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Sunday, September 30, 2012

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Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the game. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Marcus Mariota talks with reporters after the 51-26 victory against Washington St. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

• It wasn't the ass whooping I thought it would be but Oregon still found a way to rack up the points. I liked the performance of Kenjon Barner but this team needs a lot of fine tuning before I'll feel confident going against a top ten team.

Game coverage stories are plentiful and here are some of the best. Josh W. and crew @FishDuck.com have a comprehensive report; Bob Clark liked the second half KB show; Rob Moseley says Oregon continues to set the pace in the Pac-12; Adam Jude credits the defense; Kevin Gemmell believes Oregon gained some maturity; Aaron Fentress says there is a lot of work to do; Robby Boydstun credits a strong second half effort; Chris Hansen believes the defense set the tone;  GoDucks.com and ESPN round out the stories.

• Here are some nice photos from ODE and eDuck.

Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for Kenjon Barner.

Time to start adding him to the Heisman tracker? Barner rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Washington State. He averaged 9.8 yards per carry and ran for scores of 22, 10 and 80 yards.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon Vs. Arizona 2012 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

Fowlplay2010 shares his "fan perspective" video of the Arizona game. Always does a good job.

• Aaron Fentress has a nice behind the scenes story on Colt Lyerla, who received a lot of support growing up.

To those who know him well, it's a miracle he is attending college, let alone starring for the nation's No. 2 ranked team.

"There's a lot of good people back there that helped me out with a lot of things," Lyerla says. "That's a big part of the reason I'm here right now."

Will Wazzu kick to De'Anthony Thomas tonight? Probably not and the numbers prove it.

• Kevin Gemmell has a Q&A with Marcus Mariota.

• Ivan Maisel has a good read on the changing culture at Oregon, where the Ducks are on their best behavior.

• More game previews from Steve Summers, Joel @FishDuck.com and Aaron Fentress. They all predict a big Oregon win over WSU. Personally I like the Ducks by 35. Oregon 56 - WSU 21.

Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

No team has been more offensively dominant than Oregon since Chip Kelly took over in 2009. In that time, the Ducks lead FBS in scoring (44.0 PPG), games scoring 40 or more points (32) and are one of four teams with an average margin of victory of at least 20 points. Boise State, TCU and Alabama are the others.

• Rob Moseley predicts a 28 point Oregon victory tonight and will looking to see:

...if Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas can avoid turnovers, and the offensive line can limit some of the penalties from the last couple weeks. Oregon's athletic edge over the WSU defense will be significant, but if the young skill players turn it over a few times, things could get interesting. Also, the SI cover jinx seemed to take its toll for DAT last week, as he was held under 100 all-purpose yards for the first time this season; will he get his mojo back, against an opponent that provided one of his most memorable highlights of 2011?

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Friday, September 28, 2012

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Terrance Mitchell and Marcus Mariota talk about WSU preparations after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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

• When it comes to receivers at Oregon it's long been said, if you want the rock you gotta block. And nothing changes even with a young receiving corps.

"The stereotypical receiver is kind of soft," Daryle Hawkins said. "They don't want to get their hands dirty. But that's not what we're about." 

Seems Wazzu is brimming with confidence as they get ready to face the Ducks. Yeah, good luck with that.

Josh W. and Josh.S. @FishDuck.com preview the game against the Cougs.

Anne M. Peterson previews the matchup with WSU.

• Dale Newton answers critics of the Oregon offense.

• Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell predict a big Oregon win against Washington State.

• Bob Clark reports Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell are willing targets for teams that want to throw.

“We have to make sure we’re in great condition because we’re going to be involved in a lot of plays,” Ekpre-Olomu said. “We’ll get a lot more action, so that’s good for Terrance and me.”

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with Comcast Sports Net reporter Jordan Whitley.



Lauren Mickler @KEZI reports on one Oregon Ducks fan passion for football history and what he did to preserve it. To get your own copy ( 4-disc DVD w/ 7+ hours footage, make a great Christmas gift for a Duck fan on your list) go here.

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• Chip Kelly talks about Washington St. preparations after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald.

Aaron Fentress says Oregon is ready for their first road game and to play in a NFL stadium.

"It's cool to go on road games and it's cool that our first one is at such a cool venue," Oregon safety Brian Jackson said. "Not many college players get to experience that. So we all get to go over there and play in a nice place. And we have to be prepared to play a team with no conscience. They are ready to throw the ball at all times."

• Rob Moseley talks about Oregon being prepared to face a team who throws the ball about 70% of the time.

Joel @FishDuck.com previews the Washington St. game.

• Ted Miller has De'Anthony Thomas and Chip Kelly on his Pac-12 superlative tracker.

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was named the Jim Thorpe DB of the week yesterday for his efforts againt Arizona. Well deserved.

Many teams try to stop Oregon's running attack thinking that's the way to win against the Ducks. But if you focus on just that one element of the Oregon offense you may get just burned.

"At the end of the day, it's, where's your production," Kelly said. "The great part about our team, our staff, we don't care where it comes from. … I'm really happy with the way we throw the ball. If you're going to devote nine guys and try and stop the run, god bless you, and we'll throw it."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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GoDuckdotcom shares the motivational shown to the football team just prior to the Arizona game. Always good stuff.



Jackson Rice talks with Boseko Lokombo on this episode of Hang Time. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Chip Kelly answers reporters questions at his weekly press conference. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.



Nick Aliotti talks about the Arizona win and the preparations for the Washington St. game after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Charles @FishDuck.com looks back at the Arizona game and breaks down a defensive masterpiece.

How do you create a shutout of an Arizona team that averaged 46 points a game?  What are some of the subtle coaching points utilized by our Defensive Staff?  This game was subject-rich on the offensive side of the ball, and we saw the “Bennett and the Beast” backfield, we defeated the “30 Stack” defense, and yet we may never witness a defensive performance again that compares to this one.  There is so much to appreciate about our defenders, and this is the ideal opportunity to celebrate their amazing performance and learn from it, which will enhance our enjoyment of the rest of the season!

• Ted Miller looks at some week five stats as he compares Pac-12 numbers with the rest of the FBS teams. Of course, Oregon is mentioned numerous times.

Marcus Mariota is working on his ball security issues and looks to improve.

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell are locked in for the Cougars' Air Raid attack according to Adam Jude.

Youth on the Oregon roster is making a huge impact each and every game so far this season.

• GoDucks.com released their weekly update on the Washtington St. game coming up Saturday night.

Oregon's athletic department are working with the manufacturer to solve nagging problems with the scoreboard system at Autzen Stadium.

• Adam Jude reports the 2011 signing class is living up to its billing as the best ever.

The class was ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com on signing day in 2011, Oregon's highest ranking ever.

De'Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota and Colt Lyerla account for 61 percent of the offense for the No. 2 Ducks (4-0) heading into Saturday's game against Washington State in Seattle. Add in offensive linemen Tyler Johnstone and Jake Fisher, and five members of the 2011 class are starting for the UO offense.

They've had their hiccups, sure, but the youngsters are indeed a precocious bunch, helping Oregon rank fourth in the nation in scoring (52.8 points) and fifth in total offense (571 yards).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Kenjon Barner talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

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Colt Lyerla talks with reporters after practice yesterday about his new running back role. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Rob Moseley got some more comments from from Chip Kelly on Lyerla.

“With Colt, we always knew he had ability,” Kelly said. “He was great with runs after the catch. We did some similar things with Ed (Dickson) as a pitch man, but Colt had a little more experience taking handoffs. It’s something we worked on, and just thought there were certain situations with what Arizona did defensively where we could use that.”

Ted Miller has Oregon at number one his his week five power rankings.

The Ducks faced their first foe with a pulse -- a ranked one, no less -- and rolled 49-zip. They moved up to No. 2 in both national polls. 'Nuff said.

Aaron Fentress provides a sneak peek at the WSU game coming up Saturday night.

The Washington game on Oct. 6 has received its time slot, 7:30 pm (local) on ESPN. Not a fan of the late games.

Michael Clay was selected/earned Pac-12 defensive player of the week honors.

Clay, a senior from San Jose, Calif., posted 13 total tackles (10 solo), including two tackles for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in a 49-0 victory over No. 22 Arizona. He was instrumental in limiting a potent Arizona offense to just 332 yards of total offense (the Wildcats had averaged 604.7 yards of total offense in their three previous games) and just 89 yards on the ground as the Ducks notched their first shutout since 2003.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his 60th Vlog. Topics this week include:

Arizona-Oregon football game review (0:04), Volleyball update (4:15), Soccer update (5:04), Golf update (5:23), Recruiting update (5:41), Basketball update (6:38), FishDuck.com update (7:36)

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Former Oregon kicker Josh Bidwell joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke on Inside the Pac as they discuss Oregon's big win over Arizona.

Ted Miller shares "what we learned in the Pac-12" this week.

Ducks passed their test: Oregon coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks take a football test every weekend against a nameless, faceless opponent. Well, the Ducks advanced out of 101-level courses to a 300-level advanced class on Saturday, trading nonconference patsies for a ranked Pac-12 team that already had whipped Oklahoma State, the defending Big 12 champion. And the Ducks made an "A" against No. 22 Arizona with a 49-0 win. In a plot twist, the defense took center stage, while the offense needed a half to get its rhythm. The performance solidified the Ducks' status atop the Pac-12 pecking order, at least pending games with Stanford and USC.

• Joel @FishDuck.com says it's time to look at the big picture when it comes to Oregon's offense who have been somewhat inconsistent.

Colt Lyerla. The true sophomore from Hillsboro, OR, introduced himself to the country Saturday night; not in his pass catching, but as a bruising, half-ton truck running back. A new wrinkle for Kelly, a new weapon for Oregon, a new reason for fans to keep the faith. Matt Millen during the broadcast repeatedly referred to him as “my new favorite player.”

Aaron Fentress takes another look at the defensive statement this past weekend.

"It's kind of demoralizing to the (opposing) offense to look up and there's still a goose egg up there," linebacker Michael Clay said. "It builds our confidence to go out there and try to keep that shutout." 

Chances are, Oregon's youthful offense will improve. So, too, could the defense. 

"I feel like we can still do better as a unit," [Dion] Jordan said. "There are a lot of things we can fix up." 

Scary.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Marcus Mariota and Colt Lyerla talk with reporters after the game last night. Video courtesy of KEZI and the RG.

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Chip Kelly talks about Oregon's total team effort after the game last night. Video courtesy of the RG.



Nick Krupke reports on the Ducks impressive victory over #22 Arizona. Video courtesy of KVAL.

• All sorts of good reading from the usual sustpects on Oregon's performance last night as the Ducks shuout Arizona 49-0. Rob Moseley called it a rousing start to Pac-12 play; Aaron Fentress highlights the defensive effort; Ken Woody credits the defense; Joel @FishDuck.com notes the tenacious defense and timely offense; Steve Summers talks about a "smashing" performance by the "D"; and finally the game report from ESPN.

• The Oregonian has a nice collection of gameday photos.

• Adam Jude and Bob Clark talk about the new package displayed in Colt Lyerla in tandem with Bryan Bennett in the backfield.

Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for the Oregon defense.

What the heck. Give 'em all a helmet sticker. The unit forced five turnovers and shut out an Arizona team that was averaging 46.3 points and more than 600 yards per game. Michael Clay led all Ducks with 13 tackles -- including two for a loss -- and he also forced a fumble.

Chris Hansen reports Arizona's head coach, Rick Rodriguez, called it an embarrassing performance in the red zone.

Rob Moseley shares his notebook which appears in today's edition of the Register Guard.

Adam Jude notes Oregon's defensive dominance was no surprise to the Ducks.

"Inside this locker room, we have total trust in each other," said UO junior safety Brian Jackson, one of the key piece in the secondary being counted on to fill the void after the season-ending injury to senior safety John Boyett. 

"I believe that we always knew what we were capable of. No questions were answered. We just further confirmed our feelings about each other." 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

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De'Anthony talks about all the hype surrounding his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Very humble kid. Looking forward to watching him in action tonight.

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Roger Rutan of Springfield's Timber Products Company shows off the new Duck Truck which hauls the gear to away games for the Ducks. Video courtesy of the Register Guard.

Joel @FishDuck.com previews the matchup today against Arizona and predicts a 25 point Oregon win.

For fans who appreciate dynamic offense and timely defense, Autzen Stadium is the place to be. Oregon, for all their inconsistencies to start the season, is still as dangerous as ever. Arizona, who under Rodriguez appears headed in the right direction, is still a couple years away from being in Oregon’s league.

This one looks scary for a while, but in the end, too much speed for Oregon.

• Rob Moseley, Adam Jude and Aaron Fentress also preview our first Pac-12 game of the season.

• Kevin Gemmell talks about what to watch in the Pac-12 this week. That's easy, De'Anthony of course.

We already talked about (Arizona QB Matt) Scott, who is going to get a chance to make a big impression in a game televised by ESPN. The same can be said for De'Anthony Thomas, who will be on the other sideline. This game is expected to net big yards and big scores. It's the kind of offensive shootout both players were made for -- and both could boost their standing on the national stage with big numbers.

Speaking of DAT, John Canzano believes the Heisman is his to lose.

There is not a better, more electric, more dangerous college football player in America than De'Anthony Thomas.

• Ted Miller wonders, "did you know?"

De'Anthony Thomas leads FBS in yards per rush (17.5) this season. On seven of his 13 runs, Thomas has not been contacted until at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage. His four touchdown runs of 30 yards or longer are the most in FBS.

• Jackson Long has a nice story on running back coach Gary Campbell.

He is the epitome of Oregon football — longevity, success, style and class.

Running backs coach Gary Campbell has been mentoring tailbacks for the Oregon Ducks for 30 years now, making him the longest-tenured coach in program history, as well as the longest-tenured current coach in all the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Rob Moseley, Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell all predict an Oregon victory tonight. By 18, 24 and 14 respectively.

Personally I will got with a final score of Oregon 48 Arizona 17.

• In case you didn't hear, the Pac-12 conference has decided that my little contribution to fan enjoyment of Oregon football, my highlight videos on YouTube, must come to an end. They have pulled my last video of the Tennessee Tech game which counts as "strike one" against my YouTube account. Sorry to tell everyone that I won't be doing any more highlight videos. It was fun while it lasted.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Avery Patterson and Erick Dargan talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Chip Kelly talks (very briefly) with reporters after practice yesterday. All the questions were around De'Anthony and Chip was his usual self to say the least. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Anne M. Peterson says Oregon's young offense feels prepared for Arizona.

''We're just so young. I don't think people realize how young we are,'' offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. ''Part of it is growing into roles. Part of it is just playing.''

But the Ducks, who are known for their speed on the field, are also quick learners, Helfrich said.

''Every day with one of these players you see the light bulb come on and they have one of those 'Aha!' moments,'' he said. ''Then they've got it.''

Bob Clark says Oregon should be prepared for Arizona's spread offense after facing the last three opponents.

Ted Miller believes that scoreboard will spin like crazy when Oregon meets Arizona on Saturday.

• Joe @FishDuck.com would like you to know a little more about true freshman RB Byron Marshall.

With Byron Marshall, it’s not really a question of if he can become the guy; it’s when.

Ted Miller has De'Anthony as his number one pick to win Pac-12 offensive player of the year in his Pac-12 superlative tracker.

He's rushed for 228 yards and averaged a stout 17.5 yards per run with four touchdowns. He's caught 11 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He's 25th in the nation in punt returns with a 13.29 yard average. His 14 points per game is tied for fifth in the nation. He's also 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards. And when he gets the ball everyone holds their breath.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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GoDucksdotcom shares their inspirational video they showed the football team before the Tennessee Tech game.









Nick Aliotti, Michael Clay, Isaac Remington and Dion Jordan talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Chip Kelly talks with reporters during his weekly press conference. Definitely feeling a little chippy it seems to me. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

Goducks.com, Aaron Fentress and Rob Moseley preview the game against Arizona.

Ted Miller looks at how the Pac-12 stacks up nationally in the stat category and you'll find Oregon mentioned several times.

Charles @FishDuck.com breaks down what he calls the new "straddled triple option combo series" play.

Even LeBron likes Ducks swag according to the Nike Blog.

De'Anthony Thomas continues to move up in the minds of Heisman straw poll voters, you'll find him now at number three. DAT also made the cover of Sports Illustrated and his penned "The Fastest Man in Football."

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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The Duck is back on the campaign trail in downtown Eugene fighting hunger one gummy bear at a time. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom.

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Kenjon Barner, Marcus Mariota and Keanon Lowe talk about preparing for Arizona fter practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Aaron Fentress previews Arizona and expects the Ducks to win because of a better defense.

The game might be close early on but the Ducks defense will be the best unit on the field and prevent the Wildcats from keeping pace with UO's offense. Oregon 46, Arizona 27.

Bryan Bennett at running back? There are a couple of specially designed plays according to Chip Kelly.

“We have a package together with those guys,” Kelly said Sunday. “We feel like if they’re in, those plays can obviously help us win a game. It’s not a whole, huge part of our offense, but there’s a package involved with both those guys.”

Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Arizona game and compares stats.

• Are excessive penalties a cause for concern?

Aaron Fentress thinks the Pac-12 could be full of landmines for the Ducks.

Ted Miller puts Oregon on top in his weekly Pac-12 power rankings.

The Ducks emerge from their preseason in a familiar place: atop the Pac-12. While the Nov. 3 visit to USC was diminished by the Trojans' loss to Stanford, the Ducks' home game against Stanford on Nov. 17 suddenly ramps up a bit. Nationally ranked Arizona visits on Saturday. Will the Ducks get tested? 

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Monday, September 17, 2012

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Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. Topic include:

Pac-12 Guideline Changes and FishDuck changes (0:12), Boyett and York (2:30), Oregon football (3:30), Oregon volleyball (6:12), Oregon soccer (7:04), Oregon golf (7:43), Oregon cross-country (8:13), FishDuck.com update (8:50)...



• Jackson Rice talks with Kenjon Barner on this edition of KEZI's Hang Time.



Rob Moseley and Ken Woody discuss the victory over Tennessee Tech in this weeks edition of the Postgame Brew.

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Tom Ward and Nick Krupke are joined by former Oregon LB Brent Haberly on Inside the Pac as they talk about Oregon's big win over Tennessee Tech.

Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota.

Though he tossed an interception, he still completed 21 of 28 balls for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Through the first three weeks he’s completing 75.5 percent of his throws.

Ted Miller has some thoughts about Oregon in his weekly "what we learned in the Pac-12."

Oregon's 63-14 blowout of Tennessee Tech wasn't terribly relevant. But USC's loss and sudden vulnerability topples it from atop the Pac-12 perception pecking order. Stanford moves up. But the Cardinal can't eclipse the Ducks because Oregon has blown them out in consecutive seasons. USC no longer can be considered a favorite on Nov. 3 when the Ducks visit. But the wiser way to view things is to see a lot of football ahead. The Ducks have yet to play a team with a pulse. It's possible we'll see a few more plot twists before we get to November.

• Aaron Fentress believes Byron Marshall is easing depth chart concerns at running back.

Oregon rose to number three in the AP Poll after the USC loss.

• The Oregon vs Washington St. game has a 7:30 p.m. kickoff (local) time on Sept. 29 and will be carried on ESPN or ESPN2.

• John Canzano has some thoughts on De'Anthony Thomas.

He had 222 all-purpose yards on just 10 touches, and with USC's Matt Barkley running for his life in a 21-14 loss at Stanford, Thomas remains the Pac-12's new best hope to get Heisman votes.

The guy is like Bo Jackson on the original Tecmo Bowl right now, and as long as he stays healthy, he's going to continue to find the end zone and rip off chunks of yardage at an alarming rate.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Oregon highlights vs Tennessee Tech



• Here you go Duck fans. All the best Oregon plays against Tennessee Tech. Enjoy!

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Nick Aliotti, De'Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota and Jake Fisher talk with reporters after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI and the Register Guard.

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KEZI shares their new story from last last night on Oregon's 63-14 win over Tennessee Tech and Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the game. Video courtesy of KEZI and the Register Guard.

• Oregon game stories are provided by: Rob Moseley called it outstanding but flawed, the Oregonian called it a pounding, Adam Jude said it was flawed and spectacular, articles wrap up from Steve Summers and ESPN.

• Some great game photos are provided by the Oregonian and the Register Guard.

Ken Woody suggests improvement is needed in several areas as the Ducks enter Pac-12 conference play next week.

Oregon is nowhere near the dominant team some fans expected to see, but there has been improvement in several areas the past two weeks. The Ducks need to clean up the penalties that occur after the whistle, and the inside game needs to get better. 

The question that remains unanswered and will surely come up this next week when the most-improved team in the Pac-12, Arizona’s Wildcats, come calling to Autzen. How will the Ducks respond to failure and disappointment? That’s the big question the soft preseason schedule has not posed to the Ducks or their fans. 

The Wildcats look a lot like Oregon, except in blue and red. Quarterback Matt Scott leads the league in passing and the ‘Cats are averaging over 41 points-per-game. They are physically talented and have great speed, just like the Ducks. Oregon had best play their best game of the season to avoid an upset.

• I will be back later today with my highlight video of the game. Stay subscribed to my YouTube channel to be notified of all Oregon highlight videos I upload.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Snoop Dogg talks with reporters about De'Anthony Thomas. Video courtesy of the Pac-12 Network.

Joel @FishDuck.com previews today's game against Tennessee Tech.

Another opportunity arrives for Oregon to work out the kinks in the offense, and continue to build depth in the secondary–hopefully while bucking the trend of losing key starters each game due to injury.

Aaron Fentress says today's game is all about avoiding additional injuries and predicts a 51 point blowout.

Ted Miller wonders if you knew?

Kenjon Barner is averaging 7.9 yards per rush inside the tackles this season (5.4 in 2011).

Oregon RB commit Thomas Tyner out of Aloha H.S. set a State of Oregon record.

Tyner celebrated his 18th birthday with a record-setting 38 carries for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns. He scored on first half rushing touchdowns of 20, 41, 62, 60 and 65 yards.

Rob Moseley is interested to see if the defense can avoid any explosion plays and predicts a 60 point victory.

Boyett was the master of playing a deep center field, and keeping the opposition from turning a solid gain into a long, explosive scoring play. Will Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson have the play recognition and discipline to do the same, against an offense that does feature a few capable weapons?

• My prediction: Oregon 77 -Tennessee Tech 17. Unis: Helmet Green-Jersey Green-Pants grey.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

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Chip Kelly and Keanon Lowe talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald and Rob Moseley.

Josh W. @FishDuck.com previews the Tennessee Tech game.

The Golden Eagles are recognized as the fastest 60 minutes of football back in the Ohio Valley conference, but how fast will they look against the Ducks with a little jet-lag?

Rob Moseley explains the lack luster non-conference schedule this year.

John Canzano talks (audio) with LB Michael Clay on the Bald Faced Truth.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell predict an easy victory for Oregon.

David Melo looks back at the 1997 season and two tight ends who made it a successful campaign.

RB Byron Marshall looks to earn some carries this week against Tennessee Tech after sitting on the sidelines last week.

“Obviously it’s not my decision. I just had to come out, have a good week of practice, and hopefully the coaches will see that and I’ll get in.”

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Mark Flores @FishDuck.com has an update on Oregon four star commit Thomas Tyner out of Aloha here in Oregon.

On the home front, local running back and Duck commit Thomas Tyner (4-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals100) blew away expectations during his second prep game of 2012. After amassing over 200 yards and five touchdowns in his season opener, Tyner exceeded his opening performance with 384 yards and three scores in a 36-34 come-from-behind victory.



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former Oregon LB Tony Koker as they talk a little football.

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Chip Kelly and Rahim Cassell talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald and Rob Moseley of the RG.

Even the head coach for Tennessee Tech admits "it won't be pretty" when it comes to playing Oregon on Saturday.

Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was a freshman at Tennessee in 2010 and Tech assistant coach Tyler Wilson was a special teams player for the Vols when the Ducks went to Knoxville and defeated the Vols 48-13.

"They've seen it firsthand," Watson Brown said, "and everything both of them tell me is it's not a pretty sight."

Dale Newton says  Tennessee Tech will take their beating so just "cut the check" when it comes to the game Saturday.

Oregon is trying to figure out unique ways to get De'Anthony the ball on kickoffs but will settle for taking it on the forty if all else fails.

Jon Wilner has the latest on the Pac-12 Network deal with Dish.

• Rob Moseley reports Oregon has contingency plans when it comes to losing two of their seniors, Boyeet and York.

• Ted Miller has some comments on De'Anthony Thomas in his latest edition of the Pac-12 superalative tracker.

De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon: He's averaging 16.6 yards per rush and has already scored five touchdowns -- three running, two receiving.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Dion Jordan and Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald.

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Chip Kelly answers question at yesterday's press conference. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

• Chris Anderson has a preview of Tennessee Tech and has a quote from their head coach Watson Brown.

“This is the toughest one,” said Brown when commenting on the Golden Eagles' game against the Oregon Ducks during his weekly show called The Watson Brown Show. “I don't think there is any doubt (of that) because of the style of offense. They can get points so fast. They've been very nice to the first two opponents in the way they've played them. There's no telling what this team (the Ducks) could do if they really wanted to.”

GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready for the game on Saturday.

Rob Moseley updates the depth chart.

Charles @FishDuck.com is wondering if the days of highlight/analysis videos on YouTube are over courtesy of the Pac-12?

Ted Miller looks at how the Pac-12 stacks up nationally in the stats department.

Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12 Heisman contenders. Here is what he says about De'Anthony Thomas.

* Week 2 numbers: Carried the ball seven times for 102 yards and touchdowns. Caught four balls for 26 yards.

*Season numbers: 10 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Eight catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

*What went well: For starters -- his 39-yard and 51-yard touchdown runs were awfully impressive. Credit to Marcus Mariota for waiting until the last possible minute to pitch to Thomas on the 39-yard option. And the 51-yarder was vintage Thomas (I think he's earned vintage status). Right up the gut, bounced off a player and hit top speed all over again. Nothing but highlights from this guy.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Goducksdotcom provides an "All Access" look at the iconic Harley that leads the team out of the tunnel at the start of every home game.



Goducksdotcom shares the motivational video shown to the team before the Fresno St. game last Saturday.

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Carson York talks about his season ending injury after practice yesterday. You always feel for the guys with these injuries, get well soon Carson, you'll be missed. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Rob Moseley has an update on the injury situation for all players.

Ted Miller has Oregon in the number two spot on his Pac-12 power rankings.

A potential season-ending knee injury to safety John Boyett is a big -- and sad -- blow, and things didn't go as smoothly on offense as the opening weekend. But there still remains a wide gap between the top two teams here and the rest of the conference, even with the nice work yesterday.

The Arizona game on Sept. 22 has a 7:30pm (local time) kickoff on ESPN it was announced yesterday.

• Charles @FishDuck.com analyzes the play of an emerging all-purpose star, Colt Lyerla.

Aaron Fentress gives you a quick look at the Tennessee Tech team.

Joel @Fishduck.com says the game against Tennessee Tech on Saturday should provide some opportunities for some of the younger players on the team.

Tennessee Tech should provide more opportunities for growth, and more reps for Mariota and the offensive line.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his latest Vlog. Topic include the follwoing:

Oregon soccer (0:36), Cross-Country (1:00), Oregon volleyball (1:20), New Oregon football commit (1:55), Recapping Fresno State-Oregon (2:37), Injuries (6:11), FishDuck Update (8:06), Random Tweet of the Week (10:13), Music Recommendation of the Week: (10:27)...







Nick Aliotti, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas talk with reporters after the Fresno St. game on Saturday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

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Tom Ward and Nick Krupke are joined by former DE Steve Baack on Inside the Pac as they talk about the win over Fresno St. Oregon segment starts at 7:50.

John Boyett confirmed to his hometown newspaper that he will have season ending surgery this week. Knew this was probably coming but still hated to hear it. Boyett was a great force in the backfield and a tremendous leader. Get well soon John.

Rob Moseley has notes taken from Chip's teleconference call with reporters yesterday.

On Oregon's final touchdown drive Saturday: ""We needed that. We were kind of a non-entity because we turned the ball over so many times. We needed to put together a drive to finish the game the right way."

Oregon remains at number four in the latest AP poll.

• Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller have a helmet sticker for Kenjon Barner.

Barner turned in a sensational performance, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries to propel Oregon to a 42-25 win over Fresno State.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Oregon highlights vs Fresno St.



• Here you go Duck fans, all the best offensive, defensive and special team plays from the game against Fresno St. Enjoy!

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Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Rob Moseley and Bob Clark talk about the Fresno St. victory shortly after the game in this edition of the Postgame Brew.

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Tom Ward @KVAL talks about the Duck's 42-25 victory over Fresno St.

ESPN shares their wrap up story of the Oregon win.

Rob Moseley calls the Ducks magnificent but mortal, Aaron Fentress says Oregon just a dose of mid-major reality, Steve Summers called the game far from perfect, Anne M. Peterson liked Kenjon Barner's leadership, Ken Woody said the second half woes need to be addressed, ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the game summary stories.

Thomas Boyd has a photo essay of the game.

Adam Jude, Rob Moseley, and Chris Anderson all share their concerns over the mounting injuries so early in the season. Injured players include John Boyett (knee,) Carson York (knee,) Josh Huff (knee,) along with Kyle Long, Tyler Johnstone, and Jared Ebert.

Nick Aliotti liked the play of the defense during a critical goal line stand in the third quarter.

Bob Clark liked what he saw from Kenjon Barner yesterday.

So with Oregon leading 35-19 and 9:40 left in the fourth quarter, the Ducks put the football and the outcome in the hands of their senior running back. He carried on eight of 10 plays in a touchdown drive that lasted six minutes, gaining 65 of the 77 yards including the final 15 for his third touchdown that gave the Ducks a 42-19 lead.

Game over, as it ended with the fourth-ranked Ducks posting a 42-25 victory over Fresno State at Autzen Stadium.

• I'll be back later today with my highlight video of the game so stay tuned.

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Goducksdotcom shares this video which should get you a little pumped up for today's game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Josh S. @FishDuck.com previews today's game against Fresno St.

Ted Miller wonders, did you know?

Since coach Chip Kelly took over in 2009, Oregon has had 60 rushing plays of at least 30 yards, the most in FBS. That’s bad news for the Bulldogs. Over that same span, Fresno State’s defense has allowed 45 such plays (worst in FBS).

• Aaron Fentress thinks it would be agood idea if Fresno St. brings their "A" game so the Ducks will have a real test before Pac-12 play begins. Can't say that I disagree as Tennessee Tech doesn't have a chance.

• Joel @FishDuck.com previews the Fresno St. game where he has Oregon winning 60-27.

Rob Moseley sits down with Michael Clay for a little Q&A session.

Jon Wilner has an update on connection options to the Pac-12 Network. One that interested me follows:

If you have Comcast, every game is available on computers through Xfinity, but Comcast hasn’t thrown the switch — or whatever it does — to make games available on iPads.

(Again, to authenticate: Your Comcast cable system must show at least one of the Pac12Nets. I’m aware that this is a huge problem for fans in Chicago and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.)

* Late note from the Pac-12...they reached an agreement with the Dish Network, games will be available immediately. another option for out of state or folks who don't have any other access is to go here and you can listen live via your computer...you"ll be listening to Jerry Allen call the game...

Rob Moseley predicts Oregon will beat Fresno St. 63-21 and is interested in seeing a few things.

• My prediction: Oregon 56 - Fresno St. 27. Uni's: Helmet Green-Jersey Green-Pants grey. As always I will have a highlight video available tomorrow afternoon.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Jerry Allen talks with the Oregon Daily Emerald about a defining moment in the Oregon football program, the 2000 Arizona St. game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with KVAL Sports Director Tom Ward as they talk a little Oregon football.

Rob Moseley had a chance to talk with Marcus Mariota about his encore performance against Fresno St. and the inevitable.

I also asked whether he's considered how he'll react to the inevitable first interception -- heck, not even that, the inevitable first time Oregon has to punt after one of his drives.

"You know, it's hard to really focus on that, because you really just want to just continue to execute as an offense," Mariota said. "That's something that I haven't really worried about. When it comes at hand, I'm sure as an offense we'll handle it well."

• Matt Walks @ODE has a nice story on how Keanon Lowe has risen from the depth charts to a starter.

Nick Aliotti believes the Oregon secondary needs to step up their game to stop teams from throwing the deep ball.

Is De'Anthony Thomas such a unique player that no one category defines him? Many Duck fans believe so.

• Joey Holland @FishDuck.com tells you about his Oregon football dream team. You might remember a few of his selected players.

• Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell have picked Oregon over Fresno St. by 31 and 28 respectively.

• Rob Moseley names Cassell, Dargan, Lokombo, and Malone as players who lead UO special teams in the opening game.

Rahim Cassell, a 6-foot, 215-pound former three-star recruit from Lakewood, Calif., played on the kickoff and punt teams, and both return teams, in the Ducks' win over Arkansas State. Typically there's only a guy or two each season able to handle that kind of a special teams load, and Cassell was the man to open 2012.

Adam Jude has a good piece on the Oregon offense who score a ton of points in a short amount of time and have bought into Chip Kelly's philosophy of "fast, hard, finish."

"If Chip was a CEO, his company would be called 'Nike' or 'Google,' or something like that," assistant coach John Neal said. "He just thinks so differently than anyone I've ever met."

"You don't rise to the occasion; you sink to the level of your preparation," Kelly said this week.

His players believe that, too.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



The Oregon Duck officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States yesterday. He would like your support and promises bread crumbs for all.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





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

Kevin Gemmell looks ahead to the Fresno St. game and wonders if Marcus Mariota will have another good week.

Fresno State has to be weeping quietly in a corner after watching film of Oregon last week. The Bulldogs only allowed 10 points last week, but that was Weber State. It will be interesting to see if Mariota makes it to the third quarter this week.

• Anne M. Peterson says De'Anthony Thomas makes the most of his touches.

''Whenever 6 touches the ball you just kind of sit back,'' said coach Chip Kelly, referring to Thomas by his jersey number. ''He's a special player.''

Care to take a gamble on getting some Rose Bowl tickets for face value?

If your team receives a berth to the game in December, you can then purchase a ticket at face value. If your team is not selected, the reservation expires. But you're not necessarily out $15.

• Rob Moseley shares his full depth chart based on the first game.

Dale Newton tells us how Marcus Mariota will improve the Oregon offense.

GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready for the Fresno St. game. Learn all you need to know about the matchup.

• Aaron Fentress says freshman RB Byron Marshall received a crash course in UP-RB 101.

With the game out of hand, Oregon became more conservative on offense and Marshall was the beneficiary. His 24 carries for 64 yards gave him a crash course in college football and provided plenty of game video for him to learn from.

"Just getting an understanding of what the game was all about was the best thing for us," Chip Kelly said. "I think he's got a bright future."

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Rob Moseley talks with Arik Armstead about his debut, the transition from high school and Rob also has some notes on Kyle Long and injuries.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





Rob Moseley had a chance to talk with WR Bralon Addison after practice yesterday and WR Dwayne Stanford the day before on playing in their first game as a Duck..

• Oregon moved up one spot to #4 in the AP poll this week after their performance against Arkansas St.

• Charles @FishDuck.com has a new partnership with the Oregonian. Congrats Charles!

• Rob Moseley has news on roster changes, two-deep notes and injury updates.

• Ted Miller still has Oregon at number two on his Pac-12 power rankings but says they gained on front runner USC.

The Ducks actually closed the perceived distance between them and USC with quarterback Marcus Mariota's performance. While it was easy to suspect he would be more than a game manager, he pretty much proved it against overmatched Arkansas State.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Charles @FishDuck.com looks at some of the interesting alignments and players that saw action last Saturday.



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog.



• Goducksdotcom shares the motivational video shown to the team before taking the field against Arkansas St. Good stuff.

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