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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

ESPN breaks down the Rose Matchup with FSU.

■ Marcus Mariota, Devon Allen and Jake Fisher talk to the media yesterday after practice. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley talks about the bond between Charles Nelson and Jonathan Loyd as they compete for the same position and has the latest practice report.

There was plenty of opportunity for tension to arise between Loyd and Nelson, as they battled for reps at slot receiver and punt returner. The competition has had the opposite effect, however, forging a bond of brotherhood that, as the Ducks approach the Rose Bowl, is as tight as any on the team.

Ted Miller and company talk about the challenge of stopping Marcus Mariota and the Ducks.

■ Tyson Alger reports that Mariota is ready to play now that all of the media obligations are past him and then looks at how Byron Marshall made the transition from running back to receiver.

■ Andrew Greif says Hroniss Grasu is ready to play.

■ Justin Wise compares the linebackers for Oregon and FSU.

■ Dale Newton says the Rose Bowl will be a battle for reputations and legacy but the Ducks are smart enough not to care about any of that.

The Rose Bowl won’t be won by reputations, star ratings or past history. Two teams with vastly different styles will settle it on the field. Thank god the talking’s nearly done.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Tyler Johnstone jokes around with some of the Oregon players during media day festivities yesterday and John Neal along with Jonathan Loyd talk with the media . Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reports DeForest Buckner has blossomed in his junior year, has the latest practice report and has game day notes.

"He's come on a great deal this year," senior outside linebacker Tony Washington said. "Not to say his play hasn't been good in the past; he's played well. But this year kind of set him apart from everybody else. He's been really dominant, really aggressive lately. He just understands that nobody he goes against can block him."

■ Ted Miller thinks Oregon needs to win the 2014 national title.

■ Tyson Alger says Thomas Tyner is ready to contribute at the Rose Bowl on Thursday and has a Q&A session with Kenny Bassett.

■ Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood says he has no immediate plans of retiring.

■ Joseph Hoyt compares the running back for Oregon and FSU.

Nice story on Tyler Johnstone who is still making an impact on the team if he has been out all year with an injury.

■ Jason Selby wonders if Bralon Addison will play of Thursday. (ed: highly doubt he burns his redshirt for one, possibly two games)

■ Dale Newton looks a the contrasting styles of the Ducks and Seminoles.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Don Pellum, DeForest Buckner and Troy Hill talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your latest practice report and comments on the stellar play of Hamani Stevens in Grasu's absence.

Highlights: The offensive line really stood out during 1-on-1 pass-rush drills, which were fun to watch given that the Ducks were in full pads. Jake Fisher held DeForest Buckner at bay, and Andre Yruretagoyena did the same vs. Henry Mondeaux, as veterans tackles neutralized two guys who typically dominate the drill. … Arik Armstead did win a rep for the defense in pass rush, which followed an 11-on-11 period in which Armstead had a sack and a tackle for loss. … In a later 11-on-11 period, Sam Kamp had a sack and Alex Balducci tipped a pass on consecutive reps.

■ Hroniss Grasu, Thomas Tyner and Bralon Addison took part in practice yesterday.

■ Justin Wise compares the wide receivers for Oregon and FSU and Tyson Alger compares the head coaches for both schools.

■ Troy Hill is embracing the leadership role now that Ifo is out with an injury.

■ Ken Goe can't wait for the "real" bowl games to start.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

KEZI looks at the Ducks in Disneyland yesterday and had a few moments to talk with some of the team.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

Other observations: Johnathan Loyd stood out over the course of the day. He had leaping, diving catches on balls thrown by both Lockie and Marcus Mariota. … The final 10 minutes of practice were spent scrimmaging through various late-game situations. … Special teams coordinator Tom Osborne was coaching the kickoff team when he yelled to the group on the field, "You've got to be on a mission! You've got to have something to prove, men!" … After practice, the Ducks spent a couple of hours at Disneyland.

■ Chantel Jennings talks about the riddle of Jameis Winston and how the the Ducks will try to solve it.

“It’s a different trait,” defensive lineman Arik Armstead said of Winston’s winning abilities. “A lot of players play well in the clutch and he’s one of those guys who finds a way to win.”

■ Andrew Greif compares the QB play of Oregon vs the defense of FSU and  Joseph Hoyt examines the two teams secondary.

Hroniss Grasu says he is still day to day but hopes to be ready for the Rose Bowl. Pharaoh Brown lifted the team's spirit by showing up at practice yesterday.

■ Tyson Alger says the Ducks feel right at home in Southern California and the Rose Bowl which might be an advantage for Oregon.

Joe Walker has been an unsung hero on the defense this year,

■ Dave Kensler calls Byron Marshall an unsung hero of the Oregon offense.

■ Jason Selby says Hroniss Grasu appears to be back from his injury.

■ Max Thornberry reminds us that defense wins championships.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

Today's practice, the first for the Ducks after a five-day holiday break, resembled a typical Thursday format, though at a bit of a quicker tempo. "It was fun," said center Hroniss Grasu, who continues to try and work his way back onto the field after a three-game absence. "I love being with the guys. We had a good break at home with our families, but getting back with these guys is a lot of fun. I like where we're heading."

■ Tyson Alger and Justin Wise examine different position group matchups between Oregon and Florida St.

Andrew Greif looks at Darren Carrington's Heisman connection besides the obvious one of Marcus Mariota.

■ Here's a sneak peek at the helmets Oregon will wear at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

■ Jordan Ingram looks at the art of the long snapper at Oregon.

■ Max Thornberry believes the receiver depth makes Oregon dangerous.

■ Dale Newton is glad the injured Ducks got a little extra time to heal up before the Rose Bowl.

Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hamani Stevens, Tyrell Crosby and Cameron Hunt will be the healthiest they've been in four months for the Rose Bowl, intact for the first time since UCLA. Grasu is practicing again after missing three games, and if he’s full-go, it gives the Ducks the cohesiveness and experience they need for a big game.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Joseph Hoyt compares the tight ends between Oregon and FSU while Andrew Greif compares the D-line for FSU versus the Oregon O-line.

■ Linebacker coach Erik Chiander needs to juggle parenting and football with his new addition to the family.

■ Caleb Couturie will be sad to see Marcus Mariota for the last time as a Duck but as they say, time marches on, and we'll all wish him the best of luck in the NFL.

■ Jason Fowler wonders if Marcus Mariota capturing the Heisman Trophy will affect Oregon recruiting.

The Heisman Trophy speaks volumes about what is happening at the University of Oregon’s football program. All the right pieces are there with a great head coach, a very seasoned defensive coordinator and a sought-after offensive coordinator. The coaches are actively promoting future success for Oregon football. So even though Crystal Ball projections on Duck Territory may look bleak for Oregon to recruit those platinum-tier prospects, it wouldn't be a surprise if elite high school players out there ultimately choose the Ducks.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

■ Before we get to the links I just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy your holiday season and if you're travelling, be safe.

■ Rob Moseley has a report on the Ducks and Seminoles teaming up to fight rare disease.

Tyson Alger compares the Duck receivers versus the FSU secondary.

■ Jared Shanker looks at the under-the-radar players who could alter the Rose Bowl outcome.

■ Ryan McGee compares the four teams in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on the recruiting trail.

■ Dale Newton says everything from here on out is just gravy.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley says the Oregon receivers have enjoyed a steady diet of success with Matt Lubick as their position coach.

"Ultimately it's up to us, if we're going to keep our mind in it and stay focused," [Darren] Carrington said. "Some of us didn't play a lot in the beginning of the season, but when the time comes you've got to have your head on straight and be ready to go. If you keep practicing hard and do what Lubick says, you're going to be ready to play."

Andrew Greif examines the special team units between Oregon and FSU.

Marcus Mariota was named the AP Player of the Year yesterday and will find himself on the next cover of Sports Illustrated.

Nice story about a key part of the football team, the ball boy.

■ Tyler Anderson was recently added to the Colorado Rockies 40-man roster moving him one step closer to becoming the first Oregon Ducks player in the modern era to play Major League Baseball.

■ Alex Kirby looks at the art and science of the blitz.

■ Thomas Tyner says he is ready to play in the Rose Bowl.

■ Dale Newton says to survive the spear the Ducks have to pound the rock.

Establishing the run keeps pressure off Marcus Mariota, keeps Oregon in favorable third down situations, and ramps up the effectiveness of the down-field play action passing game. The balance forces opponents to cover the whole field.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Tyson Alger says the receivers might be young but they have turned into a threat.

If everyone is healthy, the Ducks will roll out a roster that features three of its top six receivers playing in their first bowl game. If the group has underperformed during the year, sure, there may be questions over the next two weeks. But since September, quandaries about Oregon's receivers have died off, just as [Keanon] Lowe predicted they would. 

"I'm excited for everyone to stop questioning the receivers in 10 days or whenever we play because I'm more excited than I've ever been about this core of receivers we have," Lowe said in August. "I have no worries and I'm completely confident with the group we're going into this season with."

■ How will Jameis Winston perform against the Oregon defense?

■ Jason Quick believes the Oregon run game will be key against FSU.

■ Andrew Greif says replacing Ifo Ekpre-Olumu will be a challenge.

Steve Summers recaps the 2014 season.

GoDucksdotcom gives you goes insider access to show you what goes everything you see on DuckVision during a football game at Autzen Stadium.

■ Dale Newton believes overcoming a long layoff will be challenging for the Ducks and Seminoles.

As an offense-first operation, the Quack Attack doesn’t want a low-scoring defensive slugfest and trench warfare. The basis of their plan will always be to f$!king score points.

The Ducks don’t have time to be rusty. They reconvene in Pasadena Christmas afternoon with a week to finish getting ready for the College Football Playoff against the defending national champions. It’s on.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Greif looks at the matchup of Oregon's linebackers versus FSU's running backs.

Led by outside linebacker Tony Washington, seven Ducks linebackers are among the team's top 10 in tackles for loss this season, joined by MLB Joe Walker, OLB Christian French, OLB Tyson Coleman, MLB Rodney Hardrick, OLB Torrodney Prevot and Malone.

Walker ascension from spotty backup to consistent playmaker with 74 tackles, third-most on UO, is the test case of how much this unit has improved despite losing three key backups in the offseason to transfer or disciplinary measures.

■ Austin Willhoft gives you his top three moments of the 2014 season.

■ Caleb Couturie compares Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

■ Jason Selby says it all changed for Oregon when Chip Kelly joined the team.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

Oregon held its final practice in Eugene prior to the Rose Bowl...The Ducks will reconvene on Dec. 25 in Los Angeles to resume preparations for their New Year's Day matchup with Florida State...

Today's format was along the lines of a Thursday, the Ducks' walk-through day. So there was no hitting, although plays were run closer to full-speed, as opposed to the "no-sweat Thursday" mantra when a game is two days away. "Good job staying dialed in," UO coach Mark Helfrich told the Ducks before they broke practice. "Now, can we maintain — or ascend — during the break?"

■ Tyson Alger looks at Oregon's d-line vs Florida State's offensive line.

■ Austin Willhoft looks at the opposite line play for Oregon and FSU.

Ken Goe takes a closer look at a long line of successful coaches at the U of O.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu took a moment to say thank you to the fans for all the support he has received throughout his Oregon career.

■ Mckalie Bellew lists the top five key players in 2014.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Tony WashingtonBralon Addison and Hroniss Grasu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Highlights: Practice began with “clutch,” and as has been the case the last few weeks Mariota sat out to let the backups get work in the scenario. Jeff Lockie used a couple of nice completions to Byron Marshall, one while rolling out, to set up a “game-winning” 35-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider. Jalen Brown had a spectacular catch-and-run for the twos, but Danny Mattingly and Justin Hollins had sacks to keep that unit off the scoreboard. … Mariota was spinning it in 7-on-7, spreading the ball around to the likes of Thomas Tyner, Keanon Lowe and Dwayne Stanford. Erick Dargan tipped a pass that Chris Seisay intercepted on the defensive field.

■ Jason Quick says that in time of need Mark Helfrich can coach after all.

Byron Marshall is going to dip his toes into his NFL draft prospects.

■ Joe Walker makes it to the top three with his play against Utah earlier this year.

■ Jared Shanker and Mark Schlabach (ESPN) both predict an Oregon victory over FSU.

Oregon catcher Shaun Chase and starting pitcher Cole Irvin have been named Louisville Slugger preseason second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Mark Helfrich, Dior Mathis and Chris Seisay talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Other observations: Helfrich said the offense started the day well, and the defense finished strong. Obviously the goal is to both start and finish well, so the Ducks will continue sharpening up over the next two weeks. … Helfrich said the Rose Bowl game plan should be in by Saturday when the Ducks break for the holidays. He said at this point in bowl prep, coaches tend to try some “exotic” things that can lead to some of the inconsistency by players. As coaches hone the game plan, that should help players get dialed in. … Special teams periods were spent on the kickoff return and punt teams.

■ Gary Laney lists the reasons he believes Oregon will take it all.

■ David Lombardi says Oregon has the most to prove during the upcoming Pac-12 bowl season.

■ Chantel Jennings has Marcus Mariota's "flip" to Royce Freeman as one of the impact plays during the Pac-12 regular season.

■ Royce Freeman was selected as the running back for the ESPN true freshman All-America team.

■ Caleb Couturie looks at the "freshman factor" for Oregon and FSU.

Laura Brehm takes a closer look at the other #8 on the Ducks roster.

Four star QB Travis Waller plans to enroll early to start his Oregon career.

Paul Jones wonders if the next man up to replace Ifo will be the key to the game against FSU.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley reports Marcus Mariota joins LaMichael James as the only unanimous All- Americans from Oregon.

Mariota was honored Wednesday by the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. He'd previously been named to the first team by the other two of the five most prestigious all-America teams as identified by the NCAA, those of the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Associated Press.

■ Numerous reports say Ifo Ekpre-Olumu is out for the season with a season ending knee injury and we will miss him.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

■ Derrick Malone, Troy Hill and Royce Freeman talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Mark Helfrich talks about the challenges Oregon will face against Florida St.

■ Steve Summers says it's always better to know your foe.

Tyson Alger says the Oregon secondary should be prepared for Jameis Winston as they have faced high powered QB's all season in the Pac-12. Alger also has a Bold & Brash prediction for 2015.

■ Marcus Mariota headlined the 2014 AP All-America team which was announced yesterday and the past Heisman winners liked Marcus on and off the field.

Kevin Gemmell says that turnovers could dictate the Mariota vs Winston storyline.

■ Charles Fisher analyzes defensive line secrets to stopping the run.

■ Jamaal Ryan looks at the spread offense and how Oregon has become so efficient at running it.

While many Duck fans can’t wait to see what new iterations of the spread could be released against Florida State in the Rose Bowl on January 1, there is no question that the Oregon Ducks have perfected and executed the spread offense straight into the ranks of college football’s super powers.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Scott Frost, Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Mahalo Marcus from OregonVideo on Vimeo.

■ The Oregon Video team put together this sweet video of Marcus' journey.

■ Rob Moseley says Marcus is the toast of the town.

Marcus took time out for an interview with Dan Patrick on his radio show yesterday.

Ted Miller says it could be the best Pac-12 season performance it two more games go our way.

Chantel Jennings has big questions for the game against Florida St.

■ Andrew Greif looks at how the coaches have been spending their time recruiting.

■ Dale Newton wonders if all the limelight will affect Marcus' performance in the Rose Bowl.

The biggest challenge will be cleaning his mind, but Oregon’s all-time best quarterback is a master at that, one of the coolest and most focused competitors college football has ever seen. Watch what happens now.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Grief shares some of the reactions to Marcus Mariota's stirring Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.

Marcus can't wait to get back to Eugene and start preparing for the Rose Bowl.

"These last couple days have been hectic but it's been so much fun and been a great experience, but I'm just looking back to getting on the field and playing and go back to my teammates and going back to work. We do have a team goal."


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Marcus Mariota became the first Oregon player to win the Heisman Trophy yesterday and it was well deserved.

The honor capped a postseason awards week in which Mariota won four national player of the year honors and two quarterback awards, making this by far the most decorated season ever for a Duck.

■ You can watch Mariota's speech here.

John Canzano pays tribute to Marcus Mariota in a well written story.

■ Ivan Maisel says the Heisman is in good hands with Mariota.

■ Mariota will join David Letterman on the Late Show Monday night.

Dale Newton looks at all the best Oregon quarterbacks who preceded Mariota.

Rob Mullens called it a moving acceptance speech.

"It was moving," UO athletic director Rob Mullens said of the speech. "The whole room was crying. I'm sitting facing the stage, I've got tears in my eyes, I'm looking at a camera man who's not even watching and he's wiping tears from his eyes."


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu headlined the All-America teams announced yesterday.

If he wins the Heisman, Mariota would sweep all the postseason awards he was up for. Besides the Unitas Award, he's won the Maxwell (player of the year), Walter Camp (player of the year) and Davey O'Brien (quarterback of the year) awards.

Kalon @ATQ has part one of his tribute to Marcus Mariota's 2014 season and part two is here. (yours truly might have helped a little bit)

■ Sharon Katz says Marcus Mariota is miles ahead of the other Heisman contenders.

Adam Rittenberg wonders if it will be a Heisman landslide for Marcus Mariota later today.

■ Andrew Greif looks at the impact a Heisman Trophy for Mariota would bring to the U of O.

For winners from schools not accustomed to the national spotlight, the visibility doesn't just open doors, it knocks them down with a kick. At more established athletic powers like Oregon, a win undoubtedly carries prestige, but could establish a sense of security, if not new streams of cash, for a department whose viability hinges on football.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Marcus Mariota can add to his trophy case as we was honored yesterday with the national player of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, player of the year for the Maxwell Award, and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award winner.

Now a quick stop in Baltimore today to collect his Johnny Unitas trophy and then a quick trip to Manhattan for the Heisman Trophy presentation tomorrow. You just can't say enough about this kid.(broadcast is at 5pm local time tomorrow on ESPN)

■ Sharon Katz looks inside the matchup of Mariota vs Winston.

If Mariota wins the Heisman Trophy, this will be the fourth time that two players who already won the Heisman meet. 

In two of the previous three, the most recent winner took home the title.

■ Gary Laney hands out hands the Oregonian's college football awards and Marcus Mariota gets the top offensive player and quarterback.

■ Omar Garibay wonders if this is the season where it all comes together for the Ducks.

Dale Newton chronicles a three year journey that has been nothing short of a spectacular ride.

Everyone who’s had contact with him remarks on what an exceptional young man he is, completely unaffected or unchanged by fame. He remains Toa and Alana Mariota’s son, and Michael Mariota’s brother, the friend and teammate, the guy with complete loyalty to his brothers in green and yellow, and they have total trust and loyalty to him.

That’s his legacy. The Heisman, while a great honor and accomplishment, is the answer to a future trivia question. Marcus Mariota made you proud to be a fan.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Dom Pruett@ATQ lists the reasons the selection committee got it right. (good read)

Kyle Bonagura ranks the Pac-12 bowls by intrigue and has the Oregon-FSU game listed as #1.

Heisman Trophy winners playing quarterback for opposing teams in a College Football Playoff game? Yes, please. This is the prime example of why the playoff trumps the BCS because this game doesn't get played in the old era. Does it need further billing? There’s only one potential game in college football that would be more intriguing … and if both Oregon and Alabama win, it will be played on Jan. 12.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu are making the rounds at the award circuit in Florida.

...If Mariota — who has called overcoming his shyness one of his most difficult challenges of college — wins the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards on Thursday at a college football awards show from this resort, or claims the first Heisman in Ducks history on Saturday from midtown New York, his reaction will be seen live by millions.

"Everything that's going on right now," Mariota said, "is surreal."...


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Duck Stuff Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Chantel Jennings says Marcus Mariota didn't need a Heisman campaign.

This is his award to win because he’s the best player in the country, not because it’s a “quarterback award” or anything else. He didn't need a billboard or a campaign to tell people that. He needed to put his team in position to play 15 games. And he has done just that.

Ken Goe says the same thing about Mariota, he deserves the Heisman Trophy.

Marcus Mariota has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

■ Nike unveiled the uniforms for the game against Florida St.

■ Andrew Nemec and said Oregon will be looking to secure a linebacker commit before National Signing Day.

■ Charles Fisher says an old play is reappearing in the Oregon playbook.

Dale Newton says it will be a game of destiny versus electricity when Oregon faces FSU.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Kyle Bonagura says the Oregon defense is making all the difference.

"I'm most proud of our young men because they played their best game in their last game," first-year defensive coordinator Don Pellum said. "Sometimes you have a great game in the middle of the season and the rest of them are OK. They played their best when their best was needed and I'm the most confident about that."

Marcus Mariota (Heisman, Johnny Unitas), Hroniss Grasu (Rimington) and Mark Helfrich (coaches get salary bump) all received honors yesterday.

Ted Miller has all the Pac-12 Bowl games listed with Oregon leading the way.

■ Heather Dinich wonders if the College Football Playoff committee got it right with their selections.

Dale Newton lists the key to thriving the first College Football Playoffs.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

■ Ready to put Jameis Winston in his place?


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley notes Oregon will face Florida St. at the Rose Bowl on New Years Day.

"Obviously the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff is exciting for our team and our fans, and it's that much more exciting to be at the Rose Bowl," UO coach Mark Helfrich said.

■ Kevin Gemmell has Oregon at #1 in the final Pac-12 power rankings. (obviously)

■ John Canzano says the FSU matchup could not be better for Oregon.

■ Mark Helfrich says he is excited for the matchup against Florida St.

The football team held a press conference yesterday and talked about the Rose Bowl matchup.

■ Tom Layberger wonders if the selection committee got is right with the final four team.

■ The Oregonian shares the Duck 2014 season if photos.

■ Dale Newton calls it an ideal matchup against FSU at the Rose Bowl.

 ...Getting a home-region game and avoiding Urban Meyer or Nick Saban with four weeks to prepare in the first round, the Ducks got everything they could hope for in the College Football Playoffs. It will take focus, heart and preparation, but they could win this thing.


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Tyson Alger says Oregon has a little over three weeks to get better before the playoff game.

For a team that rose from the ashes of October, the next four weeks present an opportunity to not lose that push. No, the Ducks plan on getting better.

"It's really the same thing that we've been doing," receiver Dwayne Stanford said. "We got to keep grinding at practice and then come out swinging. That's what we've been doing and it's working."

■ Andrew Greif looks at matchups against Alabama, FSU, TCU and Ohio St. One of these will likely be our opponent at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

ESPN predicts the final bracket for the college playoffs with Oregon facing Ohio St. We'll know later this morning.

■ Dale Newton calls the Arizona victory Oregon's most complete victory, ever.


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Mark Helfrich and a few of the players talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ What a statement we witnessed last night in a 51-13 rout of the Wildcats.. From the play of Marcus Mariota and the defense to a team that was not to be denied. Well done guys! Next up, all the game coverage stories around the web.

Andrew Greif talks about the revenge factor and breaks down the stats and gameJason Quick says it was a standing ovation performance; Tyson Alger pays tribute to the support cast; John Canzano called it a back alley whipping and their statement game; Ted Miller talks about the dominant defense; Rob Moseley has the game summary and a postgame notebookHayden Kim talks about the evolution of Charles Nelson; Dale Newton provides his thought on the game; Taylor Wilder and Ryan Kang share their game photos and ESPN round out the stories.


Friday, December 05, 2014

Ready Or Not

Oregon Football Motivational Pac12 Championship "Ready or Not" from OregonVideo on Vimeo.

Ready or Not here they come. This should get you primed.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: ...Grant Thompson had a couple tackles for loss and nearly had an interception after dropping into coverage. He was Scooby Wright III of Arizona on the scout team this week. … Ty Griffin continues to impress. He had a couple of nice throws on the run, to B.J. Kelley and Chris Tewhill. … J.J. Jones had a nice run on which Evan Voeller pancaked an outside linebacker and then Jones made a cut to elude an inside linebacker.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Oregon defense is eager to show they have improved, especially against Arizona and then looks at the effect of Marcus Mariota's calm demeanor.

■ Lots of good numbers for the Ducks in this Pac-12 stat tracker.

The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers are almost unanimous in predicting a victory for Oregon later today.

■ Randy Morse has three things to watch for in the game today and Rory Davidson has an analysis of the Wildcats over at FishDuck.

■ Dale Newton believes the Ducks should use Royce Freeman to their advantage and then wonders how improved is our defense.

Wade Evanson looks at one forgotten component in today's game against Arizona. (good read)


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Other observations: This being a “no-sweat Thursday” at walk-through pace, there weren't many highlights to pass along. …. Aidan Schneider did connect on a 39-yard, one-shot field-goal attempt between stretch and individual drills to start the day. He then engaged in a pretty even period of field-goal kicking with Matt Wogan later in practice. … Ayele Forde blocked a punt the hard way during drills for the punt return team. Ball hit him square in the face mask.

■ Andrew Greif says the key to the Ducks' success is focusing on the next game, not on past losses or accomplishments. Greif also talks about Marcus Mariota and the Heisman.

■ Chantel Jennings says Charles Nelson has made the transition from special teams to a playmaker.

■ Ken Goe wonders if anyone besides a television programmer could love the Pac-12 Championship Game.

■ Joey Holland believes history show that Mariota and Oregon are the best of the best in 2014.

Caleb Couturie reports Ifo Ekpre-Olumu is ready to take on Arizona with a different outcome than their two previous meetings.

Don Pellum talks to the media about the Pac-12 Championship Game after  practice yesterday.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Gary Campbell and Doug Brenner talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and notes the Pac-12 honored Marcus Mariota and Royce Freeman with their awards, has game notes for Friday, and includes Oregon's contingent of players honored by the Pac-12.

Other observations: Receivers coach Matt Lubick saw something immediately from the coverage on the touchdown play in clutch, because he had his hands in the air signaling Allen's touchdown before the ball even was thrown. … It's late in the year and everybody's sore and tired from the rigors of the regular season, but the Ducks still have their edge. There was some pushing and shoving after a snap in clutch, soon after the start of a 9 a.m. practice when I saw still wiping sleep from my eyes. … In the post-practice huddle, Helfrich also hammered home the need to stay focused on school as well, with the university's fall quarter winding down. "Everybody's on a mission to finish strong, on the field and off," he told the players.  … B.J. Kelley has taken reps with the travel squad the last couple days. The travel party expands from 70 to 85 players for the title game.

Oregon remains at #2 in the latest college football rankings.

■ Devon Allen finds his "easy" time with the track and field season finished, no more juggling two sports and school, at least for a awhile.

■ Andrew Grief has a nice piece on longtime radio play-by-play announcer Jerry Allen.

■ Charles Fisher analyzes the Wildcat Power Zone Read play.

Dan Pizzuta wonders if it is time for some redemption against Arizona.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Tony Washington, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu and Arik Armstead talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Other observations: Offensive coordinator Scott Frost quickly nipped in the bud post-practice questions about the new open head coaching position at his alma mater, Nebraska. “I’ve got a job to do here,” Frost said. “These kids and this staff have put too much time and effort into this to be distracted.” Frost was announced Monday as a finalist for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. … The kickoff return and punt teams were drilled in special teams periods...

■ Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell has been named FBS assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association, the organization announced Monday.

■  Marcus Mariota and Doug Brenner have been named second-team Pac-12 all-academic for the 2014 season, the conference announced Monday.

■ Ken Goe wonders if the defense will respond Friday night against Arizona.

■ Max Thornberry and Ashley Young say the Ducks will be ready for Arizona this time around.


Monday, December 01, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your "modified" Sunday practice report, talks about the team awards ceremony and looks ahead to the Pac-12 title game.

David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota.

Let's keep this simple: 367 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, six total touchdowns, and a 47-19 Civil War victory. New York City will be inviting Mariota soon, and at this point, he's the favorite to take home the Heisman hardware. 

■ John Canzano also has Marcus Mariota pegged to pick up Oregon's for Heisman Trophy.

Oregon remains #1 in the latest Pac-12 power ranking.

Austin Willhoft has two big questions heading into the Pac-12 Championship game.

Mark Helfrich talks to the media during his weekly teleconference.

■  Marcus Mariota was voted the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Offensive Player (Skeie’s Award) while senior safety Erick Dargan was named the school’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player at its annual football awards reception Sunday in Autzen Stadium’s Club at Autzen.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Civil War teaser

GoDucksdotcom put together this little montage to get you ready for the game today.


beaver jokes

■ Visiting family for the long weekend but I will be watching the game today. Oregon 48 - osu 30.... GO DUCKS!

■ 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?

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!"