Boyd snapped some photos from day two of practice.

Steve Summers has a Q&A session with Chip Kelly after practice.

The Oregon Daily Emerald grades the Fiesta participants special teams and gives the edge to K-State.

Adam Jude continues looking at ten defining moments for the season and has the emergence of Marcus Mariota in the Spring Game at number four.

Four players from Oregon have been selected to participate in the Senior Bowl.

ESPN analysts overwhelmingly pick Oregon to win the Fiesta Bowl next week.

• Ted Miller wonders if Chip Kelly is the most interesting man in college football.

There is a school of thought, now apparently subscribed to by a handful of desperate NFL teams, that if that uber-suave, hirsute gentleman from those wildly entertaining Dos Equis beer commercials revealed his true identity, he would rip off a bearded mask and reveal Chip Kelly.

Stay thirsty my friends.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Coach Steve Greatwood answers questions from members of the O-line and Keanon Lowe takes you on a tour of where the team is staying in Scottsdale.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Duck mascot continues his road trip to Glendale with a stop in Phoenix....Phoenix, Oregon that is.

Aaron Fentress and a K-State reporter compare the matchup between Oregon running backs and K-State's linebackers. Edge to Oregon.

KSU allowed 348 yards rushing to Baylor during a 52-24 loss, and was frequently gashed by Lache Seastrunk, a former Duck who left Eugene in part because he was low on the depth chart. Oregon's running game (third in the country at 328.8 yards per game) is better than Baylor's (19th, 225.5).

Rob Moseley, Steve Summers and A.J. Jacobson all took notes during a Q&A period with Chip Kelly following yesterday's closed practice for the Fiesta Bowl.

The Fiesta Bowl is just another opportunity to play in the Super Bowl, version 13 of the season.

Adam Jude continues ten moments that changed the season. Number three on his list, Chip Kelly decides not to accept a NFL job with Tampa Bay.

• Matt Prehm of DuckTerritory has the latest recruiting news.

• present their list of the greatest Duck moments of 2012. The Rose Bowl victory is my favorite from the list.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Seems the Duck mascot might be having issues getting to Glendale with the rest of the team.

Chip Kelly held a press conference after arriving at the hotel in Scottsdale yesterday and most of the questions he faced were related to the NFL. Of course, Chip being Chip, he deflected all the attention to the task at hand, winning the Fiesta Bowl.

Players on the team who were in Glendale two years ago for the BCS Championship game against Auburn have a different ending in mind this time around.

Overall, if there was any sense two years ago that Oregon was just happy to be at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Ducks say they’re not content with simply making another return trip this week.

“We’re ready,”[Michael Clay] said. “We’re down there for business, and to win a game.”

• The Oregon Daily Emerald grades the Fiesta Bowl quarterbacks and calls it a draw.

• Adam Jude continues counting down the ten moments that shaped the 2012 season and early departures comes in at number two.

• Ken Goe calls the current bowl system archaic and lusts for a real playoff season similar to the rest of college football.

Former Ducks, Haloti Ngata and Max Unger will be playing in the NFL Pro Bowl.

Over at David Melo has a Q&A with former safety Rasuli Webster and Joe Packer takes a closer look at future Oregon running back Dontre Wilson.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Aaron Fentress and a K-State reporter  matchup Oregon's LB's versus the Wildcat RB's and both give the edge to Oregon. They also did a QB matchup giving the edge to K-State's Colin Klein because of his experience.

On the Duck LB's: The Ducks are loaded. Dion Jordan could be a first-round pick in 2013. Kiko Alonso should go no later than the third round. Boseko Lokombo will get drafted in 2014. Only a lack of size will keep Michael Clay from making it in the NFL.

• Adam Jude starts a series of articles he believes are the ten moments that shaped the Ducks' season. First on his list, the 2012 Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin.

• Jim Maloney opens the history book and looks back at the 1963 Sun Bowl, Len Casanova's lone bowl victory.

• Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

The Oregon Daily Emerald compares the running backups for the Fiesta Bowl participants.

Advantage: Oregon. Kansas State is effective at running the football, but that’s due to No. 7. Hubert does his job effectively, but he simply isn't called upon to do enough to outweigh the collective accomplishments of Barner, Thomas and the rest.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Duck Stud: Morning Mud

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my Duck friends and family who might wander onto the blog today. Enjoy your special times family, friends and loved ones during this festive season.

• The Oregon Daily Emerald grades the wide receivers for the Ducks and Wildcats and gives the edge to K-State.

• Aaron Fentress goes head to head with a K-State beat reporter as they talk about their schools tradition. Aaron also thinks Chip Kelly would be a perfect fit for the Carolina Panthers should he decide to go to the NFL.

• Josh Schlichter looks at Oregon's "numbers" advantage going against K-State. Here is a sample from his article:

This particular matchup between Oregon and Kansas State is very similar to the Oregon-Wisconsin matchup from last January. The Badgers boasted efficiency and a stout defense, but lacked the speed and athleticism to run base coverage's   thus, they could not avoid neglecting a component of the Oregon offense. Kansas State may have a pair of elite cornerbacks, but the battle for supremacy against Oregon doesn't usually happen on the outside of the field – it happens inside of the box, where linemen and linebackers are forced to use their athleticism to head off the speedy Oregon skill players. Those KSU shortcomings were especially evident against Baylor, and may be equally evident on January 3rd against Oregon.

If Kansas State allows Oregon to stretch the field and force the Wildcats to take safeties out of the box to defend exterior passes, then Oregon will have no problem running the ball throughout the game.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Robby Boydstun and Steve Summers from eDuck talk recruiting including LB Danny Mattingly out of Spokane.

• Jerry Thompson sits down with Ryan Clanton for a little Q&A session.

The Oregon Daily Emerald grades the secondary of the Fiesta Bowl participants.

LaMichael James says patience is paying off despite the loss to Seattle last night.

• Ruben Garcia looks back at the 2001-2002 bowl season when Oregon took on Colorado in the Feista Bowl.

• Rob Moseley points out playing in BCS bowl games has become the new normal for Oregon.

The establishment of a “new normal” at Oregon coincided with the ascension of Chip Kelly to head coach in 2009.

“Chip raised the bar for us, and set new standards,” said defensive lineman Taylor Hart, who redshirted Kelly’s first fall as coach, and is now a junior.

“When you’re winning like this, it never gets old,” Hart said.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Joel Gunderson has an Oregon wish list that caught my eye.

One more Chip Kelly train ride: If recent rumors are true, Chip may…MAY…be leaning towards staying at Oregon for one more year. If this is true, we are absolutely heading towards the most hyped season in the school’s history. With all due respect to Mark Helfrich — the likely next in line — next season just has a different feel with the visor still in tow.

With a seasoned Mariota, a determined DAT, proven receivers and a young, nasty D (not to mention a favorable schedule), 2013 could be the perfect way for Chip to leave Eugene…with a national championship.

John Canzano talks (audio podcast) talks with Joey Harrington about the Fiesta Bowl.

• Oregon blew away Houston Baptist yesterday at MK Arena, 91-50.

Tony Woods scored 14 points as Oregon defeated Houston Baptist 91-50 Saturday.

E.J. Singler, who had just two points in a three-overtime loss to UTEP on Wednesday, added 13 points for the Ducks (10-2).


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Josh Huff is happy, healthy and confident heading into the Fiesta Bowl.
"In the meeting room, he (receiver coach Scott Frost) teaches us things receivers aren't supposed to know, like how we can know what defense their in just being how the defensive line is lined up. Receivers know basically the whole playbook and why we're running the play and when we're supposed to get the ball. It's ridiculous crazy how much he brings to the game, to the receivers and how he helps us focus on (more than) just our plays and the routes we run." 

The Oregon Daily Emerald grades Oregon and K-State's linebackers. Advantage Oregon. They also have a sneak peek at the Fiesta Bowl jerseys.

• Two Oregon players won't make the Fiesta Bowl trip for being academically ineligible.

• The Ducks are ranked sixth in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason poll and Jimmy Sherfy has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American.

Matt Prehm looks at all the latest football recruiting news.

• Backup QB Bryan Bennett says he will be ready, for any role, if needed in the Fiesta Bowl.

Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said Bennett has been an "invaluable" leader for Oregon's young offense. "I can't express enough how great he's been through this whole deal," Helfrich said.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Chip Kelly, Brian Jackson, Josh Huff and Carson York talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nick Aliotti talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Joey Holland has a good article on the brief history of Oregon's freshmen quarterbacks as he compares Marcus Mariota, Bill Musgrave and Danny O'Neil.

Looking at the numbers and team success, one may say that Mariota had the most impressive freshman season out of these three. However, each of these young rookies made a huge impact on the Oregon football program, especially considering the fact that Musgrave and O’Neil helped so much to usher in the program’s current era of unprecedented success, and Duck fans can look back and remember each of them fondly.

• In the "I'm tired of hearing about it department," you can find stories on the Lyles affair from Adam Jude, Ted Miller, Rob Moseley and Erik Skopil. Until something concrete is determined I won't be posting any more articles on this subject. Conjecture and media speak we can do without IMO.

• has their Fiesta Bowl football release ready for you. Learn everything you need to know about the much anticipated matchup.

Rob Moseley says K-State's towering O-line should have Oregon's full attention.

The Daily Emerald grades Oregon and K-State's offensive lines and tight ends. They give the advantage to Oregon in the TE department and call the O-line an even match.

TE-Advantage: Oregon. Lyerla has  61 more yards on the same number of catches and considerably more touchdowns, but Oregon doesn't get the advantage because of stats alone.  Lyerla (or “Bane,” as he’s known in some online circles) is simply a more critical piece of the Ducks’ offense than Tannahill is to Kansas State.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Kyle Long and Jake Fisher talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

According to this report Oregon had the seventh best defense in 2012.

This was Oregon's best defense in the Chip Kelly era, but most folks didn't notice it. That's because Oregon was so dominant that most of their games were over in the second quarter, which meant that garbage time started early in the second half of games with teams getting meaningless yards. 

This made Oregon's defensive statistics misleading. But if you studied tape of this defense, you'd see a fast, athletic unit that consistently created negative plays.

With that outstanding defense meeting one of the stingiest teams when it comes to turning the ball over, which one has the advantage? My money is on Oregon.

• Reports are indicating the "plea bargain" agreement with the NCAA in the Willie Lyles affair has come to an impasse which means a hearing in the matter will more than likely happen in the spring.

Chip doesn't like to schmooze the boosters? I'm shocked.

Oregon got another commitment from an O-lineman out of a NJ high school. and a JC transfer student.

Forbes has named Oregon as one of college football's most cost-efficient teams.

• Kyle Long shares his disappointment with Adam Jude over not being granted another year of eligibility.

"Just very appreciate of all the people in the Eugene area and all Duck fans across the country for their support over the last few months (and) for everybody adopting me as one of their own. ... The main thing is I want to keep working toward my degree. I wouldn't have been finished until next year regardless. So I need to come up with a plan to keep my academic focus intact."

"Tackle, guard — I just want to play," Long said. "I'm a hungry kid who just wants an opportunity."


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Justin Einhorn has a Fiesta Bowl preview.

The best postseason matchup besides the BCS title game certainly appears to be the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3, when Collin Klein and the seventh-ranked Wildcats will try to keep up with the high-powered offense of the No. 5 Ducks.

Oregon, which is facing the Wildcats for the first time, is making an eighth consecutive bowl appearance and fourth straight in a BCS game after winning last season's Rose Bowl.

• Adam Jude reports on the practice schedule plans which include the start of preparing for K-State in earnest today.

• Josh Schlichter breaks down what to expect from Collin Klein and the magic of Bill Snyder.

Mark Flores has all the latest recruiting news.

Senior Kyle Long will play his last college game in the Fiesta Bowl after being denied another year of eligibility by the NCAA.

• Ted Miller notes that according to Phil Steele Oregon had the 48th toughest schedule.

The (way too) early-bird 2013 preseason rankings find Oregon in the number five spot.

• Takimoto @ATQ hands out hypothetical hardware and I really liked this one:

The Fat Guy Hustle Award - Jake Fisher: He scored a touchdown. Wait, let me rephrase: he chased De'Anthony Thomas fifty yards down the field, arrived at the endzone at roughly the same time, and was there to fall on the ball after DAT fumbled at the 1-yard line. That's true fat guy hustle.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nick Aliotti and Gary Campbell talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich gets lots of respect from the Oregon players, coaches, bosses and even outsiders.

For a coach whose contributions to the Ducks can seem somewhat murky — what exactly is the role of an offensive coordinator when Chip Kelly is head coach? — Helfrich sure seems to be recognized often by folks who matter, whether it’s his players, his bosses or his colleagues. Oregon’s quarterbacks say they love playing for Helfrich, the UO administration is so confident in him he has been tabbed as Kelly’s eventual successor and Helfrich’s colleagues recently voted him national quarterbacks coach of the year for the second time in three seasons.

Former Ducks were seen making plays all over the NFL this last weekend including LaMichael James who had a big kickoff return for the 49er's.

James, Oregon's career rushing king, returned a kickoff 62 yards in the fourth quarter Sunday night at New England, setting up the 49ers' game-winning touchdown on the next play. James' return came just after the Patriots' completed a 28-point rally to tie the score.

De'Anthony will be helping out on a local YMCA basketball team starting in mid January.

De'Anthony Thomas says he's just getting started in this report.

"He blended in right away," UO running backs coach Gary Campbell said. "The moment he got here and got into the offense we could see he was going to do some special things."

Thomas is planning to showcase more of his big-play abilities on a big stage against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

"A lot of people say speed kills, and we got a lot of speed on this team," he said. "We're ready to just dominate."


Monday, December 17, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Bryan Bennett and Kiko Alonso talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Ted Werth says there is a lot to like about Oregon's next place kicker.

A great place kicker is a potent weapon in a close game and Oregon now has help on the way in North Carolina high school senior Matt Wogan. Many experts consider Wogan to have the strongest leg in the country among high school kickers.

• Adam Jude reports Tyson Coleman's new attitude is  paying dividends.

• Rob Moseley notes the big-play returners for K-State could pose problems for the Ducks.

Kiko Alonso sat down recently for a little Q&A session.

• Dusty Ritter talked with Nick Cody recently and shares the interview.

DI: What’s the highlight of your career so far personally?

NC: Oh man, I’d love to say all the BCS games, but that’s not really it. I think one of my huge goals coming in as a freshman was to be a part of a change in this program. My freshman class, we talked for hours about the kind of things we wanted to do, the goals we wanted to set, and the things we wanted to accomplish.  We've done a lot of those things.  I think just having the program elevated to where it is today is something I’m really proud of, and I’m always probably going to be most proud of that.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Taylor Hart talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Mark Helfrich talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Aaron Fentress believes turnovers won't come easy for the Oregon defense against K-State.

Oregon's number of forced turnovers this season has been a source of pride for Nick Aliotti, especially after a slow start in that department. A few more could be in order for Oregon to find success on Jan. 3.

"I'm hoping we can get about four more," he said. "I'd like to reach 40. And I think that will help us win the game."

• It didn't go as planned in the volleyball championship game for Oregon as they went down to Texas but it still was a great year. The men's basketball team picked up a big win yesterday against Nebraska to improve to 9-1.

Jon Wilner says Oregon is the better team and will win the Fiesta Bowl.

• Adam Jude thinks Dion Jordan will carry the torch for Oregon's NFL hopefuls.

Jordan was one of five college players pictured on the front page of earlier this week for a story on the strong crop of defenders for the 2013 draft. One NFL scout has Jordan listed as the No. 5 overall prospect in this draft class; most mock drafts have him being selected in the latter part of the first round.

"I realized awhile ago that it was no longer a dream," he said of the NFL. "It's a reality now."


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Kenjon Barner, Marcus Mariota, Dion Jordan and Michael Clay talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Don Gilman backs up his theory that Chip Kelly is the Caesar of football.

At first blush, the comparison might seem odd. What do a football coach and a general/politician/dictator separated by over two thousand years have in common? How could a man who singlehandedly destroyed the republic of Rome have anything in common with a modern-day football coach? The answers might surprise you.

• Chip is in the NFL talk again, this time as a "best fit" for the Chargers or Eagles. A lot to do over nothing is my thought.

Seems Aaron Fentress agrees with my sentiments regarding the CK to NFL rumors.

Little side note to my volleyball post yesterdayAlaina Bergsma was named the AVCA National Player of the Year. Big honor, congrats!

• Kenjon Barner was named an All-American by the Football Writers association.

• Kevin Gemmell would like your opinion on how many bowl games the Pac-12 will win. Seven and six have the consensus out of a possible eight.

• makes it easy to follow along with happenings in the Quack Cave.

• Ted Miller gives you a Fiesta Bowl primer and offers a few things you might not have known about each team.

Did you know: The Ducks and Wildcats have never played before. ... Oregon is playing in its fourth consecutive BCS bowl game. ... The Ducks last played in University of Phoenix Stadium two years ago, when they lost to Auburn 22-19 for the national title. ... Kansas State's leading receiver, Chris Harper, used to play quarterback for Oregon before transferring. ... Kansas State leads the nation in punt returns, kickoff returns and turnover margin. ... Oregon is third in turnover margin.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Officials from the ACC conference will work the Fiesta Bowl according to Rob Moseley.

A crew from the Atlantic Coast Conference will officiate the Fiesta Bowl, a year after the league supplied the crew for Oregon’s Rose Bowl win.

ACC teams are among the least penalized in the nation, in contrast with those of the Pac-12.

• Matt Prehm of DuckTerritory has some recruiting news.

#5 Oregon volleyball team took down #1 Penn State last night and will play in the NCAA finals against Texas on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm local time. Nice job ladies!

Need a Fiesta Bowl ticket? Single seats still available.

Ted Miller looks at best case/worst case scenarios for the Pac-12 bowl games. I won't quote the worst case scenario (just fantasy anyway) but here is the best case.

Oregon starts fast and never lets up in a 51-20 blowout, with running back Kenjon Barner rushing for 187 yards and two scores and quarterback Marcus Mariota throwing for three TDs. The Ducks sack Collin Klein five times and grab two interceptions. "I'm sure glad we didn't play them in the regular season," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says afterward. Shortly after the game, Ducks coach Chip Kelly signs a lifetime contract, opens practices and promises to be more patient with hypotheticals and other sorts of irritating questions.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Bob Clark wonders if this is 2001 all over again.

A home loss to Stanford cost Oregon the opportunity to play in the national championship game.

The consolation prize was a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, to play the Big 12 champion.

Yes, it’s all familiar to the Ducks on that 2001 Oregon football team, who themselves had a one-loss season that left them relegated to a game in Arizona instead of the national title game, so very similar to the fate of the current Oregon team.

Kenjon Barner talks with ESPN about playing in the Fiesta Bowl.

Kiko Alonso and Kenjon Barner accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in this report.

• Dion Jordan made it onto the Pro Football Weekly All-America team.

Kalon @ATQ isn't concerned with one of the statistical methods when it comes to the Fiesta Bowl. He see an Oregon victory.

I think K-State will score and will keep pace for a time, but only a time. I think Oregon will likely come out a smidgen slow as well and be down a bit in the game. But I think Oregon will come back, overtake KSU, and win and cover.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley notes the first four practices have largely been getting back to the fundamentals.

For the Ducks, the four workouts that concluded Monday involved very little game-planning for their Jan. 3 matchup with Kansas State. 

“You don’t want to dive in to something and not have your fundamentals with you,” senior linebacker Michael Clay said. “Fundamentals will save you when it’s late in the fourth quarter and you’re tired.”

The Ducks have three days off, and will resume practicing Friday. UO coach Chip Kelly said coaches would begin installing the game plan this week.

Attendance was down 3% for Oregon this season according to this report.

• Aaron Fentress compares the different approaches taken by Marcus Mariota and Collin Klein in operating the offense.

Mark Flores has all the latest recruiting news.

Kenjon Barner was named to The Sporting News All-America team as a RB on the first team and made the second team in the AP's All-America team.

Sophomore cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also was honored today by the AP, earning third-team all-American status.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Marcus Mariota and Tyler Johnstone talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Senior O-lineman Kyle Long is appealing to the NCAA for another year of eligibility.

If things develop as the Ducks hope this month, they’ll have another year to benefit from Long’s leadership. His hardship appeal is in the NCAA’s hands.

“I wasn't right at a certain point in my career,” Long said. “You see far too often kids don’t come to the surface and bring those issues out from under the table, under the rug. I’m just glad I got it handled, brought it to the forefront when I did. I don’t know where I’d be; I’d probably be in jail.”

Oregon led the way with six players named to the ESPN All Pac-12 Team.

Charles break down another new play from Chip Kelly and the Ducks.

Numerous LMJ fans liked what they saw in LaMichael's debut on Sunday.

• Allan Brettman reports Nike and Adidas helped shape the "Year of the Uniform" but it should really be "Nike and Oregon helped shape the Year of the Uniform.

When the Oregon Ducks established their credentials two years ago as college football's clotheshorse, the nation's tut-tutting over their uniforms could be heard coast to coast. The reaction of colleges trying to keep up with the Ducks, however, could be summarized in three words: We want in.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Adam Jude reports Armstead, Buckner and Balducci are in a class of their own.

"They've played outstanding," UO coach Chip Kelly said. "Really, really happy with all three of those guys and how they've played."

• Jerry Thompson sits down with Dion Jordan for a little Q&A.

LaMichael James had 123 all-purpose yards yesterday as he saw his first NFL action in a 49ers victory.

• Fifth-year Ducks will have a chance to play against one of their fellow recruits from 2008, Chris Harper, a wide receiver who plays for K-State after leaving Oregon in 2009.

“We talked about a lot of goals, a lot of things we wanted to accomplish, how we wanted to step it up a level,” Nick Cody said. “When we were freshmen, we didn't really know what we were talking about. But it worked out pretty well.”


Sunday, December 09, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Aaron Fentress talks with Kenjon Barner about attending the College Football Awards ceremony, where KB was a finalist for the Doak Walker award, after practice yesterday.

Barner said he enjoyed himself in Florida and bonded with other nominees, such as Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas, a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, as well as Ball and Franklin.

Now Barner is back with his teammates for what will be his last hurrah as an Oregon football player.

"It's crazy how time flies," said the fifth-year senior. "But you have to take it for what it's worth."


Saturday, December 08, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Nick Aliotti, Mark Helfrich, Michael Clay and Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after work yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Joel believes the quarterback matchup should be entertaining when Oregon takes on K-State.

Marcus Mariota vs. Collin Klein. Optimus Klein vs. Flyin’ Hawaiian. Veteran savvy vs. Youthful exuberance.

Two quarterbacks, too fun to not watch. Let the show begin…no matter which one is under center.

• Adam Jude talks about Klein with Nick Aliotti and the difficulties on facing another dual-threat QB.

Rob Moseley says the Ducks were energized by their first Fiesta Bowl practice yesterday.

• Tyler Johnstone was selected to The Sporting News' Freshman All-American team.

• Aaron Fentress talks about long layoffs after the regular season and what the future playoff system might look like.

• Mark Helfrich was named the 2012 FootballScoop Quarterbacks Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three years.

“The role that Mark Helfrich played in the development of Marcus Mariota as a freshman certainly speaks for itself,” Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said. “He did an outstanding job of molding the talents of a very special young man into the framework of our offense and teaching Marcus how to maximize his understanding of the game. Yet Mark’s success is nothing new as I now have witnessed his ability to relay his expertise to student-athletes for the last four years.”


Friday, December 07, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12 signature wins and has this to say about Oregon.

The Ducks went 4-1 against Top 25 teams this season -- and they have a date with another one on Jan. 3. But with the country watching what was going to happen on Nov. 3, Oregon went into the Coliseum and dropped 62 points on the Trojans. It certainly wasn't a signature day for the defense -- which gave up 51 points and surrendered 615 total yards. But -- at the time -- this was a huge win for the Ducks and helped boost their national credibility.

• Rob Moseley and Matt Prehm look at the latest recruiting news.

• Josh W. opens the history book and takes a look at the progression of the Oregon athletic department nickname, from Webfoots to "the Duck."

• Kenjon Barner became the sixth consensus All-American in Oregon history yesterday as he was named to The Sporting News and the Walter Camp teams. would like you to meet the Santa Duck at the Autzen Stadium Duck store on Dec. 21st between 1 and 3 pm. It will cost you just $10.00 to have your photo taken and is a fundraiser for the Oregon Cheer Team.


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller gives Marcus Mariota kudos in his Pac-12 regular-season wrap up.

Newcomer of the year, Marcus Mariota, Oregon: In a year in which redshirt freshmen quarterbacks became all the rage, Mariota stood out with his efficiency as a passer, his athleticism as a runner and the speed with which he commanded Oregon's offense. His presence assures Oregon will continue to be one of the best offensive teams in the country in the coming years.

Matt Walks @ODE takes a look at how the Fiesta Bowl participants got there.

• Ken Goe notes Oregon's non-conference schedule wasn't filled with cream puffs after all.

Duck fans aren't flocking to buy Fiesta Bowl tickets as fast as K-State fans it seems.

Isaac Rosenthal @ODE says the Ducks aren't your upstart team anymore.

People outside of the Ducks football universe like to say that Oregon is just a flavor-of-the-month program without any tradition. It’s true that Oregon doesn’t have any Heisman Trophy winners or national championships (yet), but the numbers simply don’t back up the notion that the Ducks are upstarts.

When the Ducks take the field against Kansas State, they’ll be playing in their fourth-straight BCS bowl game. It’s the longest active streak in the nation and it’s an accomplishment even many of the so-called traditional powerhouses haven’t done.


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Kiko Alonso sits down with the Oregon Daily Emerald and talks about his career at Oregon.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reports, with Oregon going to four straight BCS bowl games they are in elite company.

“We don’t think it’s irony; it’s part of our plan,” [Chip] Kelly said. “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.

“That’s something we've tried to make our players understand. ... If you can take care of things on a daily basis, hopefully you’ll get an opportunity to play in games like this.”

The early line at Las Vegas has the Ducks opening as 8.5 point favorites.

Jerry Thompson sits down with senior LB Michael Clay for a little Q&A session.

You'll find a couple of Oregon players (Kenjon Barner and Hroniss Grasu) on the second and third team CBS All-America team.

Ted Miller wonders if the Pac-12 can go 8-0 in the upcoming bowl season. I wouldn't count on it with the fuskies and beavs playing.

Kenjon Barner is not one of the finalists for the Heisman trip to New York but gets a nice mention.

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-and-USC-opponent-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Ducks’ 62-51 win over the Trojans in the Coliseum in early November. The brilliant performance led to a Barner Heisman boomlet that later subsided, but for a a couple weeks it looked like the Duck standout was headed to New York.

Ken Goe says the Heisman process is long on hype and short on substance. (gotta agree)

It looks now as if Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel could be the first freshman ever to win the award.

Is he really better than Oregon's Kenjon Barner or USC's Marqise Lee, two guys who didn't make the final cut?

How could you ever know?


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Aaron Fentress takes a sneak peek at the Fiesta Bowl and makes an early prediction of an Oregon victory.

This matchup could have come in the national title game but this is a close second. It's a big stage for both teams to display their offensive prowess in a game that the Ducks will win by pulling away late. 
Oregon 47, Kansas State 33.

Rob Moseley thinks the Fiesta Bowl might be a battle of the ages.

Charles wonders if audibles are being used by Marcus Mariota as he analyzes plays from the Civil War.

• Ted Miller has the latest Pac-12 power rankings where you'll find Oregon in the number two spot.

The Ducks will get their shot at Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. A win means another top-five final ranking.

• Bill Snyder  (K-State head coach)can't avoid Oregon this time.

For Snyder, running his program meant avoiding Oregon when his team's schedule was already pretty strong. The move might have been good strategy for the Wildcats, but it hurt the Ducks. 

On one hand, it was a sign of respect for Oregon's prowess. But on the other hand, it was a show of disrespect because the switch left Oregon scrambling to fill that date and the Ducks ended up with an FCS school instead of a Top 25 team out of the Big 12. 

Now Oregon has a chance to slap back with the nation watching. 

"It's a big challenge and we're excited about it," Kelly said.


Monday, December 03, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

ESPN previews the matchup of Oregon vs Kansas St. in the Fiesta Bowl. (Lou Holtz is such a tool, I can't believe they allow him on the air-IMO)


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• As most of us suspected #4 Oregon will face #5 Kansas St. in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3 at 5:30 pm local time on ESPN.

Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Fiesta Bowl.

The Ducks will make their fourth straight BCS appearance, just the fourth school ever to do so and the only one with an active streak.

• Ted Miller and David Ubben break down the Fiesta Bowl matchup. Here's a sample from Ted's side.

This Oregon team is strong on both sides of the ball. The defense faltered a bit late because of injuries, but it should be fairly healthy after a few weeks of rest. 

The final question for Oregon fans heading into the bowl game? Will this be Kelly's last game leading the program? Many have already projected him as taking an NFL job this off season.

Matt Daddy @ATQ takes a sane look at all the Chip to the NFL rumors and applies a little logic.

Here is the bowl game lineup for the Pac-12.

• Chris Charbonnier looks at what it will take to attract better linemen recruits.

• Ted Werth likes the looks of the next "two headed monster" at running back, Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson along with Byron Marshall.

Time will tell, but don’t count me as surprised if we see Marshall and Wilson teaming up for the majority of the carries next year. Will they form the next Oregon Two-Headed Monster, or will the beast reincarnate in some other combination? Will it happen next year or will it take longer? All are good questions, and while I don’t have the answers I’m pretty confident that some combination of these three excellent running backs will form the Oregon Duck Two-Headed Monster, Version 4.0. Expect it sooner, rather than later.


Sunday, December 02, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KEZI compiled a short 2012 season highlight video video for your enjoyment this morning.

Kansas St. took care of Texas to win the Big 12 championship and will likely play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3.

• Ken Goe wonders when athletic offices and conference executives are going to stop alienating the fan base instead of catering to television money.

• Jared Sawyer has a good article on Oregon's "culture keepers," the idea of passing on a torch of tradition from one class to the next. Here is just a small sample from the story:

The idea of “Culture Keepers”, which has had many versions of its name yet the same idea, was one where the upperclassmen held the underclassmen to a high standard, and when those underclassmen came of age, did the same for those who came after them.


Saturday, December 01, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Many Oregon fans will be watching Kansas St. vs Texas (5 pm on ABC) and Oklahoma vs TCU (9 am ESPN) today. The outcome of those games will determine who wins the Big 12 and be Oregon's likely opponent in the Fiesta Bowl.

All the No. 6 K-State Wildcats need to do is hold off No. 18 Texas, at 5 p.m. Saturday (ABC), to secure the other Fiesta Bowl berth. That would set up a matchup with Oregon that was supposed to happen in the 2011 and 2012 regular seasons but didn't.

Should K-State lose to Texas, Oklahoma could grab the Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl slot, by winning at TCU earlier Saturday, at 9 a.m. (ESPN). Should both teams lose, the Wildcats would win the conference by holding the tiebreaker based on their win over the Sooners.

Thinking about going to the Fiesta Bowl? Better be ready to do some online shopping this weekend.

Rob Moseley reports the continuous rumors of Chip Kelly going to the NFL seems to be the "elephant in the room" until Chip comes to a decision.

The other day Kelly declined to comment on reports suggesting he's a hot NFL candidate this winter. The questioner noted that the subject was probably "the elephant in the room," and it figures to be so until Kelly, A) announces he has no intention of leaving; B) takes an NFL job; C) ignores it all and opens spring practices as Oregon's coach (and wouldn't that just be so very "Chip" of him …)


Friday, November 30, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Football news always slows down as the regular season ends but recruiting news picks up. Rob Moseley takes a look.

Justin Hopkins, co-publisher of, which closely follows UO recruiting, said the staff is in a critical period of assessing where they stand with their top remaining targets. This past Sunday, following the team’s postseason awards banquet, Oregon’s assistant coaches headed out on the road to visit many of those recruits, after which the staff will decide which to continue pursuing, and which to move on from.

The fact the Ducks have yet to stop recruiting many of those players is a sign of the staff’s confidence, Hopkins thinks.

• Who would you rather play in the Fiesta Bowl? Current favorite is Florida in this poll.

Never too early to talk about 2014 bowl scenarios and Oregon is mentioned in the final four scenario.

Oregon, which made the "Final Four," against Notre Dame, with the winner to face the other semifinal winner, Alabama or Florida, for the national title.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kenjon Barner was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was also tabbed a finalist for the Walter Camp player of the year award yesterday.

Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., has run for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fourth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also rates second nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks’ all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger.

• Who are the Pac-12's worst teams? Ted Miller takes a look and what do you know, two of my faves are in the mix, the fuskies and the beavs.

Jackson Long at the ODE picks their top ten moments of the 2012 football season. It's a pretty good list so check it out.

• Marcus Mariota was named a finalist for the Manning Award which is given annually to the top collegiate quarterback in the country.

The Honolulu, Hawaii standout previously was announced as the Pac-12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year and became the league’s first freshman to be named to the first-team all-conference contingent at quarterback since 1989. Mariota also became the school’s first freshman quarterback in 21 years to start the season opener while leading the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (5th nationally) and ranking second in the conference in touchdown passes (30). His completion percentage of 69.87% is currently ahead of the NCAA freshman record of 69.5 percent (Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 2007). He has completed 218 of 312 passes for 2,511 yards to go along with only six interceptions.