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Friday, August 31, 2012

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Mike Jorgensen and Jill Savage talk about the Oregon defense in part four of their preview show and who doesn't love The Duck as he does a parody of the "Gangnam Style" song/video. Video courtesy of Goducksdotcom.

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Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.



Josh @FishDuck.com previews the Arkansas St. game and breaks down what to expect from their coach, Gus Malzan.

Matt Walks @ODE says Kenjon Barner is ready to be "The Guy."

Fresh to the top of the depth chart, the Ducks’ starting running back admits the bar is set high after his predecessor LaMichael James led Oregon to a Rose Bowl win last year but says pressure doesn’t belong on the football field.

“To me, pressure is those men and women in the military service where they have to defuse a bomb,” Barner said after practice this week. “Or they’re going into an area full of hostiles. That’s pressure. Pressure is not going on the field, running the ball, making plays. That’s having fun, doing what you love to do. So to say I feel pressure? Not even close to it.”

Rob Moseley has a notebook on the true freshmen who might have an impact this year among other topics.

Carson York is hoping to see some playing time on Saturday.

• Aaron Fentress calls De'Anthony Thomas always elusive but ever humble.

Ted Miller gives his prediction for the Oregon game on Saturday.

Oregon 50, Arkansas State 20: Another season of high expectations for the Ducks begins, this time with the unknown of QB Marcus Mariota in the cockpit of the offense. Don't be surprised if Arkansas State has plenty of offensive tricks with coach Gus Malzahn.

• Adam Jude notes that Oregon's defensive versatility disguises a hidden bite.

Oregon has won three consecutive conference titles and advanced to three consecutive BCS bowl games because it has better systems -- on offense and defense -- and athletes who fit better into those systems. 

The Ducks know what works effectively, and they can recruit specific athletes for those hybrid roles.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with UO Senior Associate Athletic Director Craig Pintens. They talk about how he ended up at the University of Oregon, the social media interaction he and Andy McNamara have with Duck fans, internet trolling, and some important things to remember during football season.

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Bryan Bennett and Hroniss Grasu talk about Bennett's decision to stay with Oregon. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Ted Miller has De'Anthony Thomas in the number three slot of the Pac-12's top 25 players.

Thomas was very good last year as a true freshman -- you saw the Rose Bowl, right? -- but this high ranking here is more a projection forward. If Thomas doesn't get invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony this winter, he should in 2013. Simply, Thomas is the most explosive player in the conference, perhaps the nation. 

If you asked a defensive coordinator who you'd least like to see in open space, it would be Thomas. In that Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, he probably previewed things to come with a team-high 314 all-purpose yards, carrying the ball twice for 155 yards and two TDs, including an are-you-kidding-me? 91 yard bolt. He was the Pac-12 co-offensive freshman of the year and earned first team All-Conference honors as a kick returner. He was the only player in the nation with at least 400 yards rushing, receiving and kick returning. He ranked 11th nationally in all-purpose yards with 147.8 ypg. He earned numerous freshman All-American honors. The expectation here is he will take a big step forward in 2012. Heck, he might even move up this list.

A number of Ducks make Ted Miller's Pac-12 preseason All Pac-12 Team. Kenjon Barner, Carson York, De'Anthony Thomas, Dion Jordan, Michael Clay, John Boyett and Jasckson Rice are the picks.

You know football is close when GoDuck.com posts their weekly football release. Find out everything you need to know about the Arkansas St. game on Saturday.

• Aaron Fentress has a report on WR Keanon Lowe's journey to being named a starter.

Lowe ultimately might remind long-time Ducks fans of Keenan Howry, the 5-10, 172-pound receiver who started for the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team and had 2,606 career receiving yards with 23 touchdowns before playing three years in the NFL.

"You can count on him day in and day out," UO coach Chip Kelly said. "That's what we need at the wide receiver spot. Not an up and down, not a hot and cold situation. We need people we can count on." 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about a defining moment in Oregon football, the 2007 Michigan game.



Chip Kelly talks with the media yesterday during his first weekly press conference for the season. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

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GoDucksdotcom has released this video now that fall camp is finished. Enjoy!



Rob Moseley shares his video of Tyler Johnstone talking about winning a starting position coming out of fall camp.

Bob Clark notes it might be Byron Marshall on the depth chart after Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas.

While UO running backs coach Gary Campbell said "there's not a definite depth chart yet," he's not about to shy away from saying it's likely to be true freshman Byron Marshall soon, if not in the first game Saturday against Arkansas State.

"He's the guy that I think will come up and take that spot," Campbell said. "Byron Marshall has really come on.

"He's better than I expected but as good as I had hoped. I think he's going to be a big contributor this year."

Rumors started yesterday afternoon that Bryan Bennett was going to seek a transfer but after a meeting with Chip Kelly it looks like he will be staying. Definitely a good thing.

Biggest Pac-12 game of the year? No question who is at number one.

Oregon at USC, Nov. 3: If this game lives up to half the hype it's already received, it's going to be a great one. The two most complete teams in the conference -- both with Heisman hopefuls -- square off in a classic North-South battle with staggering national-championship implications.

• The Sporting News believes Arik Armstead is among the five most intiruging true freshmen debuting this weekend.

The first thing to know about Armstead is that he is huge—6-8, 297 pounds. And he’s athletic, with plans to also play on the Ducks’ basketball team. Armstead enrolled early and right away began doing the necessary work to get himself in the Ducks’ line rotation. He’s not likely to start, but he’ll get significant time.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Charles @FishDuck.com ponders the different possibilities when it comes to naming the most important offensive play for the 2012 season.



Jill Savage and Mike Jorgensen discuss the upcoming 2012 Oregon Football season. Video courtesy of OregonSportsNet.



Rob Moseley and Bob Clark review Oregon's recently released depth chart.

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Chip Kelly, Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and Keanon Lowe talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Adam Jude calls John Boyett, one in a million.

He hopes to follow the path paved by former teammates and defensive backs Pat Chung, Jairus Byrd, Walter Thurmond III and Ward into the NFL.

"It's my dream," Boyett said, "to be the best."

"I love John Boyett," said Nick Aliotti, Oregon's longtime defensive coordinator. "He's one of my favorite all-time -- one of those special kind of kids that don't come around very often. He's one in a million."

Bob Clark previews the game on Saturday versus Arkansas St.

“We’ve been smashing each other for a whole month,” UO senior running back Kenjon Barner said. “It’s an opportunity to go smash somebody else.”

Ted Miller has his fearless predictions for the up coming season along with a way too early bowl projection post.

• Need tickets? Oregon athletic department has a deal via Groupon. Two tickets with two sodas for $110.00.

• Ted Miller has Oregon at #2 on his Pac-12 Power Ranking meter.

QB Marcus Mariota has inherited the keys to the Ducks' ludicrous speed offense, which is almost certain to be outstanding again with Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and a good line. But it's the defense that figures to keep the three-time defending Pac-12 champions ranked in the top-five. Oregon visits USC on Nov. 3, which could be the national game of the season. At least until they meet again in the Pac-12 title game.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. Topics this week include:

Oregon soccer (0:41), Oregon volleyball (1:08), Cross-Country (2:15), Football update (2:59), Fan Day (9:10), Gameday policy reminders (10:15), FishDuck Update (11:31), Random Tweet of the Week (13:50)...

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Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about a defining moment in Oregon football, the 2009 Arizona game.

• Aaron Fentress beleives Marcus Mariota has the skills to lift the Oegon offense to new heights.

The frenzied pace of the offense is both Oregon's calling card and formula for success. And while Mariota might need some time to become acclimated to the speed of the college game, his abilities as a runner and passer, coupled with his cool demeanor and ability to absorb information, could thrust Oregon's offense into an even higher orbit. Especially considering that, for the first time, all of the key players have been fully indoctrinated in Kelly's system.

Dale Newton @The Ducks Stops Here gives us a preview of the Arkansas St. football team.

Gus Malzahn's Red Wolves are a bigger challenge than casual fans might assume. For one, they have Malzahn, the former architect of the Auburn offense in Cam Newton's Heisman and National Championship season. ASU has big-time aspirations and a solid resume. Last season they were 10-3 and 8-0 in the Sun Belt Conference.

• Joel Gunderson @FishDuck.com says it's the receivers time to shine now that Oregon has a pure passer.

Make no mistake, Oregon’s offense will still live and die with the running game. But, with a quarterback under center who has “special” written all over him, this is going to be a different Oregon team than what has been seen since Dennis Dixon was running the show.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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• Enjoy the Rose Bowl highlights while I am camping. I'll be back tomorrow with regular posts.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

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• I am camping in the Cascades with family and friends for the next couple of days so enjoy these Oregon highlights during the 2011 Civil War. Nothing quite as good as putting the smack down on little brother. I will be back Monday with regular posts.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Rob Moseley and the RG provide a new look at jerseys available at the Duck Store.



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former Oregon DB Isaac Walker (91-94) and they talk a little Duck football along with other topics.

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Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG. (note to RM...appreciate the vids but...get an external mic with a foam cover to knock out the wind noise)...

• The secondary is full of playmakers and depth according to this report.

Between the ability of Avery Patterson and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu to play both corner and safety, and Eric Dargan’s new versatility, coach John Neal thinks he should be able to adjust when the inevitable befalls Oregon’s secondary in 2012, be it injury or some other challenge.

Rob Moseley also notes some wild cards at the two deep as an end to fall camp approaches.

Some more pictures of the new jerseys from the Nike Blog.

• Does Oregon have big play potential? You bet says Robert Nelson & Jungkyu Lee at ESPN.

When it comes to recruiting it's all about speed at Oregon with Chip Kelly at the helm.

Dale Newton at The Duck Stops Here wonders who will get the ball?

Marcus Mariota has star power. He exudes confidence and cool, and has that laid-back island attitude that would rub off on his teammates. In the end that, along with his speed and dual-threat exceptional ability, great touch and decision-making, means he probably wins the job. But you hate to sit the guy who played very capably in 8 games.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about one of Oregon football's defining moments, the 2007 Michigan game.

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GoDucksdotcom wonders if your're ready for a little football?







Chip Kelly, Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

Chris Anderson has some more practice notes.

Rob Moseley reports Oregon center Hroniss Grasu is a "centering" force.

“You don’t even think about Hroniss anymore, and that’s a complement,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “A year ago at this time, it was like, ‘How’s he going to react?’”

“You feel like he’s been around here a long time, but he’s only a sophomore,” Kelly said. “He’s been an anchor for us.”

• Fan Day is this Saturday from noon until 2pm local time at Autzen Stadium. Meet players get autographs or maybe some new Duck gear.

The Nike Blog released more photos of the new jerseys.

Jon Wilner has a Pac-12 Network update that might put a smile on Direct TV customer's faces.

Kirk Herbstreit likes some Ducks in his annual Herbie Awards.

This year's list is kind to Oregon. Kenjon Barner is listed among the top five running backs, Michael Clay is among the "best-kept secrets," Dion Jordan makes the "dirty dozen" at defensive end (even though he's really an outside linebacker) and De'Anthony Thomas is tabbed as one of the nation's most exciting players.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Charles @FishDuck.com breaks down what he believes will be Oregon's game winning plan in 2012.



The Oregon Duck showed up at the Coburg Rd. Dairy Queen recently to help out behind the counter and support the IMG Sports Radio team. Video courtesy of OregonSportsNet.

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Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about another defining moment in Oregon football, the 2010 Rose Bowl against Ohio St.



Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

• Mike Huguenin @Yahoo Sports lists his top ten special team squads where you will find Oregon at number three.

Kicker was a weak spot last season. Alejandro Maldonado was 7 of 12, with his longest conversion from 40 yards. Rob Beard, who kicked for the Ducks in 2010 but had back and quad injuries last season, seems likely to beat out Maldonado. 

There are no concerns about senior P Jackson Rice, one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. Rice averaged 45.9 yards per attempt and was the main reason the Ducks led the nation in net punting (41.5 yards). RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas was an electrifying kick returner last season, averaging 27.3 yards on his 36 attempts and taking two back for TDs. Oregon needs a new punt returner. The kickoff coverage was good, the punt coverage adequate last season.

Rob Moseley wonder if Bralon Addison could be the next Huff or DAT.

The Nike Blog shows another sneak peak of some new jerseys.

Adam Jude reports the QB competition comes down to the final week before a decision is made on who wills tart against Arkansas St.

Even if either Marcus Mariota or Bryan Bennett has separated himself after the first two weeks, teammates, coaches and other insiders have betrayed nothing out of the barbed-wire protected practices.

"They're both playing at a really high level right now," Chip Kelly said Saturday. "I want them to make it a really difficult decision for us."

We should find out who's had the most fun, and the most success, soon enough.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in this week's Vlog. His topics include:

Oregon soccer (0:34), Oregon volleyball (0:54), Arkansas State game (1:24), Gameday reminders (2:35), Football update (4:55), Pac-12 Network (6:03), FishDuck merchandise (7:10), FishDuck Update (8:03), Random Tweet of the Week (10:00), Music Recommendation of the Week: (10:13)...

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• Pretty sweet new video from AllDuckedOut titled "Oregon Ducks Football 2012 Preview: Unstoppable" ...

• Nate @FishDuck.com has a season preview article ready for your reading enjoyment.

• Rob Moseley shares a feature story about dual sack threats Dion Jordan and Boseko Lokombo. It could be a tough year for opposing QB's.

Jordan sees the potential for greatness from himself and Lokombo if they can keep it up.

“We could be whatever we want to be,” he said. “The sky’s the limit for us. We’re blessed with a lot of speed and athletic ability. As long as we spend time in the film room and working hard in practice, when the games come it will fall into place.”

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

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• Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about one of the defining moments in Oregon football, the 1996 Fresno St. game. Video courtesy of the ODE.



Defensive back Brian Jackson talks about the pursuit of perfection. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Chip Kelly, Daryle Hawkins, Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

• Chris Anderson details fall camp porgress after two weeks of practice.

Though there is still some uncertainty surrounding the team, all indications are that players are practicing well and giving the coaches some tough decisions before the start of the season.

• Brian @FishDuck.com reminds us not to get too invested in being a fan. After all, it's just a game, and some real life situations can make you see what truly matters.

• Oregon opens in the fifth spot on the AP's preseason poll.

New stairs are going in on the west side of Autzen that will make it easier for fans and students getting in and out of the stadium.

• Bob Clark details rule changes for kickoffs that take effect this year.

Kicking off from the 35 instead of the 30 yard line and kicks into the end zone that aren’t returned now allow the offense to begin a possession at the 25-yard line instead of the 20.

• Jake Fisher is battling to become the starting left tackle and evidently he has an attitude.

Quarterback Bryan Bennett, in a battle of his own for a starting job, wouldn't mind having his roommate protecting his blind side.

"You can see it now, it's coming even quicker," Bennett said of Fisher's development. "He's done a great job. And Jake's a big, mean S.O.B. on the field. He'll get it done physically."

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about one of the defining moments in Oregon football, the 2009 USC game.

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Chip Kelly, Ricky Heimuli and Wade Keliikipi talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and KVAL.

Here are pictures of the new helmet and uniforms that Chip along with the reporters were mentioning in the video above.

• Ted Miller pegs Dion Jordan as the 11th best player in his top 25 for the Pac-12.

Despite missing two games, Jordan led the Ducks and ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in sacks and seventh in tackles for a loss. A first-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2011, Jordan could become a breakout star in 2011, perhaps even getting All-American consideration.

• Josh White @FishDuck.com takes at the Pac-12's running backs.

• Adam Jude reports true freshman Bralon Addison continues to impress in fall camp.

Bralon Addison has joined De'Anthony Thomas in multi-purpose position meetings with coach Chip Kelly this month.

And if Addison continues to impress coaches over the next two weeks, the true freshman from Texas could join Thomas on the field for Oregon's season opener against Arkansas State.

Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said after practice Friday that, among the freshmen receivers, Addison has stood out in the first two weeks of fall camp.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

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Jerry Allen describes defining moments in Oregon football. Video courtesy of ODE.



Josh Huff talks about fall camp. Video courtesy of KVAL.



Dan Rubenstein breaks down the Heisman hopefuls where you will find De'Anthony Thomas at the 2:56 mark of the video.



Oregon TE coach Tom Osborne talks about Colt Lyerla and the other tight ends on the roster. Video courtesy of Molly Blue.

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Chip Kelly with reporters after practice yesterday, and Isaac Remington and Jared Ebert talk with Rob Moseley about fall camp. Video courtesy of Rob and the RG.

David Melo @FishDuck.com relives the QB quandary back in 1997 between Akili Smith and Jason Haas. He compares it to the 2012 season where coaches must choose between Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett.

As Oregon prepares for the 2012 football season, one question garners more attention than all others: who plays quarterback? It’s not the first time Oregon went into the season with a sharply divided fan base, arguing over which one was better. In the past Oregon has implemented multiple quarterback rotations, with varied results.

• Rob Moseley notes some non-conference games for 2013 have been anoounced recently. Nicholls State, Nevada and Tennessee are slated.

 • Steve Summers compiled a list of former Ducks who are playing in the NFL.

Is the Autzen sellout streak over?

• Adam Jude reports on a couple of publications who have chosen breakout player candidates and offers some other suggestions.

Sports Illustrated, in its college football preview issue this week, tabbed senior wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn as its breakout player. In another team preview, SI.com listed tight end Colt Lyerla as the breakout pick.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former Oregon kicker Matt Evensen.

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• Chip Kelly talked about the double-day session yesterday while Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota give their thoughts on the Tuesday scrimmage session. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

Chris Anderson @eDuck has some notes on the practice yesterday.


One of the players Kelly touched on when asked about the Ducks' depth behind Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas was Kenny Bassett. 

“I think Kenny's had a really, really, really good camp and is pushing for time behind them (Barner and Thomas)” Kelly mentioned, “I know as a staff we have been really impressed with Kenny”

Ted Miller has Kenjon Barner listed at #13 as he counts down the top 25 players in the Pac-12.

Barner makes the biggest leap in the top 25 for an unranked player from 2011, in large part because the Pac-12's best backup running backs now becomes one of its best running backs. Perhaps the best. Barner's 78.2 yards rushing per game ranked eighth in the conference in 2011, which is pretty impressive for a backup.

Jon Wilner details the Pac-12 Network's "classic" lineup and Paul Buker tells us which channels to watch in Oregon for the Pac-12 Network.

Pat & Jai over @FishDuck.com look at what might have happened if a 4-team playoff system had been around in 2001 instead of the BCS. (hint: Oregon would not have finished 2nd)

Aaron Fentress reports the defense is after more sacks in 2012.

"Any team that's going to have the (guts) to devote two guys to Dion [Jordan] or anything like that is going to get ripped alive by Taylor [Hart]," Carson York said. "I'm excited for other people to deal with them."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Carson York talks about his recovery from surgery after being injured in the Rose Bowl game. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

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Nick Cody talks about the OL progress and Chip Kelly talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

Rob Moseley continues the OL theme with an article on the depth and talent on the 2012 squad.

Colt Lyerla is back at fall camp after an excused absence.

New uni's sometime soon? Could be.

Will Rubin @ODE shares his #18 defining moment of Oregon football, the 2003 Michigan game.

Mark Flores keeps us up to date on recruiting efforts at Oregon.

Dale Newton @TheDuckStopsHere lists his top 25 Oregon players for the year.

Brandon P. Oliver wonders how the "brand" of the Oregon Ducks stands.

Oregon's widespread innovations have made an impact on schools and programs all over the map. The financial backing of powerful boosters and general community support have helped the program grow into a national brand that has everyone's attention.

The question in the coming years will be what the Ducks will do next to push the envelope. The way things stand now, betting against the Oregon program seems like an exercise in futility.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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• Charles Fisher @FishDuck.com breaks down Oregon's cover one defense calling it "turnover heaven."

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Chip Kelly talks about the practice yesterday and then short snapper Jeff Palmer talks about his coming of age summer. Video and articles courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

• Jon Wilner provides the ins and out of how and where to watch the new Pac-12 Network.

Several very familiar names were selected to be a part of the 21st Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame class it was announced yesterday. Included were Joey Harrington, Chad Cota and Uncle Phil among others.

Live competition today will begin to jolt the QB competition according to Aaron Fentress.

• Can't be bothered with the hassle of tailgating at Autzen? TailgatePal has your back.

TailgatePal has tailgate packages for anything from small family gatherings to larger group events. Individual packages can accommodate as many as 50 people, and the entire area can collectively accommodate up to 600 guests. Fans will be able to purchase sites for the season or can select single games, depending on availability. 

Since the spaces are expected to fill quickly, Tailgaters opting for single-game packages should make reservations well in advance. Tailgate packages go on sale to the public Monday, August 13, 2012. Additional information can be found by visiting www.tailgatepal.com or by calling (888) 269-6478. 

Dale Newton asks if the cornerbacks are ready to become shutodwn/lockdown defenders?

No doubt Terrance Mitchell, Troy Hill and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have been drilling on their footwork and hip turn all off season, and secondary coach John Neal has reviewed film with them of every catch, big play and touchdown they surrendered in 2011.

The three are all confident, aggressive, and talented. How much better will they be with a full year of experience? 

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Monday, August 13, 2012

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Josh Huff looks forward to the 2012 season and aims to improve on a disappointing 2011 campaign. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

• George Schroeder shares a touching story of one walk-on's big day.

• Aaron Fentress call the Oregon secondary, deep and flexible.

The competition and depth have created an atmosphere for improvement. 

"We pride ourselves every day on working hard and we compete with each other and nobody in our defensive backfield likes to lose," Ekpre-Olomu said. "So in individual drills we're going against each other, trying to beat each other out every single day." 

• Starting at #20, Will Rubin of the Oregon Daily Emerald (ODE,) looks at twenty defining moments of Oregon football, facility expansion.

Starting a countdown of defining football moments without mention of a player, game, or play might be unorthodox, but the construction boom at and around Autzen Stadium over the past 15 years is worthy of its own spotlight. From the Moshofsky Center to the futuristic locker rooms, the influence on the Ducks’ success is hard to miss.

• Joel Gunderson @FishDuck.com says a special feeling is looming in the air.

Oregon seems set up for another run, another year of firework offense and stingy D. If all goes according to plan, nothing short of 11 wins will be tolerated by an ever-demanding fan base. The talent is there. The depth is there, and the coaches are there. There seems to be only one thing left to do…

Win The Day.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. This weeks topics include:

UO sports starting (0:25), Football update (0:47), The Quack Cave (3:25), Olympics (3:57), FishDuck.com update (6:05), Random Tweet of the Week (8:00), Music Recommendation of the Week: (8:13)...

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Chip Kelly, Devon Blackmon, B.J. Kelly, Kenny Bassett and Ayele Forde talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Aaron Fentress notes that everyone is getting reps at a dizzying pace.

If generating practice repetitions were an Olympic sport, Oregon coach Chip Kelly would be covered in gold medals.

"We've increased our reps dramatically and it pays off because more people are involved in practice," Kelly said.

• A.J. Jacobson explores the running back depth.

"I'm really pleased with Byron [Marshall]," said [RB coach Gary] Campbell. "He's done a great job of picking up the offense. He's really conscientious. He wants to do well so he studies. I see him in his playbook all the time. He's got a natural feel for the offense because he's a good zone runner. Right now he's really right no track. I think he's going to be a really good player for us.

"He's got that vision. That's one of the main things that you have to have in this offense is to be able to see the running lanes. He's got the speed and quickness to accelerate once he sees them. He runs good routes and as you said he's got good hands. It looks very much like he's a well-rounded player."

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Andy McNamara gives everyone a quick tour inside the new QuackCave.

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Chip Kelly and Rashaan Vaughn talk about the first day in pads and fall camp while Brian Teague talks about helping the tight end group in Colt Lyerla's absence. Video courtesy of KVAL and Rob Moseley.

• Ted Miller unveils the first Oregon player to crack his top 25 for 2012 where you will find John Boyett at number sixteen.

Boyett, second team All-Pac-12 in 2011, is heading into his fourth year as a starter for the Ducks and is a top All-American candidate. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound senior was Oregon's leading tackler for the second time in three seasons in 2011 and has piled up 276 tackles during an outstanding career.

Rob Moseley believes more scrutiny has helped Oregon enroll all 64 out of 64 signees under Chip Kelly.

• Jon Wilner has an update regarding the Pac-12 Network with the addition of a few more providers.

Fan Day and the Spirit Tee will be unveiled on August 25th inside Autzen Stadium.

Chris Huston outlines what De'Anthony Thomas has to do to win the Heisman.

In short, Thomas has a couple routes to the Heisman. He can (1) put forth one of the greatest single-season all-purpose efforts in history or (2) lead the Ducks to an undefeated season (and wins over USC) by virtue of his exciting, clutch playmaking ability.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

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How good will the defense be this year? Expectations indicate it might be a very special year. Video courtesy of Molly Blue.

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Ricky Heimuli and Rodney Hardrick sit down with Rob Moseley and talk about the upcoming season and their roles on the football team.

• Daniel Mediate introduces week three opponent Tennessee Tech.

Head coach Watson Brown is known for running an extremely fast-paced game. He will be looking to match wits with UO coach Chip Kelly, but with a much smaller talent pool. The Golden Eagles should be another cakewalk for the Ducks this fall. While Tennessee Tech may have returning talent and a solid year from a season ago, the Eagles still have nearly a dozen fewer scholarships than Oregon as an FCS school. Lamb should present some problems with his verve and experience, but it shouldn't be anything the Ducks' D can't handle.

• Ted Miller notes the Pac-12 players on SI's All-America team which includes De'Anthony Thomas on the first team and Kenjon Barner along with John Boyett on the second team.

• Brandon P. Oliver ($) has a preview of the running backs.

With LaMichael James' departure, senior Kenjon Barner finally has the chance to be the go-to back for the high-flying Ducks. Being the go-to back means little in Chip Kelly's system, as Barner knows very well. 

Like Barner did for James over the past three seasons, he will be pushed by sophomore sensation De'Anthony Thomas and touted freshman Byron Marshall. Beyond those three, there is little depth, but the Ducks have a roster loaded with versatile athletes who can step into the backfield if need be.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former Oregon WR Keenan Howry to talk a little Duck football.



Takimoto @Addicted to Quack has a quick Ashton Eaton update and talks about the depth of the running back position.

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



Wade Keliikipi sat down with Rob Moseley to talk about the defense and his role along with his hearlth issues from last year.

• Bruce Feldman details some thoughts on the Pac-12's emergence as a leader in innovation.

“You can’t be the present because, look, the SEC kind of has a good hold on that,” said Mark Silverman, president of the Big Ten Network. “What the Pac-12 is trying to be is innovative, cutting edge. You look at the uniforms Oregon has, the kind of coaches they’re bringing in there. Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez, are cutting-edge kind of guys. That fits with the whole Silicon Valley idea of technology and innovation. My sense is that’s their positioning, the future of college football.”

Cue the astronaut.

• Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tacoi Sumler will transfer, the Ducks announced today.

There have been some notable weight changes for the football team.

The Ducks launched the QuackCave recently.

Inspired by social media command centers used by the NHL's New Jersey Devils and leading corporations Dell and Gatorade, Oregon has built out and launched the QuackCave (#QuackCave) as the first digital media hub in college athletics.

With a wall of flat screens controlled by iPads and wireless keyboards, QuackCave's staff of handpicked, digital natives (aka UO students) will monitor, produce and push content through Oregon's multitude of general and sport-specific accounts across all major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram (uoducks).

Adam Jude reports the Duck "D" could be a force to be reckoned with, and Nick Aliotti doesn't disagree.

"I'd like to say we're going to line up and kick butt every day, but we still gotta work at it," Nick Aliotti said.
Aliotti said he's "very lucky" to have "marquee" veterans such as Dion Jordan and Taylor Hart on the defensive line, Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso at the middle linebacker spots, and John Boyett at safety.

"It does feel good for the defense to get some recognition," Terrance Mitchell said. "We just have to continue working hard, so when the games come, we can score points like the offense. ...

"I feel like the whole 'D,' we've got just a real mean swagger."

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Nick Aliotti talks about day two of practice, Kiko Alonso's leadership skills, the defensive group as a whole and expectations for this year. Video courtesy of Molly Blue.

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Christian French, Koa Ka'ai and Chip Kelly talk with Rob Moseley about their position moves and how the second day of practice went.

Steve Summers reports on day two of fall camp.

A.J. Jacobson lists three question marks for the Ducks. Wide receiver, quarterback and tight end.

• Mark Flores @FishDuck.com has his weekly recruiting update ready for you.

Brandon P. Oliver ($) reports Texas RB commit Dontre Wilson will be in Eugene on October 6th to visit Oregon.

"I'm solid to Oregon. That's where I want to be and where I'm going," Wilson said. "I have no other visits planned and don't see that changing." 

The one visit he will take is an official visit to Oregon when the Ducks host the rival Washington Huskies on Oct. 6th. 

"I don't know the date but I'm going up there for the weekend of the Washington game in October," Wilson said. "That's when a lot of guys will be there."

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Charles @FishDuck.com breaks down what he calls the "Radar-Psycho-Times Square Zone Blitz" in this latest FishDuck tutorial. Always well done and informative.

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Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas, Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota talk with the media on opening day of fall camp. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Rob Moseley notes the comings and goings of the 105 man fall camp roster.

Carson York who was injured during the Rose Bowl game, is confident he will be ready to go for Oregon's first game against Arkansas St.

• Aaron Fentress reports that Josh Huff is healty, humbled and ready to live up to his potential in 2012.

• De'Anthony Thomas believes he and Kenjon Barner will be a dominating dui this year.

"Kenjon is a great guy, and I'm really looking forward to just dominating guys with him," Thomas said. "Me and Kenjon, we've been working hard this summer, and it's going to be a great season for us. ...

"Right now, I'm loving the running back spot. I have to step up and just be a leader like LaMichael James."

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Monday, August 06, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. Topics this week include:

UO athletes reporting for camp (0:20), Preseason lists (1:20), Olympics (2:01), FishDuck.com is one year old! (4:30), FishDuck updates (5:06), Random Tweet of the Week (7:05), Music Recommendation of the Week: (7:17)...

Rob Moseley calls the opening of fall camp, the quest for Chip Kelly's "unfinished business."

When Kelly decided this offseason to stick with the Ducks rather than leave for the NFL, he cited “unfinished business” as a primary reason. For a guy who has played for the national championship, won a Rose Bowl and never failed to reach the Bowl Championship Series as a head coach, that doesn’t leave a lot of possible definitions.

Aaron Fentress poses five questions as fall camp opens, number one being the QB battle.

Sophomore Bryan Bennett and redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota are locked in a fierce battle that figures to go down to the wire. Each has displayed the confidence needed to succeed. "The thing about those two guys is they don't need anybody to give them confidence," senior running back Kenjon Barner said. "They're both confident guys, confident in their ability."

• Brandon P. Oliver ($) has his fall camp primer and wonders who will step up at WR.

BJ Kelley, Tacoi Sumler and Devon Blackmon are likely to be the three most-watched players during camp. The trio came in together and redshirted last season. At least one of them needs to step up and make an impact early for the Ducks. Rahsaan Vaughn, Eric Dungy, Daryle Hawkins and Blake Stanton join Huff as returners. Can Bralon Addison, Dwayne Stanford or Chance Allen break into the lineup as true freshmen?

Dale Newton lists the challenges ahead for Mariota and Bennett.

Many fans say the Ducks won't miss Darron Thomas, and they may very well be right. Bennett and Mariota have a world of talent. Each are better athletes than Thomas, faster, better throwers and runners.


Somewhere during the year, the Ducks might miss his toughness, leadership and experience.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

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Aaron Fentress wonders if the Ducks can make it four conference championships in a row?

Oregon enters the season with ample reason to expect success. The Ducks last year were young with 65 freshman and sophomores and just 10 seniors. This year Oregon features 16 seniors -- with most expected to make a significant impact -- including Clay, running back Kenjon Barner, guard Carson York, safety John Boyett and defensive end Dion Jordan, to name a few.

• Daniel Mediate introduces Oregon's first oppenent Arkansas St.

2011 recap: The Red Wolves finished a perfect 8-0 season in the Sun Belt Conference last fall and notched a 10-3 overall record. The team's three losses came at the hands of Illinois, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. It was a major improvement from 2010, in which the team finished 4-8.

• Steve Maher @FishDuck.com lists five things that could derail the Ducks in 2012.

John Canzano was on hand to witness former Oregon distance runner Galen Rupp take the silver medal in the 10,000 meter race in London.

Dale Newton the biggest question mark on the Oregon depth chart, the TE position.

Colt Lyerla is an enigma. He's phenomenally talented, almost NFL ready at 6-5, 238 with a 40-inch vertical leap and an 11-foot broad jump. He's a physical mismatch for any strong safety in the country, catching 7 passes for 147 yards as a freshman, a 21.0 average, five of those for touchdowns.


But there are questions about the Hillsboro High Product. The former Army All-American missed five games as a freshman, didn't record a stat at the Rose Bowl, and was held out of much of spring practice and the Spring Game.


If he does achieve his awesome potential, the Oregon offense instantly becomes more potent, particularly in the red zone where his frame and leaping ability give him an unreal advantage in one-on-one coverage.

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

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Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas make the Paul Hornung Award watch list it was announced yesterday.

Two Oregon Ducks are on the Paul Hornung Award Watch list for the nation's most versatile player. According to a media release from the Louisville Sports Commission, senior Kenjon Barner and sophomore De'Anthony Thomas have been added to the post-season honors award list.

• Josh Huff's trial for DUII was postponed until Jan. 23.

• Aaron Fentress previews the linebackers and defensive line while Rob Moseley previews the speacials teams group.

Fentress on LB's: After years of off-field trouble and on-field letdowns, Alonso's play caught up with his physical gifts last season and he delivered a defensive MVP performance in the Rose Bowl. As a backup last season, he had 46 tackles (six for loss), 2 1/2 sacks and two interceptions. Should he double that output as a starter, he could be all-Pac-12 and assure himself of being selected in next spring's NFL draft. Lokombo has demonstrated a knack for making big plays. He scored three times last season, twice on interception returns and once on a return of a blocked punt. When Oregon goes to a 3-4 defense, defensive end Dion Jordan becomes an outside linebacker, making this crew even more menacing. Oregon had a strong linebacker recruiting class in 2011.

Fentress on DL: Tthe Ducks annually return several defensive linemen with extensive game experience. After Dion Jordan, the experience at the 4-3 defensive end position drops off considerably. So much so that the gap between UO's 3-4 and 4-3 looks could widen. Oregon has an ample supply of big, athletic tackles capable of playing the 3-4 defensive end position and nose guard. Plus, Jordan's future in the NFL likely will be as a 3-4 linebacker.

Moseley on special teams: For all the talent and experience Oregon has elsewhere, there's no better position group on the team than special teams in that regard. Senior punter Jackson Rice is back for his fourth year as the starter, after being a Ray Guy Award finalist last season. Rob Beard wants to put a junior year marred by a quad injury behind him, but will need to hold off junior Alejandro Maldonado for the placekicking job in order to do so. Maldonado was pressed into duty last year despite an injury of his own, and was said to be booming the ball in spring practices. The guys snapping to the kickers, Drew Howell and Jeff Palmer, are also vastly experienced and have made minimal mistakes during their careers. And the Ducks have a ton of options to return kicks, in Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff, Keanon Lowe, B.J. Kelley, Brian Jackson, Terrance Mitchell and Dior Mathis, among others.

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