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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Horton talks to the media after the Ducks completed the sweep of washington 6-0. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Freshman Cole Irvin pitched a complete game shutout to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 6-0 win over Washington on Saturday night at PK Park.

Irvin tossed the first complete game of the season by the Ducks allowing just four hits, while striking out a season-high 11 and walking just one. He only allowed two runners past first base, none after the fifth inning.

• John Canzano says Oregon is going all in trying to win the Aaron Gordon sweepstakes.

Gordon has said he will announce his decision on Wednesday at the McDonald's All American game in Chicago. Oregon is all in. And I'm hoping the Ducks land the kid because after watching Oregon-Louisville in a Regional Semifinal, I believe coach Dana Altman could reach a Final Four next season with Gordon in his lineup.

Aaron Fentress previews the DB's and special team unit heading into spring practice.

Alejandro Maldonado must begin fending off Dylan Ausherman, who also can kick field goals, and get a leg up in the confidence department before three-star recruit Matt Wogan arrives on campus in the fall looking to become the starter at placekicker and punter.

As for the return game, Oregon has no shortage of dynamic athletes capable of causing damage.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dana Altman talks to the media after the Ducks lost to Louisville 77-69. It was quite the run for Oregon and I am excited to watch the team next year build on this success. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Oregon beat the dawgs 1-0 in a pitchers duel last night at PK Park to take game two of the series.

Tommy Thorpe and Jimmie Sherfy combined on a three-hit shutout to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 1-0 win over Washington in Pac-12 Conference baseball action Friday night at PK Park.

The Ducks and huskies wrap up their three-game series today at 7 p.m. at PK Park. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the game.

• Rob Moseley previews the defensive backs as spring practice sets to start on Tuesday.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Avery Patterson is well on his way to recovery, and Troy Hill and Dior Mathis are performing well enough to spell the starting corners if necessary.

• Aaron Fentress takes a look at the linebackers heading into spring practice.

The Ducks have been grooming young linebackers for a while.

"That's another place where we're excited to see how things shake out," Helfrich said. Tyson Coleman and Derrick Malone played in the rotation last season and each started one game. Coleman had 34 tackles, Malone 41. Redshirt freshman Brett Bafaro was a four-star recruit in 2012. Others in play will be sophomores Rahim Cassell and Carlyle Garrick and junior Rodney Hardrick.

As insurance, Oregon signed junior college transfer Joe Walker to possibly play inside linebacker. Helfrich said Walker has adjusted well since arriving on campus in the winter.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jonathan Loyd talks with KEZI yesterday about playing Louisville.

GoDucksdotcom shares their video of the first day practicing at Indianapolis.

• Jackson Long and give you everything you need to know about the big game today.

• Ryon Healy's walk-off home run in the 10th leads to 5-3 victory over Washington.

Ryon Healy has done just about everything during his career at Oregon, but until Thursday night the junior had never hit a walk-off home run to win a game for the Ducks.

That changed when the Ducks’ leading hitter lined a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning over the left field wall to give Oregon a 5-3 win over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game at PK Park. Healy became the first Duck to hit a walk-off home run since baseball was reinstated before the 2009 season.

Aaron Fentress reviews the D-line heading into spring practice.

The only glaring hole to fill is at the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position that Dion Jordan manned. Junior Tony Washington, who had 20 tackles last year, figures to get the first shot at the job while versatile sophomore Christian French also will compete for playing time there, according to coach Mark Helfrich. Other than spot, the rest of the group should offer no real surprises for new position coach Ron Aiken as the veterans continue their high-level of play and the next wave of young players continue to mature. Look for Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner to compete for starting jobs at the 3-4 defensive end spot opposite Taylor Hart. Both also could play tackle or nose guard in Oregon's versatile defense.

Joey Holland wonders if the addition of heralded running back Thomas Tyner will be the spark the Ducks need to break into the triple digit category. Not likely is my thought.

Rob Moseley previews the linebackers heading into spring practice.

The Ducks are very strong at the outside linebacker spots, with the potential to be outstanding. Yes, they lost an exceptional player in Dion Jordan. But if Boseko Lokombo can take the next step in his development, he'll be an all-conference level player. And Tony Washington came on toward the latter part of last season, becoming a guy both teammates and coaches express a lot of faith in, as a leader as well as a productive player.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dana Altman talks with the media about the upcoming game against Louisville. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Aaron Fentress previews the receiving corps heading into spring practice next week.

Running back/wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas, senior wide receiver Josh Huff and junior tight end Colt Lyerla finished in that order in receptions last year. Thomas should receive more carries in 2013 after the graduation of Kenjon Barner but he also remains one of the team's best receivers.

Rob Moseley shares a Q&A session with new defensive line coach Ron Aiken.

Rob Moseley also shares the spring practice schedule.

Oregon's spring practice schedule kicks off Tuesday, with 15 workouts to be spread out over four weeks. Drills conclude with the spring game, April 27 in Autzen Stadium at 11 a.m.

New UO coach Mark Helfrich has said he's considering the idea of making at least some portions of practices open to the public, though a final policy has yet to be announced.

The schedule, subject to change, with practices to begin each day at 9 a.m.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Aaron Fentress previews the running back position heading into spring practice and believes it's Byron
Marshall's time to shine.

 For the first time since 2006 the Ducks will enter a season without a tailback on the roster with game experience as the lead running back. No worries. Thomas is a game breaker with the talent, if not the size, to carry the running game in stretches. Marshall, however, has the size to get it done but the jury is out as to whether he has the skills to be the focal point of UO's rushing attack. He will get plenty of work this spring to show his wares given the lack of depth at the position.

• Ted Miller says that Oregon is the winner when it comes to all sports in the Pac-12.

Yes, the Pac-12 blog is declaring the Oregon athletic department the 2012-13 Pac-12 champions. 

We know winter sports -- hoops -- aren't done, and spring sports are just getting started. That doesn't matter, though Oregon looks strong in those, too.

Who has the best uniforms? Vote and be counted as Oregon is in the semis against the Yankees and were leading them 2 to 1 last I checked.

Mark Flores has his weekly recruiting update.

• The baseball team cruised to a 5-1 win over Portland yesterday.

• John Canzano talked with Dana Altman recently about strategy heading into the game against Louisville.

Jackson Long previews the Sweet Sixteen game against Louisville.

Oregon is a "Cinderella"....really?

Final Four chances: 20 percent

12) Oregon Ducks

How they got here: def. 5) Oklahoma State, 68-55; def. 4) Saint Louis, 74-57

How they've done it: Oregon, the Pac-12 regular season and tournament champions, certainly got slighted by the NCAA Selection Committee with a 12-seed. They responded with perhaps the most impressive first weekend overall, beating a young but extremely talented Oklahoma State squad before a 17-point dispatching of A-10 champion Saint Louis, who many (including this writer) had as an upset pick to advance into the Final Four.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley previews the receivers and tight ends heading into spring practice.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: The robust numbers result in a healthy competition throughout the spring, benefiting everybody on the depth chart.

• Aaron Fentress takes a look at who the likely backup quarterback will be in 2013.

Oregon added two quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class, four-star recruit Jake Rodrigues and three-star recruit Jeff Lockie. Coach Mark Helfrich said he's excited to see how the two redshirt freshmen have progressed. 

The competition to become Mariota's backup, Helfrich said, is wide open and both Rodrigues and Lockie have put in extra work both on their bodies and in the film room.

Neither, Helfrich said, has slacked off given that Mariota is the clear starter and both know that the backup more than likely could see significant action next season.

• Here's a little Q&A session with new receivers coach Matt Lubick.

Charles Fisher wonders who was behind game planning, Chip Kelly or Mark Helfrich and then draws some conclusions.

• The baseball team rose one spot to #12 in the latest rankings.

The Ducks, who swept Arizona, host Portland on Tuesday and then host a three-game series against Washington on Thursday.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Aaron Fentress takes a look at the offensive line heading into spring practice.

The Ducks return three starters with six years of combined quality experience and all three should be back in 2014, as well. In other words, this position is as strong as it has ever been and Oregon should have no trouble filling the holes at guard and continuing to rack up big rushing numbers.

• Oregon beat Arizona 7-6 to complete the three game sweep yesterday at PK Park.

Freshman Josh Graham went 2-for-3 with a season-high three RBI to lead the Ducks’ offense, while Ryon Healy was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Brett Thomas finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, and Mitchell Tolman was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

• The Sweet Sixteen schedule has been set as Oregon will face Louisville on Friday.

Friday's 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regional semifinal between No. 25 Oregon and No. 2 Louisville is scheduled to tip off at 4:15 p.m. PT from Lucas Oil Stadium, with a live telecast on CBS.

• Rob Moseley believes the football team won't mind too much if Arik Armstead misses the beginning of spring practice.

Sophomore defensive end Arik Armstead said yesterday he intends to see through the NCAA tournament run with the UO basketball team, despite the looming start of spring football practice April 2. For Armstead to miss the first week, the hoops team would have to upset No. 1 seed Louisville on Friday and also win Sunday in the Elite Eight, thus reaching the Final Four ... and in that case I don't see Mark Helfrich complaining about Armstead missing four of the 15 spring football workouts.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Ducks get a step closer to the Big Dance as KEZI reports on Oregon's upset win over St. Louis yesterday beating the Billikens 74-57 and then some raw footage of Oregon celebrating brought to you by GoDucksdotcom.

Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and the hot-shooting Ducks sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis 74-57 in the NCAA tournament Saturday night.

Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry Oregon (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when it lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. The Ducks made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range.

Another strong pitching performance and some big hits led to another win for the baseball team as Oregon beat Arizona 5-1 yesterday.

Ryon Healy hit a three-run home run and four Oregon pitchers combined to hold Arizona to just one run for the second straight day as the No. 13 Ducks won 5-1 at PK Park on Saturday.

Healy broke open a tight game with a three-run line drive home run over the left field wall in the eighth inning scoring Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne. Healy’s homer, his fourth of the season, came off reliever Mathew Troupe with no outs. Thomas led off the inning with a single up the middle, moved to second on a wild pitch by starter James Farris (3-3), and advanced to third on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Payne.

Oregon (17-6, 4-1 Pac-12) clinched the three-game series with the three-run eighth. The Ducks will look for the series sweep Sunday at 12 p.m.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Some nice moments (except for looking at BW) before and after the Oklahoma St. game courtesy of GoDucksdotcom and then an interview from yesterday where Dana Altman talked to the media about matching up against St. Louis courtesy of ODE.

Adam Jude lets you get to know St. Louis a little better.

The Billikens have one nation's stingiest defenses now, allowing just 58.1 points per game. They've won a school-record 28 games, including 16 of their last 17. Their last loss was to Xavier in overtime on March 6.

Saint Louis has a balanced scoring attack, led by 6-foot-5 forward Dwayne Evans' 13.7 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per.

• Mark Helfrich said there will be some subtle changes to the practice format for the football team this year.

• Oregon beat Arizona 2-1 in the Pac-12 opener yesterday behind some strong pitching performances.

Jake Reed (3-3) allowed one run while scattering six hits over six innings to pick up the win. He struck out three, while walking three. Christian Jones and Jimmie Sherfy didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings to wrap up the win.

The Ducks and Wildcats meet in game two of the series today at 2 p.m. at PK Park. Tommy Thorpe (2-2, 3.72) is scheduled to pitch for UO, while James Farris (3-2, 3.82) is listed as the Arizona starter.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon went wire to wire and beat Oklahoma St. 68-55 in a game the Ducks dominated. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating the fifth-seeded Cowboys 68-55.

Oregon advanced to play fourth-seeded St Louis (27-6) on Saturday for a spot in the Midwest regional in Indianapolis next week.

John Canzano liked what he saw and believes Oregon has a good shot at making the sweet sixteen.

• Joe Packer takes a closer look at Arik Armstead.

• The spring game will be played on April 27 at 11 am local time and broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.

• Rob Moseley previews the offensive line heading into spring practice.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Mana Greig keeps coming along in his rehab, Stevens steps up this month and young guys James Euscher and Andre Yruretagoyena develop into capable backups.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jonathan Loyd and Carlos Emory talk about containing Oklahoma St. point guard Marcus Smart. Video courtesy of the RG.

The Oregonian takes a closer look at Oklahoma St.'s star player Marcus Smart.

• Adam Jude reports Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis is back to 100% and excited to play in the Bay Area in front of family and friends.

• Dana Altman talks with Jim Rome about the big game today and the seeding. Audio included.

• Rob Moseley talks about running backs as we get closer to spring practice.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Byron Marshall takes another step forward and looks like a viable starter in the two-back situations for which Thomas, in a tazer role, is best suited.

• Ted Miller looks at the biggest shoes to fill for Oregon and names LB's Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay.

Derrick Malone is close to a sure thing. He was a primary reserve last year, replacing Clay and Alonso when they were hurt, and he finished with 41 tackles. Rodney Hardrick saw less action in 2012 than he did as a true freshman the season before, so there's a feeling he might have been hurt more than he regressed (this take courtesy of Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard more so than a vague hint from coordinator Nick Aliotti). Sophomore Tyson Coleman can play inside or outside, but he seems more likely to backup Boseko Lokombo because he's got pass-rushing skills. There's also sophomore Rahim Cassell and redshirt freshman Brett Bafaro, and you'd think JC transfer Joe Walker wasn't brought in to sit on the bench. There are options here, but it's hard to imagine the Ducks won't take a step back on the position in 2013.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dan Rubenstein gives Oregon some love (4:00) when it comes to the Midwest bracket of the NCAA tournament.

Chances of Oregon getting out of the Midwest region unscathed and making it to the Final Four? 0.3 percent according to this report.

Sam Arney takes look at past future and current Oregon five star recruits and wonders if Thomas Tyner will live up to the hype.

Mark Flores has his weekly recruiting report.

The Pac-12 honored De'Anthony Thomas as the men's athlete of the week for his performance at the track meet last weekend.

Rob Moseley looks to the upcoming spring practice starting up giving us a refresher on quarterbacks to start things up.

What we don't know: What happens if Mariota goes down?

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Jake Rodrigues is running at 100 percent and competing with Jeff Lockie for the No. 2 job, bringing the best out of both prior to the start of the season.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Some more reactions to being selected to play in the NCAA basketball tournament from GoDucksdotcom.

Oregon climbed back into the final AP basketball poll at #25 and fans react to the #12 seeding for the March Madness tournament.

David Melo takes you inside the Mo Center to learn what it's like to be a fan at the Oregon Pro Day event held last week.

Most fans are unable to witness the event in person, as access is limited.  However, FishDuck’s crew of fan volunteers went behind the scenes on Thursday to survey the scenery to give fellow fans an idea of the atmosphere.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dana Altman talks to the press yesterday after Oregon was selected to the NCAA tournament.

The Oregon Ducks will make their 11th appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament when they play Oklahoma State on Thursday afternoon in San Jose, Calif.

Tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on TNT.

The baseball team couldn't complete the sweep as they lost to USC 5-3 yesterday but left LA with the series victory.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Jonathan Loyd saved the best performance of his career for the Pac-12 Tournament completing a three game run in Las Vegas as Oregon beat UCLA 78-69 to take home the trophy. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Oregon took the second game of a three game series against USC yesterday with a come from behind 8-4 performance. Game three is today at noon.

Oregon scored six runs in the eighth inning to rally for an 8-4 Pac-12 Conference win over USC on Saturday night at Dedeaux Field.

Scott Heineman led the Ducks (15-5, 2-0 Pac-12) going 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mitchell Tolman, making just his third career start, went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, while J.J. Altobelli was 2-for-5.

• De'Anthony Thomas had three wins on the track yesterday including a meet record in the 4x100 meter relay during the Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field.

Dale Newton takes a closer look at possible Oregon recruit Jordan Hoiem.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dana Altman and members of the team talk to the media after beating Utah 65-45 to advance to the finals. Oregon takes on UCLA today for the Pac-12 title. Video courtesy of KEZI.

The third-seeded Ducks built a 14-point lead in the first half and kept the cushion near double figures the rest of the way to earn a spot in Saturday's title game against No. 21 UCLA.

• The Oregon baseball team opened Pac-12 play with a 5-2 win over USC yesterday in LA.

Brett Thomas, Scott Heineman and J.J. Altobelli combined for six hits and three RBI to lead Oregon to a 5-2 win over USC in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Dedeaux Field on Friday night.

Thomas and Altobelli both went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Heineman was 2-for-5 with a run batted in. Desmond Santos and Shaun Chase both added a RBI in the win.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says the DirectTV talks haven't progressed leaving many with no access to Oregon sports.

• Chip Kelly, known for his high flying offense, is cleaning house on the defensive side of the ball in Philadelphia.

Kelly is an offensive-minded coach, but he was obviously offended by how the Eagles played defense last season. He should have been. The Eagles were soft and gave up big plays. Too many quarterbacks looked downright comfortable playing against them.

So instead of feasting on cheese steaks after arriving in Philly, Kelly is gobbling up defensive players. When rush linebacker Connor Barwin agreed to a contract Thursday, he became the sixth defensive free agent the Eagles had signed this week. Barwin joined nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, and safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley reports on the Oregon seniors who participated in in the Pro Day event at the Moshofsky Center yesterday.

• Oregon beat Washington in OT last night 80-77 to advance to the semis where they will take on #10 seed Utah. The game is at 8:30 pm local time tonight.

Ted Miller is asking readers to select the most irreplaceable player in the Pac-12 North and last time I checked Dion Jordan was leading the voting.

The Ducks have a few holes they need to replace on defense. But when Jordan was healthy, he was arguably the most disruptive player on Oregon's defense. He's projected as a top 10 pick.

Ryan Clanton has been building up his body and his resume while getting ready for a shot at playing in the NFL.

Clanton, a 13-game starter at guard last season, spent the winter as an intern with Hoffman Construction. The Portland-based firm has worked on a number of Oregon’s recent athletics facility projects, including the new football operations center that is slated to open in July.

Until his internship ended Monday, Clanton spent four hours a day on the job site, doing everything from manual labor to office work. The rest of the day, he focused on a different sort of construction effort — building up his body in preparation for a shot with an NFL team.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Oregon beat Texas St. 10-4 last night as the Ducks complete the two game series sweep.

Brett Thomas went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored to lead No. 16 Oregon to a 10-4 non-conference win over Texas State at PK Park on Wednesday night.

• Michael Clay returned to Eugene this week for the Oregon Pro Day with a little more meat on his bones.

• Sean Goodbody wonders if you have ever noticed how Oregon seems to get more out of 2 or 3 star recruits?

Since Chip Kelly arrived, Oregon has done an outstanding job of squeezing more “stars” out of their preps.  Admittedly, a ton of this success has resulted from the caliber of people – not players – that Oregon has recruited.  After all, “Rudys” don’t become stars just because coaches tell them to work hard.  Only special people make the hard choice to buy into the system and work their butts off.  Oregon recruiters have found a lot of those special people.

Brandon P. Oliver @ESPN ($) reports the Ducks are pushing hard to land some of the nations top recruits in the South and closer to home in the West.

ESPN Watch list RB Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) holds offers from nine SEC programs, Boise State, Cal, Clemson, USC and the Ducks. Watch List LB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) has a similar offer list. Like Thomas, Evans received an offer from the Ducks this past week. The Ducks need running backs in this class and they are shooting for the stars. Along with Thomas, the Ducks offered RB Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), who was the co-star -- along with former Oregon recruit and Alabama signee, Alvin Kamara -- in the backfield for Norcross in 2012.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Our long time friend Keeerrrttt1 (Kurt Liedtke) has a Spring Preview for the football team.

How much [Mark] Helfrich can emulate [Chip] Kelly’s system is the biggest question mark entering the 2013 campaign, but with so much of the coaching staff remaining intact after the regime change it seems likely that the Ducks will keep rolling.

Rob Moseley reports Oregon got their first commit for the class of 2014 and look who's joining Chip in Philadelphia, Patrick Chung.

Mark Flores has the latest in recruiting news.

Mel Kiper believes Dion Jordan might be picked by the Cleveland Browns in his latest mock draft.

The Browns had one of the worst pass rushes in the league last year, even with Jabaal Sheard around. Jordan is a long, explosive pass-rusher with freakish athleticism and an ability to work in space. This is a guy you want to unleash in a 3-4.

Oregon beat Texas St. 4-3 at PK Park last night and will wrap up the two games series tonight at 6 pm PT.

Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead No. 16 Oregon to a 4-3 win over Texas State at PK Park on Tuesday night.

Jimmie Sherfy picked up his fifth save of the season allowing only an infield hit in the ninth while striking out three.

• has all the information you will need as Oregon travels to Las Vegas for their matchup with the winner of the Washington-WSU game on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon will meet that winner on Thursday @8:30 pm PT and the broadcast will be carried live on ESPNU.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Former Oregon QB Bob Berry is on the list of candidates to join the College Football Hall of Fame. New inductees will be announced on May 7.

Bob Berry, Oregon, Quarterback - Guided the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons… First Oregon quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards in two different seasons…16 TD passes in 1963 and 39 career touchdowns passes were school records for 20 years.

• Dana Altman, E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi and Damyean Dotson earned Pac-12 honors yesterday.

University of Oregon head coach Dana Altman has been honored by the Pac-12 Conference as the John Wooden Coach of the Year, highlighting UO recognition that also included E.J. Singler on the All-Pac-12 First Team, Arsalan Kazemi on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and Damyean Dotson on the All-Freshmen Team.

• The baseball team fell one spot to #16 as the basketball team fell out of the top 25 and are projected to be a #8 or 9 seed for the NCAA tournament unless they can win the Pac-12 tournament.

• Several Oregon targets really shined (ESPN Insider $) at the first Nike Football Training Camp of the year.

WR Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler): Like he was last year, the ESPN Watch List WR was spectacular again. Sykes won't wow you with his speed, but he runs good routes and catches everything. He has ties to Oregon and a frame to remain a big wide receiver or could eventually grow into an H-Back or tight end by the time he is in college. Sykes can really play and has a knack for making big plays, tough catches and making good things happen on the field.

Josh Schlichter says the Oregon offense has a plan to counter what defenses throw their way.

Oregon might have the only offensive system that is a path of circular logic, revolving around leverage through numbers, how aggressive a defense is in reading certain types of plays, and how fast a defense is making decisions.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Coach Horton talks about the much needed win over the Commodores yesterday at PK Park. has the story.

Scott Heineman delivered a two-run single to left field to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning and give No. 15 Oregon a 7-5 win over No. 2 Vanderbilt on Sunday at PK Park.

Heineman's hit capped a five-run eighth inning for the Ducks helping UO avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Commodores. Oregon's five-run inning came with just one hit, while the Ducks manufactured the runs behind three walks, two hit batters, a fielder's choice and an error and wild pitch by Vanderbilt (15-2).

Chris Charbonnier takes a look at the latest football recruiting class which of course is Mark Helfrich's first as head coach.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Mama said there'd be days like this but it still bites the big one as the basketball team blew their chance at the Pac-12 title losing to Utah 72-62 and the baseball team dropped their second game to Vanderbilt 4-2. There was one bright spot for Oregon yesterday as the women's track team won their fourth consecutive NCAA indoor crown.

Dale Newton believes Marcus Mariota will be the star for the football team in 2013 but wonders who will be the main man to receive those passes.

The most intriguing might be sophomore Bralon Addison. The 5-10, 189 former quarterback from Missouri City, Texas impressed all year with his steady play as a freshman, turning in three catches for touchdowns, including a 55-yard strike against Arizona. Though used sparingly he continued to improve, becoming the Ducks punt returner by the end of the year.


Saturday, March 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Oregon dropped the series opener 4-1 against Vanderbilt yesterday at PK Park.

Ryon Healy hit a solo home run but that was all the offense No. 15 Oregon could muster in a 4-1 loss to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Friday night at PK Park.

The Ducks will host the Commodores in game two of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park.

• Just a quick reminder for all you Duck fans, set your clocks ahead one hour tonight as we go into Daylight Savings Time.


Friday, March 08, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Oregon blew a chance to gain at least a share of the Pac-12 title as they lost to Colorado in Boulder last night 76-53.

Don Gilman looks back at the lean years of Oregon football.

The last time things were bad, they were very bad. From 1967 until 1983, Oregon was an underfunded, over matched, and a somewhat disorganized program.  From the time Len Casanova left as head coach until Rich Brooks again found success, the Ducks went into a fifteen year swoon where wins were hard to come by and bowl games were a distant dream.

It is amazing to think how many years now Oregon has been a truly successful program, and how used to success we all have become.


Thursday, March 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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• Oregon made it official yesterday and formally announced the completion of the football staff adding Nate Costa, Joe Bernardi and Cha'pelle Brown as graduate assistant coaches.

Bernardi worked with the Volunteers’ offensive line for the past two seasons following the completion of his collegiate career as a four-year starting center at Fresno State in 2010. The communications graduate was named to the Remington Award watch list prior to his junior and senior seasons. His father, Gary, is a 32-year Division I collegiate coaching veteran, including stops at Colorado (first year), Arizona, UCLA and USC.

Brown served as an undergraduate coach at Colorado in 2011 and a GA a year ago after completing a four-year playing career with the Buffaloes that culminated in the defensive back being named team MVP and a second-team all-Big 12 Conference standout in 2009. The sociology graduate and three-year starter was at Colorado for the same three years that Helfrich served as the program’s offensive coordinator (2006-08).

• Joe Packer predicts a bigger role for WR Dwayne Stanford in 2013.

• Jim Maloney opens the history book and travels back to 1948 to examine a game of firsts for many reasons as Oregon went to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan.


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Having a hard time getting up on a dreary Wednesday morning? This should do the trick.

Oregon swept the two game series with Cal St. Northridge winning 4-1 at PK Park yesterday.

Jeff Gold held the Matadors (5-8) to just one unearned run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out six while lowering his ERA to just 0.51. The junior from Moraga, Calif., has struck out 15 hitters in 17.2 innings this season, while walking just two. This little gem of a play by Gold deserves your attention.

Mark Flores is back with some recruiting news.

• Brandon P. Oliver (ESPN$) believes you shouldn't get your hope up too much when it comes to recruiting some big names.

Every recruiting cycle there are dozens of names tossed around as recruits who could potentially wind up as Oregon Ducks. While the Ducks have become a high-profile program with a national brand, there are some targets who should still be looked as extreme long shots to wind up in Eugene.


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
No Chip Kelly, no problem, Oregon still wants to be number one according to Ted Miller.

Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost well know that one of their chief tasks is sustaining the culture around the program. While the coaches need to be themselves and not try to ape Kelly, it does help that Kelly took only one full-time assistant with him to Philly -- D-line coach Jerry Azzinaro. There's plenty of continuity, both in terms of scheme and the day-to-day operation, procedures and philosophies of the program. 

• Brandon P. Oliver (ESPN$) says the Ducks are looking for a couple of lockdown corners to recruit in 2014.

With one of the best cornerback tandems in school history on the current roster, the Oregon Ducks are sitting pretty at one of the most important positions on the field. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell are both eligible to leave for the NFL after the 2013 season. 

Both of them -- especially Ekpre-Olomu -- are rated highly as draft prospects at the position. Whether or not one or both of them opt to leave for the next level, the Ducks have a tough task ahead when looking to find their future replacements.

Charles Fisher looks at a new play introduced in the Fiesta Bowl, the "TE Twist."

The bats came alive at PK Park last night as Oregon defeated Cal St. Northridge 12-4.

• The basketball team rose five spots to #19 on the AP poll after winning the Civil War last week and the baseball team dropped one spot to #15 after losing two out of three to Cal St. Fullerton.


Monday, March 04, 2013

Bralon Addison 2012 Highlights

All of Bralon Addison's best plays from the 2012 season. Enjoy!


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon avoided being swept by Cal State Fullerton yesterday as they beat the Titans 9-1.

Freshman Cole Irvin gave the Oregon Ducks the start they needed on the mound and Ryan Hambright snapped out of an early-season slump to lead No. 14 Oregon to a 9-1 win over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field on Sunday.

Oregon returns to action at PK Park tonight (6 pm) for a two game series against Cal State Northridge.


Sunday, March 03, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Charles Fisher believes Philadelphia fans are in for a treat courtesy of Chip Kelly.

Football is not supposed to be coached this way, most will declare, but the NFL will be unalterably changed and Eagle fans will be in the eye of one of the greatest transformations the sport has seen. 

• Dale Newton has some thoughts on how Mark Helfrich and staff might circumvent a recruiting challenge.

The energy and enthusiasm Helfrich, Scott Frost and Matt Lubick bring to the recruiting wars should enhance their results. New defensive line coach Ron Aiken, with 8 seasons at Iowa and six seasons and a Super bowl berth in the NFL, adds further credibility and experience.

Oregon dropped another game to Cal State Fullerton last night losing 5-2.

Ryon Healy had two hits for the second consecutive game but it wasn’t enough as Oregon couldn’t overcome a three-run first inning by Cal State Fullerton in a 5-2 Titan win at Goodwin Field on Saturday night.


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Byron Marshall 2012 Highlights

• All of Byron's best plays from the 2012 season including the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Enjoy!


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

How does the Duck stay in shape during the off-season? How about trying to keep up with the acrobatic and tumbling team. Looks like he needs to spend more time working out.

• O Heroes honored LB Carlyle Garrick recently for his contributions off the field. Nice to see.

Oregon lost there first game of a three game series with Cal State Fullerton yesterday 8-2. Hopefully the team rebounds tonight at 6 pm.

The last surviving member of the "Tall Firs" NCAA Championship team passed away Thursday. Ford "Moon" Mullen was 96.


Friday, March 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon seniors E.J. Singler, Carlos Emory, Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi talk to the press after their 85-75 victory over little brother.

Former Oregon quarterback Nate Costa is joining the Ducks as a graduate assistant coach according to many reports.

Costa pursued a career in law enforcement after leaving the Ducks following the 2010 season, but football knee injuries derailed those plans. He then did some private coaching while also working in TV, and will now focus full-time on coaching, with the goal of eventually becoming a head coach, he said on "Talkin' Ball."

"That's kind of the allure," Costa said. "I'd like to be a coordinator first, get to call some plays, get a little pressure on myself. And then eventually head coaching, managing people, is probably where i want to be."

• Levi Steier goes into great detail explaining the development of an offensive lineman when you play for Oregon.

• Nathan Roholt gives his account of what it's like in the Autzen press box.

• Ted Miller notes the Sporting News' assessment of Dion Jordan as the number six ranked OLB during the recent NFL combine.

He could easily be a top-five pick, even though he faces shoulder surgery in March that could sideline him until training camp. New Eagles coach Chip Kelly coached Jordan in college and the Eagles have the fourth overall pick. The Lions pick No. 5 and need to address their porous defense. Jordan had an impressive 40-yard dash time (4.60) and workout, and some teams believe he can also play defensive end. Elite pass rushers always have high value, and Jordan might be the best pass rusher in this draft.