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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Oregon Highlights - 2013 Civil War



It wasn't the "prettiest" game of the regular season but it was nice to end it with a win. Great game by Josh Huff, nice to seem him end his career at Autzen with a game winning TD. Enjoy.

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Nick Aliotti, Josh Huff, Marcus Mariota and Brian Jackson talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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KEZI recaps the Oregon 36 - beavs 35 victory for their news program last night.

■ A win is a win is a win but something sure doesn't feel right if you know what I mean as Oregon pulled it out in the end for their tenth win of the season. Thankfully, Josh Huff and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu came to play.

Lots of game stories to here we go: Andrew Greif also like Ifo's performance on defense; Jason Quick believes this will be one of those Civil Wars that will be talked about for a long time; Steve Summers gives the defense credit; Dale Newton wonders where the team is headed next year; Victor Flores called it a thrilling game; Rob Moseley says Josh Huff cemented his name in Civil War lore - how the Ducks found their mojo down the stretch - and has a postgame notebook; ESPN the New York Times and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.

■ Lots of game photos from the ODE, GoDucks.com and the Oregonian.

I'll be back later today with my highlight video so stay tuned.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

beaver Jokes

■ The gift that keeps on giving. These never get old, enjoy!

Q: What's the difference between the beavers and a dollar bill?
A: You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

Two osu football players, Bubba and Tiny, were taking an important exam. If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the big game the following week. The exam was "fill in the blank" and the last question read, "Old MacDonald had a____." Bubba was stumped -- he had no idea what to answer, but he knew he needed to get this one right to be sure he passed. Making sure the teacher wasn't watching, he tapped Tiny in the shoulder. "Tiny, what's the answer to the last question?"

Tiny laughed, then looked around to make sure the professor hadn't noticed. He turned to Bubba and said, "Bubba, you're so stupid. Everyone knows that Old MacDonald had a FARM."

"Oh yeah," said Bubba, "I remember now." he picked up his No. 2 pencil and started to write the answer in the blank. Then he stopped. Tapping Tiny on the shoulder, he whispered, "Tiny, how do you spell farm?"

"You are really dumb, Bubba. that's so easy," hissed Tiny, "farm is spelled ‘E-I-E-I-O’."


Q: What has twenty legs and three teeth???
A: The first row at reser stadium


Did you hear the osu library burned down?
The saddest part was that half the books weren't colored in yet.


Q: What do you call a Beav with 1/2 a brain???
A: Gifted


Mike Riley is only dressing 10 players for the osu game against Oregon.
The rest of the team will get dressed by themselves.


 Q: What are the best four years of a beaver grad's life?
A: Third grade


osu Computer Terminology:
Logon -- Makin' the wood stove hotter
Download -- Gettin' the farwood off the truck
Floppy disk -- What you get from carrying too much farwood
Hard Drive -- Gettin' yer pickup home from the bar
Windows -- What to shut when it's cold outside
Chip -- Vittles to eat when yer sitting in front of the TV
Modem -- Whatcha done to the hayfields
Dot Matrix -- Bubba Matrix's wife
Lap top -- Where the kittycat sleeps
Software -- Those dang plastic forks and spoons
Mouse -- The reason you put out the D-Con
Main frame -- The part that holds up the barn roof
Apple - whatcha' eat when you put your teeth in.
Mac - whatcha' eat when your special lady comes over.
Keyboard - where you hang your screwdriver that starts the Datsun.
Cpu - the pretty robot in star wars.
Monitor - that thingy on your ankle the sheriff makes you wear.
Megabyte - your favorite dinner sausage at 7-11

Q: What the difference between the beavs and Cheerios???
A:Cheerios usually end up in a bowl

The recent budget cuts have taken a serious toll at OSU

They have had to cut both drivers education and sexual education courses

When the campus mule died last week, there just wasn't enough money to replace her

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in corvallis?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA


Q: What do you call a beav with 2 brain cells???
A: Pregnant

If Chuck Norris coached the beavs, he'd roundhouse kick himself in the face.

Q: How do you know the toothbrush was invented at osu?
A: If it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush.

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in corvallis?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA


Did you hear about the power outage in Corvallis?
30 people were stuck on the escalator for five hours.

What does the average Corvallis high school student get on their SAT?
Drool

Why did they raise the drinking age in Corvallis to 25?
They wanted to keep booze out of the high schools.

What's the most popular pickup line in Corvallis?
Nice tooth.

Did you hear that the President of OSU's mansion burned down over the weekend? Almost took the whole trailer park with it.

Mike Riley passes away, and God rewards him with a house in heaven. Mike doesn't want to be disrespectful, or ungrateful, but can't help but ask why he was given such a small home, but Chip Kelly has the huge mansion on the hill, decked out with everything Ducks...people laughing and having a great time there. God replied," Oh Mike, that's not Chip's house...that's my house."

Why don't OSU football players count sheep to fall asleep at night? They have other plans for their four legged friends.

I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.

What do you call a Beaver golfing with an IQ of 120?
A foursome!

What's the biggest lie told in Corvallis?
"I was just helping that sheep over the fence."

Why do Beaver football players only wear Levi 501 jeans?
Zippers make Sheep nervous.

Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!

What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"

An OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."

One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"

What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.

Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.

How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.

What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.

Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.

How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.

Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.

Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.

What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.

What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"

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Morning Mud: Bonus Video



A little motivational video to get your Friday morning started courtesy of robbie p.

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Duck Stud: Morning Mud



KEZI previews the Civil War and the mind of Nick Aliotti.

■ Andrew Greif gives his perspective on the Civil War.

In an underground parking garage there, just around the corner from the cold water tubs players dip into after each practice, a spraypainted mural reminds everybody about this rivalry’s place in Oregon’s world. It depicts the Duck mascot beating up its Beaver (beav trash) counterpart.

■ Connor Letourneau shares his five things to watch for today.

■ Dale Newton talks about avoiding a second helping of turkey.

Scott Frost understands what's behind the lapse in Oregon's fortunes...“It’s going to be a little crack here, a little crack there, a little problem here, a little problem there. We've got a lot of guys around here that are used to winning all the time. We've got to make sure that everybody in this program understands nobody is going to give us any games. Every team in this conference is good enough to beat you if we’re not taking care of our business.”

The Ducks have more talent, provided they come ready to play and cut down on the self-inflicted wounds. After a slightly overcooked, dried-out season, a sixth year of 10 wins would be a nice dessert.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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■ Autzen Stadium has many traditions, but this is one that few Duck fans are familiar with. Go behind the scenes with GoDucks.com and learn about the pregame catch shared by father and son, Tom and Tyler Osborne.

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Happy Thanksgiving
■ Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends, enjoy your day and be safe out there if you are travelling.

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

So far, Mark Helfrich likes what he’s seen from the Ducks’ response to their second loss, which knocked them out of the Pac-12 title race.

He told players after practice this has been “a really good work week” so far, and that film review showed yesterday’s practice to be the best, most physical “Wednesday” workout of the season. (The Ducks’ practice schedule is moved up a day because of the Friday game, making Tuesday of this week like a Wednesday on the practice calendar.)

But the true test, Oregon knows, comes Friday, in the mentality the Ducks bring into the game. It will be senior day, with a rival on hand. But the Ducks can’t just assume those factors will spark their intensity. They need to bring it individually, and not sit back and wait for a teammate to do so.

■ Hayden Kim and Justin Wise sat down with Josh Huff and Derrick Malone for a Q&A session recently.

ESPN and the Oregonian have a gallery of photos through the years of the Civil War.

■ Andrew Greif says the defense will need to improve their third down defense against the beavs.

Dale Newton reminds us there is still a lot to play for in this edition of the Civil War.

In a rivalry game, much like a bowl game, winning often comes down to who wants it more, which team has more effort and energy left in a season that has already played out. For 19 of the Ducks this will be their last game at Autzen. Players like Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi, Brian Jackson, Bo Lokombo, Avery Patterson, Ricky Heimuli, Josh Huff, Everett Benyard, Daryle Hawkins and Dustin Haines have an opportunity to end their careers undefeated against OSU, and that would be an accomplishment they'd celebrate whenever they came to visit the Hatfield-Dowlin as old men.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Nick Aliotti, Derrick Malone, Tony Washington, Troy Hill and Avery Patterson talk to the media after practice yesterday. (FYI - Patterson is talking about Nick Aliotti) Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: Tyner had a couple of long, breakaway runs during 11-on-11 drills, and a sweet one-handed catch during one-on-ones in the red zone. … De'Anthony Thomas also was really explosive today, a good sign should Marshall’s issue linger. … Matt Wogan began the day with a made field goal, but Mark Helfrich had awarded the defense a time out just before the snap. Wogan had to kick it again, from 44 yards out, and made it again. …

During a period heavy on run plays, DeForest Buckner, Taylor Hart, Rahim Cassell and Danny Mattingly all came up with stops. … Buckner, Hart and Arik Armstead also stood out in pass-rush drills, as did Hamani Stevens, Jake Fisher and Andre Yruretagoyena on offense.

■ Justin Wise sat down with Taylor Hart and talked about his role as a leader and playing his last game at Autzen Stadium.

GoDucks.com has your weekly football release posted for the Civil War.

Marcus Mariota is good to go against the beavs.

■ Erik Skopil says the Ducks want more out of this season than a loss against the beavs.

■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ says it was just one game, have a little faith Duck fans.

■ Dale Newton likes Oregon's latest commit, DE Henry Mondeaux out of Jesuit H.S. in the Portland area. (That's right, I don't even link city names that contain that dreaded phrase.)

Thinking about going to the Oregon vs Cal game next year? Make your travel plans now.

The Golden Bears announced Tuesday that they will host the Ducks on a Friday night next season, Oct. 24, 2014. The game will be nationally televised by either ESPN or FOX, and will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the new home venue for the San Francisco 49ers as of next season.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Mark Helfrich, Scott Frost, Marcus Mariota and Keanon Lowe talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: The best highlight overall was Mariota’s presence, after the quarterback “got my bell rung a little bit” making a tackle after an interception late in Saturday’s game. He said he went through concussion tests, “passed everything and my symptoms are good.” That was perhaps bad news for Oregon’s scout-team secondary, which got picked apart pretty good during a practice period focused on passing plays this morning.

■ Jonathan Hawthorne sat down with Tony Washington for a short Q&A session.

Lindsay Schnell previews the Civil War.

Ken Goe says the leaders of the team have to step up.

Charles Fisher analyzes a new play he noticed during the game last week.

■ Matt Daddy @ATQ says it's all about redemption.

■ Josh Hall is confident the Ducks will regroup and win the Civil War. While I might not be quite as confident as Josh, I do believe Oregon won't let off the throttle against the beav trash, I just hope they can find the pedal.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Mark Helfrich talked to the media yesterday and here some quotes from the teleconference regarding the Civil War, Mariota's health and Thanksgiving.

■ Oregon fell in the AP and BCS polls after the debacle at Tucson.

■ Ted Miller figures the Ducks will be in the Alamo bowl in they win the Civil War this week.

■ Ken Goe takes a look at the upcoming Civil War.

■ Dale Newton says the Ducks need to find pride and purpose in the next few days.

Friday's game with the beavers, between two teams coming off embarrassing, listless defeats, threatens to be as uninspired and anti-climactic as that one. A scoreless tie isn't likely, but the story of the game will be which team finds its soul and resolve in time to answer the bell.

Nothing about Saturday convinces anyone it will be the Ducks.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Arizona



■ It's always hard to watch a game where we lost but there were some very good plays. Unfortunately they didn't translate into many points. We'll make it up for it next week during the Civil War.

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Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas talk with the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
■ It has been a long time since we have had to endure such a painful, lopsided loss, where you knew it was over before the game even ended. Sad thing was, we did it to ourselves. Turnovers, penalties and dropped balls killed any momentum we had on multiple series during the game.

Not that you really want to read them but here are the stories from bloggers and the media: Steve Summers says we were out-manned, outplayed and outcoached; Andrew Greif believes injuries played a part; Dale Newton called it a debacle; David Piper says it's the end of an era; Ted Miller reminds us that Karma is a bitch; Rob Moseley questions the focus of the team, the numerous miscues and has a postgame notebook; articles from ESPN, the New York Times and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.

■ Here are some photos from Thomas Boyd plus the ODE crew.

On to the Civil War and take our frustrations out on some beav trash.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Here is a little motivation on a fine Saturday for some Duck football. Video courtesy of robbie p. with a little help from yours truly.



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley preview the Arizona game.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: I’d mention that Danny Mattingly blew up a pass play with a blitz up the middle, but you’re probably tired of hearing his name in this space day after day. No? More Mattingly? … Couple nice moments for the quarterbacks. Damion Hobbs reached the end zone twice on keepers, and Taylor Alie rolled to his left then threw back across the field into the end zone. … Juwaan Williams has been primarily a cornerback, but he took some safety reps this morning. Typical broadening of a young player’s skill set, I presume.

■ Ryan Kostecka previews today's game.

Andrew Greif has five things to watch for in today's game at Tuscon.

Dale Newton has your keys to the game.

■ Glenn Ihenacho out of Gardena, CA committed to the Ducks Thursday night after visiting for the Utah game last weekend.

Molly Blue has fond memories of the battle with Arizona back in 2009.

■ I believe the spread on the Oregon-Arizona game is somewhere in the vicinity of 20 points in Oregon's favor but I will go out on a limb here and say Oregon 56 - Arizona 24.

■ Ted Miller wonders did you know?

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has an FBS-high 93.0 opponent-adjusted QBR. That is on pace to be the third-highest mark in the last 10 seasons after Andrew Luck (94.5 in 2010) and Russell Wilson (94.2 in 2011).

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Mark Helfrich talks 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.

Observations: A layer of frost covered Autzen Stadium’s field prior to practice, and remained there in areas still covered by shadows later in the morning. … That said, at least eight players went without long sleeves despite sub-freezing temperatures for the start of practice. On offense: Mana Greig, Hamani Stevens, Matt Pierson and Kani Benoit. On defense: Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Wade Keliikipi, Cody Carriger and Rodney Hardrick. … A new addition to the practice playlist today: Arizona’s fight song.

■ Hayden Kim and Josh Schlichter preview the game at Arizona.

■ Jonathan Hawthorne sits down with Arik Armstead for a question and answer session.

■ Joseph Hoyt has a nice piece on Byron Marshall. Well worth the read.

Need some new shoes? These go on sale today.

Kevin Gemmell lets you need to know what Pac-12 games to watch this weekend with the Oregon vs Arizona game leading the list.

Rob Moseley has fun story on what it's like to be in the coaches box at Autzen stadium on gameday.

■ Josh White shares ten amazing facts about the #5 Ducks.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell share their predictions for the Pac-12 games this weekend.

Kevin Gemmell: The Ducks smell blood. Things swung back in their favor after Stanford’s loss to USC, and I don't see them giving up control again this season. Rich Rodriguez said his team is looking for national respect. Topping Oregon would help, but with Marcus Mariota near 100 percent, the Ducks will seize the moment. Oregon 49, Arizona 24

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Mark Helfrich, Tyree & Tyrell RobinsonRicky Havili-Heimuli and Boseko Lokombo talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI and the Register Guard.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: Two linebackers stood out to me during the first 11-on-11 period, a "good on good" session between the two-deep on offense and defense. Boseko Lokombo stuffed an outside run and then, on the very next play, an inside run... 

During red-zone drills, Mariota had touchdowns to Thomas and Mundt. And in one of the final periods of the day, center Karrington Armstrong did a nice job of pulling out and sealing a linebacker off so that Ayele Forde could get to the outside for a long gain.

Dale Newton previews the Arizona game this weekend.

■ Victor Flores has a quick Q&A with Alejandro Maldonado who isn't considering a NFL career after college.

Ken Goe looks back at the classic 2009 battle between Oregon and Arizona.

■ Andrew Greif looks at ways Oregon can slow down Ka'Deem Carey.

Kevin Gemmell reminds us that Oregon controls their Rose Bowl destiny.

■ Ted Miller can't believe the Heisman voters have forgotten about Marcus Mariota.

Mariota is the best quarterback in the country. We know this because the numbers say so. He fronts the nation's No. 5 team and an offense that averages 51 points and 580 yards per game. 

He has passed for 25 touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception. After throwing three touchdown passes against Utah, he extended his Pac-12 record streak of pass attempts without an interception to 353. The old mark was 216 by USC's Brad Otton from 1994-95, so Mariota hasn't merely broken the record, he has stomped it into oblivion.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Mark Helfrich, Nick Aliotti, Steve Greatwood and Hroniss Grasu talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: It was one of those days for Marcus Mariota, who had a number of beautiful touchdown passes over the course of the morning. The best might have been one thrown on the run, rolling to his right, to a wide-open Bralon Addison over the middle. … But it wasn't a perfect morning for Mariota, who was intercepted by Terrance Mitchell early in the day. … Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner looked particularly explosive in rushing drills, De'Anthony Thomas took the first rep in kickoff return drills to the house, and pass-rush drills featured dominant reps by Jake Fisher, Hroniss Grasu and Ricky Havili-Heimuli.

■ Joseph Hoyt got a chance to sit down with Kenny Bassett recently for a little question and answer session.

GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted where you can learn all you need to know about the game this weekend.

■ OL Braden Eggert gave his verbal to Oregon yesterday.

■ Andrew Greif has a nice story on how Ifo Ekpre-Olomu makes his family proud.

“It's just something special,” Ifo said of his background. “I can share different culture, especially when I have my own family.”

As the second son in a family already with two sisters, Ifo completed the symmetry; he fit well. His name befits his accomplishments for No. 5 Oregon, too, where he completes a beaten but undaunted defense, and his projected fit in the NFL, where he’s a likely first-round pick in May should he forgo his senior season.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video









Mark Helfrich, Josh Huff, De'Anthony Thomas and Brian Jackson talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: The day began with a “clutch” situation for the placekicking unit and Matt Wogan. They responded by drilling a 37-yard field goal. … Pharaoh Brown has some sticky, sticky hands. During one-on-ones he turned back to catch a pass and literally just palmed it with one hand. … A couple of absolute dimes from seven-on: touchdowns by Mariota to Bralon Addison, and Jeff Lockie to Chance Allen. Mariota hit Addison in the back of the end zone, over a leaping safety at the goal line, making for a very small window in which to complete the pass.

Ted Miller has Oregon back where they belong in the latest edition of the Pac-12 power rankings.

■ John Canzano had a little one-on-one time with Marcus Mariota on his radio show, podcast here.

Jason Quick talks about Mariota's knee which is almost back to 100%.

Charles Fisher analyzes a few plays from the Utah game.

Justin Wise has a Q&A session with Josh Huff.

Rusty Ryan @ATQ has a fun piece on why we love our Ducks and how big things have small beginnings.

■ All eyes are focused on Arizona this week even though USC did us a huge favor last Saturday.

The first order of business is Arizona (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12), which boasts the nation’s second-leading rusher in junior Ka’Deem Carey and an experienced and physical defense.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich has always preached the “one-game-at-a-time” approach, and he said this college football season should provide enough warning to his team that no victory is ever a given.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley notes the Ducks will be in much better spirits when they take the practice field today compared to last Monday.

This week, it could be a doubly rejuvenated Oregon team that enters the Moshofsky Center on Monday. Not only did the now-No. 5 Ducks rebound with a 44-21 victory over Utah on Saturday, but Stanford lost at USC, putting Oregon back in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 North division.

"We got some help from a strange friend," Helfrich said Sunday evening. "That's a reality. But a lot of things can happen between wherever we are now and wherever we're supposed to be.

"We need to take care of right now."

■ Dale Newton talks about rising above adversity with a little help.

Oregon moved up to #5 in the AP and BCS polls.

The game at Arizona next Saturday will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN2 and airs at 12:30 pm local time.

■ Victor Flores lays out the talking points from Mark Helfrich during the teleconference yesterday afternoon.

■ Kyle Bonagura talks about what we learned in the Pac-12 this week.

For the first time all year, Oregon seems destined for the Rose Bowl -- the game, not just the stadium. The Ducks were pegged for the national title game before losing to Stanford last week, which figured to have shipped them to a BCS bowl elsewhere. But after USC’s upset win over the Cardinal, Oregon again stands to host the Pac-12 championship game, which will send the winner to the Rose Bowl.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Utah



Here you go Duck fans, all the best offensive, defensive and special team plays from the game yesterday. Enjoy!

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

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Morning Mud
■ It's good to be back to our winning ways as the Ducks beat the Utes 44 -21. Marcus didn't run but he didn't need to. De'Anthony's kickoff return seemed to energize the team in the third quarter and Oregon cruised after that. Our win coupled with Stanford's loss put us back in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 North. Win out and it's back to the Rose Bowl.

Lots of articles so we'll get started: Steve Summers called it a second half rout; Robby Boydstun says the Ducks responded on both sides of the ball in the second half; Jason Quick breaks down the game; Andrew Greif states Mariota's right arm is enough to win most Pac-12 games; Rob Moseley liked the stout defense, Mariota's arm and has a postgame notebookJoey Holland, Jake Tabor and Dale Newton provide their perspective; the New York Times, ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the game stroies.

■ Michael Arellano, Andrew Seng, and Ryan Kang took some nice photos during the game.

I will be back later today with a highlight video so stay tuned.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Just a little something to get your Saturday morning started. Video courtesy of robbie p.



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley preview today's game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: The first play of the morning was a doozy, as Damion Hobbs lofted a pass into the end zone that Darren Carrington went up and snagged despite blanket coverage. … Quarterback Taylor Alie – who also had a strong week, according to GA Mike Keldorf – had to leave the pocket and look for yards after T.J. Daniel penetrated the line. Though he didn’t get much of a chance to show his skills there, Alie is “extremely coachable and pays attention to the details,” Keldorf said. “You only have to tell him once and he tries to the best of his ability to make it happen.”

■ Andrew Greif shares his five things to watch for today.

Jason Quick previews the Utah game.

Dale Newton says Oregon needs to change the narrative in bounce back game against the Utes today.

■ My prediction: Oregon 45 - Utah 17

Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

Since the start of last season, Oregon has forced an FBS-high 63 turnovers and has scored the second-most points off turnovers (288) in the nation.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video









Mark Helfrich, Tyler Johnstone, Tony Washington and Avery Patterson 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.

Today’s walk-through for the Ducks, two days prior to facing Utah in Autzen Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, featured ample time devoted to special teams. That meant ample work for safety Erick Dargan, who has excelled in the kicking game more than any other UO player so far this season.

Dargan, a junior from Pittsburg, Calif., is Oregon’s current leader in the points system coaches use to designate their special teams player of the year. He’s also the rare Duck who starts on all four of the primary special teams units – kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return.

■ Erik Skopil wonders if Oregon can avoid a Cardinal hangover against Utah.

■ Ken Goe wonders much the same thing as Utah presents a tough defense with their defensive prowess.

Kevin Gemmell also is concerned if Oregon can "bounce back."

■ Andrew Greif previews the Utah game and takes a closer look at receivers coach Matt Lubick.

■ Beth Maiman has a short Q&A with offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller see a lopsided Duck victory on Saturday.

Gemmell: Like Stanford, Utah provides a similar physical challenge on the line and in the front seven. The difference is the Utes haven't been able to get it done on the road. And trying to do it in Autzen -- after an Oregon loss -- doesn't bode well for the Utes. The Ducks need to make a statement, and my gut says it will be at Utah's expense. Oregon 49, Utah 28.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Mark Helfrich, Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Johnny Mundt and Brian Jackson talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of ODE and Steve Summers.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: Both offenses converted in their clutch chances today. Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to Bralon Addison (I know, I know …) and Jeff Lockie hit Thomas Tyner on the last play of the day … Both Taylor Hart and Derrick Malone intercepted passes right at the line of scrimmage, plucking them right out of the air. … Mariota remains without an interception in a game this season, but they do happen in practice; today Juwaan Williams made a leaping play with the scout team. Among the guys who came over and congratulated him on the sideline – Mariota.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Utah's nation leading sack artists will have any luck against Marcus Mariota.

■ Marcus Mariota was name a Walter Camp semifinalist yesterday.

Dale Newton believes Marcus Mariota will face his biggest challenge yet on Saturday.

■ Seth Prince believes facing a SEC team in a big bowl game would be the best thing that could happen for the Ducks.

■ The Oregon men beat up on a weaker Western Carolina team, 107-83 at Matthew Knight Arena last night.

Oregon has some high profile recruits visiting for the Utah game this weekend.

ESPN 300 safety Bishard (Bubba) Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and four-star offensive tackle Chris Brown (Los Angeles/Loyola) on official visits this weekend. The duo will be joined by Oregon quarterback commit Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic), who will be prepared with his best recruiting pitch. While Baker and Brown have other official visits in mind and won't be looking to make early decisions, the visit comes with the chance to be completely blown away and give Oregon enough early momentum to withstand visits to other programs.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video











Mark Helfrich, Nick Aliotti, Jeff Lockie, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick 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 Tuesday practice report.

Several “what-if” moments in the passing game today, completions that weren't quite there Thursday at Stanford (under a much heavier pass rush, obviously). Mariota completed balls to Thomas, Hawkins and then Evan Baylis for a touchdown in the clutch period, and hit Thomas and Hawkins again both in seven-on and in a team period late in the day.

Jake Rodrigues and Eric Dungy also hooked up for a TD in seven-on. Defensively, Oshay Dunmore ran with Thomas to break up a pass in seven-on, and safety Reggie Daniels made a couple nice plays in the passing game over the course of the morning. Thomas Tyner and Lane Roseberry broke away for long TD runs within moments of each other midway through the morning, the latter with the scout team.

■ GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted for the Utha game where you can learn all you need to know.

■ Mark Helfrich is shaking up the depth chart with changes on the offensive line and at kicker.

■ Dale Newton provides his scouting report on Utah.

Oregon still leads the Pac-12 in many categories in this weeks stat attack.

■ Jason Quick reminds us that Oregon knows how to deal with a hangover.

■ Victor Flores sits down with Boseko Lokombo for a short Q&A session.

■ Madison Guernsey shares a nice story about former OL Carson York.

“I got to tell you, I think tailgating and watching a football game in the stands might be a little more fun than playing offensive line,” York said. “I’m so proud of these guys. It’s so fun to watch guys that came in as 17 year olds just getting to grow into awesome football players and awesome men. I couldn't be more proud of all those guys.”

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video









Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota, De'Anthony Thomas and Brian Jackson talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley (Andy McNamara covering for Rob)has your Monday practice report.

Based on the line of questioning directed at Mariota after practice, don't be surprised if the primary theme that is drummed up heading into Saturday revolves around the health of his left knee, which was braced during the second half of the UCLA game and the entire Stanford game. It's an easy story, but Mariota was clear that he practiced fully and admitted to feeling better today than last week. The fact remains that despite not having his typical wheels due to the brace, the redshirt sophomore QB managed to go 8-of-8 for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns during Oregon's only two offensive drives during the fourth quarter at Stanford. If the Ducks had recovered that final onside kick, you have to wonder if anyone would be talking about the knee.

Ken Goe doesn't believe Oregon's "size" is an issue, we lost to a top 10 team on the road.

■ Ted Miller dropped Oregon to number two in the latest edition of the Pac-12 power rankings.

Charles Fisher adds his two cents on a few of the reasons Oregon lost last week and makes some compelling points.

Tony Washington was named to the Hendricks Award watch list yesterday.

Andrew Greif and Dale Newton preview the upcoming Utah game.

■ Victor Flores has a short Q&A with OL Mana Greig.

Dale Newton reminds us there is a lot of football left to play this year.

Oregon is built for the long haul and it is recruiting for tomorrow. I want to see that tomorrow, and I know you do as well. Bring on Utah! Bring on Arizona! Bring on Little Brother!

Pick your heads up! There's four more games to play and this thing ain't hardly over!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ken Goe says the Ducks have a chance to get well against a struggling Utah team.

The Utes are struggling offensively. They can't protect quarterback Travis Wilson, and when he does have time to throw he isn't very accurate.

Utah has lost three in a row, and the Utes' offensive issues have been the common denominator.

Oregon fell to #6 in the AP and the BCS yesterday which was expected.

Dale Newton and Jason Quick take opposite positions on the whole "get bigger or else" issue.

Jason Quick also covered the weekly teleconference and took notes on Mark Helfrich's answers to a few questions.

■ Oregon running back royalty reunited in San Francisco yesterday as Jonathan Stewart, LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner shared the same field.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Josh White reminds us there is a lot of football left to play this season.

Cheer up, Duck fans. Don’t write off the 2013 season just yet.

Sure, just like 120 or so of the 123 other FBS teams, those of us perpetually clad in green and yellow have to again come to grips with the prospects of another imperfect season.  A BCS bowl game is no longer a guarantee.  But if history has taught us anything, we can expect to see more of the unexpected before all is said and done. Welcome to the reality of college football.

■ Here is a fun video shot a couple of years by the ESPN Road Trip crew.

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Dale Newton explores the possible adjustments Oregon will need to make now that it has been revealed Marcus Mariota has a sprained MCL.

"KVAL and ESPN are reporting that the Ducks' sensational quarterback played last night with a sprained MCL. He's wearing a brace, and the injury has limited his acceleration and mobility, placing him the unfamiliar role of a pocket passer (Bruce Schwartzman, AP photo).

For next week and perhaps the rest of the season, the third-year sophomore and Scott Frost's offense has to adjust to this new reality, and formulate a plan that maximizes the offense without Mariota's customary explosiveness and escapability. The receivers have to run shorter, crisper routes. The offensive line has to protect better. Frost can provide the qb with an outlet receiver, Marshall, Tyner or Thomas out of the backfield, to take advantage of blitzes and/or deep drops by the linebackers.  Oregon's running backs have to help pick up the slack. The Ducks can incorporate the tight end into the passing game with more effectiveness."

Oregon announced the game against Utah at Autzen Stadium next Saturday will receive a 1:00 pm local time slot and be televised by Fox Sports 1.

#19 Oregon beat Georgetown 82-75 on Saturday in a season opener played at U.S. Army Base Camp Humphreys in South Korea. Joseph Young led the Ducks with 24 points.

Young, who made all 12 of his free throw attempts, and Jason Calliste, who scored 16 points and made all 11 of his free throws, led Oregon to a win before hundreds of soldiers at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base south of Seoul, the country's capital.

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Oregon Highlights vs Stanford 11/7/2013



■ It's always hard to make these "highlight" videos after a tough loss but there were still some great plays by our Ducks and you have to give those guys credit. Enjoy the few bright moments. I have a feeling we will rebound in a big way next week against Utah.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KEZI's game summary for the 26-20 defeat.

■ Give Stanford credit, their old school smash mouth football was just too much for the Ducks to handle. They stopped us early and often and a late fourth quarter comeback attempt was too little too late. Sigh.

On to the game stories: Andrew Greif compares Stanford to a bulldozer; Rob Moseley has a story on the familiar feel of the loss, how key plays were decisive, and Marcus' tough nightSteve Summers on missed opportunities; Dale Newton is looking ahead; John Canzano has a good piece on Mariota and his father; Mike Merrell recaps the game; the New York Times, ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.

I will be back later today with a short highlight video with the best Oregon plays from the game. It will undoubtedly be shorter than normal but we still love our Ducks.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



■  A little something to you get pumped up for the game tonight from robbie p.



Ted Miller says Marcus Mariota is "on the spot" for tonight's game.



Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley preview the big game tonight.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Note: Because the travel team was reviewing plays and schemes for Thursday’s game, there are no highlights to pass along from them.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: The first play was a nice check-down by Damion Hobbs for a touchdown to Davaysia Hagger, ironic because the defense dominated play the rest of the period. … Stephen Amoako stripped a receiver and picked up the fumble, and Juwaan Williams broke up a pass in the end zone. … Cody Carriger made a stop on a short pass, and later forced a fumble in the backfield. … Stetzon Bair, Mike Garrity, David Kafovalu and Danny Mattingly all stopped running backs for little or no gain.

■ Jason Quick believes Marcus Mariota is the aura of excellence. (good read) ... and ESPN ($) has him as one of the five top impact players.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if the Oregon special team unit can slow down Stanford's exceptional kick return players.

Dale Newton says this year will be much different than when we played Stanford last year.

Joey Holland believes the Oregon defense will be the difference this year.

Oregon still rules the roost in the Pac-12 North.

■ Joseph Hoyt has a short Q&A with Derrick Malone.

■ Mark Schlabach gives Byron Marshall credit for taking over the bulk of the running back touches.

Andrew Greif gives you five things to watch for in the game tonight and provides a preview for the game.

■ Ted Miller notes Nick Aliotti's defense is quietly excelling once again.

Aliotti tweaks things every year. This season, the Ducks are blitzing less, due in large part to the myriad mobile quarterbacks in the Pac-12, a group that includes Stanford's Kevin Hogan, though their respectable 2.88 sacks per game suggest they are still getting pressure on the opposing QB. 

We won't know if this turns out to be Aliotti's best unit until season's end, but it's certainly good enough to merit a spot on the marquee next to the Ducks ludicrous speed offense. 

And, yes, Aliotti wouldn't mind if he and his players received some credit. 

"It's about winning games but we do all take pride in our job," he said.

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