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Friday, May 31, 2013

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George Horton and starting pitcher for Friday night's game, Jake Reed, talk about the Regionals being held at PK Park starting today.

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Ready for a little baseball? Here's a little something to get you primed for the action at PK Park later today.

■ Jimmie Sherfy has been named a Louisville Slugger second-team All-American, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced yesterday.

Adam Jude wonders if Christian Jones could be the X factor for the Ducks this post season.

■ J.J. Altobelli would like nothing better than earning a trip to Omaha.

“It’s the best case scenario,” Altobelli said. “You can’t really ask for having anything else. Having the national seed is great but we still need to take care of business and reach our end goal which is go to Omaha. As a senior, that’s all I can ask for.”

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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The Pac-12 Conference announced several new TV times for the 2013 football season yesterday.

The Ducks' Aug. 31 opener vs. Nicholls State at Autzen Stadium will kickoff at 1 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1, while UO's much anticipated clash with Tennessee on Sept. 14 is slated for 12:30 p.m. PT and will be carried by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Oregon's final home game of the regular season - the 117th edition of the Civil War vs. Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 29 - will kickoff at 4 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1.

Other confirmed television selections involving the Ducks are Oregon at Stanford Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN, and the Sept. 28 home game vs. Cal and Oct. 5 road contest at Colorado, both on Pac-12 Networks with times to be determined.

Oregon's non-conference road game at Virginia on Sept. 7 was previously announced as a 12:30 p.m. PT start on ABC and ESPN2.

David Melo sits with former DE Darrell Wright who played in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl for a Q&A session.

Jake Reed will be the starting pitcher for Oregon when they take on South Dakota St. tomorrow night at PK Park to officially launch the post season.

"It's going to be great to be back in front of our fans and get the opportunity to make another big run. It starts Friday with me and our guys, and I'm really excited."

Several Oregon baseball players were selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team yesterday.

2013 All-Conference Oregon Team
NamePositionYearSchool




J.J. AltobelliSSSr.Oregon
Ryon Healy1BJr.Oregon
Tommy ThorpeLHPSo.Oregon
Jimmie Sherfy (2)RHPJr.Oregon




John Canzano wouldn't mind seeing a Civil War in Omaha.

If the Ducks can win the Regional, and a Super Regional, they may get an opportunity to meet the No. 3 overall seed Beavers beav trash and give this state what would be the most electric college baseball event in our history.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





GoDucksdotcom uploaded these two videos yesterday. The first one recaps the 2012 season with some great footage and the second looks at the Spring Game through the eyes of a few veterans. Good stuff, enjoy!

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Ted Miller thinks it's good to be Oregon in his "one good thing" video.

Mark Flores has the latest news on recruiting.

■ Victor Flores looks at the two-way brilliance of J.J. Altobelli.

There’s no doubt that Altobelli can do everything on defense, but then you look at his hitting and base running abilities, and you realize he can do just about anything on a baseball field (lack of power hitting being his one flaw). He might be more valuable to his team than anyone can imagine.

■ Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy is one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced recently.

The right-hander enters the NCAA Eugene Regional this week second in saves during the 2013 season with 20, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.67 ERA.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



George Horton talks about being chosen the #8 national seed.

Adam Jude takes a closer look at the Eugene Regional which begins this Friday at PK Park.

Games begin Friday at PK Park in the double-elimination format. Rice and San Francisco will play at 2 p.m., and Oregon vs. South Dakota State will follow at 6 p.m.

The first-round winners will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday and the first-round losers will play at 2 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the remaining one-loss teams will play at noon; the last undefeated team will then play at 4 p.m. against the winner of Sunday's first game. 

If necessary, a regional championship game will be played Monday.

All games will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Charles Fisher breaks down a few plays that helped Oregon to a 62-51 victory over USC last year.

Oregon earned a number eight national seed honor it was announced yesterday.

The Ducks, who earned a top-eight national seed for the second straight season, are led by a pitching staff that finished 17th in the nation in earned run average (2.79), 16th in hits allowed per nine innings (7.72) and ranks 23rd in WHIP (1.21). The Ducks also lead the country in sacrifice bunts with 92 and are fifth in fielding percentage (.981).

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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■ After some nagging concerns regarding academics it seems Thomas Tyner is about ready to be cleared for takeoff.

Earlier in the week Tyner tweeted he had gotten his SAT score back and the results were positive.

"I did it," Tyner said. "I got my results back on the 23rd and I improved my score enough I shouldn't have any issues getting into school.

The Oregon ladies lost their Super Regional finale to Nebraska yesterday 4-2 which ends their season.

The men lost their season finale to Utah yesterday 10-3 but were picked by the NCAA to host the Regionals which will be held between May 31 and June 3 at PK Park.

By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Oregon’s football contingent qualified for the NCAA Championships in the men’s 4x100 relay yesterday in Austin, TX.

Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and De’Anthony Thomas were fourth in their heat in a season best 39.96, but were able to advance to Eugene based on time thanks to a strong anchor leg by Thomas. That was the sixth fastest relay in school history.

Dale Newton wonders if the Ducks can keep the win streak going when they travel to the new Husky Stadium this fall.

■ Cole Irvin tied the Oregon single-season win record Saturday leading the No. 8 Ducks to a 6-2 win over Utah on Saturday at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

The freshman lefty picked up his 11th win while allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings pitched.

Oregon will go for the sweep on Sunday against the Utes with the final game of the three-game series starting at 11:30 a.m. (PT). Jake Reed (6-4) will take the mound for the Ducks. With a win, Oregon will tie the school record for most wins in a season with 46.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Fun pump up video by robbie p.

Kenjon Barner signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers yesterday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in the release, "Kenjon has great speed and was a dynamic player on offense and special teams at Oregon.”

■ The Oregonian has a selection of articles on what they're saying about the Eagles' new coach Chip Kelly.

■ Sophomore left-hander Tommy Thorpe has accepted an invitation to play for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.

■ Speaking of  Tommy Thorpe, he led the Ducks to a 6-2 win over Utah yesterday.

Tyler Baumgartner led the Ducks going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Aaron Payne was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Scott Heineman went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Ryon Healy drove in two runs to push his season total to 50 RBI.

Oregon and Utah will play game two of its series Saturday at 3 p.m. (PT). The Ducks will send freshman Cole Irvin to the mound looking for his 11th win.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ GoDucks.com announced that the Sept. 7 game at Virginia will be nationally televised yesterday.

The University of Oregon’s Sept. 7 football game at Virginia will be televised nationally by ABC Sports and ESPN2, with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. PDT.

■ Three FCS opponents were also put on the football slate in the coming years it was announced yesterday.

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at Oregon's "tough stretch" this coming fall.

John Canzano wonders if it's time to expand Autzen Stadium?

■ Aubrey Wieber believes Jimmy Sherfy is a born closer.

“I fell in love with closing, absolutely fell in love with it,” said Sherfy. “I never want to do anything else.”

His fit as a closer is ironic; in high school he was a slow starter, doing his best work in the final innings. Sherfy claims that it’s the pressure that gets him going right away.

“I love (the pressure),” said Sherfy. “I love it. If I go in with a four- or five-run lead, it’s iffy. Once it’s one or two runs I’m most dialed in. When the pressure is on, I love it.”

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell wonders if it will be the year of the Pac-12 quarterback. Oregon and Marcus Mariota are mentioned several times.

A diverse array of NFL talent: Yep. Anyone who thinks Mariota is just a running quarterback failed to witness his 32 touchdown passes and league-best 68.5 completion percentage. He will fit nicely into any NFL offense.

Joey Holland takes us back to 2007, the dawn of the Chip Kelly era, as Dennis Dixon, Jonathan Stewart and company strolled into the Big House and beat Michigan 39-7. One of my favorite games.

■ Ted Miller takes a look at the highs and lows of the BCS era for the Pac-12 where he mentions Oregon.

ATQ has a fun podcast they are sharing where they talk football with Dan Rubenstein of The Solid Verbal fame.

The baseball team will wrap up the regular season this weekend at Utah.

Oregon wraps up its regular season with three crucial games at Utah this weekend. Oregon heads to Salt Lake City looking for three wins to bolster its chances of a top eight seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Athlon Sports likes Oregon to win the Pac-12 North over Stanford. Here is just one of the writers comments:

Oregon has a criminally underrated and consistent defense, placing in the top three in the Pac-12 in yards per play and takeaways in each of the last four seasons. I’ll stick with Oregon for now.

■ Ted Miller grades the bye week set up for Oregon this fall.

Sept. 21 (before visit from California) and Nov. 2 (before visit to Stanford)

This is a solid set-up in terms of breaking up the season into manageable bits (three games, five games, four games). It's also nice to have an off week before beginning Pac-12 play. And, obviously, it would seem to benefit the Ducks to have a bye before facing Stanford. But that advantage is written off by the Cardinal also having the same off weekend before the critical Thursday night clash. Grade? B.

Mark Flores has the latest recruiting updates.

Hroniss Grasu was named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy watch list yesterday.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football.

The softball team is hosting the Super Regionals this weekend at Howe Field where they will take on Nebraska in a best of three series.

■ Bryan Holt looks at the baseball team and tries to deliver some postseason insights..

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Sam Arney explores the ten most important players for Oregon in 2013 and counts down from 10 through 6. Here is a sample, at the number nine spot, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.

Ifo was a big contributor during his freshman year, but really had a break out season last year as teams tried to pick on his perceived lack of experience.  He finished the season with 63 total tackles, 16 passes broken up, 4 interceptions, and a whopping 6 forced fumbles.  His defensive output was one of the best on the team last season and Oregon will need the same out of him this year.

■ John Schroeder concludes his piece on Don Reynolds with how he got to the U of O and what he has been doing since leaving.

Todd Moore analyzes how Oregon's running game impacts the passing game.

Oregon slipped one spot to number 11 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 rankings released yesterday.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

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Morning Mud
■ John Schroeder takes a closer look at former Oregon running back and baseball player Don Reynolds. Part one of a two-part series focuses on his football play at Oregon. Here is a sample:

One of the only highlights of the ’72 football season came on November 18th, during that year’s Civil War in Corvallis.  In [Dan] Fouts’ last game at Oregon, the 4-7 Ducks walloped the Beavers 30-3.  Reynolds ensured that the contest was over from the beginning, scampering for a 60-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. In the waning moments the insouciant Fouts fired up a celebratory cigar on the sideline while Norval Turner completed the game.

■ The Ducks dropped the series finale 12-2 to the beav trash yesterday but can clinch the season series with a win in Corvallis on Tuesday.

■ J.J. Altobelli has been named to the latest watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. The Ducks’ senior is one of 14 players on the list.

The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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Game two of the Civil War didn't go so well yesterday as the Ducks lost 9-0. Third and deciding game will be today at noon at PK Park.

The softball team made it to the Super Regionals by defeating Wisconsin 3-0 at Howe field yesterday where the lady Ducks will host the Super Regionals.

The Ducks are 19-0 in Eugene this year, which might not bode well for whoever comes to town next week.

■ Kyle Long signed a four year deal with the Chicago Bears yesterday.

Long is the son of former Raiders star Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.

Kyle Long reached the NFL even though his college experience was limited.

Long's draft stock rocketed after an impressive week at the Senior Bowl.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KEZI's report from last nights Duck win over the beav trash 3-0 at PK Park.

■ GoDucks.com has all the details as Tommy Thorpe threw a hell of a game last night shutting out corvallis city 3-0.

Thorpe matched a career-high with seven strikeouts while only allowing infield singles in the second and third innings.

The Ducks and Beavers beav trash meet Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park in game two of the three-game series with both teams scheduled to throw freshmen.

■ Another day, another honor for Jimmy Sherfy. Sherfy has been named a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.

The junior right-hander leads the nation in saves with 19, tying his school record on Wednesday against Gonzaga, while boasting a 2-0 record and a 1.00 ERA. He also leads all active players in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.05) and is second in career saves (38).

■ Scott Reed weighs in on Mark Helfrich's decision to hire coaches Ron Aiken and Matt Lubick.

■ Mel Kiper likes Colt Lyerla as a top TE prospect for the NFL next year.

Don't mistake Lyerla's lack of catches for lack of talent. The one-time star high school running back and linebacker might be the best athlete in this group, and Oregon was eager to find ways to get him the ball. He even rushed the ball 13 times last season, to go along with his 25 catches.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



George Horton talks about the upcoming Civil War which is the final series of the regular season.

■ Jimmie Sherfy is one of 22 pitchers on the latest watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29.

■ Ducks (and Ems) honor MIA/POW soldiers with black chair PK Park.

■ The Lott IMPACT trophy watch list was announced yesterday and Ifo made the list.

Nathan Roholt completes his list of the top ten most influential plays of the last ten years with numbers five through one.

Rob Moseley reports De'Anthony Thomas appears to have recovered from a minor injury that kept him out of the Spring Game and the last couple of track meets, good to hear.

■ Kiko Alonso signed a four year deal with the Buffalo Bills a couple of days ago, good for him.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Ricky going pro? A little fun from GoDucksdotcom.



How about this play from Ryan Hambright to rob Gonzaga of a base hit yesterday as the Ducks won 4-1.

■ J.J. Altobelli drove in two runs on a squeeze play to break a tie and lead No. 6 Oregon to a 4-1 win over Gonzaga on Wednesday night at PK Park.

■ Nathan Roholt chooses his top ten most influential play of the last ten years, first up is numbers ten through six.

Mel Kiper (Insider articles $) believes De'Anthony Thomas is the best running back when it comes to NFL prospects and has Ifo Ekpre-Olumu as the third ranked cornerback prospect for the NFL.

On DAT: Is he a running back? He's a little bit of everything, but he's a running back on my board because handing him the ball is the quickest way to get it to him, and getting him the ball is the most important thing. Last year, Thomas turned 92 carries into 701 yards, good for 7.6 yards per carry. This after a freshman year where he averaged an absurd 10.6 yards per carry on his 55 touches. So over his first two years, Thomas averaged 8.8 yards per carry, and the sample size is no longer miniscule.

Yes, he can also catch it, as he has 91 receptions over his first two seasons. And he's terrifying in the return game. Thomas will never be a bulk-carry runner, and he doesn't have the route-running skills of a guy like Tavon Austin, who he might be compared to based on the burst. But he's a 180-pound game-breaker, a sprinter with the shiftiness to make people miss and he has added more muscle to his frame since he broke USC's heart and headed to Eugene.

On Ifo: Extremely good when the play is in front of him, Ekpre-Olomu is explosive out of his backpedal and will close quickly to deliver a big hit or jump a throw to take it the other way. He has good ball skills and led the conference in passes defensed last season.

Also a wide receiver and running back in high school, he's a physical corner who understands routes and will step up to make tackles or put his hat on the ball.

■ O Heroes announced it will host the 16th annual Quackin' Action community service event on Sunday, May 19, at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Ready for a little baseball action at PK Park? The final five games of the season are At PK Park and the action started last night against Gonzaga and concludes this weekend against the beav trash.

Oregon beat Gonzaga last night at PK Park 4-3.

Ryan Hambright had a two-out RBI single to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night leading No. 6 Oregon past Gonzaga 4-3 in a non-league game at PK Park.

The two teams wrap up the two-game series tonight at 6 p.m. at PK Park.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting efforts.

Jon Wilner takes an extremely early look at his projections for the Pac-12 all conference teams.

Todd Moore breaks down De'Anthony Thomas' 94 yard kickoff return in the opening seconds of the Fiesta Bowl.

We need to see more explosive plays from the Special Teams in the upcoming seasons.  We know the offense is powerful and the defense is stepping in the right direction, but we need more from our special teams.  The kickoff return for a touchdown can be one of the most electrifying plays in any sport and we have the talent here to do it.  The whole play took a total of 12 seconds and the momentum swung in  favor of the Ducks for the rest of the game.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Ivan Maisel talks with Mark Helfrich about his first spring practice in charge as the head coach of Oregon.

■ The Saturday Edge has Oregon taking the Pac-12 by storm this year.

■ In case you didn't hear, Oregon did pretty good at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships over the weekend and a couple of football players helped out.

Will Murphy impressed the Eagles enough during his tryout last weekend to earn himself a spot on the roster. Pretty cool considering he started as a walk-on at Oregon.

Another week and another Pac-12 Player of the Week for Oregon. This time pitcher Cole Irvin earned the earned for the second time this year.

Irvin tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season, scattering six hits and striking out seven batters in a 4-0 victory over Ohio State. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native issued one walk and allowed just one extra-base hit in the second game of a double-header in Columbus. It was the third complete game of the season for the talented freshman, whose 2.62 ERA ranks second on the team and 11th in the Conference. Irvin has pitched a team-high 92.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 19 walks this season.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



George Horton talks about the big series win over Ohio St. as they took the last game 1-0. (audio cuts out at the end)

GoDucks.com has the complete game run down on the game at Columbus yesterday.

Jake Reed held Ohio State scoreless allowing just three hits in seven innings to lead No. 6 Oregon to a 1-0 win and a series sweep on Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.

■ Brandon Gruber wonders who will succeed Marcus Mariota.

Scott Reed evaluates the quarterback position post spring practice.

The most important thing we learned; Marcus Mariota is poised to have an even better season in 2013. After feeling considerably more comfortable, Mariota showed why he was the first team all-conference quarterback in 2012. Clearly his position is safe.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon swept Ohio St. yesterday in Columbus behind great pitching and timely hitting. (Courtesy of GoDucks.com)

Freshman Mitchell Tolman had five hits and four RBI in a doubleheader to lead No. 6 Oregon to a sweep of Ohio State on Saturday. The Ducks won game one 3-1 in 11 innings before winning game two 4-0.

Tolman was 5-for-8 in the two games, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the opener and 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the nightcap. The freshman ran his RBI total to 18 in Oregon’s last seven games.

Oregon (39-11) got great pitching in the two wins over Ohio State (33-17). Five pitchers combined to hold the Buckeyes to just one run in 20 innings. Cole Irvin threw nine shutout innings in the second game, while Tommy Thorpe went 6.2 in the opener allowing just one run on seven hits while tying a career high with seven strikeouts.

The Ducks will look for a sweep of the three-game series Sunday at 9:05 a.m. (PT)

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the Special Teams unit following spring practice.

WHAT WE LEARNED: Dylan Ausherman punted four times for a 41.2-yard average in the spring game, showing off good hang-time for the most part and looking quite capable of filling Rice's shoes for the next two years. Long snapper Drew Howell was plugged into Palmer's old job, and should be the snapper on both punts and kicks in 2013. 

At holder, the Ducks didn't want to subject Marcus Mariota to the risk of injury, so the backup quarterbacks will take over for Rice there. In the spring game Dustin Haines looked like the guy, and he's handled the job before, briefly after Nate Costa's 2010 injury, just before Rice took over. Maldonado drilled a 48-yard field goal in the spring game, but coaches were very clear that the placekicking job will be an open competition in the fall.

The UO athletic department will hold its annual equipment surplus sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moshofsky Center.

The sale offers clothing and playing equipment for sale.

■ Kenjon Barner is practicing with a chip on his shoulder as he prepares in the Carolina Panther's mini-camp.

Will Murphy is getting a shot at a NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Baseball was rained out yesterday in Columbus, Ohio so a double header is on tap for today.

■ Victor Flores says George Horton has all the bases covered.

Scott Reed has a great article on former Ducks who have made a positive difference off the field after leaving school.

Nick Reed's earliest dreams were to be a pilot. The dreams were fueled by his father, who was in the Navy during Reed's formative years and used to share stories with Nick.

While he was playing football, the dream never totally died.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley has a spring review of the defensive backs posted.

The verdict: All systems go. While Patterson didn't conduct interviews, there was no indication of any snag in his recovery. This group should be every bit as deep and talented as expected.

Josh White looks at the Oregon football team members who opponents would least like to meet heading into a dark alley. Here is just one member of his team:

#9 Arik Armstead – 6’8″ 297 lb.  Sophomore

Arik Armstead came to Oregon as one of the more highly regarded recruits in recent history, and he joined a stout defensive line class that included the starting lineup against Cal of Armstead, Buckner, and Alex Balducci.  One of the largest overall players in Oregon football history, Armstead figures to take another step forward after a full year to adjust to the college game.  After an off season that included a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with the Oregon basketball team, early indications from spring reports suggest that he is growing into his immense potential.


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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller has Oregon in his post-spring power rankings behind Stanford.

 While Stanford and Oregon feel like 1A and 1B, you have to account for the uncertainty of the Ducks' changing coaches, particularly when it's one with as big a presence as Chip Kelly. The returning talent, including Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota at quarterback, is strong on both sides of the ball.

■ Ivan Maisel says Mark Helfrich has a familiar task ahead of him, win lots of games.

■ Jon Wilner believes Marcus Mariota is the best QB in the conference.

Is Oregon the new "Running Back U?"

■ Dana Altman got one senior to transfer, he just might do it again.

Rob Moseley reviews the linebackers post-spring.

■ Ted Miller has his Oregon spring wrap-up posted.

Mariota the man: While practices were closed, a brilliant spring game performance as well as the general scuttlebutt, related that QB Marcus Mariota was sharp on the field and took a step forward as a leader. Mariota enters the offseason as a top Heisman Trophy candidate, and that makes him the frontman for a team that has to replace some key leaders. Playing great is the best sort of leadership.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Mark Helfrich has a big fan in Stanford head coach David Shaw, who made that team his own..

Helfrich, Shaw says, is on the same path.

"I think he's done it perfectly so far," Shaw said. "The first thing you don't want to do is spend so much time putting your stamp on it that you don't do what's best for the kids. The most important thing is that you put the kids in position to be successful. It's got to be about the team. And your team feeds off of that.

■ Oregon linebacker Boseko Lokombo was selected in the CFL's draft on Monday but Lokombo would like to get drafted by the NFL next year.

Mark Flores has all the latest in recruiting.

■ UNLV forward Mike Moser will play his final year for Oregon according to numerous reports.

■ Kevin Gemmell believes Hroniss Grasu is Oregon's most important player not including Marcus Mariota.

■ Mitchell Tolman was named as the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week it was announced yesterday.

Tolman batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI as Oregon won four of five games on the road last week, including a sweep of Washington State in Pullman.

Rob Moseley has a defensive line review now that spring practice has concluded.

The verdict: Pretty positive. Yes, Ricky Havili-Heimuli didn't practice, and with a new position coach on hand in Ron Aiken, working relationships needed to be formed. But the Ducks know what Havili-Heimuli can do, and now they have a much better sense of what some of the third-string guys can bring, too.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley relays highlights from the Pac-12 coaches conference call which took place yesterday.

Helfrich was hit up on a couple of subjects in the news nationally. He said the Ducks aren't putting too much thought into a potential strength-of-schedule element for College Football Playoff qualification when they assemble future non-conference schedules, leaving that up to AD Rob Mullens.

Josh Schlichter at FishDuck.com says goodbye which is too bad as he was one of the best writers they had but he does have one last story about Oregon's play calling system. Good luck Josh.

Sam Arney says don't worry about the Oregon defense after hearing some comment regarding the lack of defense during the spring game.

Aaron Fentress notes the Pac-12 coaches believe Oregon will remain successful under Mark Helfrich.

■ Mitchell Tolman was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week by the conference yesterday.

Tolman batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI as Oregon won four of five games on the road last week, including a sweep of Washington State in Pullman. The Lake Forest, Calif. native hit safely and notched an RBI in each of the Ducks’ five games last week and registered multiple hits in three contests.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley reports, former Oregon and 49ers defensive star Dave Wilcox will be honored in Vale today as part of the Pro Hall of Fame's "Hometown Hall of Famers" program.

Wilcox, who led the Ducks to the 1963 Sun Bowl championship after transferring from Boise Junior College a year before, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. For the last two years, Allstate Insurance has sponsored the “Hometown Hall of Fame” program; defensive back Mel Renfro from Oregon was honored in Portland in April 2012.

Wilcox will have a plaque bearing his name mounted on the wall of the Vale High gymnasium. A street sign noting Wilcox’s Vale roots also will be constructed.

■ Chris Charbonnier takes a look into the logistics of running an effective college football recruiting campaign in a two part series, "ideal recruiting blueprint." Today it's part one.

■ Oregon completed the sweep yesterday as they took game three in 11 innings beating Washington St. 4-3.

Scott Heineman led Oregon going 3-for-6 at the plate, while Mitchell Tolman was 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.  J.J. Altobelli reached base four times going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two walks.  Brett Thomas was also 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Kurt Liedtke (aka keeerrrttt1) gives us his thoughts on how the Ducks look after spring practice.

Expectations remain sky high for the Oregon Ducks in 2013, anything short of competing for the Pac-12 title and a BCS run considered a disappointment barring catastrophic injuries. A business-as-usual tact remains despite the head coaching change, with only subtle changes expected in the works.

■ Michael Carrow says that just because some Oregon players weren't drafted doesn't but they aren't loved.

■ Ryon Healy's bat is still on fire as Oregon beat WSU yesterday in Pullman, 6-3.

Healy went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead Oregon (36-11, 18-5 Pac-12) to a series-clinching win. J.J. Altobelli was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Game three is today at noon.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the offensive line following the conclusion of spring practice.

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

The Ducks will have reason to worry this summer if: Depth issues linger coming out of spring ball, and there's pressure on true freshmen to step into the two-deep, never a preferred scenario.

The verdict: Incomplete. The injuries that sidelined guys for the spring game not only caused a format change but made it very hard to tell what this finished product will look like in the fall. But given the versatility of guys like Yruretagoyena, Everett Benyard and Karrington Armstrong, it seems quite feasible that the Ducks could get through 2013 without using any of the incoming freshmen.

■ Brandon P. Oliver wonders is recent commit, QB Morgan Mahalak, has enough experience to warrant a scholarship offer.

■ Cory Mandina  shares what they're saying about the Dolphins, Bears selections of Dion Jordan and Kyle Long

■ Sam Hassan wonders how the Ducks will do without Kenjon? No worries, the rushing game will be just fine.

Oregon scored two runs in the ninth inning to win the game yesterday against the Cougars 5-3.

Ryon Healy broke the tie when he hit a hard shot that shortstop Ian Sagdal couldn't handle allowing Brett Thomas to score from second. After Mitchell Tolman walked to load the bases, Aaron Payne scored on an unusual fielder’s choice RBI by Scott Heineman to give the Ducks a 5-3 lead.

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a quick review of the receiving corps following the end of 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.

The Ducks will have reason to worry this summer if: An injury to Lyerla would be troubling, because the backup tight ends aren't quite as experienced as the reserve receivers.

The verdict: Mostly pretty good. Addison emerged as a potential star and B.J. Kelley looks like a more consistent contributor; necessary developments in light of Stanford's injury.

Here is a brief look at what is new with the Oregon football opponents for 2013.

■ Ryon Healy and Jimmie Sherfy have been named to the Golden Spikes watch list and Healy also emerges as a front runner for Pac-12 player of the year according to Adam Jude.

Healy, a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week this season, is a new addition to the award’s watch list. He ranks in the top 52 in the nation in four separate categories – home runs, home runs per game, RBI and total bases.

Sherfy, who is a  right-hander, entered the week second in saves during the 2013 season with 14, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



■ Ted Miller talks with Mark Helfrich after the Spring Game about his new role, Marcus Mariota and the new college football playoff system.

■ Rob Moseley reviews the running back position now that spring practice has concluded.

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 De'Anthony Thomas, in a tazer role, is best suited.

■ Are the stars aligned for an early launch by underclassmen on the football team for the 2014 draft? And if they are, it seems one prognosticator think a couple will go in the first round.

Marcus Mariota and Boseko Lokombo teamed up with several kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Eugene yesterday for the "O" lympics for some good fun. Pictures included on the slideshow tab.

Mitchell Tolman's two RBI's weren't enough as Oregon lost to Seattle last night 3-2.

Oregon continues a five-game road trip when the Ducks open a three-game Pac-12 Conference Series at Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m.


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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley believes most questions about the starting rotation for the football come fall were left unanswered after the Spring Game.

Who will be Oregon's leading rusher in 2013? De'Anthony Thomas was supposedly the guy in practices, but didn't play Saturday due to some (apparently minor) injury. Byron Marshall looked quick at times, but coaches continue to say he needs to be more consistent. Does the success of Oregon's run game really hinge on an incoming freshman, Thomas Tyner, leading the way? Recent UO history suggests that even the highest rated running back recruits struggle as true freshmen.

■ Mark Flores has the latest in recruiting news and a QB is the third commit for the 2014 class.

Rob Moseley reviews the quarterback position now that spring practice has finished.

Freshman Mitchell Tolman went 3-for-4 with seven RBI to lead No. 11 Oregon to a 12-7 non-conference win over Seattle last night.

Adam Jude says the Pac-12 baseball title will come down to the Civil War series much as it has done the past couple of seasons.

Now, the No. 11 Ducks (33-10, 16-5 Pac-12) and the sixth-ranked Beavers beavtrash (34-8, 14-4) are in a virtual tie atop the Pac-12 standings after each swept another conference foe this past weekend. Oregon, led by Pac-12 player of the week Ryon Healy, had two walk-off victories in three nights against Stanford; and the Beavers beavtrash swept USC for the first time.

"On paper, it looks like our series with the Beavers beavtrash is going to be cool and fun and packed and everything you hope baseball in the Northwest is about," UO coach George Horton said.

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