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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Robby Boydstun watches Oregon QB commit Morgan Mahalak as he works through a few drills at the Elite-11 camp held at the Nike Campus in Beaverton recently.

Victor Flores thinks Oregon's dominance might have prevented Marcus Mariota from being a 2012 Heisman finalist.

The abundance of offensive threats around Mariota also reduced his opportunities to be involved in the offense, especially because Oregon was so run-oriented. Manziel didn't have superstars like Barner or Thomas taking possessions away from him. He was the most involved Aggie player on offense by far. A big reason why Mariota had much fewer passing and rushing attempts was because he wasn't the clear-cut most dangerous player on his team.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Ted Miller believes Marcus Mariota might be the best returning quarterback in the nation and makes his case.

As a redshirt freshman, he ranked seventh in the nation in passing efficiency. He completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 752 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. 

He threw a touchdown pass in every game and one interception in his final seven games. He was named MVP in the Fiesta Bowl after leading a blowout win over Big 12 champion Kansas State, which capped a 12-1 season and a final No. 2 ranking for the Ducks. 

He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after leading an offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring (49.6 PPG) and fifth in total offense (537.4 YPG).

The potential combination of stats and wins might be enough to get Mariota to New York in December for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Kevin Gemmell puts a check mark next to Eugene for one of the stops on the Pac-12 ultimate road trip in week five as Cal visits Autzen.

■ revisits Danny O'Neil and Cristin McLemore's record night at Stanford in 1994.

■ Ted Miller says Oregon's (NCAA) demise is exaggerated.

The Ducks, who welcome back 15 starting position players from a team that finished 12-1 and ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama, are laden with star power on both sides of the ball. 

The Oregon juggernaut shows no signs of abating on the field.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nice little "pump-up" video for your Friday enjoyment.

Aaron Fentress believes the Ducks will not miss a beat now that the NCAA investigation is behind them.

The only thing for certain is that the Ducks are now free to flex their wings without having an NCAA investigation rear its ugly head from time to time.

Then again, there's no evidence that it ever adversely impacted the players on the field.

■ John Canzano has a good piece on Rob Mullens taking a stand for what's right.

■ Sam Arney starts counting down his 2013 breakout players for the football team with ten through six.

■ eDuck notes that Oregon continues their lofty results in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

■ For the second time in her career, Jordan Hasay has been named the Capital One Academic All-American® of the Year for Division I Women’s track and field and cross country.

Hasay, a senior middle distance runner with a 3.87 G.P.A. majoring in business administration, was also named as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in 2011. In 2011, she became the first person in the history of the Academic All-America® program to win the national honor as a sophomore.

A native of Arroyo Grande, Cal., she is the most decorated runner in school history with 18 combined All-America awards, two national titles and four Pac-12 championships.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

ESPN's Brock Huard likes Marcus Mariota as one of the nations top quarterbacks.

■ Just about a million different takes on the good news regarding the fairly mild slap on the wrist from the NCAA but I like this reaction the best.

■ Kevin Gemmell has Oregon on the week two ultimate Pac-12 road trip.

■ Steve Summers has good news regarding the 2013 recruiting class.

All of Oregon's 2013 recruiting class that signed National Letters of Intent are currently enrolled at the University for summer session. Oregon operates on a quarterly system and classes for the summer session started on Monday, June 24.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Great Escape

■ Good news Duck fans, no bowl ban and a slap on the wrist. Details here.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Fun video from GoDucksdotcom that I figured you might enjoy with all of you and are those new helmets I spot?

Tako at ATQ shares part two of his "Exhaustive Chip Kelly Retrospective" and even gives thanks to a certain YouTube contributor.

Rumor has it the NCAA will rule on the Willy Lyles fiasco today.

■ You'll find Oregon mentioned multiple times on Athlon's All-America first team.

Who rules the roost in the Pac-12 North (football) for the last three years? Oregon of course. Quack.

Alabama and Boise State have 35 wins over the past three years -- LSU has 34 -- so that gives you all the perspective you need on Oregon (36 wins) and Stanford. The Ducks and Cardinal are among the super-elite over the past three seasons.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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The Pac-12 and the Big Ten inked a six year bowl agreement it was announced yesterday.

The Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco announced six-year agreements Monday for teams from each conference to play each other starting in 2014.

■ Oregon is on the radar for this Pac-12 Ultimate Road Trip in week one of the football season.

■ Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10" forward, is transferring from Kentucky to Oregon as he seeks a 'significant' role elsewhere.

■ Brandon Gruber wonders if a true sophomore could redshirt this year.

■ Brian Flinn explains Oregon's bubble zone read philosophy.

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at Oregon's non-conference football schedule (Nicholls State, Virginia and Tennessee) and has a few thoughts to share.

Over/under on the amount of minutes Marcus Mariota will play in all three games? Ninety minutes? No real threats here and Oregon's starters should be well rested heading into conference play on Sept. 28 when they host Cal. Nicholls State University has been an under-performing FCS squad, Virginia is rebuilding with new offensive and defensive coordinators and Tennessee is starting anew with Jones (once thought to be the next head coach at Colorado). This provides a nice cushion for the Ducks as they transition to game day under new head coach Mark Helfrich. Anything less than a 3-0 start is almost unimaginable.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Rob Moseley reports Thomas Tyner is enrolled in summer classes at the U of O to make sure he qualifies academically for the upcoming season.

It was [guidance counselor Lauren] Randolph who delivered the dire warning to Tyner last spring. If he didn't get his grades up, she’d tell him, he’d be going “D3 or to Mount Shasta” — either to an NCAA Division III school, or to College of the Siskiyous, a junior college near Mount Shasta in North California.

“When I went through sports, everything was just kind of given to me — the speed, the strength and all that,” said Tyner, who goes about 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds and has run 100 meters in 10.35 seconds. “Obviously I worked hard, working out. But I’ve got to do it on and off the field. The gifts don’t come free. You've got to work with it.”

 “I don’t like sitting on the sideline,” Tyner said.

Thanks to all his hard work in the classroom over the past year, it appears he won’t have to.

■ Erik and Robby from eDuck discuss rosters for football camp, Oregon's newest basketball commit, Richard Amardi, future Pac-12 power rankings and the latest in football recruiting in their latest podcast.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Featured today is my highlight video from the Washington vs Oregon game on October 6. Always a good time watching the Dawgs take another whooping. Woof.

How about some new shoes? These custom Nike KD V Elites might be right up your alley although they will likely set you back a couple of Benjamins.

■ Victor Flores believes Oregon's kickers deserve a break.

One or two plays, especially one of last resort that is the field goal attempt, should never be considered more important than every other play before and after.  Obviously it’s heartbreaking when an opportunity to tie or win a game is denied by a failed kick, but that is merely one of countless plays that contribute to a loss.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Don Gilman reminds us to give thanks for the little guys, who pave the way for the "stars."

In so many ways, these players are the most important players on the football team.  Without them, there would be no football.  Without them, stars like Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas could not become the stars they are today.  Thanks and gratitude — at least among the fanbase — is not common, simply because few know who they are.

So while the Black Mamba may get all the attention, players like Ben Butterfield can walk across campus without anyone stopping to ask for an autograph.  Often players like Butterfield and Ebanez only get a chance to play during practice or one of the Duck’s trademark blowout wins.

Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12, this year and beyond.

■ ESPN looks at team receptions and their returning players for the Pac-12 North division.

The U of O has extended the deadline for apparel licensing deal applications until July 8. Also of note is language suggesting they might be re-thinking the $500k minimum guarantee.

■ The Saturday Edge has some Pac-12 North betting notes and nuggets.

■  Ryon Healy has been named 2013 ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-America and first-team All-West Region the American Baseball Coaches Association announced, while J.J. Altobelli and Jimmie Sherfy have earned second-team all-region honors.

Healy, who was drafted in the third round by the Oakland A’s, was a Pac-12 Conference first-team all-league pick while batting a team-best .333 with 11 home runs and an Oregon record 56 RBI. He led the Ducks in batting, home runs, RBI, while also setting single-season Ducks’ records for doubles (20) and slugging percentage (.566). He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors twice during his junior season. During his three seasons with the Ducks, Healy had a .322 average while hitting 19 home runs with 118 RBI, 43 doubles and a .494 slugging percentage. He is the career record holder in doubles, RBI and slugging percentage while ranking in the top 10 in on base percentage (2nd), at bats (3rd), games started (4th), runs (5th), home runs (5th) and walks (6th).


Friday, June 21, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Washington St. 9/29/2012

■ I am on a mini-vacation for the next couple of days (be back for a Saturday post) so I thought I would post the highlights for conference games last season. Next up is the game against Washington St. Enjoy the carnage.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Arizona 9/22/2012

I am on a mini-vacation for the next couple of days (be back for a Saturday post) so I thought I would post the highlights for conference games last season. Starting with the game against the Arizona Wildcats where they were thoroughly de-clawed. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rod Gilmore counts the top five corner backs in college football where you'll find Ifo right at the top where he belongs.

■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ has part one of an "Exhaustive Chip Kelly Retrospective" and he is as entertaining as always.

Chip Kelly came to Eugene in 2007 from New Hampshire, and proceeded to turn Oregon into an offensive behemoth. The Ducks averaged almost 43 points per game until Dennis Dixon's knee went kaput, and the Justin Roper-led Ducks hung 56 points on South Florida in the Sun Bowl. SInce that season, Oregon has been in the top 10 in points per game in every season, including being in the top 3 the past three years. (more here)

Athlon Sports has lots of Oregon mentions in their projected All Pac-12 Team for the coming year.

■ Charles Fisher does an in-depth analysis of QB commit Morgan Mahlak.

Mark Flores has the latest news on recruiting.

Joey Holland wonders if speed will ever trump size.

■ Oregon pitcher Cole Wiper has signed a MLB contract with the Texas Rangers.

Oregon redshirt freshman Cole Wiper, a 10th-round draft pick, has signed with the Texas Rangers for a $700,000 signing bonus — a staggering sum for a right-handed pitcher who threw just 12.2 innings for the Ducks this past season.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ David Piper @ATQ wonders what the 2013 season will tell us about new head coach Mark Helfrich.

We'll learn about Helfrich this season. While we don't expect wholesale changes, we'll learn if he's going to place a greater emphasis on the passing game. If he'll be as bold as his predecessor on 4th down. How he'll handle fans and the media.

But the greater questions about Helfrich won't be answered until this season is over. And the most important of those may be what happens after Marcus Mariota leaves. (more here)

■ ESPN has released their 2014 commitment tracker (I know, too early?) where you will find Oregon trailing USC for the Pac-12. Nothing new there either but it's what you do with your talent that counts.

Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12 team rushing returners.

Here's a reminder of how the teams ranked in the league in rushing offense last year:
1. Oregon

Biggest statistical returner: Marcus Mariota, 752 yards, 106 attempts, five touchdowns
Biggest statistical loss: Kenjon Barner, 1,767 yards, 278 attempts, 21 touchdowns (ouch)

Ryon Healy signed with the Oakland Athletics yesterday for $500k.

"I'm very excited about this next step and anxious to get started," Healy said in a phone interview from his Southern California home. "It's a great honor to be part of the Oakland Athletics. ... I think it's a great fit."


Monday, June 17, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Joel Gunderson believes being a true fan doesn't need to follow the latest trend of being "politically correct."

"It’s a slippery slope. Sometimes in life your team simply is not as good as others. And that’s okay. The key is to stick by them through thick and thin. That’s where passion and discipline comes from. Not jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon."

■ Sam Arney examines the "gut wrenching times with Chip Kelly."


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Oregon reportedly got a verbal commitment for the #1 long snapper in the class of 2014, Tanner Carew of La Verne, CA.

That gives the Ducks six players committed to the class of 2014 — JC defensive lineman Tui Talia, JC defensive back Dominique Harrison, prep quarterback Morgan Mahalak, prep offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby, prep linebacker Jordan Hoiem and Carew.

■ Victor Flores believes some folks overreact when big games don't have the outcome they seek.

■ Chip Kelly's challenges extent to more than just winning football games in Philly.

"When you just walk into this building and you see these pictures," he said, referring to the franchise's all-time greats, "it really makes you do a double take. But it also makes you understand that every time you come to work, there's a standard of excellence that this organization stands for. And I've got to hold that up and I've got to live up to that every single day. 

"It kind of keeps you on your toes and it makes you understand what this place is all about. That's what excites me. I don't know what the future holds from that standpoint, but I know that this organization is one of the top organizations in all of sports -- not just football. I don't take that responsibility lightly." 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Scott Frost is an offensive coordinator to watch according to this story.

Oregon is the Lamborghini of college football offenses and Helfrich has handed the keys to Frost. That’s why with Oregon’s bevy of athletic players on offense including De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota, Frost should be an offensive coordinator to watch in 2013.

Football season tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday if you have the extra cash laying around somewhere.

■ Rob Moseley shares some well deserved congratulations to members of the football team who will participate in graduation ceremonies on Monday.

De'Anthony Thomas just missed out being included on this fastest player in college football list.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller believes De'Anthony Thomas might be the Oregon player that is "on the spot."

■ Pac-12 media day for football will be July 26 in LA and representing Oregon will be Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.

Best Pac-12 stadium? Autzen of course.

■ Jimmie Sherfy has been named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced yesterday.

Sherfy finished the season second in the nation in saves with 21 while boasting a 2-0 record with a 2.25 ERA. He struck out 55 hitters in 40 innings pitched, while allowing just 10 earned runs on 33 hits with 14 walks. He broke his own Oregon single-season saves record of 19 that he set in 2012.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Bowling with the football team and for a great cause. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves too.

■ Ted Miller looks at the challenges facing first year head coach Mark Helfrich.

The bar couldn't be higher. A disappointing season for Oregon now is two losses. The only way Helfrich can exceed Kelly is by winning a national title. He falls short by going 11-2 and winning the Alamo Bowl.

■ Even Marcus Mariota has gone through the "home sickness" that seems to hit many young players when they are so far from their loved ones.

■ Joe Packer takes a closer look at 2014 verbal commit Jordan Hoiem.

Chip Kelly isn't ready to name a starting quarterback until someone proves themselves much to the ire of some players.

■ Cole Irvin will get a tryout with the USA Collegiate baseball team.

The freshman left-hander has been invited to try out for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. Irvin will take part in the team’s training camp June 20-29 with the final 24-man roster being announced at the end of camp.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Ted Miller believes these are the first-year players to watch for Oregon.

While RB Thomas Tyner is the biggest name in the recruiting class and likely to be immediately in the mix, you probably can arrive at more certainty with kicker/punter Matt Wogan.

Mark Flores takes a look at the latest in recruiting news.

■ Rob Moseley reports Oregon football’s four-year APR average hits all-time high.

The Ducks’ APR — a measure of academic eligibility, player retention and graduation rates — rose five points to 963 out of a possible 1,000 in 2011-12. That brought Oregon’s four-year rolling average up to 951, the highest since the APR first began being calculated in 2004-05.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Audrey Wieber believes Oregon athletics is the place to be and I must say I agree.

Oregon’s meal ticket, football, attracts the most attention from fans but isn't necessarily the top program at Oregon. With volleyball making the national championship game, basketball making the Sweet 16 and being knocked out by the eventual champion Louisville Cardinals, baseball getting a national seed for the second-straight season, both men’s and women’s track and field bringing their storied programs to new heights and softball being the number three team in the country headed into the postseason, Oregon is becoming a dynasty. It has even taken to introducing a new sport, acrobatics and tumbling, in which it dominates.

Winner winner chicken dinner. Las Vegas likes the Ducks in 2013.

■ Who's your pick to be the top interceptor for the Pac-12 in 2013? Ifo Ekpre-Olumu leads the poll.

■ Beth Maiman reports that Oregon football has a pretty high standard when it comes to winning football games.

■ Brian Flinn examines how Oregon wins fourth down more times than not.

De'Anthony Thomas is only the second Oregon athlete, behind Mel Renfro, to earn All-America status for football and track and field.

Oregon's two freshmen pitchers were named second-team All-America after combining for 21 wins.

Garrett Cleavinger and Cole Irvin have been named second-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced yesterday.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Athlon magazine had lots of nice things to say about Oregon and a few of its players in its preseason edition.

It picks Oregon to win the Pac-12 and ranks it third in the nation, behind Alabama and Ohio State. It ranks Stanford seventh, Arizona State 23rd and Oregon State 25th. It has the Sun Devils winning the Pac-12's South Division, and Oregon playing Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

The track team had high aspirations that were left a little short as the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field came tot a close. Maybe next year Ducks.

■ Brandon Gruber looks at players who have switched sides like Dion Jordan moving from offense to defense and wonders how some other current players might do if they switched.

At 6′-8″ and nearly 300 pounds, Arik Armstead would be a force at tackle in college just as he was in high school.  A mountain of flesh, he is lean, mean and could be a 3-4 year starter on most college offensive lines.


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ Victor Flores wonders if this was the best Oregon baseball season ever? Here is how the article starts:

"Don’t worry too much about Monday’s loss to Rice. The Ducks had a bad game. That’s it. Good teams have bad games. The difference between good teams and the ones that can’t even dream about the College World Series is that good teams have many more games like this one than like Oregon had Monday."

"The Ducks aren't just a good team, though; they’re an elite one, and they just completed what might have been the best season in the history of the school."

■  J.J. Altobelli, Christian Jones and Brett Thomas were all drafted on the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday.

J.J. Altobelli was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals, Christian Jones went to the San Francisco Giants and Brett Thomas was selected by the Seattle Mariners.


Saturday, June 08, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Josh White wonders who could have filled the TAZR role back when Oregon ran more of a pro-style offense and comes up with a few names you might recognize. Bobby Moore, Dino Philyaw, Keenan Howry and Mel Renfro to just name a few.

■ Rob Moseley reports two JC transfers got added to the recruiting class of 2014. DL Tui Talia and DB Dominique Harrison, both from the Bay Area.

Dale Newton profiles recent 2014 commit lineman Tyrell Crosby.

■ Smart Football looks at how Chip Kelly is designing an offense that works with the players available on the Eagles staff this year.

■ Ryon Healy was selected in the third round of the MLB draft yesterday by the Oakland Athletics. Jimmy Sherfy (Diamondbacks) and Cole Wiper (Rangers) were selected in the tenth round.


Friday, June 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

De'Anthony Thomas talks about his experience on the track team and being faster this year. after participating in the 4 x 100 Relays at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.

Ted Miller has Oregon in the middle of the pack when it comes to Oregon's defensive three-headed monster on the football field.

5. Oregon: LB Derrick Malone, DE Taylor Hart, S Erick Dargan

The skinny: Malone was just thrown in there because the Ducks' linebacker situation is cloudy. Hart is a budding all-conference guy who should get his due this fall. Dargan led the Ducks with five picks, but there's an acknowledgement here also of cornerback Ekpre-Olomu, a preseason All-American, who had four. 

■ Joe Packer takes a closer look at redshirt freshman CB Stephen Amoako.

■ Small business apparel makers will be hard pressed to meet the minimum guarantees for University approved licenses.

Chip Kelly has some Eagle players wondering where they stand on the depth chart this off season.

■ Aubrey Wieber reports that four key seniors will be sorely missed on the baseball field because they graduate this year.

■ Two straight postseason national seeds cement Oregon’s baseball program among nation’s best.

While his teams will likely never lead the nation in runs scored, one thing [George] Horton does know how to do is win. What he has done with the program in just four years since its reinstatement has been impressive to say the least. It might not put fans in the seats, but it will likely continue to bring in top-tier recruits.


Thursday, June 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ De'Anthony Thomas has been named to Phil Steele's preseason All-America team.

Thomas, a junior from Los Angeles, has 36 total touchdowns in 27 career games for the Ducks, who are expected to be ranked in the top five entering the 2013 season.

Oregon junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is mentioned on the second-team defense, and UO junior center Hroniss Grasu.

John Canzano looks at a new way for the football team to optimize "recovery" after a hard day on the practice field.

Who will be the Pac-12's rushing leader in 2013? The majority believes someone not even on the list will the winner. Wonder who that would be?

Dennis Dodd believes the new four team playoff system might just be a place holder for bigger and better things to come.

■ Garrett Cleavinger, Cole Irvin and Mitchell Tolman have been named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshmen All-American Baseball Team.

■ Jimmie Sherfy has been named one of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, an honor given to the top reliever in NCAA Division I baseball, the NCBWA announced. The junior right-hander is a finalist for the second straight year.

Oregon is at the top of the list when it comes to three-headed monsters in the Pac-12.

What the heck is a three-headed monster in the Pac-12? It's about returning production: Elite combinations of quarterback, running back and receiver in the conference.

1. QB Marcus Mariota, RB De'Anthony Thomas, WR Josh Huff 

The skinny: If you give extra weight to quarterback, the Ducks prevail. Moreover, Thomas and Huff are explosive playmakers who seem poised to step into the limelight and put up big numbers this fall. And there's also tight end Colt Lyerla.


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Who will be the Pac-12 leader in passing in 2013? This poll suggests Marcus Mariota will be the best.

Mariota didn't throw for many yards per game last year -- 205.9 -- because he typically didn't need to pass much in the second half. This fall, the Ducks' running game is more questionable and the crew of receivers is deep. There's a sense that Mariota, who led the conference in passing efficiency in 2012, could throw a lot more this fall.

■ Two Oregon defenders make this Pac-12 list of the top interceptors, Erick Dargan and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.

■ Ted Miller wonders if the Alamo Bowl upgrade will test the Pac-12 and Big 12.

Mark Flores has all the latest on recruiting efforts.

The Pac-12 seems to be a direct pipeline to the NFL for head coaches according to this report.'s Ivan Maisel looks at which conferences send head coaches to the NFL and makes a conclusion: "The shortest road for any FBS head coach to the NFL is through the Pac-12. In fact, no other conference even comes close." 

The latest being Chip Kelly of course.


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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The baseball season came to an end last night as Oregon lost to Rice 11-4. It was a good run guys, you'll get there next year.

The Ducks (48-16) ended their season with a school record in wins.

Designed QB runs can lead to trouble and Charles Fisher takes a closer look.

Lindsay Schnell has got a good synopsis of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott's teleconference call yesterday where he talked with the media about numerous topics including news on Direct TV coverage, basketball officiating and limited contact in football practices.

Scott said the conference is looking closely at changes the NFL has made with regard to player safety, and that the Pac-12 would ultimately like to model their policy after the NFL.


Monday, June 03, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Horton and a few of the players talk about the two wins yesterday that keeps them alive for the Eugene Regional.

■ Oregon (48-15) forced the “if necessary” game on Monday night at 6 p.m. at PK Park against Rice (43-18) with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regional next weekend against North Carolina State.

Paul Buker details the spectacular pitching performances that has propelled Oregon to the last two wins.

It was standing-ovation good Sunday at sparsely-occupied PK Park to set up Monday's winner-take-all game against Rice.

Cue the ringing applause: First, true freshman left-hander Cole Irvin went nine impressive innings in a 6-1 loser-out victory over the University of San Francisco.

Next, lanky junior right-hander Jeff Gold stepped up first, shutting down Rice for five innings, allowing just two hits.

The aspiring rapper was lights out, striking out the side in the fourth – all swinging – and rarely allowing the Owls to make good contact.

Then it was senior right-hander Darrell Hunter’s turn to come through big- time.

Hunter retired nine straight Rice batters through the sixth, seventh, and eighth before sophomore left-hander Jordan Spencer mopped up a resounding 11-0 win that proved there is indeed life in those suddenly booming Oregon bats.


Sunday, June 02, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Horton talks about the loss to Rice yesterday. has all the details of last nights baseball game.

The No. 9 Oregon Ducks dropped a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to the No. 20 Rice Owls on Saturday night in the Eugene Regional Tournament at PK Park.

The Ducks (46-25) face San Francisco Sunday at 12 p.m. in a loser out game with the winner advancing to play the Owls at 4 p.m.


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Horton talks about the come-from-behind victory over South Dakota St. last night at the Eugene Regional.

■ has all the details from the game last night.

All-American Jimmie Sherfy pitched the ninth to pick up his 21st save of the season. Garrett Cleavinger (9-0) got the win after retiring the side in the eighth inning. Starter Jake Reed allowed just two runs, one earned, in seven innings. He struck out three while finishing with no walks.

■ Victor Flores sits down with Baseball America's Conor Glassey to talk about draft prospects on Oregon's baseball team.

Ted Miller wonders if Oregon can win without Chip Kelly.

■ Brandon Gruber takes a closer look at the 2013 signing class for the football team and wonders about their NFL potential.

Thomas Tyner: Anyone that rushes for 643 yards in a single game is bound to attract attention.  In three plays one will see the limitless upside this youngster has and why Duck fans are so excited about the in-state product.  Size (215 pounds), speed (10.5 seconds in the 100 meter dash) and a pretty nasty one-cut separated himself from many of the running backs at the U.S. Army All America Bowl practices.

Tyner is the closest thing to a power/speed back the Ducks have had since Jonathan Stewart.  But Tyner has the potential to be as high a pick as Stewart (first round to the Carolina Panthers) was and have an even better pro career.