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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with former Oregon cornerback Anthony Gildon as they talk Oregon athletics.


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• Oregon senior right-hander Alex Keudell was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year following a vote by the Conference coaches, it was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Wednesday. Complete story at

• Aaron Fentress wonders if you think the baseball team deserves their #5 national seed? Last time I checked more than half though the selection committee got it right.

• Women's softball coach Mike White took an unlikely path to becoming an elite coach.

"There have been some weird twists and turns in the road, but fate got me here, so I'm not going to fight it too much," White said. "There's been some evolution in the journey, but softball just keeps pulling me back in."

David Melo has a Q&A with former Oregon safety Brandon McLemore.

By 1999, he was the most experienced player in the secondary, performing alongside rover Michael Fletcher, the two forming a punishing duo for any wide receiver brave enough to go deep or across the middle.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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• Oregon Seniors Alex Keudell, Brett Hambright, and Kevin Shepherd reflect on their time playing for Coach George Horton and the Oregon Ducks. Video courtesy of Nicole Abeyta and Oregonsportsnet.


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Oregonsportsnet shares their video of the baseball team at the "watch party" and their reactions to earning the #5 National seed during the NCAA Baseball Selection Show.

• Jeffrey Martin reports on the essential facts you might like to know about the teams involved in the Eugene Regional baseball tournament.

From Oregon senior right-hander Alex Keudell was announced as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 USA Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday. This marks the 35th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Beginning today, fans will be able to vote on the 2012 GSA by visiting and selecting their favorite amateur player. Fan voting will continue until 2 p.m. (PT), Friday.

• Mark Flores has your weekly recruiting update.

• Hronnis Grasu was selected to the 2012 Rimington Trophy watch list that is given annually to the top center in the nation.

•  The Sporting News puts their take on the selection of De'Anthony Thomas to the Heisman Trophy early watch list.

The sophomore seal was broken by Tebow a year before Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford became the second consecutive sophomore Heisman winner. Especially with LaMichael James gone, Thomas—as a runner, receiver and return man—could blow away his freshman total of 18 touchdowns.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Charles Fisher looks at how Chip Kelly game plans for a particular opponent. This video deals with the 2010 Stanford game.

• Keeerrrttt1 shares episode 44 of his Vlog where he discusses the following topics.

Softball update (1:14), baseball update (1:57), golf update (3:37), football update (4:02), track & field update 4:47), update (5:28), Random Tweet of the Week (7:32), Music Recommendation of the Week: (7:43) ...


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Coach Horton talks about the three other teams heading to Eugene for the Regional games being held that start Friday. Video courtesy of KVAL. gives you all the details of how the Regional matchups break down in Eugene starting Friday.

Number one seed Oregon will face No. 4-seed Austin Peay (38-22) on Friday. Austin Peay has won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference tournament and regular season championships. No. 2-seed Cal State Fullerton (35-19), the 2012 Big West champions, will face No. 3-seed Indiana State (41-17) in the other Regional contest that day. Each of 16 NCAA Regionals features a four-team, double-elimination format.

Here is Friday's schedule:

Eugene Regional Schedule
Friday, June 1 (Day 1)
2:00 p.m.    Game 1 – #2 Cal State Fullerton vs. #3 Indiana State
6:00 p.m.    Game 2 – #1 Oregon vs. #4 Austin Peay

Jerod Young notes it has been quite some time since the softball team has made it to the College World Series.

Now that the rough series against the Longhorns is behind them, Oregon must prepare for a much bumpier ride to face a familiar foe, joining the other seven Super Regional advancing teams for the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City,  starting in just two days.

Oregon’s first round opponent will be fellow Pac-12 squad Arizona State, the #3 seed and returning NCAA champion.


Monday, May 28, 2012

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• Over at, Chris Charbonnier has posted part two of his "building a juggernaut" story and Nathan Roholt tells folks how Dr. Seuss taught him to be a fan, good stuff.

The baseball team fell flat in Corvallis as they lost 5-0 but Oregon was still chosen to host the opening round of the Regional NCAA  baseball tournament.

By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from June 1 to June 4.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

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• Steve Maher believes Oregon's measured approach to football recruiting serves them well.

The Oregon softball team will be heading to the College World Series after beating Super Regional host Texas twice yesterday.

Looking ahead, Oregon and the other seven Super Regional advancers look forward to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31-Wednesday, June 6. Every game in the double-elimination format will be televised, as well as the best-of-three series between the final two teams. 

Oregon’s first round opponent will be returning NCAA champion and #3 seed Arizona State – a team it split the season series with this year with a 3-0 win and 7-4 loss in Eugene in early April.

The baseball team lost yesterday, 3-2, on a great play by the left fielder who threw out Aaron Payne trying to score from third after making a shoe-string catch on a sharply hit ball by Ryon Healy.

Not to worry though, because Oregon can still play today for at least a share of the Pac-12 title.

Today's Civil War series finale will be a stand-alone championship game for the Ducks. They win, they share the title. They win and both UCLA and Arizona lose, Oregon takes the championship outright.

Should make for another great day of college baseball.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

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Former Oregon RB LaMichael James is interviewed by new 49er teammate WR A.J. Jenkins at the Rose Bowl during a rookie camp earlier this week.

• Multiple website, including ATQ, report that four star RB Dontre Wilson, out of DeSoto, Texas, verbally committed to the Ducks.

• Ted Miller wonders if the WSU game will be one of those "trap" games when the Ducks go to visit the Cougs and new head coach Mike Leach this fall.

In baseball, Oregon lost last night 7-3 to corvallis city which means there is a 3 way tie at the top in the standings. Oregon, ASU and Arizona all sit at 19-9. Needless to say, a win today is a must.

Oregon and Oregon State will play game two of the series at 1:05 p.m. Saturday from Goss Stadium. The  game will be broadcast live on KEZI 9.2 in the Corvallis/Eugene region and ROOT Sports in the rest of the Northwest. It can also be seen nationally on FCS.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

ESPN College Football Live's panel of experts discuss the upcoming season for the Oregon Ducks. Which will it be Rose Bowl? National Championship? Watch and learn what they have to say.


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• Boseko Lokombo gives you an all access tour of the Moshofsky Center. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom.

Get your gear, courtesy of

The University of Oregon athletic department will host its annual Surplus Sale for the general public on Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Moshofsky Center.

A variety of Oregon issued clothing and equipment will be for sale, including cleats, shoes, jackets, warm-ups, sweatshirts, polo shirts, T-shirts, sport-specific practice gear and more. (cash only)

Jeffrey Martin believes Oregon and coach Chip Kelly deserve the catch phrase"elite" when it comes to current football status.

• Over at there are two new stories. One by Josh White where he believes it doesn't really mateer who gets the starting job at QB this fall and the second from a guest writer, coach Mike Morris that looks at one of his former players in high school, Rick Bell.

Ted Miller has been running a little poll on the most hated coach in the Pac-12. Sore losers have pretty much made it unanimous.

Folks are anti-Kelly because his teams are everything that you want yours to be. Kelly knows that you love to hate him. And it just burns you up that he couldn't care less.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with former Oregon LB David Massey.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller talks about Oregon football during the off season.

Charles Fisher and Kurt Liedtke from talk with (podcast) the ATQ guys, Matt Daddy and David Piper about Duck football.

• Josh Schlichter says repetition is the key to success in the Pac-12.

Jon Wilner makes predictions about the first week of Pac-12 football in regards to how the Pac-12 Network broadcasting schedule will play out.

• From Kyle Garlick’s 18th two-out RBI of the season scored what proved to be the game-winning run in Oregon’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Portland at PK Park on Wednesday night.

Next up for the Ducks is the final three games series of the regular season against the beav trash with the first game set for Friday at 5:35 pm in Corvallis.

• Oregon shortstop J.J. Altobelli was named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list yesterday.

Altobelli, out of Newport Beach, Calif., is batting .269 with 41 runs scored and 12 RBI in 42 games. His most important contributions come on defense. The Ducks lead the Pacific-12 Conference and are ranked eighth in the country in fielding percentage (.979).  Altobelli's fielding percentage is .970 with 123 assists and six errors.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Oregon softball coach Mike White talks about the upcoming Super Regional matchup in Austin, Texas against Texas. Video courtesy of KVAL.

The baseball game against Portland yesterday was cancelled due to inclement weather and won't be made up. The final home game is today against Portland at 6pm at PK Park.

Ted Miller reports villainy is rampant in the Pac-12 among the coaches. You know Chip Kelly had to make the list.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly fails to have a sunny disposition around reporters on a consistent basis. Dante reserved a special level of hell for coaches who aren't nice to the media.

• Mark Flores has all the latest Duck recruiting news.

100 days until football season as of yesterday and two Oregon football players make the top ten list for the Pac-12's top players, De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner.

• De'Anthony Thomas was named to the Jet Award watch list yesterday.

The watch list for the Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award has been announced, with 34 players making the cut.

The 2011 season was the first year that the award was given out. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Josh Schlichter and Charles Fisher take a second look at the Spring Game and analyze a few they have never done before, including the "scat" play.


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Keeerrrttt1 has a fantastic, must read story on the last great Oregon football team before the modern era, the 1963 football team.

Coach Len Casanova would never again have a team quite like the 1963 Ducks, Cas’ last great team. Dave Wilcox and Mel Renfro left for careers in the NFL that would eventually land both in the NFL Hall of Fame. Pat Matson joined the Broncos to start a 10-year career in the NFL. Others got opportunities to play professionally in the NFL or CFL. But the accomplishments of those who hung up their jerseys for good were just as impressive. (read the complete story here)

Ted Miller has tongue-in-cheek look at Oregon's most important game for 2012. Against Cal.

From On Friday, May 11 the UO student-athletes teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley (BGC) and hosted the first-annual O Heroes “O”lympics event. Student-athletes from many UO teams joined BGC members and community leaders, formed teams, and participated in events that encouraged the use of both intellectual and athletic abilities.

Oregon's baseball team moved up one spot to #5 in the latest rankings.

Oregon takes on Portland for a two game series. Today's game is in Portland and they'll be back at PK Park tomorrow.

Jerod Young calls Oregon closer, Jimmie Sherfy, the determined superhero.

Part of the Oregon baseball swagger, and a large part of their success this season, lies in the fact that all of the offense and starting pitching staff know that they have Sherfy in the back end of the bullpen. If the pitching and defense get shaky, all coach Horton has to do is break out the ‘Sherfy signal’ and he can come to the rescue.

In other baseball news, Oregon's series against the beav trash looms large next weekend.

A chance to capture the Pac-12 title on the road against your biggest rival?

The Civil War rivalry is rich enough, the implications apparent. But given the Ducks' current rise and Oregon State's well-earned stature in the sport, the series will be filled with subplots - most of which will be pertinent.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• The first home run of Aaron Payne's career broke open the game for No. 6 Oregon as the Ducks completed the sweep of Seattle with a 6-1 victory Sunday at PK Park.

Payne talks with reporters (in the video) after the game along with Brett Hambright and George Horton. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Aaron Fentress lays out the different scenarios regarding the final conference games next weekend. Basically, the Ducks control their own destiny.

Jon Wilner shares some interesting numbers on what the projected Pac-12 Network will be worth.

Nutshell: The league could distribute approximately $9 million per school once the Pac12Net gets fully ramped with distribution, according to estimates from Navigate Research.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

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From Aaron Jones’ walk-off single drove in Aaron Payne as the sixth-ranked Ducks extended their winning streak to seven games in a 5-4 victory over Seattle on Saturday at PK Park.

Oregon and Seattle will play the series finale at noon today at PK Park. Prior to first pitch the Ducks will honor the 2012 senior class. In addition, UO will host State Fair Day. 4H and FFA members can purchase two reserved tickets for the price of one.

Lucas Clark reports Oregon softball won the Eugene Regional with 4-1 victory over BYU and has a chance to host the Super Regional depending on the outcome of the Austin Regional today.

The Ducks (42-15) will matchup with the winner of the Austin Regional, which is hosted by No. 6 Texas. The host Longhorns lost their opening game on Friday night, meaning they will need to win three straight games today (Saturday) and Sunday to advance.

As the higher seed, Texas would have the right to host the Super Regionals. But if any of the other three teams win — Northwestern, Houston or Auburn — then Oregon would have the opportunity to host its first ever Super Regional next weekend.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 talks Oregon athletics in his 43rd Vlog. This week the topics are:

Links (0:53), Oregon sports update (1:28), update (4:26), Random Tweet of the Week (6:51), Music Recommendation of the Week: (7:09)...

• Mark Schlabach @ESPN has Oregon at #4 in his latest edition of the way-too-early top 25.

Ted Miler and Kevin Gemmell have Oregon at #2 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Marcus Mariota's spring performance made everyone forget Darron Thomas leaving early, even if it's uncertain Mariota will win the QB job over Bryan Bennett. Defense should be among the best in the conference. Ducks and Trojans meet in the Coliseum on Nov. 3. May be the national game of the year.

• Rob Moseley notes that former LB Dewitt Stuckey is holding another fundraiser in Eugene today. The proceeds (half) go towards his foundation that is in the name of a high school friend who recently passed away. Details below:

The Poker Lounge at 2043 River Road in Eugene (541-654-4193) will host a $110 buy-in, $50 re-buy tournament Saturday at 2 p.m., with half the proceeds going to Stuckey's foundation. There will also be a raffle for prizes including apparel and Duck Store items.

• Sophomore right-hander Jimmie Sherfy has accepted an invitation to play for the 2012 Collegiate National Team this summer it was announced yesterday.

From Senior right-hander Alex Keudell set the Oregon single-season record earning his 10th victory of the year as the sixth-ranked Ducks shut out Seattle, 6-0, on Friday night at PK Park.

Oregon and Seattle will play game two of its series at 2 p.m., today at PK Park.


Friday, May 18, 2012

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Ted Miller notes that Phil Steele's preseason All-American team include the following:

John Boyett (defense) and De'Anthony Thomas (special teams) on the second team along with Kenjon Barner (offense) on the third team.

Ted Miller also predicts TE Colt Lyerla could be a breakout player this year.

Lyerla should be a big weapon for whomever wins the Ducks' quarterback job. The 6-5, 238 pound sophomore should step in for the departed David Paulson and could end up as one of the Ducks' leading receivers. He caught just seven passes last year, but five went for touchdowns. He's a special athlete with a year of seasoning, which often is the foundation for a breakout.

Josh White compares LaMichael James with the former Oregon rushing leader, Derek Loville.

• John Canzano talks (audio podcast) baseball with head coach George Horton.

Aaron Fentress reports Oregon seeks to be a frequent visitor to the College World Series.

"If we have an opportunity to host a regional that would really introduce a different form of college baseball to our fans and to our market place," he [George Horton] said.

A trip to Omaha also couldn't hurt.

"At [Cal-State] Fullerton," Horton said, "I could look a recruit in the eye and say, 'Hey, if you come here you're going to play in the College World Series,' and it's not just talk, it's action."

The goal now is to make that a reality at Oregon.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with Charles Fisher. The co-owners of FD talk Oregon athletics.

Bruce Feldman @CBS Sports was pleasantly surprised by the play of Marcus Mariota this spring.

When word got out that Darron Thomas was jumping early to the NFL, folks close to the Ducks program weren't in a panic because they'd seen how dangerous young Bryan Bennett could be running Chip Kelly's offense. They'd also knew they had a smooth, swift 6-4 redshirt freshman from Hawaii in Mariota who would push Bennett hard for the starting job. And that's exactly what Mariota has done. He also looked more impressive in the Ducks nationally televised spring game, breaking off TD runs of 82 and 14 yards. As we've said, before it's risky to put too much stock in a spring performance, much less one spring game because of the variance of the circumstances, but Kelly had to be very pleased with how his young QB looked in his first chance under a spotlight.

"He's got that Hawaiian Island, laid-back, cool-breeze kind of attitude," Kelly told the Register-Guard after the spring game. "And it helps him."

Ted Miller notes that Oregon is the top school in the Pac-12 in total revenue.

Oregon led the Pac-12 in total revenue with $85,819,699. That ranked 17th in the nation. Washington was second with $70,231,336, which ranked 30th. UCLA was 34th in the nation with $66,003,893. California was 35th with $65,243,053. 

• David Melo does a Q&A with former Oregon QB Reggie Ogburn.

Dale Newton has confidence that Oregon receiver coach Scott Frost will sort out the puzzle pieces at wide receiver.

All the young players will have to learn the same things: where to line up, what routes to run, and "no block, no rock." At Oregon, receivers can leave their resumes, press clippings and stop watch times home with their mamas. To play, they have to prove it on the field. And they have to impress a guy who's succeeded himself at the highest level of football.

Aaron Fentress wonders if the baseball team will have enough offensive fire power to reach the College World Series.

It's a question that will dog UO during the postseason.

However, it's not as if UO is in the process of winning a weak conference. The Ducks have series victories over four conference teams ranked in the Top 25. So UO has already shown that it can handle well balanced teams.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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ESPN analyst Brock Huard likes the Ducks' chances at knocking off the SEC at winning the next BCS Championship. Here is just one of Huard's three reasons.

The Ducks have an SEC-worthy defensive front: "Yeah, our group thinks they could be [on that level]," Kelly said. "We have some size with Wade Keliikipi [6-foot-3, 300 pounds] and Ricky Heimuli [6-4, 321] that will match some of those guys. Football starts up front. We've learned that in our battles with LSU and Auburn. I really think our defensive line will be the strength of this football team."

Mark Flores has his weekly Oregon recruiting update.

• Aaron Fentress reports the U of O is on the verge of hosting a regional tournament at PK Park.

The No. 6 Ducks are virtually assured of hosting one of the 16 regional tournaments held in two weeks.

At this point, they'd probably have to lose several games to remaining opponents, Seattle and Portland, and get roughed up by Oregon State to blow the opportunity to play host.

Winning the conference title could lock up a top eight national seed and give UO a chance to host a super regional should the Ducks advance that far. The next step would be a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Charles and Josh analyze the Spring Game and give us some insightful views.

Ted Miller calls the Oregon vs USC game in November the biggest game of the Pac-12 season.

Ted also has an Oregon spring wrap post and has a "what we learned" post about the Pac-12 spring practices. A quote from each below.

WrapDion Jordan and Kiko Alonso are ready for their closeups: Jordan and Alonso are two of the more physically talented Ducks. Jordan, first-team All-Pac-12 in 2011, is a contender for conference Defensive Player of the Year and he could play his way into the first round of the NFL draft. While he looks skinny, he's powerful. Alonso is just a beast -- one who also happens to be a very good athlete. Coordinator Nick Aliotti said both were dominant this spring. 

What we learned:  There’s a 3-4 trend sweeping the conference, and with notable playmakers like Star Lotulelei (Utah), John Boyett (Oregon), Dion Jordan (Oregon), Chase Thomas (Stanford), Josh Shirley (Washington), T.J. McDonald (USC) and DeAndre Coleman (Cal), it’s easy to see why some of the Pac-12 defenses will get the same kind of love as the offenses do in 2012.

• Oregon moved up three spots to No. 6 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings.

• Oregon completed their sweep of USC when they came from behind to win 6-3 last night at PK Park.

The victory restored the three-game lead UO (38-14, 19-8) had over No. 14 Arizona entering the weekend.

Oregon is off from conference play this weekend but does host Seattle University for three games beginning Friday at PK Park.


Monday, May 14, 2012

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From Jake Reed delivered a stellar start, and Aaron Payne drove in two runs as No. 9 Oregon clinched its series over USC with a 4-2 victory on Sunday at PK Park.

The Ducks and Trojans will play the series finale at PK Park tonight with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Monday night is a Bi-Mart 2-for-1 night. Show your Bi-Mart card and receive two tickets for the price of one.

• The Oregon men and women swept the Pac-12 Championships at Hayward Field Sunday

Football team members Dior Mathis and De'Anthony Thomas anchoring the men's 4x100 relays helped Oregon to a respectable second place. They were only expected to come in sixth in the finals. Some photos here.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 talks all things Oregon athletics in his 42nd Vlog. This week's topics include the following items:

Spring sports ending (0:50), update (5:05), Random Tweet of the Week (7:45), Music Recommendation of the Week: (7:59)...

Stewart Mandel believes the Ducks could even be faster this year with either Bryan Bennett or Marcus Mariota at the helm.

Oregon should have little trouble reloading this fall. Both candidates fighting for the starting job, third-year sophomore Bryan Bennett (who averaged 8.7 yards per rush and threw six touchdowns while subbing for an injured Thomas last season) and redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota, are more dangerous runners than predecessors Thomas and Jeremiah Masoli. Mariota, who broke an 82-yard scoring run off an option-fake in the spring game, is a Dennis Dixon-like breakaway threat. Combine that with the return of explosive tailbacks Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, and Oregon should be faster overall than it was with Thomas and LaMichael James. Scary.

Aaron Fentress notes that LaMichael James could have an instant impact at San Francisco.

TheDuckStopsHere looks at another possible Oregon recruit, Dontre Wilson, who has lots of speed and is compared to LMJ and DAT.

• Jimmie Sherfy struck out the final four batters he faced as No. 9 Oregon opened its series against USC with a 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at PK Park.

In celebration of Mother’s Day at PK Park, fans that wear pink can purchase reserved seats for $9! So take Mom out for her special day and have a great time!

• One final note, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Kevin Gemmell believes the Ducks have nothing to worry about, even without naming a starting quarterback. Plug and play as they say.

Oregon -- by far -- is in the best shape of the teams yet to name a quarterback. For starters, they have the most exciting player in the conference in De'Anthony Thomas. Regardless of whether Bryan Bennett or Marcus Mariota wins the job, Thomas is going to take a 2-yard swing pass and turn it into a 50-yard touchdown. Probably a few times. He's going to make the new guy look really, really good.

• Rachel Bachman beleives the Pac-12 and Big 10 should ditch any new BCS playoff scheme in favor of tradition, the Rose Bowl.

Darron Thomas was invited to the Cleveland Browns mini-camp where he will try to snag a job.

• Aaron Payne is Mr. Clutch for the baseball team, coming up with big hits at the just right time.

During the past two weeks Payne has batted a good, but not spectacular, .314 to raise his average to .279 on the season. But it seemed like each of his hits did damage.


Friday, May 11, 2012

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Rob Moseley reports there were some key spring developments around the Pac-12 including a couple that were about Oregon.

A capsule review of Oregon’s spring practices might note the Ducks’ unmatched coaching continuity, compelling quarterback competition and seeming lack of major injury suffered in April.

Ted Miller relays his findings on the ranking of  Pac-12 coaches in The Sporting News rankings of all FBS coaches where you will find Chip Kelly at #6.

Dale Newton @TheDuckStopsHere has no doubts about Kenjon Barner this year.

In his first three seasons Kenjon Barner did things in flurries and bursts, and now he has the opportunity to be the man.

 He has a flair for the game-changing, momentum-igniting play. He always has. This season, he'll have the opportunity to make more of them.

• named Oregon its team of the week after the Ducks went 4-1 on the road last week.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with former Oregon TE George Wrighster. They talk about his days at Oregon, how he got to Oregon, his NFL days and what he is up to now.

• Kevin Gemmell notes Dion Jordan aims to carve out his own name.

Dion Jordan is flattered, but ultimately unmoved by comparisons. Oregon's defensive end has heard most of them -- Jevon Kearse, Terrell Suggs, Dwight Freeney, to name a few. Not exactly shoddy company, mind you. 

"I think it's cool and I've been compared to a few of those guys in the past," Jordan said. "But I want to bring my own game to the table. I've watched those guys in the film room. I've studied the great pass-rushers and outside linebackers that drop into coverage. I want to get as much as I can out of them and then roll that into my own game." 

And if all goes according to plan, Jordan's game in 2012 will be to create chaos.

Josh has a good story about Oregon being a step away from college football's elite.

Oregon commit Thomas Tyner was nominated to participate in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Aaron Fentress reminds Oregon baseball fans that a lot of work is left to do to secure a conference championship.

No. 9 Oregon is sitting pretty at the top of the Pacific-12 Conference baseball standings with a three game lead over No. 14 Arizona in the win column.

But plenty of work remains for the Ducks to secure the conference title.


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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Rob Moseley details some "highlights" from Chip Kelly's Pac-12 meetings teleconference segment.

Kelly said he saw Bennett the Monday after the spring game, and thought the quarterback "was fine."

"There's not much we can do about the game in the past," Kelly said. "Get in, watch some film. We're in that part of the offseason. I saw him in there watching tape and getting ready for camp coming up. Everything's a good learning experience, and it was a good learning experience for Bryan to go through."

Ted Miller reports the folks who do all the rankings sure like Chip Kelly as the top coach in the Pac-12.

Mark Flores has the latest news in Oregon recruiting news.

John Boyett was named to the 2012 Lott Trophy watch list yesterday.

The award annually recognizes a defensive player from around the nation who displays both exceptional football skills and character.

From Jimmie Sherfy earned his 13th save of the season, keeping the game-tying run at second in the top of the ninth as the No. 9 Ducks defeated No. 23 Oregon State 3-2 on Tuesday night at PK Park.

Oregon returns to action at 2 p.m., Saturday to host a three-game series against USC.


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon Gridiron has their Spring Game motivational video ready for your enjoyment.

• Ted Miller believes Taylor Hart flies underneath the radar.

Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti provides Hart's name first when he explains that he's more worried about replacing safety Eddie Pleasant than DE Terrell Turner. We'd say that Hart is the Hart and Soul of the Ducks defensive front, but then you'd accuse us of making a bad pun. So we won't do that. A 14-game starter last fall, Hart earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice. He can play both DT and DE, as he is proficient at holding his ground as well as attacking.

• In baseball news, for the second consecutive week, sophomore Aaron Payne has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

• The Oregon Ducks baseball team, coming off a series win over Arizona that extended their Pac-12 lead to 1 1/2 games, moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 released Monday morning.


Monday, May 07, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Keeerrrttt1 opens the history and details a forgotten season, 1991, when injuries and bad luck derailed high hopes.

• Oregon tooks the series as they beat the #11 Wildcats 3-1 Sunday afternoon in Tuscon.

Oregon returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Oregon State in a non-conference game at PK Park with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The game will be tape delayed and broadcast at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.


Sunday, May 06, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

De'Anthony Thomas ran in in the Twilight Meet yesterday and finished third in the 100, second in the 200 and ran the anchor leg in the 4x100 to help Oregon grab first place in that event. Dior Mathis also  competed. Video courtesy of the R-G.

Wildcats evened the series against the Ducks as they won 12-6. The rubber game starts today at noon in Tuscon.


Saturday, May 05, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 shares his 41st Vlog and talks Oregon athletics. Kurt discusses the following topics:

Acrobatics & Tumbling / Lacrosse titles (0:50), Oregon sports wrap-up (1:16), Recruiting (2:19), Oregon Ducks spring game analysis (4:14), NFL Draft (8:53), FishDuck update (9:30), Random tweet of the week (12:30), Remembering a music legend: (12:43)...

• Ted Miller believes there might be a new look to the Oregon-Washington rivalry.

• Alex Keudell (8-3) tossed his third complete game of the year, holding the Wildcats (29-14, 12-7) to one run on seven hits while matching a season-high seven strikeouts as the Ducks won 6-1 last night in Tuscon.


Friday, May 04, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• The O Heroes talent show was held last night at Matt Knight Arena to raise money for local groups. Here are the football and baseball (pre-recorded) team segments of the show. Video courtesy of KVAL.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Josh White shares his take on this years Spring Game.Here is what Josh thought about the QB's.

Look at it as a Costa/Thomas win-win type of situation from 2010 but with better arms, faster legs, and simply more physical talent. Reflect on that for a moment, as that is really something that should not be taken lightly considering the individual and team accomplishments during the collective tenure of those two now former greats. Rest easy, Duck fans. Oregon will be just fine with whoever winds up winning this battle and earning the starting spot.

Dale Newton @The Duck Stops Here likes what he saw in Marcus Mariota.

The measure of a quarterback has to combine his physical tools with his ability to process information under pressure. Saturday, Mariota looked like one of the best quarterback talents the Ducks have ever had, in terms of his knack for handling situations and relying on his skills and the skills of his teammates. He looked special, while Bennett looked harried and out of synch. The coaches insist the decision will be based on a body of work that will extend to the end of August, but many fans filed out of Autzen Stadium chatting excitedly, believing they had seen the debut of Oregon's next great quarterback. This time the optimists may be right.

From Aaron Fentress on baseball, where Oregon's chances to make the post season might just rely on a good showing.

This weekend's series at No. 11 Arizona is huge. As in, potential Pacific-12 Championship ramifications huge. No amount of humility will change that.

Alex Keudell will start for Oregon tonight in the series opener at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Takimoto @Addicted to Quack gives his impressions of the Spring Game.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
David Melo looks back at Keith Lewis who had a stellar career at Oregon playing safety.

U of O officials confirmed that the season opener on Sept. 1 against Arkansas St. will remain a Saturday game.

As I mentioned yesterday, De'Anthony Thomas will be showing his running skills when he takes to the track at Hayward Field on Saturday.

Thomas, a freshman all-American in football, is scheduled to make his collegiate track debut for the Ducks as the anchor of the 4x100 relay at the Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field.

“I think he’ll do a good job over 100 meters,” Lananna said. “But he hasn’t run (track) in two years, so we’ll see how it goes ... we’re excited about having him out. I hope he has some fun doing it.”

The UO Twilight Meet begins at 5 p.m.

Was the decision of Darron Thomas to declare for the NFL draft a good idea? At, least one observer has doubts..

• John Canzano shares two of his audio podcasts as he talks with Lavasier Tuinei and Darron Weems.

• The baseball team got out of a 9th inning bases load jam, as Jimmie Serfy earned his 12th save with a 8-7 victory last night in Spokane against Gonzaga.


Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with former Oregon center Max Forer who played from 2006-2010.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
De'Anthony Thomas makes the Heisman Pundit's preseason watch list and DAT will also compete in track this weekend according to AndyMac.

Rob Moseley provides his position-by-position outlook for 2012.

• Some way too early buzz for the 2013 NFL draft shows Dion Jordan and Kenjon Barner making the cut.

Mark Flores has his weekly recruiting update posted.

Takimoto @ATQ believes in order for the baseball team to continue their remarkable season and make it deep into the playoffs,  the pitchers will need to perform and stay healthy.

Oregon has seventeen games to go, starting [last night] tonight in Spokane against Gonzaga. It's been the outstanding pitching that has gotten the Ducks to this point, and it'll be the pitching that propels the Ducks to postseason success.

• No. 10 Oregon extended its winning streak to four games, completing a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Gonzaga on Tuesday night at the Patterson Baseball Complex.


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Charles breaks down one of the toughest concepts to coach, running to the ball, in the FishDuck Minute.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
George Schroeder was impressed with his first look at Arik Armstead.

For the play that showed Oregon’s promise, I’m going with this, from the first quarter:

Mariota dropped back. From defensive end, Armstead pushed straight ahead. Nothing fancy. A bull-rush. But: BAM!

Suddenly, a 305-pound guard was stumbling backward. Hamani Stevens fell into Mariota. The quarterback fumbled. He recovered. It was all over in an instant. I’m not certain if everyone saw it. But it was an important moment.

Ted Miller reminds us not to make too much of Mariota's impressive showing in the Spring Game.

While it's impossible to not be impressed with Mariota and to give Bennett a deduction, it's premature to hand the job to Mariota. Based on the little we know coming out of closed spring practices, the distance between the two during the previous 14 workouts wasn't great.

Along the same subject, Aaron Fentress has a poll going regarding who Oregon fans think will win the starting QB job. The sane folks have it so far with "too close to call" a slight favorite over Mariota.

Rob Moseley has his projected depth chart with some notes. Here are Rob's thoughts on the backfield:

It's clear the Ducks have a couple of future stars at corner in Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, each of whom had an interception in the spring game. Their demeanor is different, Mitchell supplying the confident swagger, Ekpre-Olomu as the technician, but they get the job done. Nick Aliotti says he's still concerned about rover, but between Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson, they're going to be able to field a capable player with a dependable backup.

A record 72k pounds of food was donated at the spring game along with almost $1200. The proceeds going to Food for Lane County.

Rob Moseley has a recruiting update along with a possible schedule change for the opening game against Arkansas St.

• Oregon second baseman Aaron Payne has been named Pac-12 player of the week for having two game winning RBI's over the weeked.