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Monday, September 30, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



GoDucksdotcom shares the motivational video shown to the team moments before they took the field for the Cal game.

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Morning Mud
■ Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Bralon Addison.

Addison returned two punts for touchdowns against California, the first for 75 yards and the second for 67 yards.

■ Andrew Greif among others was impressed with Bralon Addison's performance against Cal.

Before Saturday, Addison averaged 19.3 yards on his four returns. Now it’s up to 36.5, which is No. 1 in FBS by nearly 11 yards. His two touchdowns are tied for the national lead.

“How about Bralon Addison on those punt returns?” UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. “I think he ran 500 yards to go 70 on a return. It was incredible.”

Rob Moseley details Mark Helfrich's conference call yesterday where he talked about the four game streak of 50+ points, Oregon's #2 ranking and playing next week in Boulder among other topics.

Oregon landed a commitment from four star RB Tony James out of Gainesville, FL who attended the Cal game.

Hronnis Grasu (and really the whole team) talked about the terrible playing conditions against Cal and how the team deals with that kind of weather.

So when it came time to reflect on yet another blowout victory, all-conference center Hroniss Grasu said he took a little extra satisfaction from this one because it showed another facet of the Ducks’ impressive repertoire.

“A lot of other teams could have made excuses with this weather,’’ Grasu said. “But I think our team did a great job of keeping out the distractions of the weather, and just go out and play Oregon football. We set a standard for ourselves, and I think we met that standard.’’

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Cal 9/28/2013



Enjoy all the best moments from the game yesterday as Oregon drowned Cal 55-16. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of new uploads.

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Mark Helfrich, Nick Aliotti, Scott Frost, Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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ESPN provides a quick video recap of the game.

■ Ball security was a huge issue for both sides in the opening quarter but Oregon pounced on the majority of their fumbles and Cal did not, leading to a first quarter barrage that the Bears could never recover from as Oregon went on to win 55-16.

■ Here are all the stories from the blogs around the web:  Jason Quick gives the defense credit; Craig Murphy liked the play of Byron Marshall; Hayden Kim focuses on the monsoon conditions; Erik Skopil says the Oregon defense drowned the air-raid attack of Cal; Nathan Roholt gives his perspective; David Piper @ATQ shares his recap of the game; Dale Newton says Cal got stiff armed; GoDucks.com has their story plus a postgame notebook and then ESPN rounds out the coverage.

■ Michael Arellano, Andrew Seng, and Nate Barrett share their game photos.

■ I will have a highlight video posted later today so stay tuned.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley preview the game for today.

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Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout Team Highlights: As usual, today began with a 10-minute 11-on-11 period for the non-travel squad. Essentially, the scout team. Darren Carrington opened the period with a nice catch in traffic, Davaysia Hagger made another three plays later and Austin Daich added a third to end the period. Lane Roseberry had a long breakaway run, while outside linebackers Mike Garrity and Ivan Faulhaber had tackles on the edge to prevent similar plays. Damion Hobbs scrambled for a nice gain after not being able to find an open receiver, provided both time in pass protection and then a running lane by an offensive line of Jamal Prater, Evan Voeller, Doug Brenner, Jake Pisarcik and Matthew McFadden. Faulhaber and Tyree Robinson blanketed receivers and forced Hobbs to throw the ball away on another rep.

Then the travel squad (no, the Ducks aren't traveling this week, but that's the terminology) took the field. The first period features the entire defense dropping back, an interception being thrown and the unit reversing field to block for the returner, as they did for a couple of long ones at Virginia. Yes, they really do practice just about any scenario that might come up.

Avery Patterson looks to rebound against Cal after getting injured last year against the same team.

■ Andrew Grief and Ryan Kostecka give you a few things to look for during the game today.

Jason Quick preview the game today and has Oregon winning comfortably.

Dale Newton believes it could be a breakout game for Thomas Tyner and Derrick Malone.

Eugene Daily News see a big win for Oregon. Personally, I am going Oregon 72-10.

If you are going to the game today you better be prepared, the weather will be nasty.

John Canzano sat down with Nick Aliotti to talk a little football, the game today and other topics and there's a link to the complete podcast.

Is this the year for the Pac-12 (specifically Oregon) to win the big prize?

Ted Miller wonders did you know?

Oregon has scored touchdowns on 59.5 percent of its offensive drives this season, the highest rate in the FBS. Over the last 10 seasons, only two FBS schools (2008 Tulsa and 2011 Wisconsin) scored TDs at a more efficient rate through their first four games of a season.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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Mark Helfrich, Josh Huff, Marcus Mariota, Bralon Addison and B.J. Kelley talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

[Nick] Aliotti seemed particularly intense this morning, no doubt aware of the challenge his defense will face against California on Saturday. But by the end of the day, Aliotti deemed it the best Thursday practice so far this season for his guys. … I've reported it before, but it really is remarkable how back-and-forth the placekicking competition continues to be. Seems like whenever Alejandro Maldonado or Matt Wogan makes a kick, the other does as well. Same deal for misses. Just really hard to gauge any separation there from my vantage point. … It was a brilliant, sunny day under just patchy clouds in the stadium. The forecast Saturday night is for rain, however.

■ Ken Goe believes Cal's "air raid" attack might be a problem for Oregon. I have one word for that, ludicrous.

■ Bob Laws has pregame analysis of the Bears passing attack and predicts an Oregon victory.

■ Marcus Mariota sees an opportunity against Cal's "undisciplined" defense according to Andrew Greif.

OL Tyler Johnstone has a goal. Fewer than 10 QB sacks for the season.

Dale Newton wonders if Marcus Mariota is ready for the NFL.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell have Oregon beating Cal by at least four touchdowns.

Miller: Both teams were off last weekend, and Cal needed a break. But Autzen Stadium isn't a place to go to heal a season. I think this one might get a bit lopsided. Oregon 50, California 20.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu and Avery Patterson talks to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: The Ducks’ backfield depth was on display on consecutive plays during 11-on-11. Thomas used a sealing block by right tackle Jake Fisher, a la his 40-yd TD run at Virginia, to score from 50 yards on 1st down. On the next snap, Marshall took a pitch from Mariota and turned up field for a nice first-down run. Next, Thomas Tyner danced between the tackles and darted up field for what would have been a monster gain in full contact mode.

Helfrich called an audible at the end of the clutch period, summoning the offense from a Cottage Grove 7th and 8th grade football team that was taking in practice to face the Ducks’ No. 1 defense. The youngsters sprinted to their positions and ripped off a 10-yard rushing play before Terrance Mitchell flew in from his cornerback position to make the stop. The sight of the No. 5 scoring defense in the nation, all padded up, helmets on and showing blitz against a bunch of kids in jerseys was simply awesome.

■ Andrew Greif believes the Oregon secondary will be tested.

Cal's not intimidated? They should be.

Mark Helfrich talked with Madison Guernsey and says the Ducks will have to defend the field.

Cal QB Jared Goff will try to match Marcus Mariota on Saturday according to Ted Miller.

Three Oregon recruits will be visiting this weekend to watch the Cal game.

The Sporting News predicts Oregon playing Alabama in the national championship.

Did you know?

De’Anthony Thomas is 11 rushing attempts from qualifying for the Pac-12 career record for average yards per rush. He has 189 rushes for an 8.6 yard average, which is 1.3 yards better than record holders Reggie Bush (USC) and Jahvid Best (Cal).

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video









Nick Aliotti, Mark Helfrich, Arik Armstead and Brian Jackson talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: After focusing on the defensive half of the field Monday, I spent more time watching the offense today, and was really impressed by Josh Huff. He had a breakaway run on one of the first reps of the day, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught scoring passes from Marcus Mariota both in seven-on-seven and team drills. … B.J. Kelley had a pancake block in space to spring one of Huff's touchdowns. De'Anthony Thomas scored a rushing touchdown thanks to a pancake at the line by Mana Greig before splitting down-field blocks by Keanon Lowe and Ayele Forde, and Lowe had another block late in the day to spring another Huff touchdown. …

The scout-team quarterbacks are obviously putting the ball in the air a lot as they mimic Cal's offense, and today Taylor Alie completed a scoring pass over the top of the secondary. … Jake Rodrigues made a really tough throw in team drills, scrambling to his left and throwing back to the middle of the field for a touchdown to Chance Allen, and Jeff Lockie put some nice touch on a TD pass to Johnny Mundt.

GoDucks.com has your weekly football release where you can learn everything you need to know about the Cal game.

Dale Newton scouts the Cal Bears.

Joey Holland previews the game this weekend and doesn't hold much hope for Cal.

John Canzano compares Cal to the beav trash.

Ken Goe warns Portland residents attending the game on Saturday that it could be a very late night.

■ Jason Quick profiles Josh Huff who took the dark road to become a top receiver for the Ducks.

It was last week, during a long walk on the Oakway Golf Course near his apartment, when Josh Huff stopped at the No. 4 green, laid down and looked to the night sky.

"I saw the stars," Huff said. "And it took me back to my childhood."

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video











Mark Helfrich, Derrick Malone, Tony Washington, Rodney Hardrick and De'Anthony Thomas talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Dargan's final interception of practice came during the team "clutch" period to end the day. The defense won both scenarios, between the ones and between the twos. The offense needed to go half the field in under a minute to score a game-winning touchdown, but two plays into the drill Rodney Hardrick picked off a tipped pass with the ones. Jeff Lockie got the twos going with completions to B.J. Kelley, Byron Marshall and then Kelley again, but Dargan scored another point for the defense with an interception to end the day.

Prior to clutch, there was an entertaining 11-on-11 session against scouts on which Pharaoh Brown had a nice reception from Marcus Mariota, and Kelley hauled in a laser from Jake Rodrigues. Marshall and Thomas Tyner did some nice running between the tackles today, and Lokombo snuffed out a screen pass late in the period.

Ifo Ekpre-Olumu knows the defense will be tested against the pass-happy Bears but he is confident the Ducks will be up for the challenge.

Ted Miller and Matt Hayes both agree Oregon is at the top of the heap in the Pac-12.

Ted Miller: When Stanford led Arizona State 39-7 after three quarters, it looked like the Cardinal would return to the top perch. But then Stanford yielded its killer instinct in the fourth, and the Sun Devils' rally keeps the Ducks No. 1.

■ Jason Quick gives you a sneak peek at the Cal vs Oregon game.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday he expects "a lot of change" to the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year.

Erik McKinney notes a top prospect will be coming to the game this weekend.

Oregon's game against Colorado on October 5th has been set for a 3 PM (local time) time slot and will be carried on the Pac-12 Network.

Marcus Mariota is still on top of the Heisman Pundit's list after the bye week.

Dale Newton says Oregon's challenge will be to maintain focus in the face of mediocrity.

Under new coach Sonny Dykes the Bears have struggled in three home games to start the year. The athletic department didn't bless their new head man with the easiest of beginnings.

“I don’t think we’re that far off,” Dykes said. “We’re a very young football team. We’ve just got to grow up.”

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Johnny Mundt sat down recently with Andrew Greif for an interesting conversation. Video courtesy of Molly Blue.

Oregon is still #2 in both polls but picked up first place votes from both polls.

■ Andrew Greif looks for Oregon's conference opening win streak to continue with the game against Cal on Saturday.

Dale Newton takes a look at how former Ducks did in the NFL this week.

■ Don Gilman isn't impressed with Alabama's defense and believes Oregon is the best team in the nation at this point in the season.

There is still much Oregon can improve upon, a frightening thought for future opponents.  Despite not playing a single perfect game, they have dominated and crushed their three opponents.  There is a lot of work to do.

But for now, after three games, no one, not Alabama, Clemson or Stanford is playing better than Oregon.

They have the look of champions.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



■ Got the bye-week blues? This video of De'Anthony's best plays from last season might help ease the pain until next week's Cal game.

■ Brian Libby wonders if Oregon football received validation on the first Monday Night Football of the season and might be a building block for obtaining recruits.

■ Dale Newton believes running the gauntlet won't be easy as we head into Pac-12 play.

■ Andrew Greif says Johnny Mundt's hard work and "mean streak" has put him in line to be Oregon's next great tight end.

Pac-12 defensive coaches are hastily reworking game plans in realization that, yes, Oregon has yet another offensive weapon. One with shaggy hair who stands 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and planned on using the bye week to take a laid-back drive with friends, or possibly go spearfishing. One who, when asked what the most important thing to convey about him is, replied, “I’m not all about football.” And one whose ho-hum attitude is everything his team’s loud persona is not, yet whose on-field “mean streak” and quick rise mirrors these Ducks perfectly.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley talk about Cal, bye week activities among other topics.

■ Dale Newton says Josh Huff is a big play target in an improved passing attack.

Josh Huff is having a superb senior year. Finally healthy and with new-found maturity and perspective, The Huff is blossoming into a number one target.  Last Saturday against Tennessee he had 6 catches for 125 yards and a 54-yard touchdown.

■ Uncle Phil talked about Oregon's national championship chances during a recent shareholder meeting.

■ Passing plays have increased slightly now that Mark Helfrich is the head coach.

Of the Ducks' 216 plays against Nicholls, Virginia and Tennessee, 90 ended up as passes. That’s 41.6 percent, and doesn't account for a few called pass plays that broke down into scrambles by Mariota or one of this backups.

And of the Ducks’ 2,016 yards of total offense so far, 950 – or 47.1 percent – have come through the air.  In terms of both play calls and total offense, Oregon has been more pass-happy so far this season than in any of the six years Kelly was running the offense.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Marcus Mariota was the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week winner for his performance against Tennessee.









Mark Helfrich, De'Anthony Thomas, Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Highlights: As was the case Wednesday, there were two extended 11-on-11 sessions over the course of the morning, for the twos and threes. During the period midway through practice, Chance Allen caught touchdowns from Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues, and Lockie threw another to B.J. Kelley. Isaac Ava had a highlight for the defense, breaking up a pass to a tight end over the middle. …

In the period to end the day, Lockie threw a touchdown pass to Blake Stanton on the first possession. The No. 3 defense kept the offense out of the end zone thanks to a couple big stops by Danny Mattingly, and then the twos were back on the field, with Reggie Daniels returning a fumble to the house after a muffed exchange in the backfield. … In the final minutes of practice, Damion Hobbs ran for a short touchdown while being pursued by SAM linebacker Oshay Dunmore, and Juwaan Williams picked off a pass in the end zone.

Ted Miller says the visitors from Tennessee (those with deep pockets or connections) were highly impressed with the new operations center.

Marcus Mariota gets more Heisman love.

■ Victor Flores names names for Pac-12 players and coaches of the year.

■ Erik McKinney details upcoming Oregon recruit story lines.

■ Sam Arney gives props to some unexpected excellence from a few players.

David Melo has fond memories of the Michigan game in 2003. (Me too)

■ Matt Wogan, Alejandro Maldonado and Pharaoh Brown don't take bye week work lightly.

To Oregon's bye-week theme of staying sharp while developing new talent, we present you the cases of UO's kickers and its other tight end.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Visiting Tennessee fans had a great time at Autzen Stadium, especially during the pregame festivities.







Mark Helfrich, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu and Matt Wogan talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: The final period today was a red-zone drill for the twos and threes, 11-on-11. Lockie had touchdown passes to B.J. Kelley and Chance Allen, and Rodrigues threw one to Blake Stanton. … Michael Manns and Juwaan Williams broke up passes in the end zone; Williams had a bead on an interception until a fellow defender collided with him. … One sequence began at the 10-yard line rather than the 20, and the defense nearly held thanks to a quarterback hurry by Torrodney Prevot, a short run that Joe Walker stopped and a nice job by Bronson Yim of pushing a receiver out of bounds short of the goal line. But on fourth down, Kani Benoit bullied his way into the end zone for the score.

■ Andrew Greif and Dale Newton don't give Cal much of a chance when they come to town for the game on the 28th.

Johnny Mundt earned the John Mackey player of the week honor after his performance against Tennessee.

Younger players are getting most of the reps during the bye week where nothing slows down.

Marcus Mariota is getting lots of Heisman buzz as well as De'Anthony Thomas.

■ Michelle Friedlander believes Torrodney Prevot could be the next Dion Jordan.

Here's a fun article, sounds like Kirk Herbstreit loves the Ducks.

“It’s funny, when you get outside of the PAC-12, people kind of poo-poo Oregon as if that Oregon speed can’t match up with the bigger schools that have big defensive linemen. I’m telling you, the fan in me wants to see Oregon get a chance in the big game against an SEC powerhouse like Alabama or LSU in the national championship. People want to say LSU already played Oregon. That was different time in a different era and a different LSU team. Oregon was very young with De’Anthony Thomas and some of their true freshmen. Oregon does not get the credit they deserve on a national level. Right now, them and Alabama are on a different playing field than everybody else after the first three weeks.”

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



GoDucksdotcom shares the motivational video shown to the team before the Tennessee game.











Brian Jackson, Johnny Mundt, Marcus Mariota, Colt Lyerla and Mark Helfrich talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: The play of the day was by receiver Darren Carrington, who went up in the back corner of the end zone and won a wrestling match for the ball with a defender. "He's one of those guys that could be a special player, and he showed why he could be with that catch today," UO quarterback Marcus Mariota said. … Jake Rodrigues and Daryle Hawkins also connected for a touchdown in the red zone, while Chris Seisay and Bronson Yim came down with interceptions. … New walk-on tight end Davasyia Hagger also had a play of the day, reaching back and making a one-handed grab during 3-on-2.

■ Gregg Easterbrook at ESPN has a really good read on the Pacific Northwest is sitting on top of the football world.

Evidently Mark Helfrich and Colt Lyerla have made up.

You'll see Oregon mentioned numerous times in the latest edition of Pac-12 stat attack.

■ Marcus Mariota is putting up some special numbers.

Nick Aliotti believes good just isn't good enough, the goal is to be great.

■ Victor Flores has a short Q&A session with Matt Wogan.

■ Dale Newton likes the story behind TE Johnny Mundt. Here is a sample from Dale's article:

Billy Hylla is the Central Catholic Athletic Director and defensive coordinator. When Johnny Mundt committed to Oregon in the summer of 2012, A.J. Jacobson of rivals.com gave him a call. What kind of a kid is he? Jacobson asked.

"The special thing about him as that sometimes your hardest worker isn't always your best athlete. John is the exception to that. He is a phenomenal athlete plus he's one of our toughest kids. He is our hardest worker and he is a leader. He is the complete package that you look for in a football player."

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



■ Craig Pintens walks you through the new additions to Autzen Stadium.



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley wrap up the Tennessee game.

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Morning Mud
Ted Miller and Matt Hayes have Oregon in the top position in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Ted: The power rankings are about reacting to the latest games as well as the cumulative body of work and general perception of butt-kicking ability. The Ducks are now tops in all three. And after witnessing Mark Helfrich's tour-de-force presser following his team's bludgeoning of Tennessee, reporters realized we've still got some Chip Kelly wiseacre to enjoy.

MattAfter a stellar freshman season, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota looks better than ever in 2013. He's a more accurate thrower, his passes have more velocity and he's still a serious threat in the quarterback run game. If you're not going to pay attention to Oregon until the Stanford game, you're ignoring one of the two can't-miss players in the game: Johnny Manziel and [Marcus] Mariota.

■ Jon Wilner likes the new Pac-12 Networks media partner, AT&T/U-verse.

■ Dale Newton gives the kicking duo of Wogan and Maldonado their due.

Charles Fisher breaks down Oregon's aerial attack during the Tennessee game.

■ Edward Aschoff hopes the dream matchup of Oregon vs Alabama happens for the final BCS championship.

Saturday put college football in the right direction toward everything we'd want in a BCS finale: Alabama and Oregon.

We can only hope that the football gods will be forgiving in the year that we lay the BCS to rest.

■ Rob Moseley notes that all the time LB Derrick Malone spends in the film room is paying dividends.

Three weeks into the season, there are no more lingering questions. Malone led the Ducks with 11 tackles against Nicholls to open the year, and with 12 at Virginia. After another four against Tennessee, Malone has a team-high 27 tackles, the most by a UO defender through three games since Casey Matthews had 31 in 2009.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and updated his bowl projections with the
Ducks in the championship game.

He completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in the blowout win over Tennessee. He also rushed for 27 yards and a TD.

Oregon maintains their firm grasp in both polls at #2.

■ Rob Moseley details the Sunday teleconference with head coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich touches on getting better, resting the veterans and clarifies the Colt Lyerla situation. Evidently Lyerla didn't like it a whole lot.

It’s been suggested that Helfrich’s preferred term, ‘circumstances,’ could lead to speculation that is unfair to players.

“I don’t think there’s any negative connotation to the word ‘circumstances,’” Helfrich said. “(But) going forward, if ‘circumstances’ is considered negative, then I’ll think of another way to say nothing.”

Ken Goe has been impressed with Oregon this year and especially Marcus Mariota.

Dale Newton gives the defense credit for their performance this year.

Nick Aliotti singled out the defensive line for a great team effort in holding their own against a big Tennessee offensive line, a concern during the week. They weren't pushed back, and made a lot of plays as a unit. Oregon's defensive line has terrific agility and athletic ability to go with their great depth, and so far this season they've succeeded in getting off blocks and making tackles rather than just tying up defenders and leaving everything to the linebackers and secondary. Aliotti noted that the challenge gets sterner in the weeks ahead. "We haven't really been tested," he said.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Tennessee



■ Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from the game yesterday. Enjoy the show.

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Mark Helfrich, Nick Aliotti, Scott Frost, Marcus Mariota, Taylor Hart and Johnny Mundt talk with the media after yesterday's game. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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KEZI shares their news coverage video of the blowout victory as Oregon beat Tennessee 59-14.

■ Before I get into all the coverage stories just going to take a moment to say Johnny who? I wish ESPN/ABC would fire Ed Cunningham, guy has to be the worst broadcast commentator in the business.

Onto the stories: Andrew Greif noted Tennessee hadn't lost that bad in over a hundred years; Jason Quick believes Tennessee left the field feeling humiliated; Rob Moseley has a postgame notebook along with news, notes and quotesMadison Guernsey called it a win but not in the usual fashion; Chris Charbonnier called it a dominating performance; Ted Miller says Mariota was dynamic; Jake Tabor called it a good old-fashioned rout; John Canzano believes Johnny Manziel would likely have been the mop up QB had he decided to stay at Oregon; ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the stories.

■ Richard Kolbell, Oregon Daily Emerald and Bruce Ely share their photos from the game.

■ I'll have my highlight video for the game posted later today on YouTube and here of course so stay tuned.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley from GoDucks.com preview the Tennessee game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

The day began as usual with 10 minutes of 11-on-11 for guys on the scout team, but running Oregon's plays instead of the opponent's. Damion Hobbs had a nice option run, David Kafovalu broke up a pass at the line and Mike Garrity had a tackle for loss in the backfield. Kani Benoit made a nice cut to get to the second level on a run, guard Jamal Prater took at least one snap at left tackle and there was a spirited battle between Stetzon Bair and Jake Pisarcik, with Bair driving Pisarcik backward at the snap before Pisarcik set his feet and got Bair going in the other direction.

Ted Miller wonders did you know?

De’Anthony Thomas has scored five offensive touchdowns this season on just 31 combined rushes and receptions (6.2 Rush & Rec per TD). That’s even better than the FBS-leading pace at which he’s scored during his Oregon career (7.3 Rush & Rec per TD).

Bob Laws does an analysis of the game today and Jason Quick previews the matchup with Tennessee.

■ Erik McKinney notes it will be a big recruiting weekend for the Tennessee game.

■ Will freshman Johnny Mundt see extended playing time if Colt Lyerla continues to drop the ball?

Matt Krook begins practice with the baseball team after his "draft saga."

■ My prediction for today's game. Oregon 52 Tennessee 20.

I linked to a Ken Goe post yesterday where he had five questions for Tennessee. Dave had his own five questions that were in the comments and here they are:

1) Can you take us through how you felt watching LaMichael carve out that unbelievable run in the last meeting?

2) From your perspective, do your uniforms look a little "bitchy?"

3) Why are you so racist?

4) If you had to guess which Oregon defender will end your quarterback's season with a mind-blowing hit, which defender do you think it would be?

5) Can you even spell Volunteer?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Dan Patrick talked with Marcus Mariota yesterday and it's a pretty good listen.





Nate Costa and Brian Jackson talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Mark Helfrich called today Oregon's "best mental day of the year." He acknowledged a somewhat sloppy day earlier this week, but made it sound like the Ducks were definitely back on track by this morning. … Matt Wogan nailed a 33-yard field goal early in the day. Alejandro Maldonado has taken both of the Ducks' field-goal attempts through two games, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Wogan get a shot at some point. Would still figure to see Maldonado take the first attempt in a game. … Not the edgiest of predictions, but I gotta think Johnny Mundt finally gets his first career reception this week. He's played a ton of snaps the last two weeks but hasn't caught a pass yet.

Ryan Kostecka compares how Oregon and Tennessee stack up to each other.

Dale Newton also looks at the matchup with Tennessee.

■ Ken Goe has five questions for for a Knoxville reporter. You have your five ready Dave?

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell have both predicted an Oregon victory this Saturday.

Tom Osborne doubts we'll see many more dropped passes from Colt Lyerla.

■ Scott Heineman and Cole Irvin have made the list of summer league top prospects released by Baseball America today. Oregon baseball isn't too far away fans.

■ Will Thomas Tyner continue Oregon's running back legacy?

As many know, including Tyner himself, Oregon has had somewhat of a legacy at the running back position. Tyner said that he has drawn inspiration from past players and has even talked to some.

“After my first game, LaMichael (James) actually said congratulations to me and a bunch of other people … And I was like whoa, this is crazy and even Jonathan Stewart said something to me,” said Tyner after Monday’s practice. “It definitely motivates me having those caliber players telling me congrats.”

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Mark Helfrich and Arik Armstead talk to reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: That red-zone drill also included rushing touchdowns by De'Anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner, and a scoring pass from Jake Rodrigues to Chance Allen. … Allen had one of the plays of the day during a one-on-one drill also conducted in the red zone, leaping and twisting his body to haul in a pass. … Keanon Lowe had two nice touchdowns during that one-on-one period, one thanks to a beautifully thrown ball by Dustin Haines that led Lowe perfectly while he was still in the middle of making a break in his route. … Bronson Yim had a diving interception for the scout defense after a pass was tipped by a receiver. … DeForest Buckner, Joe Walker, Rahim Cassell and Rodney Hardrick all had big hits on the defensive field during the red-zone work.

■ Andrew Greif says Tennessee's quarterback isn't very mobile but still very good.

■ Ryan Kosteck sits down with Tyler Johnstone for a little Q&A regarding Saturday's game against Tennessee among other topics.

Troy Hill has taken the long road to play football and ensure a future beyond the field.

■ Dale Newton believes six plays at the beginning of the Virginia game show why the Ducks keep winning.

With the Ducks increased emphasis on the intermediate passing game, they have more options in recovering from negative plays, and they've done a solid job in that area over the first two games. Knowledgeable fans will watch closely to see if that trend continues against tougher opponents, beginning with a ball-hawking Tennessee defense that forced 7 turnovers last weekend.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfirch's press conference and Boseko Lokombo plus Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: After the kickoff team did some full-speed reps yesterday, the kickoff return team was in action this morning, though without live tackling. De'Anthony Thomas returned the very first rep for a "touchdown," and it looked to me like the "thud" tempo had nothing to do with that; it was a legitimate return. Now, of course, the question is whether any opponent will kick it to him in a game this season. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also had what looked to me like a legitimate breakaway "touchdown" return. Otherwise the scouts did a good job in coverage, including one return that was completely bottled up by scouts Bronson Yim and Blake Stanton.

■ The Pac-12 Conference announced yesterday that De'Anthony Thomas was named the offensive player of the week for his performance against Virginia.

OregonLive has the audio podcast with Mark Helfrich during his weekly conference call where he commented on Derrick Malone, Thomas Tyner and playing at maximum speed among other topics.

■ Marcus Mariota knows his accuracy numbers are down from last year and is working on improvement.

■ Tennessee coach Butch Jones calls Oregon Ducks "probably the most complete team I've seen in a number of years."

■ Thomas Tyner hopes that his 19th birthday on Saturday can rival his 18th birthday last year.

Learn all you need to know about the game on Saturday with this weeks football release.

■ Jason Quick notes LB Derrick Malone and Oregon's front lines have something to prove.

Ted Miller has the Pac-12 stats for week two and you'll find plenty Ducks on the list.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the Oregon running game and De'Anthony Thomas in particular.

De'Anthony Thomas is a great college football player, one of the most unique and exciting talents in the history of the game. Over his career he's averaged a touchdown every 8.5 times he touches the ball, and several of those have been of the "wow, what just happened!" variety. He stuns opposing crowds to silence. He can make an opposing tackler look silly in the open field, or other times he simply outruns them with an unknown gear only a few players ever possess.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.



Charles Fisher talks about the good, the bad and the twist of the offense during the Virginia game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: The day began with the sort of balanced play you want to see when the ones face the ones. In FUJI to open the morning, De'Anthony Thomas busted loose for a decent gain and then on the next play was swallowed up in the backfield by Tony Washington. … I was impressed by several tough catches by young receivers over the middle over the course of the day. Chance Allen reached behind him to catch a pass from Jake Rodrigues, Darren Carrington leaped to haul in a pass thrown by Damion Hobbs while rolling out, and B.J. Kelley made a nice grab of a Marcus Mariota pass. …. Couple nice interceptions today, by Issac Dixon and Dior Mathis.

Finally, you have to love the reaction from [De'Anthony] Thomas today after being told he was named Pac-12 player of the week for the first time. "I'm just here to make plays," he said. "That doesn't matter. It's week three, time to make some more plays."

■ Jason Quick has more comments on the Monday practice.

Dale Newton and Jason Quick give you a sneak peek at the Tennessee Volunteers.

Marcus Mariota tops the list of Heisman hopefuls after the Virginia game.

Everyone wants to know about the Ducks and Dale Newton was happy to oblige Movoli Sports.

Chip Kelly and the Eagles had fun last night, especially in the first half.

■ Ted Miller still has Oregon ranked #2 in the Pac-12 power rankings but it might be the last week.

If Oregon approaches the monstrous butt-kicking it gave Virginia at home against Tennessee, then it probably will be time to move Oregon up to No. 1. And another dominant performance, this time against an SEC team, would probably move the "what will Mark Helfrich do" talk to the background.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



ESPN's Heather Dinich talks with De'Anthony Thomas after the game last Saturday. (Get faster? I like it.)

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for De'Anthony Thomas.

Thomas, looking like a much more polished, complete running back than in the past, rushed for 124 yards on just 11 carries -- 11.3 yards per pop -- and scored three TDs in the Ducks' blowout win. He also caught one pass for 28 yards, but his catching just one ball shows that he's really a RB and not as much a "slash."

■ Jackson Long looks at the other side of the argument calling the Virginia trip a huge success.

Rob Moseley says the preparation for the heat in Virginia paid off.

Oregon maintains their #2 ranking in both the AP and coaches poll.

■ GoDucks.com has a post game notebook with stats and facts.

Jason Quick and Dale Newton give the defense the credit they deserve amid the gaudy offensive stats.

Nathan Roholt and Andrew Greif both look at De'Anthony's role this year.

Mark Helfrich held his weekly teleconference yesterday and here are some of his comments.

■ Dale Newton talks about Thomas Tyner's dazzling debut.

Thomas Tyner touched the ball four times in his first action as a Duck, in mop-up time of a decided game, but what he showed fans in that brief stint has everyone projecting and speculating on his value, output and potential as a first-year player.

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Virginia 9/7/2013



Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays against Virginia on September 7, 2013. Enjoy!

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Morning Mud: Bonus Video











Nick Aliotti, Gary Campbell, Marcus Mariota, De'Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KEZI shares their game coverage wrap up of the Virginia game where the Ducks won 59-10.

■ Game coverage stories abound, here are just a few.Jason Quick called it sloppy at times but still a big win; Ken Goe calls this Ducks team better than ever;  Dale Newton sees room for growth; Beth Maiman called it a dominating performance; Andrew Greif believes De'Anthony provided big answers in the first road victory of the year; Josh Hall says the Ducks ran roughshod over the Cavaliers; Rob Moseley has news, notes and quotes about the victory; ESPN and GoDucks.com wrap up the coverage.

Dale Newton considers the Heisman outlook for Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas.

Andrew Greif looks at some interesting numbers from the game yesterday.

Dior Mathis' 97-yard interception return, which is tied for the second longest in Oregon history with Kenny Wheaton in 1994 and Kenny Bryant in 1977... (...and the longest non-scoring pick in Ducks history)

I will have my game highlight video posted later today so stay tuned.

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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



AndyMac and Rob Moseley from GoDucks.com preview the Virginia game coming later today.



Tyler Johnstone hosts the second episode of "Moose Time" as the offensive line hangs out at the new Hatfield-Dowlin complex. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

The Ducks are scheduled to leave Eugene at 11 a.m. PT, arrive in Richmond, Va., some five hours later, about 7 p.m. ET, and then bus to Charlottesville. The team scheduled its up-tempo Friday practice for 8 a.m. today, and had I attended, it would have been a really tight turn-around to get a report posted, race to the airport, drop bags at the charter terminal, go back through security, etc.

Fears of missing my first trip with the team danced in my head when I saw that schedule. And I'll be darned if I'm going to be that guy. This week, at least.

So, no practice for me today. Just this once. I hope.

■ Andrew Greif has five things to watch for in the game today. Of course, I think Dave's comment on this post has five better things to watch for.

Jason Quick has a "quick preview" of the game today.

■ Bob Laws gives you a pre-game analysis of the game today and explains a few of the plays you'll likely see from Virginia.

Will Virginia slow down Oregon's run game? Probably not in my opinion. Virginia is not Stanford.

Dale Newton has a prediction thread going for the game, comment here.

Ted Miller wonders, "did you know?"

Oregon’s offensive tempo was as fast as ever in Mark Helfrich’s debut as head coach. The Ducks ran one play per every 16 seconds, tied for their fastest pace in the last 10 seasons. They had eight touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or less, the most for any FBS team in Week 1. Seven of those eight drives were at least 60 yards long. Last season, Oregon had an FBS-high 45 touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or less and ran a play every 20 seconds, which was tied for the fifth-fastest pace.

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