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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud







Mark Helfrich talks about the maturity of Marcus Mariota and then Mariota talks to Kevin Gemmell about the upcoming season and finally Kevin Gemmell talks about Oregon's "under the radar" wide receiver, Josh Huff.

■ Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at Oregon rising star Hamani Stevens.

■ Coaches are settling in at the new Football Operations Center.

Dale Newton takes a closer look at incoming freshman Devoe Allen.

■ Jesuit's LB Joey Alferi picked up an offer from the Ducks yesterday.

Mark Flores has all the latest on recruiting.

■ It was announced yesterday that the Oregon men's basketball team is going to play Georgetown at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

■ Brian Flinn explains how Oregon uses tempo to drown a defense.

Great no-huddle offense is more than just a bunch of guys running around on the field. It combines a breakneck pace with planning, practice and execution.

Ted Miller previews the defensive line in the Pac-12 and has Oregon in "great shape."

Five of the top six from the 2012 depth chart are back, and that was a very good crew, led by end Taylor Hart. Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Heimuli are veteran 300-pounders, while Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci each saw significant action last year as true freshmen. This unit can go even nine-deep.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





■ Mark Helfrich talks possible changes in the first video and then answers questions on De'Anthony's role this year. Video courtesy of Steve Summers.

■ Ted Miller has Oregon in the "we'll see" category for linebackers due to multiple departures.

It's not just that the Ducks lost three of four starters. It's that they lost OLB Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay inside. Each is on an NFL roster, Jordan being a first-round pick and Alonso going in the second round. No team in the country lost anything approaching that at linebacker. Boseko Lokombo is back on the outside, but injury issues this spring prevented there from being much depth chart clarity.

Oregon verbal commit Jordan Hoiem has decided to give up football for the time being.

■ Erick Dargan makes Aaron Fentress' "rising stars" list at number seven.

Dargan played like anything but a backup and Oregon's secondary didn't skip a beat with him in the starting lineup.

Oregon led the nation with 26 interceptions and Dargan led the Ducks with five, including one in UO's Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. He finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles, including three for loss.

At 5-11, 205-pounds, he has the sturdiest build of the regular contributors at defensive back while also possessing good range and ball skills.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu talk about what role they see De'Anthony playing this year. Video courtesy of Steve Summers.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Marcus Mariota likes living a low key life style.

Bryan Holt had a chance to sit down with Ifo Ekpre-Olumu to talk defense recently.

What sets No. 14 apart from the rest?

“I think it’s my ability to play the ball because of my confidence; when the ball is in the air, I feel like it’s mine to lose and not the other way around,” he said.

■ Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at TE Pharaoh Brown.

■ Dale Newton wonders if 2013 will be Oregon's finest hour.

■ Chris Charbonnier tries to make sense out of the ranking system for college football players.

■ Hroniss Grasu is the "center of attention" for a reason according to Dale Newton.

He typifies the Oregon philosophy for linemen in that he's smart, (3.4 GPA in high school, with a 1770 SAT) strong (485-lb. squat) and athletic (tied for first on the team among linemen in both L-run and shuttle), able to lead block and roam to the second level, agile enough to get out in front of explosive backs like De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley reports the football team eagerly anticipate fall camp as summer workouts wrap up.

"With the new facility and new fields, with all that together, everyone's excited," [Tyson] Coleman said, breaking into a smile. "The tension is turning up. Everybody's realizing we've got a game in a little over a month, so it's go time."

■ Ken Bradley lists his five key players to Oregon's BCS success.

■ Aaron Fentress wonders who will be the backup to Marcus Mariota, Jake Rodrigues or Jeff Lockie?

■ Victor Flores believes Josh Huff doesn't need hype to be dangerous.

Hopefully, Huff will get more looks this coming season. While he’s played a vital role these past three years, it would be so much better to see him become an All-American-caliber player in his final year. He’s certainly talented enough to do so, and he should get opportunities since he’s the top wideout in an offense without a definitive every-down back.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





Marcus Mariota and Ifo-Ekpre Olumu talk about their summer and the Pac-12 Media Day experience.

Oregon was the unanimous choice to win the Pac-12 with the media at the Pac-12 Media Day event yesterday.

The Ducks were listed in the top spot in the North Division by 15 of the 26 voters participating in the poll, collecting 145 points.  Fourteen of those pollsters tabbed the Ducks to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

The Oregonian has the transcript of Mark Helfrich's comments during his time at the Pac-12 Media Day podium.

Stanford head coach David Shaw thinks Marcus Mariota is the most complete QB in the nation.

Evidently Oregon doesn't need a depth chart.

 Larry Scott says the Pac-12 is no closer to a deal with DirecTV and laid out new tackling rules.

GoDucks.com has already posted "what color to wear" at each game this year.

■ Aaron Fentress starts his "rising stars" for 2013 with a closer look at Alejandro Maldonado in the number ten spot.

All of the ups and downs should have toughened up Maldonado enough to allow him to flourish as a senior. With kicker Rob Beard now graduated, Maldonado is the lone veteran kicker in the locker room. He also punts and has the inside track on that job, as well.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Chris Fowler talks with Mark Helfrich recently at the ESPN studios.

Rob Moseley says Ifo Ekpre-Olumu is about to become a face for the UO football team as he will be on hand for the Pac-12 Media day in LA later today.

"It's just an honor that the coaches respect me enough to represent the entire defense. That's a big role."

A big role that Ekpre-Olomu more than earned with his play last season.

■ Sam Arney ranks the games this year from worst to best and lays out the bottom half of his must see games.

Mark Saltveit takes a look inside the Eagles training camp under Chip Kelly.

■ Dale Newton sits down with Nick Burton of Chat Sports Oregon to talk about the upcoming football season. When asked for a final season record here is what Dale had to say.

If pressed to answer, I think the Ducks slip a little this year. 11-2, with two stumbles in season, maybe against Washington and Stanford. Everything has to break right to be undefeated, and that rarely happens.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Ivan Maisel talks with Mark Helfrich about the upcoming season, replacing Chip Kelly and the new operations facility in this audio podcast. Skip to the 37:55 mark to catch the Mark Helfrich portion.

■ Scott Reed believes dispels the SEC myth that the "hurry-up offense" creates more injuries.

The real dilemma that they face is the perceived supremacy of the SEC. Texas A&M showed that speed and pace CAN take down the giant that is the Alabama Crimson Tide. If they can do it, why not Oregon?

■ Dale Newton praises Nick Aliotti as a defensive genius.

As a teacher, leader, and strategist, the Ducks DC is one of the best in the business. Aliotti has always led with his heart. His candor and willingness to reflect are refreshing in a sport full of pat answers and cliches.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley previews the quarterback position and the running back position as we head into fall camp.

QB: The big question this preseason will be, who emerges as Mariota's backup? Redshirt freshmen Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie each performed publicly for the first time in the spring game, with Rodrigues getting the first set of reps. Neither managed much when Oregon's top defenders were on the field but each showed some flashes after that. True to their reputations, Rodrigues looked a bit more explosive as a runner and a passer, while Lockie was more efficient throwing the ball and didn't take any sacks.

RB: Headlining this group is one of the most exciting, intriguing weapons in all of college football, De'Anthony Thomas. He's a threat to score any time he touches the ball.

■ Cameron Pettus explains how the Ducks adjust when facing an opponent with a strong running game.

■ Second-year Ducks recall value of summer indoctrination.

Dale Newton profiles incoming freshman running back Kani Benoit.

■ Chris Courtney looks at the five most explosive players in the Pac-12 heading into the season. Of course De'Anthony sits at number one.

■ Bryan Holt takes an early look at a basketball game coming up between Oregon and Georgetown to support the troops.

Yes, the game is more for the troops, but it is also an amazing opportunity to show the basketball world that Oregon basketball is here to stay. The matchup is set for November 8, at a location to be announced.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Nathan Roholt wonders if you'll be able to watch Oregon football games on television if you can't make it in person.

"There are only four Saturdays remaining between now and Oregon’s home opener against Nicholls State.  Yet as of today, the network that game is being carried on, the new Fox Sports 1, hasn't reached terms with Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and DirecTV.  This means any Duck fans among their 46 million-plus subscribers will be unable to watch the season’s first game."

■ Steve Mims has some links to articles from UO's non-conference opponents.

■ Ted Miller has Oregon in the "we'll see" category when it comes to the kicking position.

The Ducks picked up their ninth verbal commit yesterday according to multiple sources, DL Jalen Jelks from Arizona.

Oregon baseball player Scott Heineman is performing well in a summer league.

"Scott Heineman has been named the starting center fielder for the Eastern Division All-Stars in the 2013 Friendly’s Cape League All-Star Game on July 27. The game will be televised by Fox College Sports at 1:30 p.m. (PT)."

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Boseko Lokombo talks with reporters on summer workouts as we inch closer to fall camp.

■ Marcus Mariota, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Mark Helfrich will represent Oregon at the Pac-12 Media Day conference in LA this Friday.

Dale Newton takes a closer look at the debate over paying college players.

Will wide receiver B.J. Kelley get more playing time this year? Dale Newton gives his thoughts.

"At 6-2, 182, with long arms, big hands and sprinter's speed, Kelley is still an intriguing prospect with the potential to develop into a big-play receiver and vertical threat at the college level. So far the learning curve for him has been a big bender that just misses the black: he's still learning pass routes, formations and assignments, and needs the experience of making some big plays to gain the confidence to make more of them."

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



■ All the bloggers decided to take the weekend off so enjoy the Oregon highlights from the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. You knew how it was going to end as soon as De'Anthony returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Hroniss Grasu and Marcus Mariota talk about summer workouts among other topics with the eDuck crew.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Steve Summers believes even without Chip Kelly the Ducks will continue their winning ways.

"Chip Kelly is off to the Philadelphia Eagles but the Oregon Ducks will still look like the machine that raised havoc in college football over the last several seasons. Kelly’s right-hand man and personal choice, Mark Helfrich may reveal that much of the success that was accorded to Kelly was in fact a product of Helfrich’s influence."

■ Ted Miller finds Oregon in "great shape" when it comes to the offensive line.

"The Ducks are replacing both guards but the three guys returning are A-list: C Hroniss Grasu, OT Jake Fisher and OT Tyler Johnstone."

Dale Newton believes strengthening coach Jim Radcliffe doesn't get enough credit for his contributions to the football team.

Another day another watch list announcement.

"University of Oregon student-athletes Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas have been named “players to watch” for the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced today. The foundation named 50 players representing 37 institutions as players to watch for the annual award, which is the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade."

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Athlon Sports wonders if Mark Helfrich can continue Oregon's winning ways after the departure of Chip Kelly.

"Helfrich needs to continue Oregon's run of four straight BCS appearances to truly be deemed an instant success. It would help to get the Ducks back into the Pac-12 Championship after they failed to qualify in 2012, and there's more than enough returning talent to think Oregon should be able to reach its second BCS championship game in four years."

Dale Newton believes the SEC aren't the only ones who can play defense.

Joey Holland takes on a brief history of Oregon football helmets.

Dale Newton believes four upgrades are needed on defense to win the big one.

Ted Miller has Oregon in "great shape" at the tight end position.

"Colt Lyerla is a versatile weapon for the Ducks' offense, one we expect to get more use this fall. His backup, Pharaoh Brown, was one of the stars of spring practices."

■ Junior De'Anthony Thomas has been named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award.

"For the third time this preseason, University of Oregon junior all-purpose stalwart De’Anthony Thomas has been named to a national award watch list. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum named Thomas a preseason candidate for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college running back, Thursday."

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



It was a good year to be a Duck fan. Pretty sweet video.

■ Marcus Mariota is focused on improvement in 2013.

"I think guys are just ready to get it going again," Mariota said. "You hit these stretches where it gets to the point you just want to put the pads on."

■ Don Gilman wonders what kind of year will it be for the football team.

■ Mark Flores has the latest recruiting news.

■ Marcus Mariota was named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award.

Single game football tickets go on sale tonight online or tomorrow in person or over the phone.

Die hard EA Sports NCAA Football fans will be disappointed to learn that the current agreement ends this year and will not be renewed.

Oregon is in "great shape" at the receiver position according to Ted Miller.

"While De'Anthony Thomas is officially a running back, you can't help but allow him to toss some fairy dust here. Further, Josh Huff seemed to take a step forward from being a pure athlete to a legit receiver last year, and up-and-comer Bralon Addison as well as Daryle Hawkins and Keanon Lowe are back. It's worth noting the top six pass-catchers overall are returning."

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Athlon Sports believes Oregon is knocking at the door of their first national title.

"A dormant program before Rich Brooks took Oregon to the Rose Bowl in 1994, Oregon has been knocking on the door for its first national title, losing 22-19 to Auburn in the BCS Championship Game in 2010. Auburn’s fortunate call on a run by Michael Dyer in the fourth quarter wasn't the only time luck went against the Ducks. Oregon was ranked second in the AP and coaches’ polls after the 2001 regular season, but the BCS' computer average and strength of schedule components put No. 2 Nebraska into the Rose Bowl for the title against Miami. The 2007 team was ranked as high No. 2 in the BCS standings until quarterback Dennis Dixon suffered a torn ACL. 

Each coach since Brooks has kept Oregon in the national title conversation. That bodes well first year-coach Mark Helfrich, who has a title contender in 2013..... The infrastructure is strong for Oregon to win its first title."

Josh Huff joins the parade of Ducks on a watch list.

"Huff's name appears on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the country."

■ Dale Newton has no worries as Mark Helfrich enters his first campaign as Oregon's head coach.

Ted Miller has Oregon in "great shape" at the running back position.

■ Who will get the nod as backup to Marcus Mariota?

■ Brian Flinn analyzes the new weapon for Oregon with Marcus Mariota and the threat of the long ball.

"The Ducks revealed a scheme that attacks all areas of the field and displays the passing concepts of NFL and West Coast offenses.  The difference is that Oregon threw more touchdown passes than most NFL teams did last year with significantly fewer attempts..."

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon is the odds on favorite to win the Pac-12 North according to Dr. Saturday.

1. Oregon +100

"I believe Oregon and Stanford are a toss-up in the North and the winner of their November 7th showdown in Palo Alto most likely wins the division. However, Oregon’s overall conference schedule is much easier than Stanford’s, so I understand why the Ducks have such low odds and are favored to win the division."

■ Some more watch list love for Hroniss Grasu, Tyler Johnstone and Boseko Lokombo.

Ted Miller started his preseason position reviews and starts with quarterback where you'll find Oregon in "great shape."

"Marcus Mariota, a sophomore, is among the best returning quarterbacks in the nation and a leading Heisman Trophy candidate. He's also got a strong supporting cast to make him look good."

■ Chris Charbonnier likes what he sees in TE Evan Baylis.

"Even if Colt Lyerla leaves after this next season to enter the 2014 NFL draft, the Ducks are in good hands with a guy like Evan Baylis waiting in the wings."

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Colt Lyerla talks to Dirk Knudsen of Rivals at a Youth Football camp recently.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at Byron Marshall and Bralon Addison. Here's a sample from the Addison article.

"Marcus Mariota won't hesitate to get Bralon Addison the ball. And when he does, Bralon will cut full speed and play without fear.

For fans, one of the most satisfying feelings in sports is watching a quality young man come into his own. Watch Bralon Addison blossom this fall for the Ducks. He's going to have a national impact on a team with no administrative barriers, just the challenge of overcoming Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and the rest of the PAC-12."

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Holly Anderson wonders if Mark Helfrich can fill Chip Kelly's big shoes.

"How does Helfrich cope with heading into a season in which any outcome involving fewer than 12 wins will be a mathematical letdown?

"I don't think about it. We're focused on the process; we're not focused on the outcome. And if we control the process, and we do what we can do to our maximum ability, then all that other stuff kinda happens."

So we'll see what kinda happens, won't we?"

■ Erik Skopil says the clouds of recruiting doubt have been lifted and now it's all systems go.

■ Victor Flores wonders if De'Anthony can survive as an every down running back.

The question posed in the title will go unanswered until the Ducks are well into the 2013 season, but if Thomas has shown us anything the past two years, we shouldn't expect any answer other than a definitive “YES.”

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ 2014 RB recruit Royce Freeman has given his verbal commitment to Oregon it was reported yesterday.

"Freeman, from Imperial, Calif., was recently at a football camp in Beaverton, where he was measured at 5-foot-11 1/2 and 227 pounds. As a junior last season, his statistics were reported as 2,482 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns after running for 2,075 yards and 35 touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2011.

 Freeman, ranked by one recruiting service as the second-best high school running back in the nation, has made Oregon his college choice."

■ Mark Johnson updates the never ending watch list announcements.

John Canzano has Uncle Phil at number three on his top 25 most important people in Oregon sports.

■ Sam Arney lists his top five breakout players for 2013 and has Bralon Addison at the top.

"Last season as a freshman, he caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.  He also added 64 return yards and 3 tackles.  I know what he is capable of, but after watching the spring game, he looks like he might be Marcus Mariota’s new favorite target."

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
GoDucks.com reports Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Hroniss Grasu add to their honors, while Tyler Johnstone and Terrance Mitchell join the parade of those receiving attention.

"Junior cornerbacks Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is presented annually to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America.

Sophomore offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone and junior center Hroniss Grasu have been added to the Outland Trophy watch list, which is presented to the nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman by the FWAA."

■ Rob Moseley says goodbye to the Register Guard as he takes a new position with GoDucks.com.

"The University of Oregon Athletics Department has taken the next step as one of the nation’s leaders in online and social media by hiring long-time Eugene Register-Guard reporter Rob Moseley as the new Editor-in-Chief of its official website, www.GoDucks.com."

■ Don Gilman opens the history books and looks at the 1916 football team.

Dale Newton relates some interesting things you may not know about WR Keanon Lowe.

John Canzano continues counting down his top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports and you'll find Mark Helfrich and Rob Mullens on the list from 10 to 4.

■ Joe Packer takes a closer look at incoming freshman kicker Matt Wogan.

"Wogan comes to Eugene all the way from Indian Trail, NC, where he became a three-year varsity starter and special teams standout for the Porter Ridge Pirates.  He punted the ball a mile, kicked off into the end zone frequently, and most importantly, kicked field goals right down the middle.

Needless to say, he does it all."

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Dale Newton recognizes Colt Lyerla's ability but wonders if Lyerla will apply himself this year?

"The most relevant question with Colt Lyerla is, how good a college football player does he want to be?

For all the superlatives and anticipation surrounding Oregon's enigmatic and occasionally controversial tight end.....he can make giant strides toward his potential by showing up for the next 8 weeks. 80% of life is showing up. The other 20%  is paying attention. With the Hillsboro High product, the question has always been if he is fully engaged and fully motivated, lining up right, on time, in class."

■ Bryan Holt says the sky is the limit for Bralon Addison.

"Addison has great quickness coming off the line and a good pair of hands to go with it. With his size, he can maneuver and weave through defenses, which can allow for deep ball opportunities, both for Addison and other receivers like Josh Huff and Keanon Lowe. If Addison’s spring game performance gives Duck fans some insight for what we should expect this season, I am truly ecstatic."

■ GoDucks.com reports on the latest honorees for induction into the Hall of Fame at Oregon.

Steve Summers reports seniors Ben Butterfield and Chad Delaney have been awarded scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement was made by Head Coach Mark Helfrich.

Kevin Gemmell has De'Anthony Thomas on his proving ground story for the Pac-12 North.

"Like many, I'm eager to see what he does while consistently getting 15-plus carries per game. He's only had five double-digit-carry games in his career and three 100-yard rushing games."

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Colt Lyerla was named to the 2013 John Mackey Award watch list and Hroniss Grasu was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list yesterday.

The Hillsboro standout (Lyerla) was awarded honorable mention all-conference acclaim a year ago after pacing the tight ends in the Pac-12 in yards-per-catch (15.7 avg.) and sharing the league-lead among players at his position with six touchdowns. Lyerla completed last season as the Ducks’ third-leading receiver in terms of catches (25) and receiving yards (392).

Grasu was also nominated last season before earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

■ Todd Moore gives the offensive line a lot of credit in protecting the Oregon offensive machine.

When you have great communication and unselfish players working together on the offensive line, you create the explosive offense we have all come to love.  No wonder the Ducks are one of the best in the nation at preventing sacks!

From eDuck: According to a media release on Monday from the Oregon Athletic Department, LHP Cole Irvin has been named first-team All-America by Perfect Game.

Dale Newton warns, "don't hassle the Huff," Josh Huff that is.

All of his positive plays and the absence of injuries and controversy finally frees the sensitive, quiet role player to truly emerge in his final campaign as a Duck.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Marcus Mariota, Hroniss Grasu and De'Anthony Thomas talk about summer workouts and the recently closed NCAA rulings. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Three Oregon football players are under consideration for nation's top awards.

Junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been selected to the watch list for the 19th annual Bednarik Award, presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota and junior all-purpose standout De’Anthony Thomas have been chosen for consideration for the 77th annual Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s College Player of the Year.

■ Kevin Gemmell has a Pac-12 recruiting roundup.

The Pac-12 ultimate road trip during week 9 sees a visit to Autzen Stadium versus UCLA.

John Canzano starts counting down his top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports where you'll even find a former Yankee, list includes 25-21.

■ Nathan Roholt takes a look at the newest edition of EA Sports’ NCAA Football which should be available today for die hard fans.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Kenjon Barner Career Highlights



Enjoy the highlights from Kenjon's great career at Oregon.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Dale Newton is looking for a stellar year from running back Byron Marshall.

Marshall cuts well and uses his blockers. He's disciplined and runs with great effort, toughness and desire. The extended playing time and a year of practice has given him a solid understanding of what the Ducks are trying to do offensively and what his role is as the ball carrier. Seeing the holes, making the right reads will allow Marshall to play faster as a sophomore.

■ The basketball team got their first commit for the class of 2014, point guard Casey Benson out of Tempe, AZ.

■ How much playing time will De'Anthony get this year? Dale Newton would like to see more.

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Victor Flores believes even though the baseball team lost some key players to the MLB draft, a stable of returning studs and an elite recruit will make up the difference.

"Matt Krook, a starting pitcher taken with the 35th overall pick by the Miami Marlins, decided to spurn South Beach and take his talents to Eugene."

"There were reports that Krook had issues with his physical causing Miami to lower their offer, providing incentive for the lefty’s detour into college. Whatever the reasons, the Ducks get a pitcher who was widely considered a top-50 draft prospect and one of the best high-school arms around. The Ducks might take it slow with Krook but one would expect them to do what they did with Irvin last season – plug him into the starting rotation and enjoy the show."

■ Vintage Oregon Ducks reported Charlie Warren, a three year starter on the basketball team, died yesterday at the age of 73 in Eugene.

■ Dale Newton says it won't be easy but Thomas Tyner has the physical tools to be something special at Oregon.

"Speed is good. It clarifies, overcomes and confuses. Speed leaves opponents grasping for air and old men gasping for breath. You can't catch what you can barely see. A head fake, a shoulder shimmy and gone. Thomas Tyner is supremely fast. If he maintains his health, refines his body, and listens and learns, he'll achieve every dream he and his father set to paper. And Duck fans are in for a thrilling ride."

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



■ Yesterday we saw De'Anthony's 2012 highlights and today we go back to his freshman year, 2011. Enjoy the show.

De'Anthony Thomas was named to the 2013 Paul Hornung Award watch list yesterday.

It marks the second straight year that Thomas has been nominated for the award as he is one of only four players from the Pac-12 Conference among the 44 players nationally to appear on the award’s initial watch list.

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Friday, July 05, 2013

De'Anthony Thomas 2012 Highlights



■ I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July and I am guessing they did as the Duck blogs were quiet yesterday so enjoy the DAT highlights from last year. Always fun watching De'Anthony out maneuver his opponent.

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



■ Oregon Ducks' target Budda Baker discusses recruitment, and his performance at The Opening.

■ Don Gilman believes the spread offense is here to stay.

First it was Nick Saban, then Florida coach Will Muschamp. Now, the latest high-profile coach to bash the spread offense is new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

So is the spread offense doomed?

Not likely. Fans love it. It makes the game more exciting. It allows talented offensive players to truly flourish and meet their potential. Certainly the influence of Saban, Muschamp and Bielema will cause the NCAA to look into the matter, but the likelihood of rules being changed to slow it down are about as likely as the Ducks running nothing but the Power-I this year.

The spread offense is here to stay.

■ Luc Hancock looks at three freshmen who could see major playing time.

■ Joey Holland wonders if Stanford has Oregon's number or will the Ducks get the win on the road this year?

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at a few of the reasons the Oregon vs Washington game is on his week 7 road trip agenda.

• The Ducks have compiled nearly a decade's worth of Husky pink slips. A few of the gory details:
• The Ducks have won the last nine meetings.
• During that stretch, they've outscored Washington 391-158.
• The average score has been 43-17.
• The "closest" game during the current streak was in 2011, when the Ducks won by 17. The other eight games were by at least 20 or more points (including three by 30 or more).
• The Ducks have outgained the Huskies by an average of 476-287.
• This is the longest win/loss streak in the history of the series.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Oregon recruit Mattrell McGraw talks about getting ready to compete at The Opening.

■ Connor Letourneau takes a closer look at incoming Oregon phenom Thomas Tyner.

"Thomas has grand ambitions for his freshman campaign. He wants to play major minutes. He wants to win a national championship."

■ Ted Miller analyzes the Pac-12's non-conference schedule where you will find Oregon playing Nicholls St., Virginia and Tennessee.

■ Rob Moseley reports CB recruit Arrion Springs announced a verbal commitment to Oregon yesterday at The Opening prep football showcase in Beaverton, choosing the Ducks over Texas.

"Springs, a native of San Antonio who has run the 40 in 4.4 seconds, is generally considered one of the 10 or 15 best cornerbacks in the country. He’s considered a four-star player by 247sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN."

■ GoDucks.com looks at the seven players who are expected to be members of the 2014 Duck baseball team as they travel to all parts of the country involved in summer baseball.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning mud



Ted Miller talks about his "hope and concerns" for Oregon this year.

■ Mitch Sherman liked what he saw of Oregon QB commit Morgan Mahalak at the Elite 11 camp.

"Mahalak recognized plays in a classroom setting Saturday faster than any other QB. And that’s a huge part of the quarterbacks’ training at this level."

Phil Steele likes Oregon to win the Pac-12 North this year.

Kevin Gemmell has Oregon at Colorado on the slate of week six Pac-12 ultimate road trips.

■ Cameron Pettus breaks down Oregon's secondary and how the Ducks create so many turnovers.

■ Cole Irvin has been named to the 2013 Baseball America Freshman All-America First-Team, the magazine announced yesterday.

"Irvin (Yorba Linda, Calif./Servite HS) set an Oregon record finishing with 12 wins while earning honorable mention all-conference recognition. He finished with a 12-3 record and a 2.48 ERA with four complete games."

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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

Fowlplay2010 shares his "fan perspective" video as Oregon dismantled Cal last year at Berkeley.

Joel Gunderson looks at a few of the reasons why not getting a bowl ban sanction was important for Oregon.

■ Diane Dietz shares the front page story from the Sunday Register Guard outlining all the new upgrades at the Autzen complex. There is also a slideshow here.

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