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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley takes a closer look at kicker commit Matt Wogan.

“I definitely have confidence that I’m going to do my job and do it to the best of my ability,” said Wogan, considered a top-10 prospect in the country among kickers. “Hopefully I am the answer, but at the same time it’s a team thing. It’s not about one kicker coming in, or one linebacker coming in.

“That’s what I love about Oregon — they said, if you've got an ego coming in, you might want to reconsider your decision.

• Bob Rickert reports Wilsonville, OR linebacker Johnny Ragin has been offered a scholarship.

David Melo opens the history book and takes a look back at an unsung hero during the late 90's, RB Allan Amundson.

• Stanford beat Oregon last night to end the winning streak.

• Cory Mandina has a nice article on LaMichael James.

• Dennis Dixon to join Chip Kelly with the Eagles? Sounds like it.

There are strong indications that Kelly won’t waste too much time after the Super Bowl before reaching out to Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon and bringing him to Philadelphia. Dixon, who engineered Kelly’s offense to near perfection at Oregon and had his Heisman candidacy in 2007 derailed by a knee injury, is the only NFL quarterback that knows the coach’s system inside-out and wouldn't be starting from Square 1.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller continues his countdown of the top 25 for 2012 and has Dion Jordan at the #20 spot.

Jordan battled through some injuries to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors for a second consecutive season, playing for a defense that ranked 25th in the nation in scoring (21.62 points per game). The long, lean 6-foot-7, 243 pounder was the most dangerous member of a deep and talented defensive line, the first guy opposing offensive coordinators had to account for on every play. He is expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick this spring, perhaps even getting picked in the top-half of the first round. ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper ranks him 16th overall -- Kiper has him going 10th to the Tennessee Titans in his latest mock draft -- while Scouts Inc., rates him 14th.

• Matt Lubick has been officially announced as the next passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach by the U of O.

Rob Moseley reviews the defensive line as we enter the new year.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at Oregon commit, kicker/punter Matt Wogan, who hopes to make an immediate impact.

Adam Jude had the same thoughts I did when learning of the top ten ranking of the basketball team. Football, basketball and baseball all ranked tenth or higher. Golden age indeed.

David Piper @ATQ believes we should keep things in perspective regarding new head coach Mark Helfrich.

• Kevin Gemmell revisits the Pac-12 North proving ground where Josh Huff is one of the featured players.

He finished with career highs in receptions (32), yards (493) and touchdowns (7) despite missing two games. He was second on the team in receptions behind De'Anthony Thomas and put together a big two-game stretch mid-season against USC and California where he combined for 11 catches, 234 yards and five touchdowns. It was a good year for what he's asked to do in the run-heavy offense.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Oregon has decided to drop the Nevada game on Sept. 7 in favor of a home-and-home series with the Virginia Cavaliers. Oregon travels to Charlottesville on Sept. 7.

Mark Helfrich picked up his third commit since becoming head coach as Juwaan Williams out of Tucker, GA. chose Oregon last night.

• Kenjon Barner and Kyle Long saw plenty of action last Saturday at the Senior Bowl.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at OL recruit Evan Voeller.

• Former Oregon TE Ed Dickson is living his dream.

The Oregon men's basketball team broke into the top 10 for the first time since 2007.

The baseball team enters the season ranked seventh in the NCBWA Preseason Poll.

• It's been a long journey for Oregon baseball player Darrell Hunter as he looks to come back from an injury. (good read)

“I’ll be doggone if Darrell hasn't just shocked us,” UO coach George Horton said. “He’s been one of more consistent pitchers” in fall and winter workouts.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Joel Gunderson takes a closer look at Byron Marshall, the next man in after losing Kenjon Barner to graduation.

Marshall has all the talent to be the next star. The coaches see it, which is half the battle.

“He’s a guy I’ve got a lot of faith in,” running back coach Gary Campbell said.

• OL Elijah George from Las Vegas committed to the Ducks over the weekend after an official visit.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at Oregon commit Doug Brenner out of Portland's Jesuit high school.

• Ted Werth has a detailed report on Oregon commit WR Devon Allen who figures to join the track team as well as play football.

Just how fast is Devon Allen?  Consider this — last spring at the Arcadia Classic in California he won 3 individual events and 2 relays on one weekend.  In his three individual races, the 200m and 110 and 330 hurdles, he posted marks that were all ranked in the top 5 in the United States.  Not long afterward, Allen was named the ESPN’s Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the State of Arizona.  The award is given based on athletic production, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.  Yes, Devon Allen, like so many Duck Recruits these days, is a model citizen, and he sports a 3.60 GPA.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Here are the touchdowns from the Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy!

Reserve safety James Scales has been dismissed from the for violating team rules.

#16 Oregon beat the Dawgs yesterday at Matthew Knight Arena, 81-76 to remain unbeaten at home and in conference play.

LaMichael James' patience has paid dividends as the 49'ers get ready of take on Baltimore next week in the Super Bowl.

“I had a lot to learn,” James said. “I’m still learning. I’m very blessed to be in the situation I’m in.”

Fresh off scoring his first professional touchdown in last week’s win over the Falcons, James is finally fulfilling the expectations the Niners had for him after drafting him in the second round last April following a stellar college career at Oregon.

“From the first time he stepped on the field, he’s been dynamic,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

GoDucksdotcom shares a couple of videos with us. First up is Kenjon Barner as he practices for the Senior Bowl which airs later today. Get ready for spring sports is the theme for the second video,baseball anyone?

Numerous sources say Mark Helfrich has hired Matt Lubick of Duke to coach wide receivers and will promote Scott Frost to offensive coordinator.

• A.J. Jacobson notes the Ducks have landed 4 star WR recruit Devon Allen.

Kevin Gemmell has a Q&A session with Mark Helfrich.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell grade the Pac-12 for 2012.

#16 Oregon looks to remain perfect at home this season as they take on the Dawgs this afternoon at MK Arena.

Adam Jude says the baseball team enters the season with plenty of experience and lots of expectations.

"We think it's highly motivated the group that's put in all the discipline things: the conditioning, the morning weights, the attention to detail," George Horton said during Oregon's media day event Wednesday. "As I said the last two or three years, we're getting close to where we want to end up. ...

"As much as we accomplished last year ... we still feel like we came up a little bit short on some of our goals and objectives."


Friday, January 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller has a season review for Oregon and gives us a grade A.

What went right: A lot. When a team finishes ranked No. 2 in both major polls, tying the school's best-ever final ranking, it's difficult to cast things in a gloomy light. The only way to have done any better was to win the national championship. The Ducks were dominant on both sides of the ball, ranking second in the nation in scoring offense (49.54 ppg) and 25th in scoring defense (21.62 ppg). Most games were over at halftime. Other than the lone loss to Stanford, no team was within 11 points of the Ducks. In fact, eight of 12 foes went down by at least three TDs. The Ducks vanquished their top rivals, Oregon State and Washington, in dominant fashion, and won a second consecutive BCS bowl game, this time topping a top-five Kansas State team decisively, 35-17, in the Fiesta Bowl. What went right? Just about everything.

Ivan Maisel and Ted Miller talk with new Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich in this audio podcast.

Rob Moseley reviews the offensive line for 2012 and looks ahead to 2013.

Matt Prehm has the latest on recruiting.

John Canzano says the Oregon coaches are trying to fend off their Ohio St. counterparts from "stealing" recruits.

Josh Huff was acquitted of DUII charges yesterday.

The Ducks check in at 6th in USA Today and 15th in Baseball America Preseason Polls.

Michael Clay makes the first Oregon appearance on ESPN's Pac-12 top 25 for 2012.

In a league loaded with speed-rushing outside linebackers (note that all three linebackers on the first-team all-league squad were OLBs), it was Clay who we felt was the strongest of the middle backers (we used four LBs on our all-league team, because we're edgy and anti-establishment). He was the emotional leader on a Ducks defense that ranked 25th nationally in points allowed (21.62) -- up from 52nd the season before when it allowed more than 24 points per game. He was at his best in big games -- posting a career-high 20 stops in the Ducks' only defeat of the season -- an overtime loss to Stanford. His team-high nine tackles -- including two for a loss and Oregon's lone sack -- were enough to earn him defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl. It was Oregon's second straight BCS bowl game victory, capping a 12-1 season.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a season review of the receivers and tight ends.

Among tight ends, Lyerla's tenuous situation in fall camp might have forced the Ducks to use one more true freshman than they might have otherwise. Pharaoh Brown and T.J. Daniel both played considerably more on special teams than on offense; they're two talented athletes but didn't get into the offensive rotation in many meaningful situations. Koa Ka'ai's switch to offense showed some promising signs, and he also added value by moving back to defense for the Cal game when injuries sapped the Ducks of depth there.

Oregon and Stanford get some early love in preseason polls.

That's what projects. It ranks Stanford No. 2 and Oregon No. 3. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated has Texas A&M at No. 2, with Stanford at No. 3 and Oregon at No. 4. 

In's Way-Too-Early Top 25, Mark Schlabach had the Ducks second and Stanford third. 

Kenjon Barner had a good practice as day two of the Senior Bowl practice came to an end.

Oregon RB Kenjon Barner (5-9⅛, 188) had a good Tuesday as well. He has a hard time in pass protection because of his lack of size, but Barner works hard. He needs work on his technique in pass protection.

The Ducks took down Washington St. 68-61 last night in a come from behind victory that has them at 6-0 in Pac-12 play.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu talk 1-on-1 with KEZI about Mark Helfrich.

Head coach Mark Helfrich confirms the story Bryan Bennett is transferring.

A.J. Jacobson and Mark Flores look at the recruiting news.

Kenjon Barner and Kyle Long answer a lot of questions about Oregon's up tempo offensive as they get ready for the Senior Bowl

• Jimmie Sherfy has been named a Perfect Game USA preseason second-team All-American, marking the third preseason All-America honor for the pitcher.

Joey Holland has a good article on former Oregon AD Bill Byrne who is responsible for driving many of the innovations and projects around the football program.

“Uncle Phil” may be the most famous donor to the University of Oregon and its athletics department, but Oregon football has Bill Byrne to thank for dragging the program out of mediocrity and onto the national stage.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Aaron Fentress believes that Mark Helfrich faces a daunting task in pleasing an increasingly spoiled fan base but Aaron also has some advice for said fan base.

Kelly's departure should actually reinvigorate the fan base. Going to a BCS bowl next year, even if it's not the national title game, should be a bit sweeter than this past season because it would have been accomplished minus Kelly, thus proving that life at the top for the Ducks could continue without him while he works to rebuild the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller will start their top 25 of the Pac-12 for 2013 soon.

Sources say Bryan Bennett plans on transferring to Southeastern Louisiana, a FCS school.

• Josh Schlichter breaks down the series of plays Oregon ran with one minute left in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl that resulted in a touchdown by Kenjon Barner.

Oregon men’s basketball moves up to No. 16 in the AP Poll after sweeping the LA schools last weekend.

LaMichael James scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday helping the 49er's win the NFC championship game.

Ted Miller shares his thoughts on the Helfrich promotion.

We suspect it will mostly be business as usual. But you only know when you know. Further, the true measure won't come in 2013. We'll only have a good idea of the Helfrich era if three or four years from now the Ducks remain atop the Pac-12 and ranked in the top 10.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Mark Helfrich talks with the media after being announced as Oregon's new head coach then a few players also answer some questions. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Here are a few more articles on the Helfrich hiring from Adan Jude, Mike Bellotti's thoughts, Rob Moseley, various other links by Moseley and

• Jerry Thompson, via, says you can't block destiny as they sit down and interview Kyle Long.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

All the touchdowns (except Mariota's 20 yard was messed up) at the Washington St. game Sept. 29, 2012. Enjoy!

Bruce Feldman and Rob Moseley are reporting Mark Helfrich will be announced as Oregon's new head coach today. Moving to offensive coordinator will be quarterback coach Scott Frost. I like the continuity.

In round ball action, #21 Oregon completed their sweep of the LA schools by taking down #24 UCLA yesterday 76-67.

Other than Chip himself, we might miss Jerry Azzinaro more than you realize according to former DE Brandon Hanna.

“As the years went along he seemed to take on more and more roles,” Hanna said. “By the time I left it seemed like he was doing everything — running mentoring programs, just trying to really develop student-athletes as people and prepare them for life outside athletics.”


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
De'Anthony Thomas performs at a high level in all of the games but when bowl season arrives he seems to crank it up a notch.

His season career totals are 3,483 yards with 32 touchdowns on 287 touches.  His career bowl totals are 509 yards and 4 touchdowns on 19 touches.  This breaks down to a 12.1 yard average per touch during the season compared to a 26.8 yard average per touch during bowl games.  Thomas is great during the season, but he is spectacular during bowl games when Oregon needs a big play.

Oregon has interviewed Pep Hamilton (Stanford OC) for the job vacated by Chip Kelly.

Uncle Phil will be paying for new upgraded accessibility features and landscaping improvements at Autzen Stadium that should be completed by the first game in the fall.

• James Harris and Josh Gibson will be heading for Philadelphia to join Chip's new staff.

Looking for a new house? Here's one you might be interested in.

Carl Blackwell reminds us that we will always be Mighty Oregon no matter the changes.

I’m not torn up about Chip Kelly leaving. We’re going to be fine. It would be different if the Ducks were a struggling program that fired a staff wholesale, and then brought Kelly on board — but that’s not what happened. Kelly inherited a long term stable of assistant coaches – coaches in every facet of team play, that have been here for a long time. They’re still here.

Now we move on. I have a suspicion that we’re going to be very happy with our new football coach and continue the success that Mighty Oregon has experienced in becoming a national collegiate football power.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Adam Jude reports Nick Aliotti evidently turned down the defensive coordinator position at USC recently which is good news.

Aliotti, 58, wants to remain with the Ducks, the source said Thursday.

• More news on Chip Kelly being welcomed and holding a press conference at Philadelphia yesterday and how does his departure from Oregon affect the Pac-12?

The search is full steam ahead for a new head coach and possible a D-line coach as well.

Another day and another win for the basketball team as the men took down USC last night 76-74 to win their sixth in a row.

De'Anthony Thomas will be joining the indoor track team soon. Should be fun to watch that.

UO coach Robert Johnson said Thomas would run the 60-meter dash indoors this season.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Rob Mullens's full press conference announcing Chip's departure and Chip Kelly has a brief conversation as he gets ready to depart out of the airport. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Some of Chip's better moments talking with the media from 2012.

Chip talks with the local Philly media on arrival at the airport.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley provides the short version of Rob Mullens announcing Chip's departure to Philadelphia. Extended version coming up in next post.

• As you might imagine, everybody was talking about Chip going to the NFL after the news first broke. Putting in their two cents worth were; Rob Moseley, David Piper, Mike Bellotti, ESPN and

• Who is the next man up for head coach? Most think it is Mark Helfrich including Ted Miller, Adam Jude and David Piper. As a side note, here is a list of all the head coaches at Oregon from start until present. And if you're up for a new job you can apply at the link in this ODE article.

Just going to throw this out there, if Helfrich is named the new head coach, will Scott Frost be promoted to offensive coordinator? I'm guessing yes.

Current players on the team seemed to be happy for Chip and some recruits have indicated they weren't shocked and are still committed.

The Oregonian picked their most memorable moments (photos) from the Chip Kelly era.

Isaac Rosenthal lists the twelve things we will remember most about Chip.

The Sporting News calls the Eagles hiring of Chip a calculated gamble

At age 49, Kelly could become the league’s next hot coach. Or it could be a hot mess, especially if the Eagles don't get enough players who can fit well in Kelly’s system.

At least it won’t be boring. Kelly thinks too much outside the box for his fore into the NFL not to be fascinating. Everyone in football will be watching—some hoping Kelly succeeds, others hoping he falls on his face.

One thing is for sure, many Ducks fans will be watching the Eagles first game this fall, I know I will.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Say It Ain't So

• Worst possible news in my opinion. Chip is leaving for the Eagles according to this report at ESPN.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Rob Moseley continues with position reviews as he takes a look at the running backs.

RECRUITING: Not that a freshman should ever be considered a sure thing, but the Ducks at least have some reinforcements on the way, at a position of need. Five-star in-state recruit Thomas Tyner has indicated a desire to enroll for the spring, and four-star Texan Dontre Wilson is also committed to Oregon. Tyner had the superior high school statistics, setting state records with 643 yards in a game and 3,402 in his senior season.

Kevin Gemmell takes an early look at the 2013 Heisman race for the Pac-12 and his list includes Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

Three former Ducks earned NFL All-Pro honors recently, Haloti Ngata, Max Unger and Jairus Byrd.

Ted Miller has some high expectations for Oregon next year in his bold predictions.

The Pac-12 will dethrone the SEC and win the final BCS national title: The SEC's streak of seven national titles will come to an end in an appropriate place: the Rose Bowl. But who will do the honors, ruining Alabama and Nick Saban's hopes for a three-peat? 

That team will be Oregon: The Ducks have a lot of nice pieces coming back in 2013 -- 15 position players -- but the key one will be Heisman Trophy-winning QB Marcus Mariota. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning

• Now that football over De'Anthony Thomas has a little more free time. Pretty cool that he is helping coach a local YMCA kids team. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Rob Moseley has a season review for the quarterbacks and looks ahead to this year.

ENTERING SPRING: With Mariota coming off an all-conference season in which he was named Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year, there's no quarterback competition to worry about this year. The looming question will be the status of Bennett, who is still considering whether his future is with the Ducks, and told CSNNW recently he could only commit to the team through the spring. There has also been speculation a position switch could be looming; he's a gifted athlete with the potential to play receiver and safety, though the Ducks have solid returning depth at both positions. That makes it tough to envision Bennett cracking the two-deep at either spot, and in that case, what's the point of switching? The other thing to watch in the spring game will be the development of Rodrigues and Lockie, who could be competing for the job of backing up Mariota come fall.

Charles Fisher analyzes the "no-read" inside zone play used in the Fiesta Bowl.

If you could put a monetary value on the Oregon Duck football team they would be the most valuable in the Pac-12 according to this report.

The Oregon Duck basketball team cracked the top 25 for the first time in quite awhile.

Oregon joined the The Associated Press Top 25 Monday morning at No. 21 after sweeping the Arizona schools at home. It's the Ducks' first ranking since December 2007.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Jerry Thompson sits down with Oregon running back Kenjon Barner for a Q&A session.

Q: What would you like to do after football?

A: I want to get involved with the FBI.  I've been intrigued by that for years now, so that’s definitely something I want to at least have the opportunity to do.

• Ted Werth takes a closed look at TE recruit John Mundt.

The Oregon men's basketball team took care of Arizona St. last night, 68-65, and now stands at 14-2, 12-0 at home. They should be in the top 25 when the latest polls are released.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

All of the touchdowns from the Arizona game on September 2. I will be doing individual plays for all the conference games from the 2012 season and after I do that some season highlights for select players so stay tuned.

• Steve Summers, Robby Boydstun and Bob Rickert have some recruiting news.

• Joel Gunderson believes De'Anthony will be in for a bigger role in 2013.

I’m not asking for De'Anthony to run the ball 15 times per game.  His most effective tool — his speed in and out of cuts — would be lost by the third quarter.  Where Thomas can have the biggest impact is in the passing game, which figures to see a huge uptick in 2013.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

GoDuckdotcom shares the video shown to the team before the Fiesta Bowl. Pretty sweet.

• Sophomore LB Anthony Wallace has decided to seek more playing time by transferring to a different school and Nic Purcell, a junior college recruit from New Zealand, has hit a snag in his recruitment process and is appealing to the NCAA.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller debate on whether Chip Kelly made the right decision to return to Oregon or did he miss his chance with the NFL. Here's Kevin's thoughts.

Chip Kelly is more than a coach. He's a symbol of all things Oregon. He symbolizes speed, ingenuity and innovation. Some might even say, logistics. 

That's why his return to Oregon is more important than any player -- or group of players -- returning to their respective teams for one more year. Kelly's return, while technically not a return since he never left, is a symbol of stability for a program that is sure to once again be in the national championship conversation next year, the year after that and the year after that.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

KEZI and ESPN share highlights from last nights huge win as Oregon took down previously unbeaten Arizona 70-66.

The Oregon Daily Emerald has some nice photos from the basketball game and Nike unveiled an all Oregon version of the ever popular Air Jordan brand shoes.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Molly Blue @The Oregonian provides the blooper reel of Aaron Fentress and Adam Jude trying to provide Oregon updates. has posted the 2013 football schedule where you'll notice seven home games with Tennessee highlighting the non-conference schedule.

Ted Miller analyzes and has some notes on the Pac-12 schedule for 2013.

• Mark Schlabach @ESPN has your 2012 All-Bowl team where you'll find Erick Dargan and De'Anthony Thomas.

Mel Kiper rates the Pac-12 NFL prospects where you'll find a couple of familiar names.

Kevin Gemmell has your All Pac-12 Bowl team where there are a couple of Oregon players.

Matt Prehm has a recruiting update.

• Ready for some baseball? GoDuckdotcom provides a little motivation.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Some classic Chip Kelly moments from the previous season as compiled by Molly Blue and the staff at the Oregonian.

Kevin Gemmell outlines what we learned as far as the Pac-12 bowl games go. Yeah, Oregon is damn good and maybe even better next year.

Ted Miller lists the key returning players in the Pac-12 next year.

• A.J. Jacobson @DSA has a recruiting update.

The UPS ad featuring Chip Kelly has only increased exposure for the University and the football program.

Aaron Fentress previews and grades the 2013 team saying the potential is there for another great season.

• Could Oregon be on the cover of the next EA Sports NCAA Football game? Possibly.

ESPN's Rece Davis sits down for a little Q&A session with Matt Walks @ODE.

Q: With a young offense and Kelly back on the sidelines, how do the Ducks stack up next year in your earliest of preseason polls?

A: For me, Oregon starts next season where they ended this season — national championship contenders.

I was a little disappointed I didn't get quite the love in the Pacific Northwest in the preseason that I thought I had earned by picking Oregon to win the national championship this year. Notre Dame, going into the BCS Championship Game, deserved to be there — the most deserving team. The best teams from the start of fall practice to the very end were Alabama and Oregon. Two different things.


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller wraps up the final 2012 Pac-12 power rankings where you'll find Oregon in second. Of course in 2013 you'll find Oregon at #1.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach has Oregon at #2 in his preseason poll and the Heisman Pundit lists Oregon at #3.

Over at Mark Flores has all the latest recruiting news and Peter Neal compares Chip Kelly to Christopher Nolan.


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

KEZI provided the video above as Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens talks with the media about Chip Kelly returning to Oregon.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Kevin Gemmell reminds us that although the Pac-12 only went 4-4 in bowl games, they did go 2-0 in the bowl games that matter the most, the BCS games. And that is a very good thing.

Oregon finishes at number two for only the second time in school history after Notre Dame got embarrassed last night.

Charles Fisher analyzes a few throwback plays Chip threw at K-State.

• Tyler Johnstone was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American team yesterday.

Rob Moseley reflects on the 12-1 season.

• A.J. Jacobson believes Kelly's decision to stay will have a positive impact on recruiting.

John Canzano offers his opinion on why Chip decided to stay as did some students on campus. Oregon AD Rob Mullens is glad to have Chip back in the fold as well.

Ted Miller weighs in on Chip deciding to stay at Oregon instead of going to the NFL . Be sure to check it out, very good read. Here's a sample.

The immediate reaction in some quarters to Kelly's return -- other than surprise from just about everyone -- is that Kelly can't keep doing it like this, both with NFL folks and with Oregon. 

Both sides, it is reasoned, will get tired of the fickleness. Does Kelly want to be Oregon's coach? Or does he want to be something else? He must decide! 

No, he doesn't. Kelly can do what he wants as long as he keeps winning with panache. When everyone knows you are one of the best living football coaches, you can write your own ticket.


Monday, January 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

ESPN and KEZI reported last night that Chip Kelly will remain at Oregon for the foreseeable future. Nice  to finally get this put to rest. No more being glued to Twitter and sources at the U of O confirmed the report as well.

Dusty Ritter has a Q&A with senior punter Jackson Rice.Here is just one exchange.

Q: What would you like to do after football?

A: I’d love to stay involved in sports. No matter what I’m doing, I’ll probably try to coach or do something like that on the side. Football was my first love and that’s always going to be in my life. I've gotten my degree in three and a half years, so I’m ready for whatever I need to do.


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Chip Kelly's dinner meeting with the Browns yesterday was cancelled because of an extended lunch meeting with the Eagles. No final word has been announced as of this morning. Indications are the Bills are out of the mix.

Rob Moseley has some roster updates while we wait on Kelly to make a decision.

Joel Gunderson believes Oregon football will be in good hand under Mark Helfrich if and when Kelly goes to the NFL.

If Helfrich takes what he has learned and is able to see his plan through, Oregon’s dominance can continue. He has the players, the facilities, and the backing. The plate has been handed to him, full of all the fixings he needs.

It’s up to him to serve it.


Saturday, January 05, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

One Oregon fan really doesn't want Chip to go to the NFL. Good job Mat Kearney.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

ESPN talks about Chip Kelly and his meeting with the Browns yesterday. No formal decision has been reached as Kelly wants to meet with the Eagles and Bills before deciding anything.

Ted Miller and David Ubben and debate the merits of the Pac-12 and Big 12 after the two leagues played three bowl games, with the Big 12 taking two victories.

Aaron Fentress believes Chip should do what's best for Chip.

• Winning the Fiesta Bowl is boring? Maybe, but isn't that a result of watching Oregon dominate the last four years? I even heard it from a family member (yeah, you Chuck) just as Ted Miller heard it Thursday night.

At least two people whispered the unthinkable to me after the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. 

"That," they said, "was a boring game." 

That, I realized after some pondering, is what happens when the superior team plays an outstanding game: 35-17 is what happens when Oregon plays well in all three phases 


Friday, January 04, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Chip Kelly, Michael Clay, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas talk with the media after the victory last night. Video courtesy of ODE and the RG.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KEZI share their post game coverage after an impressive 35-17 win for the Ducks.

• The game couldn't have started any better. De'Anthony taking it to the house on the opening kickoff and then a two point conversion to top it off. Oregon never trailed and finished the season 12-1.

Game coverage stories abound and here are just some of them. Steve Summers was impressed with the defense; John Marshall calls the Oregon backfield a three-headed monster; Ted Miller focused on what's next for the team and their coach; Ken Woody called it a smack down; Rob Moseley calls the Ducks a lean machine; Nathan Roholt called it a fast, hard finish to the season; Matt Walks looks at the numbers; Aaron Fentress has a slideshow and the keys to the win; and ESPN wrap up the coverage.

The Oregon Daily Emerald took some outstanding photos during the game.

Charles Fisher analyzes some key plays that led to a victory.

Marcus Mariota set a new, Oregon single season touchdown record with 38 and the defense set a team record 26 interceptions for the season.

Bob Clark writes a nice tribute to Kenjon Barner and calls him a runner for the ages.

Chip Kelly had some nice words for Mark Helfrich.

Rob Moseley believes Chip Kelly's NFL search will be a fast one and if does head for the NFL, Ken Goe says no shortcuts should be taken finding a replacement.

• John Canzano says we shouldn't forget what Chip Kelly tried to teach us if he does decide to go to the NFL. (must read)

Here came Kelly rushing down the corridor of the University of Phoenix Stadium 15 minutes later, leading an entourage toward the postgame media news conference. He had running back Kenjon Barner trailing him, and freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota behind that. Also, Nike founder Phil Knight was hurrying along, trying to keep up. And former Duck Ahmad Rashad was somewhere in there, too. And actor Ty Burrell, better known as Phil Dunphy from "Modern Family" was going stride for stride. And in a moment like that, it hits you square between the eyes.

Kelly was right -- a football program should never be about one guy...Not even the guy leading that walk.

I will never forget the sound of all those footsteps coming from the people running down that corridor on Thursday.

Next man in, right coach?


Thursday, January 03, 2013

Pre-game stories

The KATU crew talks about Chip Kelly and then takes a look at a few creative Duck fans.

Ted Miller has a short preview to the Fiesta Bowl and lists the keys to the game for Oregon.

Sharon Katz has ten Fiesta Bowl stats you should know.

Ken Goe believes Chip Kelly has the center stage on game day.

Wade Evanson says it's game day all night long.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller both predict an Oregon victory.

Rob Moseley predicts a 14 point Oregon victory and will be interested to see....

...just how much Nick Aliotti can contain Klein. Aliotti likes nothing more than to face a power running game. For him, it's true, honest football, mano a mano, may the best man win. And the Wildcats figure to run right into the teeth of the UO defense, with their big quarterback Klein. Oregon's swarming defense figures to get a boost today with the return of nose guard Wade Keliikipi, which only enhances the Ducks' chances of stopping the run.


Morning Mud: Bonus Video

The Oregon Duck makes a grand entrance at the Oregon Pep Rally yesterday. Video courtesy of ODE.

ESPN previews the Fiesta Bowl.

Some sights and sounds from the Oregon Pep Rally held yesterday.

KEZI aired their Fiesta Bowl preview show last night and was kind enough to share for the online viewers.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly held one more press conference before the big game today and side-stepped questions regarding his future. Video courtesy of ODE.

Many outlets are reporting the Cleveland Browns will be meeting with Chip this Friday regarding their opening for a head coach.

Ted Miller believes, along with many others, that Mark Helfrich will be the likely successor to Chip Kelly if he does leave for the NFL.

Rob Moseley reports it is very difficult for the injured players to sit on the sidelines while their teammates play in the Fiesta Bowl.

Matching up the head coaches in the Fiesta Bowl ends in a draw.

Kyle Long accepted a late invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Joey Holland looks back at some of the best bowl performances by an Oregon player.

Joel Gunderson previews today's game and has Oregon winning 45-34.

My prediction: Oregon 42 - KSU 28

Ted Miller compares Colin Klein and Marcus Mariota and decides they're the same but different.

Both Fiesta Bowl quarterbacks earned first-team all-conference honors. Both are dual threats. Both are humble guys who inspire effusive praise from coaches and teammates. 

But Kansas State's Collin Klein and Oregon's Marcus Mariota are not exactly spitting images of each other.

The player who does what makes him special better is likely to be on the winning team.


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

The Oregon Duck goes ice skating at the team hotel and the cheer squad goes hiking in the desert. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom.

Duck Fan Perspective Oregon vs. USC 2012 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

Fowlplay2010 shares a fan perspective video of the USC game.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KEZI reports from the desert and talks to a few of the seniors who will be playing their last game tomorrow.

• Ken Goe believes the Ducks and Chip Kelly are defined by their ability to live in the moment.

“You literally take each and every day as an opportunity to get better and improve yourself,” UO offensive line coach Steve Greatwood said. “I honestly can’t recall a bad or lackluster practice we've had in recent history. From that standpoint, being in these types of games is the proof to ourselves and to our players that, hey, the philosophy works.”

And not just for football players. “Win The Day” can be a life lesson that applies equally to athletes, business leaders and street cleaners.

Kiko Alonso has taken a tumultuous path in his career at Oregon.

Dusty Ritter has a Q&A session with four year starter turned sideline coach Carson York.

Adam Jude continues looking at defining moments of the 2012 season and has the USC game at number eight.

Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota will be chasing several records in the final game of the season.

• Will the "squishy" and sometimes slippery field at the stadium be an issue like it was two years ago? Not according to this report.

• John Canzano declares "who cares where Chip Kelly goes; where Oregon goes next matters more."

• Aaron Fentress notes when comparing specials teams groups K-State has the advantage.

The Oregon Daily Emerald grades Oregon and K-State coaches and calls it a draw.

• Rob Moseley wonders if Marcus Mariota is having the best freshman season ever for an Oregon quarterback.

“His decision-making is so far above most freshmen it’s incredible,” Tom Osborne said. “He does things from a decision-making process and managing the game that’s better than a lot of guys who have played the game for four or five years.


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Members of the team take a side trip to a local children's hospital, the band practices and Chip Kelly, Nick Aliotti, Dion Jordan, Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas talk with reporters at the media day event. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom and Oregon Daily Emerald.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KEZI shares their media day coverage where they ask questions of both teams and head coaches.

• Josh Schlichter breaks down what he believes will be Chip Kelly's game plan for the Fiesta Bowl.

With a good performance from Oregon’s wide receivers to start the game, the Ducks’ interior running game is just as good if not better than Baylor’s, which had no problems racking up yards against the Wildcats.  If the Ducks can keep the Wildcat defense from adding attention to the run with quick screens and simple passing routes, Oregon should be able to operate with great efficiency in between the tackles with more inside zone plays than outside zone or sweep read plays.

The Oregon Daily Emerald shares some photos from the media day event.

Thomas Boyd shares his favorite photos from 2012.

Adam Jude continues looking at ten moments that shaped the season and has the 49-0 Arizona victory at number seven.

Nice story from John Canzano on one Oregon player nobody ever notices but works just as hard as anyone on the team.

• Today's matchup pits the Oregon wide receivers versus the K-Stae defensive backs. Split decision according to the two reporters.

• Ryan Clanton and Kenjon Barner reflect on their spent in Eugene and playing for the Ducks.

“It’s very rare an entire community is as loving, caring and giving as Eugene,” Barner said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind community.” “You don’t get to see a city as clean with wildlife that beautiful every day,” Clanton said.

The seniors have a little time to figure out where they’re headed next. For now, their full attention is on K-State.

“This is it — this is the big one,” Clanton said.