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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Coach Horton talks about heading back to his stomping grounds to take on Cal State Fullerton this weekend for a 3 game series.

David Melo opens the history book and takes a look at former Oregon place kicker Josh Frankel. David also has a Q&A with the former walk-on turned star as well.

Special teams has played an important role in the past 20 years of Oregon football.  Specifically, Oregon fans, players, and coaches take great pride in the kicking game.  During the great era of the mid-90’s – mid-2000’s rise to fame, the Oregon Faithful saw lots of successful kickers split the uprights.  One in particular saw his persistence pay off, as he went from a no name walk-on to a successful starter who graduated with honors, and remains successful to this day.  Fishduck is proud to welcome Josh Frankel.

Joey Holland looks back with fond memories to the 1989 Independence Bowl, marking a dry spell of 26 years without playing in a post-season bowl game.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell shares their reasons for picking the top 25 players in the Pac-12 for 2012 with some good natured ribbing.

There's a saying that there are two things that you never want to see being made: laws and sausage. I think you can add the Pac-12 Blog Postseason Top 25 to that list. 

The debate between Ted and I was vigorous -- and mostly civil. One time Ted mocked my alma mater for not having a football team. I called Ted the kind of guy who likes his comments and says "natty." I quickly apologized, knowing I'd gone too far. See, mostly civil.

For those who want to see a sneak peek into how the sausage is made, enjoy this email exchange between your bloggers.

ESPN had some nice words for Dion Jordan's performance at the NFL combine.

Oregon point guard Dominic Artis is expected to see some limited playing time on Thursday just in time for the Civil War.

Oregon beat Portland 3-1 last night behind some strong pitching.

Four Oregon pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts to lead the No. 14 Ducks to a 3-1 non-conference win over Portland on Tuesday night at PK Park.

• According to this ESPN Insider ($) article, Mark Helfrich will make it a point to lock down the best players on the West Coast in the recruiting battle.

California has a larger talent pool than any state in the country and Washington puts out a talented group of recruits every year. Under Helfrich, the Ducks are more focused than ever on making a big push for recruits from their nearby states before beginning intense pursuit of top national targets.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

De'Anthony Thomas really gets into his part-time YMCA league coaching role. Really like how he is supporting kids in the community.

• Ted Miller has Marcus Mariota as the number one pick for the Pac-12 top 25 for 2012 which is really no great surprise as he outperformed all expectations. Ted also reviews the complete top 25 for 2012.

It's pretty extraordinary that a redshirt freshman quarterback earns first-team All-Pac-12 honors. And tops this list. But Mariota had an extraordinary season. He ranked first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency. It's reasonable to wonder how ridiculous his numbers would have been had Oregon played more close games, and therefore Mariota's A-game was needed in the fourth quarter more than three or four times....

Dion Jordan impressed NFL scouts, coaches and any others in attendance at the combine yesterday.

• Todd Moore analyzes the swinging gate formation Oregon has used the last few years to get two point conversions.

• New week and new polls. The baseball team maintained their #14 spot and the basketball team dropped one spot to #24.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Former Oregon running back Kenjon Barner ranked among the top ten in 6 of 7 drills yesterday at the NFL combine.

• Oregon took care of Loyola Marymount 6-1 yesterday behind another strong pitching performance by Cole Irvin.

The lefthander from Yorba Linda, Calif., allowed just one run in eight innings, while striking out three and walking none. Irvin lowered his ERA after two starts to 2.40, while allowing just 11 hits in 15 innings.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jonathan Loyd and Tony Woods talk about their 77-66 win over Stanford last night at Matt Knight Arena. It was coach Dana Altman's 600th career victory.

Tommy Thorpe gave No. 14 Oregon the start the Ducks needed Saturday holding Loyola Marymount scoreless through seven innings in a 6-1 win at PK Park.

• Kyle Long impressed everyone at the NFL combine yesterday. Kenjon Barner will be going through his drills today at the combine.

Kenjon Barner talked with the media yesterday and has some advice for the Eagle players.

"Be in great shape," running back Kenjon Barner said. "That's the best advice I can give to those guys. Be in great shape. Because he pushes you to a limit that you didn't know you had.

"If you're not in shape, you're not going to last in that offense. That's the bottom line. During the offseason, you have to push yourself to the absolute limit. To the point where you feel you can't go any further. Then, by the time the season came around, it was a piece of cake."


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oregon Ducks Defense and Special Team Highlights 2012

• All of the best defense and special team plays for 2012. All games during the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy the show.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly talks with the press at the NFL combine yesterday. Typical Chip.

Dale Newton says Chip did one thing better than anyone, prepare players so they're ready when needed.

Kyle Long is getting quite a bit of attention at the NFL combine too.

Jim Maloney opens the history book and takes a look back to 1948 and one of the great Oregon football teams that featured Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback.

The home opener didn't go as planned yesterday as the baseball team lost 7-2 to Loyola Marymount. Second game of a three game series will be today at 2:00 pm at PK Park.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Are you ready for some baseball? GoDucksdotcom thinks you should be at PK Park starting later today.

Kevin Gemmell picks out Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for a top performance honor for 2012.

The numbers: Ekpre-Olomu had just one tackle, but he picked off Arizona quarterback Matt Scott twice -- returning one of them for a 54-yard touchdown. He also broke up three passes.

De'Anthony Thomas takes questions from students at McCornack Elementary School in Eugene as part of a Read-a-Thon Celebration at the school yesterday. Nice to see him giving back to the community.

Ted Miller has a spring preview for the Pac-12 North division and talks about Oregon's "next man up" after several seniors graduated.

Which young players will take the next step? Defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, running back Byron Marshall, receivers Chance Allen and B.J. Kelley and safety Reggie Daniels have the ability and will have the opportunity in 2013.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Horton and J.J. Altobelli talk about the recent series at Hawaii.

Ted Miller lists Pac-12 players who made it on Mike Mayock's top five rankings at every position post as the NFL combine gets ready to start. You'll find Dion Jordan as the top rated outside linebacker while Kiko Alonso is the fifth rated inside linebacker.

• Joe Packer believes we have a good option at backup QB even though Bryan Bennett transferred.

Former Oregon star Luke Jackson is the new head basketball coach for Northwest Christian University located in Eugene.

• George Horton will have a reunion of sorts when Loyola Maymount arrives for a three game series at PK Park later this week.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Ted Miller pegs Kenjon Barner as the number six pick for his Pac-12 top 25 for 2012 list.

Barner, a consensus All-American, and his predecessor and best buddy, LaMichael James, are peas in a pod. Or, if you don't like that cliché, just know they sit beside each other in the Oregon record book. Barner's 21 rushing touchdowns tie him with James for most in a single season for a Ducks back. Barner also is the school's second leading rusher behind James with 3,623 yards. His 5,869 career all-purpose yards are 21 yards shy of James' school record. He got the jump on James when he rushed for a school-record 321 yards on a career-high 38 attempts and tied for a career-high with five touchdowns in a victory at USC. 

While Barner operated mostly in James' shadow for three years, he entered the season as the Ducks' featured back and exceeded already high expectations, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors, which was darn near as impressive as his All-America honors, considering Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin also were named All-Americans. And, like James, Barner, rated the No. 5 available running back in the draft by Mel Kiper, is expected to have an NFL career. Most important, of course, Barner, understated but always insightful, is a member of the Pac-12 blog's All-Interview team. He will be missed by reporters as well as Ducks fans.

Kenjon is also one of four finalists for the cover of the next EA Sports NCAA Football.

• Steve Greenberg says that Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is ready for Marcus Mariota to explode.

Rob Moseley has a nice story on Dustin Haines who might be at the bottom of the QB depth chart but leads the chart in the community service category.

Ryon Healy has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for his outstanding play against Hawaii last week.

Healy led the Ducks to a season-opening series sweep of Hawaii over the weekend. He batted .533 (8-for-15) with two multi-hit games and wrapped up the series with .588 on base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Sean Goodbody analyzes the zone coverage that kept the Kansas St. passing game in check.

Duck fans have made a habit of lambasting Nick “Allow-a-lotti” for his “bend but don’t break” style, but he drew up the perfect game plan against a balanced passing attack: take away all the long throws, concede the short throws, and bet that the Wildcats’ slow methodical drives won’t net as many points as Oregon’s point-per-minute ambush.  He was right, and the Oregon defense dominated a game that was close for only a matter of minutes in the 2nd quarter.

John Boyett and Dion Jordan look to make a good impression at the NFL Combine despite nagging injuries.

• Oregon completed a four-game sweep of Hawaii yesterday as they took down the Rainbows 4-2.

J.J. Altobelli went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead Oregon past Hawaii in the finale of a four-game series at Les Murakami Stadium on Monday.

Oregon returns home where the Ducks will open a three-game series on Friday against Loyola Marymount (2-1). Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Marcus Mariota 2012 Highlights

• All of Marcus Mariota's best plays during the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy!


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Jerry Thompson looks back (1963-1965) at a over-achieving walk-on, defensive tackle Mark Richards.

Richards was a three-year letterman at defensive tackle and offensive guard for Oregon, and in 1964 was selected to the All-Coast first team at guard.

Oregon pounded Hawaii yesterday, 9-5, to secure the series win over the Rainbows.

Ryon Healy and Aaron Payne had four hits apiece and lefthander Cole Irvin pitched seven solid innings in his collegiate debut to pace Oregon to a 9-5 win over host Hawaii at Les Murakami Stadium Sunday afternoon.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Colt Lyerla 2012 Highlights

• All of Colt Lyerla's best plays during the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy!


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Joel Gunderson takes time to reflect during the dog-days of the off-season, on just how far Oregon's football program has come in the last few years.

For now, simply tip your cap to Chip, thank him for a job well done, and wish him luck with his next venture.  For all the success Oregon had prior to the recent four-year run, nothing can compare with where Chip took things.  Four BCS games, with two wins.  A title shot, the first in school history.  Three straight PAC-10/12 titles.  Northwest dominance.  It’s all new, it’s all fresh…

And it’s all here to stay, if things go as planned.

Rob Moseley provides details of the pay raises for the coaching staff.

• Dale Newton wonders if Colt Lyerla could be the bane of the Pac-12's existence in 2013.

Provided he's achieved the maturity to be consistent and stays healthy for a full season, his potential emergence opens up the Oregon offense by giving it new range and variety. Linebackers can't crash the run because they have to account for him. Safeties can't double cover Josh Huff, De'Anthony Thomas, B.J. Kelley or Bralon Addison because they can't [let] Lyerla roam free down the seam.

Men's basketball came from behind to win in OT against Washington St. yesterday 79-77.

The baseball team took out Hawaii again yesterday 5-4.

University of Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy doubled three times and fellow junior Jimmie Sherfy pitched around difficulty in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season as the Ducks held off Hawaii, 5-4.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kenjon Barner 2012 Highlights

• All of Kenjon's best plays from the 2012 season through the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy the show and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller gives Marcus Mariota a "top performance" badge for his effort against Cal last year.

Running back Kenjon Barner hurt? The Ducks vaunted running game bottled up? The Ducks up just seven early in the third quarter? No matter. The Bears ended up getting Marcus Mariota'd. This game, in fact, seemed to provide ultimate confirmation that Mariota was an elite quarterback and a future Heisman Trophy contender. He was simply brilliant on the road in the second half of a game where things weren't going Oregon's way.

• Sam Arney believes Marcus Mariota will be throwing the ball more in 2013 and lays out his reasoning.

• Rob Moseley takes a closer look at the recruiting class of 2011 to see if they lived up to the hype.

The 2011 class yielded seven players who saw the field as true freshmen, including De'Anthony Thomas, in-state phenom Colt Lyerla and even an offensive lineman, Jake Fisher. Those three were among the six full-time starters in 2012 from the class, joined by quarterback Marcus Mariota, offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, all but Johnstone having earned some level of all-conference distinction from Pac-12 coaches.

• Oregon blanked Hawaii 3-0 yesterday to start the baseball season off right.

Behind a strong start from Jake Reed and stellar plays by leftfielder Brett Thomas and shortstop J.J. Altobelli, Coach Horton's fifth edition at UO opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 win over Hawaii in front of a standing room only crowd of 4,726 at Les Murakami Stadium.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon released the official 2013 schedule yesterday which includes seven home games. Much better than last years slate.

Aug. 31 Nicholls State 
Sep. 7 @Nevada Virginia 
Sep. 14 Tennessee 
Sep. 28 California* 
Oct. 5 @Colorado* 
Oct. 12 @Washington* 
Oct. 19 Washington State* 
Oct. 26 UCLA* 
Nov. 7 @Stanford* 
Nov. 16 Utah* 
Nov. 23 @Arizona* 
Nov. 29 Oregon State*

*Pac-12 Conference Games

Year of the Duck? The Oregon Daily Emerald says it's never been a better time to be an Oregon fan.

• As I mentioned a few days ago, Dennis Dixon has in fact been signed to a two year contract with the Eagles and joins Chip Kelly in what could be a very interesting reunion.

• All sorts of baseball to cover the start of the season which is today. Jimmy Sherfy has been named on the Golden Spikes Award watch list; Matt Walks lists five reasons to look forward to baseball and announced single game tickets go on sale today at 9 am local time.

Baseball season is upon Eugene again. The team that came so close to heading to Omaha last season will have another shot. With Jimmie Sherfy, J.J. Altobelli, and Jake Reed, there are many reasons to be excited about the season.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

All 89 Oregon Duck TD's 2012 season including 2013 Fiesta Bowl

All 89 Oregon touchdowns from the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy the show.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley has been away from his blog for a few days and shares links (football related) he believes you might be interested in.

• Have a friend or family member who is a budding artist? has just the contest for you.

The contest, dubbed "The Duck Knows Art," is seeking art that features UO football, measures between 2' x 4' and 5' x 5', and can be framed and hung. Entrants must register by March 1 with the final artwork due by June 1.

Joey Holland says "history shows that going to four straight BCS bowls warrants elite status for the Ducks."

Men's basketball reached the 20 win plateau last night as they completed the Pac-12 season sweep beating the dawgs 65-52 in Seattle.

• David Piper @ATQ continues his 2013 baseball preview with the "hitting" edition. Here is a small sample.

The Ducks were a legitimate national championship contender last season even with the mediocre offense. With a pitching staff that should be on par with last year's, improved offense will be the key to the elusive CWS appearance this season.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley projects the two deep heading into spring practice. Here's two of the position we care about most in the offense.

There were a few tweaks here and there from what was originally written, notably at quarterback given the transfer of Bryan Bennett. Other than that, it was largely the same.

Here's the two-deep I'm projecting for 2013 at this point, in the wake of signing day. Four new additions made the cut.

QB: Marcus Mariota, So.; Jeff Lockie, RFr.
RB: Byron Marshall, So.; Thomas Tyner, Fr.

• David Piper @ATQ previews the pitching heading into the opening series against Hawaii.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregonsportsnet shares some highlights from the recent signing day extravaganza held at Seven Feathers Casino. How dapper is RB coach Gary Campbell?

• Sean Goodbody says the zone blitz helped Oregon beat Kansas St. and analyzes a few plays.

Eight former Ducks have joined Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

Michael Vick evidently is looking to stay with the Eagles under a restructured deal. Will he be Chip's QB?


Monday, February 11, 2013

Josh Huff 2012 Highlights

All of Josh Huff's best plays from the 2012 season, including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy!


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
The Oregon Sports Awards were handed out yesterday and featured many stand out U of O athletes, whether they be present, former or future.

Thomas Tyner, Haley Crouser, Oshay Dunmore, Baily Bennett, Kenjon Barner, Liz Brenner, Ashton Eaton, Megan Rapinoe, Chip Kelly and Erik Spoelstra top the list of winners at the 61st Oregon Sports Awards.

• Dusty Ritter sits down with Isaac Remington for a little question and answer session.

• Ted Werth takes a closer look at incoming receiver Darren Carrington Jr.

The 6’3″ 180 lb. receiver from Horizon High School San Diego will bring some unique talents to the Oregon Ducks football team.  He has the ability to go get a ball in traffic that every team covets, and he does it with a lot of grace that makes it look easier then it really is.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

De'Anthony Thomas 2012 Highlights

• All of De'Anthony's best plays from the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. One of the most dynamic and electric players in all of college football. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

All eight of the touchdowns scored against Cal last year. Enjoy!

Oregonlive has a pretty sweet video of future Duck running back Thomas Tyner's 2012 season highlights

The men's basketball team broke a three game slide to come from behind and beat Utah last night thanks in part to Arsalan Kazemi's emotional speech to the team.

"Coach wants me to be one of the leaders of the team and to talk more, and I realized that that was the time. We were down and we just needed someone to step up," said Kazemi, who urged teammates to show more passion and energy.

"Everyone decided to just go out there (for the second half) and give everything they have. That changed the game."


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud

Ted Miller has a few Pac-12 recruiting superlatives including Mark Helfrich's first class.

Best closer, rookie coach division: Oregon was hit hard by the loss of running back Dontre Wilson, who seemed like a perfect hybrid speed guy for the Ducks' offense, but he opted for Ohio State. Still, new coach Mark Helfrich also rallied on signing day, getting a big pair of flips: Defensive end Torrodney Prevot and offensive guard Cameron Hunt. Prevot flipped from USC and Hunt from California.

• Peter Neal believes Oregon will continue to attack which leads to winning.

The ability to express your philosophy through actions — not words — is a marker of success.  The Ducks have used their commitment to attack to attract kids from across the country.  The coaching staff find themselves in the enviable position of being able to go into living rooms comfortable and confident in their message.

• The Oregon baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll released yesterday.

Jimmy Sherfy picked up another preseason honor yesterday as he was named to the NCBWA Stopper Of The Year Watch List.

The Camarillo, Calif. Native also has claimed a number of preseason All-America  honors. He was named a preseason first-team All-American by the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger, and was a second-team preseason pick by Perfect Game.


Friday, February 08, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Brian McLaughlin @The Sporting News puts Oregon in the "winner" category when it comes to their 2013 recruiting class.

The Ducks juggernaut didn't fall apart, even though coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL just days before National Signing Day. Usually, coaching transactions occur in early December and a program has about two months to rebound. Not so with Oregon. Granted, it lost a few players—RB Dontre Wilson switched to Ohio State—but this class stayed mostly intact. It was small, but full of talent.

Ted Miller reports Oregon came in fourth in the Pac-12 for their recruiting class.

John Canzano shares his talk with Oregon recruit Thomas Tyner.

Five Oregon seniors have been invited to the NFL combine held later this month.

Kevin Gemmell says Oregon filled some needs with the latest recruiting efforts.

The Ducks went heavy on offense, and running back Thomas Tyner highlights a group that is loaded with speed (what did you expect, it's Oregon). They added two stellar offensive guards in Hunt and Evan Voeller and a premier defensive end in Torrodney Prevot, previously a USC commit. There are speedy receivers down the line like Darren Carrington. And they added kicker Matt Wogan. The Ducks were 11th in the conference in field goals made in 2012.


Thursday, February 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Coach Helfrich talks about his first recruiting class (with player highlights.) Video courtesy of the RG.

Rob Moseley and have the final recruiting class roster as of yesterday. Rob has notes and player capsules as well as Kevin Gemmell with his Pac-12 highlights.

ESPN gives Kenjon Barner some love calling his performance against USC last year one of the top performances.

Once billed as the Pac-12 game of the year between the predicted division winners (no, we're never going to live this down so we might as well embrace it), the game still managed to live up to the hype -- even if the stakes weren't as high as previously thought. The teams combined for 1,345 yards of total offense and 113 points.

Barner provided 30 of Oregon's. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, one in the third and two more in the fourth. All along the way he gutted the Trojans' defense to the tune of 8.4 yards per carry. He had 11 rushes of 10 or more yards and he gained the bulk of his yards before contact (273) so give a little love to his offensive line as well. The 321 yards were a school record and it overshadowed Marcus Mariota's four touchdown passes. The Ducks totaled 730 yards and 62 points -- the most ever allowed by USC.


Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 • All the touchdowns vs USC on 11/3/2012. Enjoy!

• Commits fax their letters today so follow Twitter if you want up to the second news, it'll be on fire. John Canzano has a nice piece on Thomas Tyner, worth a read.

Everyone wants their own day. Everyone wants their own moment. And why not? If the adult star athletes are doing it, why should we expect the teenagers to demonstrate more maturity and restraint? All this only makes what Aloha High School's five-star running back Thomas Tyner is about to do make me appreciate him even more.

Tyner will sign his letter of intent with the University of Oregon at 3:30 p.m. -- after school. He's invited anyone who has supporting him over the years to attend. He could have announced early, seized the spotlight, took some additional visits and created some drama over his college decision. But he'll just make a simple announcement, then slap backs and leave the others to line up a row of college baseball caps, giggle and try to make the grown-ups squirm.

• Phil Steele projects the 2013 preseason AP poll and has Oregon at number four.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at recent RB commit Kani Benoit.

• No surprise here, De'Anthony is on the early Heisman radar.

• Kenjon Barner is a finalist to represent Oregon on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 if the voting goes our way.

• Adam Jude reports Oregon basketball guard Dominic Artis is close to returning to the lineup.


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Enjoy all ten touchdowns the Ducks scored against Colorado last year. The Buffaloes were completely over matched.

• Aaron Fentress says recruits are looking past changes and uncertainty.

• Here's a closer look at QB commit Damion Hobbs.

• Matt Walks ponders how Oregon's offense might change under Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost.

Rob Moseley has a couple of recruit updates to share and here's another one.

Ted Miller compares Pac-12 recruiting rankings if commits hold true.

Over at FishDuck, Ted Werth lists five things Chip Kelly did right and Sean Goodbody breaks down how Oregon shut down Collin Klein's running game in the Fiesta Bowl.

The men's basketball team fell to 19th in the latest poll after enduring two losses this past week. Time to regroup.


Monday, February 04, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Dale Newton believes character and intelligence are important qualities in an Oregon recruit.

Fill a roster full of young men who can think and adapt and lead as well as handle a football, and you develop a program with a very high ceiling. There will be some defections and surprises for Duck fans on Wednesday, but the core of this class has the same character and vision they've enjoyed rooting for in the last several years.

• Ted Werth takes a closer look at recent commit Juwaan Williams.

• Running back Kani Benoit out of Phoenix, AZ verbally committed over the weekend.

• Steve Summers and Robby Boydstun talk about the latest Duck recruiting news.

• Dusty Ritter has a nice Q&A session with WR Will Murphy.

Will was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball for the West Albany Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went to the football state championship in his junior year and lost, but they took home the 5A state crown the next year in 2007. Murphy was also named First-Team All-State at both wide receiver and cornerback.

Will Murphy’s story is one of hard work, determination, and selflessness.


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

All the TD's from the Arizona State game held on Oct. 18, 2012. Enjoy.

• Aaron Fentress profiles another high school commit as he looks at Juwaan Williams from Tucker, GA.

Williams told recently: "Oregon and Vanderbilt both liked me at either wide receiver or defensive back. I'm confident in my abilities wherever they want me, so my plan is to go in and compete from day one. Whatever works out to be the best for the team is what will be the best spot for me."

The men's basketball team dropped their second game in a row yesterday as they lost a heart breaker to Cal 58-54.

• Of course I'm sure we'll all be watching some of our favorite former Ducks playing in the Super Bowl today.


Saturday, February 02, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

All of the touchdown against Washington on October 6, 2012. Enjoy the carnage we brought on the Dawgs.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley reviews the defensive backs as we head into spring practice.

In 2011, the Ducks endured an injury to Anthony Gildon and the craziness that was Cliff Harris, which forced freshmen Mitchell, Hill and Ekpre-Olomu into more prominent roles than expected. In 2012, the injury to Boyett opened up a spot for Patterson, who was then himself hurt, thrusting Dargan into the starting job. Those were trying times, but the result is that Oregon enters 2013 with an extremely deep, experienced defensive backfield. If history shows the Ducks should expect to call on their depth due to injuries in the fall, it also has prepared them for it phenomenally well.

• Ted Miller believes Mark Helfrich has made good choices filling out the coaching staff with the latest being d-line coach Ron Aiken.

Still, you'd have to say Helfrich has deftly handled the first decisions following his elevation to head coach. 

Kelly's decision to leave surely inspired some hand-wringing among Ducks fans. These staff moves should ease those initial concerns.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at LB Joe Walker, a JC transfer who is already enrolled in classes.

• Sam Arney profiles several recent recruit commits.

• The U of O has put together some great mini plans for baseball and they go on sale Monday at 9 am local time.


Friday, February 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the line backing corp heading into spring.

There's probably no bigger question mark on the team, with a nod to the running back and placekicking situations, than how the Ducks replace Clay and Alonso. On the field during the Fiesta Bowl trophy presentation, I saw a potentially telling moment — Hardrick and Malone shaking hands, big smiles on their faces, saying to each other essentially, "All right, it's our time now. Let's do this again next year." Not to suggest they're the two sure things, but for what it's worth, I would already have projected them as the likely starters entering spring...

Ted Miller looks at the team and individual Pac-12 highs and lows where you'll find plenty of Oregon references.

• Scott Frost has been officially names the new offensive coordinator and QB coach.

Ron Aiken has been hired as the new D-line coach which completes the coaching staff.

A three star QB from Texas (Damion Hobbs) reportedly commits to Oregon.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at TE commit John Mundt.

• Joey Holland gives us a brief history of Autzen Stadium.

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu comes in at #18 on the ESPN Pac-12 top 25 for 2012.

Teams tested Ekpre-Olomu this year. He passed. The first-team All-Pac-12 corner led the conference with 20 pass breakups, as teams tried to attack the unproven sophomore lining up opposite Terrance Mitchell, and he proved up to the task. He was the most productive member of a secondary that ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Foes averaged just 5.79 yard per attempt. But the bottom line for Ekpre-Olomu is the turnovers. He forced 10 this season, an incredible number. He and Mitchell will give the Ducks perhaps the best tandem of CBs in the nation next fall.