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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!"


Friday, November 28, 2014

Video Rewind - Marcus Mariota 2013 highlights

■ Gone on a short trip so enjoy the brilliance that is Marcus Mariota last year. Be back on Monday.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Video Rewind - 2013 Touchdowns

■ Hey folks I am taking a small trip for a few days and will be back on Monday. Enjoy all the touchdowns from last season and Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Hroniss Grasu, Tony Washington and Jonathan Loyd talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and notes Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu have made it as finalists to award lists.

Other observations: After practice, Helfrich lauded Rodney Hardrick for setting the tone defensively in terms of communication, and Justin Hollins for taking every rep during special teams periods. … The defense really came alive during a mid-practice period against primarily run plays. They were really swarming the ball. … Offensively, Charles Nelson was super explosive in one early team period. Also, Mariota and Evan Baylis have worked together plenty over the course of this season, so this isn't shocking, but at this point given Baylis' increased role the last two weeks they really have good chemistry. They hooked up for a long touchdown to cap the tempo period that opened practice. … Andre Yruretagoyena continues to expand his duties. He got some reps at guard today.

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

John Canzano shares his favorite Civil War facts.

Ken Goe talks about team leadership and the players' own expectations and how it has create a culture for success.

■ Tyson Alger says Marcus Mariota took a risk in coming back to play this year but the reward as been near perfection.

■ Kevin Gemmell and Brian Bennett debate who should get the Heisman this year, Marcus Mariota or Melvin Gordon. (winner winner chicken dinner for MM)

■ Charles Fisher analyzes the "loaded option" play during some recent games and comments on the latest college football ranking.

■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ want to put back the War in Civil War.

■ Dale Newton says the outlook for the beav trash is cloudy with a chance of rout.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Andre Y., Derrick Malone and Doug Brenner talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Most of the team periods were held at walk-through pace, though Tony Washington did show off impressive anticipation by jumping out and intercepting a screen pass with one hand in that format. … The most entertaining period thus was 7-on-7. Marcus Mariota peppered the ball around to Byron Marshall, Charles Nelson, Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington and Devon Allen. Jeff Lockie was throwing with Chance Allen, Johnathan Loyd, Koa Ka'ai and Johnny Mundt among others. … On the defensive field, Tyree Robinson tipped a pass away from a receiver and into the arms of Arrion Springs. A few minutes later, Robinson nearly had an interception of his own, but settled for another pass breakup. Ragin, Reggie Daniels and Dior Mathis also broke up passes.

■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Civil War and shares his personal memories of the past series.

Ken Goe looks at what the Civil War used to mean.

■ Thomas Tyner is apparently day-to-day because of lingering injuries.

■ Chantel Jennings talks about the O-line injuries this season.

Nathan Roholt reflects on the legend that is Marcus Mariota.

Dale Newton looks back on 30 years of Civil War history and doesn't expect any drama to unfold this year.

...Duck fans would be just as happy with another uneventful blowout. Nobody stealing the mascot or the head of Lee Corso, just some brisk early touchdown drives and no theatrics. Wrap things up early and clean. There’s a conference championship to play for and a final four berth. Business as usual would be just fine.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Kyle Bonagura has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and then looks at the Pac-12 power ranking which find Oregon on top.

In his final game at Autzen Stadium (probably), Mariota turned in a typical performance: 24 for 32, 323 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and ran for 73 yards and another score on eight carries in a 44-10 victory over Colorado. His 42 touchdowns this year (passing and rushing), breaks Matt Barkley's single-season Pac-12 record from 2011.

Oregon remains at #3 in the latest AP poll.

Mark Helfrich's weekly press conference is now available.

■ Tyson Alger says it is time for the Jonathan Stewart comparisons when it comes to Royce Freeman.

■ Matt Hayes says Oregon is hitting its stride just at the right time.

■ Andrew Greif says Hamani Stevens seamlessly stepped in for Hroniss Grasu and the looks at the Civil War.

Dale Newton revisits the win over Colorado.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Don Pellum, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu and Doug Brenner talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ No drama in the win over Colorado 44-10 and that's the way we like it. Time to get ready for the beav trash. All the game stories, photos and more coming up next.

■ Steve Summers says Marcus Mariota soared; Marcus Mariota was given a shower of love in the fourth quarter when he left the game; Joel Odom says it was a stellar performance; Andrew Greif gives praise to Marcus; Royce Freeman set a new Oregon record; Rob Moseley has the game recap, gives praise to Mariota, talks about the seniors and has postgame notebook; Tyner didn't dress for the game; game photos here and here: ESPN rounds out the coverage.

Civil War game time set for 5:00 pm local time next Saturday and will be broadcast on ABC.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: I thought this was the best the offense has been able to run the ball all year in these scrimmage periods. Guys like center Brigham Stoehr, guard Tanner Davies and tackle Braden Eggert have played a ton together this season, and their cohesiveness is showing. Jarret LaCoste had a couple nice runs, and J.J. Jones and Ty Griffin had long gains as well. … The defense had the edge in the passing game however. There were only a couple completions, and as many instances of the quarterbacks having to tuck the ball and scramble when they couldn’t find anyone open. The secondary included Glen Ihenacho at corner for some reps; he’s primarily been a safety this season. … For the front seven, Jimmie Swain had a tackle for loss and Isaac Ava broke up a pass on back-to-back plays midway through the period. Jonathan Kenion and Michael Manns teamed up for a tackle for loss a few reps later.

Tyson Alger gives you five things to watch for in today's game and Ken Goe has three items on his list..

Andrew Greif has all the options for watching/listening or going to the game against Colorado.

■ Nice piece on Doug Brenner and his early medical issues.

■ Dale Newton says Oregon has had their share of injuries but it won't help Colorado in this game.

Gash them quickly with the straight-ahead run game, attack the edges with speed, and then go over top with the play-action pass to Devon Allen and Dwayne Stanford. It’s a game where the Quack Attack should strike early and often, and Marcus Mariota will be wearing a hat midway through the third quarter.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Johnathan Loyd and Ayele Ford talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

This was Oregon’s walk-through for Saturday’s game, so there aren’t any “highlights” per se to pass along. … As is customary, there was a one-off field-goal attempt just after stretching, a 39-yard kick that Matt Wogan hit. … Even though it was a walk-through tempo, Marcus Mariota still looked really fast. That guy is just pedal to the metal all the time, never takes his foot off the gas...

■ Andrew Greif, Richard Kolbell, Andrew Bantly and Rory Davidson preview the Colorado game.

■ Chantel Jennings has a six pack of questions for the Pac-12 this week including one for Oregon.

■ Joseph Hoyt says Hroniss Grasu's impact goes beyond the gridiron.

■ Marcus Mariota has been named to the Pop Warner award and Jake Fisher is a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy..

■ Royce Freeman and Byron Marshall might break the 1000 yard mark this weekend.

■ Laura Brehm profiles Oregon punter Ian Wheeler.

■ Dale Newton looks at the impact of being without Pharoah Brown.

With Brown gone, one of the solutions is to rediscover their redshirt freshman Z receiver with world class speed. A couple of deep strikes, particularly in the PAC-12 Championship and the potential playoff games that follow, will loosen opposing defenses and leave room underneath for Baylis and Mundt, keep opponents from creeping up in the box to slow down Freeman and Tyner, the running game that’s operated at 232 yards a contest, best in the conference for the 9th year in a row.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

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


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Other observations: Chris Seisay made several plays over the course of the day. He broke up a couple balls during 1-on-1 drills down near the goal line, and had another pass breakup when the defense was 11-on-11 against scouts in the red zone. … Dwayne Stanford got the better of Troy Hill a couple times during 1-on-1, shrugging off a hit for one “touchdown” and leaping up to grab another. Dior Mathis twice allowed a reception but set his feet and stopped his man short of the goal line. … In one of the various ways Mark Helfrich has worked to keep the Ducks as fresh as possible late in the season, the second half of practice today was essentially non-contact.

■ Kevin Gemmell wonders if Oregon can avoid "buzzkill."

Andrew Greif says Colorado hangs its upset hope on their unconventional style and the Ducks need to stop Nelson Spruce.

■ Jake Tabor takes a closer look at Oregon's plan for stopping Colorado.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Marcus Mariota was named as one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award yesterday.

The two-time all-conference quarterback ranks first nationally in yards per pass attempt (10.0) and yards per play (9.0) by a quarterback, while leading all FBS players in points responsible for with 228.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

John Neal, Hroniss Grasu and Reggie Daniels talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and takes an early look at Colorado.

Highlights: ...In passing drills, Khalil Oliver broke up a couple passes, while Charles Nelson had a nice catch despite absorbing contact. … In 7-on-7, Nelson plucked a low pass from Mariota just before it hit the turf, at almost the exact moment Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was breaking up a pass on the defensive field. Oliver intercepted a ball during the period, while Zac Schuller showed great concentration hauling in a ball in the end zone after it had been tipped by Dominique Harrison. … In team drills, Tyson Coleman forced a fumble that Washington recovered, and moments later Erick Dargan came up with an interception.

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

■ Kyle Bonagura has the Pac-12 by the numbers for the upcoming games.

■ Omar Garibay and Tyson Alger both look at how soon Hroniss Grasu might return.

Dwayne Stanford will be wearing a special number on his jersey against Colorado to honor his fried, Pharoah Brown.

Charles Fisher looks at the different play calling styles between Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly when he was a t Oregon.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Hamani Stevens, Doug Brenner and Devon Allen talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Typically this year, Erick Dargan has been Marcus Mariota’s nemesis in practice, but today it was cornerback Dominique Harrison. The JC transfer, who is redshirting on the scout team, intercepted Mariota passes both in 7-on-7 and team drills. … Other than that it was one of those days for Mariota, who zipped passes around to Evan Baylis, Charles Nelson, Dwayne Stanford and Devon Allen over the course of the workout. … Chris Seisay also picked off a ball in 7-on-7, Malone had a very physical pass breakup in 11-on-11, and Dior Mathis came up with a turnover in that same team period.

Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at Colorado as does Dale Newton.

Andre Yruretagoyena will return for the Colorado game and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu looks like he might be ready also.

■ Will Saturday be the last home game for Marcus Mariota? Probably but he isn't saying for sure.

■ Caleb Couturie talked with Devon Allen and Doug Brenner recently.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon remains on top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings.

The Ducks got a much-needed breather this week. Oregon has already locked up the North Division, so the Ducks will play in the Pac-12 championship game. The No. 2-ranked Ducks need to negotiate three more games -- Colorado, Oregon State and the Pac-12 title game -- before landing in the first College Football Playoff. With Arizona State's loss Saturday, Oregon is probably the lone Pac-12 team that can make that happen.

Oregon still holds the #3 ranking in the AP poll.

■ Caleb Couturie looks at the top three teams that could threaten the Ducks' championship chances.

■ Will Denner wonders if Marcus Mariota will end Oregon's Heisman drought.

Andrew Greif warns the last two regular season games shouldn't be taken for granted.

"Having Marcus and Ifo and Hroniss, you're not going to get three better guys than those guys to lead your team," Osborne said. "Those guys understand you have to play every week."


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Austin Willhoft gives us his three takeaways from a bye week.

1. Pharaoh Brown is back in Eugene and the Ducks are training his replacements.

■ Joel Odom wonders who the top four in the college football rankings will be this week.

■ Dillion Mitchell, a recent four star commit, says he would like to play bother football and basketball.

Colorado game time has been finalized with a 1:30pm local time kick-off.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald. How well do the students around campus know the Oregon fight song?

■ Andrew Nemec looks at the latest on the recruiting front and reports Drayton Carlberg recently committed to the Ducks.

■ Max Thornberry wonders just how good are the Ducks this year.

With the Ducks firmly in control of their fate and a mere five wins away from a national title, the conclusion to an incredible college football season makes this a great time to be a Duck.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Tom Osborne, Evan Bayliss and Koa Ka'ai talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has practice notes which focuses on the young tight ends who are eager to carry the torch in Pharoah Brown's absence.

■ Hayden Kim says Oregon has found their kicker in Aiden Schneider.

■ Andrew Greif notes Andre Yruretagoyena is close to returning following his injury earlier this year and Hroniss Grasu is only expected to miss a "couple" of games.

How fun would it be to see Marcus Mariota join Chip Kelly and the Eagles next year?

■ Dale Newton wonders what would be the best matchup for the Ducks if they make it to the college football top four.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Filling Pharaoh Brown's shoes will be a tall order for the next man up.

Brown will be missed for more than just his receptions.

The junior from suburban Cleveland had become a consistent blocker, a key development given the injuries along Oregon's offensive line, and was magnetic for defenders forced to honor his routes, which in turn relieved pressure on a receiving corps that was young and unproven entering the season.

■ Mark Helfrich will appear next February for his home town to raise funds for local schools.

Steve Summers says Oregon have made an offer to a JC cornerback and Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■  Dale Newton rounded up the videos on his post that tell the Marcus Mariota story.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Joel Odom reports Oregon moved up to #2 in the latest playoff rankings. Here is what Dale Newton believes.

For the ranking to have any meaning at all, they have to take care of business versus Colorado and Oregon State and prevail in the conference title game, which could very likely be a showdown of Top Ten teams, #2 Oregon versus current #6 Arizona State. Winning that matchup should be enough to get the Ducks into the playoff, probably with a favorable seeding.

Rob Moseley reports the football team is keeping in touch with Pharaoh Brown and looks like he might get a surprise visitor.

■ David Lombardi says Oregon is planning for success.

■ Joe Walker picked up the play of the week for his 100 yard fumble return against Utah.

Charles Fisher analyzes Oregon's QB sweep read play.

■ Dale Newton says Oregon has smashed through all the criticisms and dismissals.

The 2014 Oregon Ducks are five wins away from a national championship. A lot can happen in football, and they might fall short of that goal. But what a great, amazing season it has been, and what a joy it’s been to watch this team respond to every challenge and all the adversity.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ken Goe shares his key takeaways from the game last weekend.

I thought Utah played well, but it didn't matter. The Ducks kept the their heads amid the bedlam and won going away, 51-27. It was a very impressive performance.

■ Andrew Greif has some scary thoughts for defensive coordinators, "Marcus Mariota improves as the game goes on."

Sean Meagher reports Oregon and ASU continue marching toward the Pac-12 championship game.

Ted Miller also looks at the Pac-12 race.

■ Marcus Mariota was named one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on Monday.

■ Tyson Alger takes a closer look at Pharoah Brown's likely replacements.

■ Oregon’s Nov. 22 home football game against Colorado will kickoff at either 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. PT and be televised by Pac-12 Networks. Final game time determination will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Dale Newton talks about making your own luck.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Kyle Bonagura has Oregon at #1 in the latest Pac-12 Power Rankings.

The Ducks are the clear-cut No. 1 in the Pac-12. With the College Football Playoff selection committee ranking the Ducks No. 4 last week, it stands to reason they will get bumped to No. 3 this week after No. 3 Auburn's loss to Texas A&M. Upcoming games against Colorado and Oregon State should serve as stat builders heading into the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 5.

■ Marcus Mariota and Joe Walker picked up helmet stickers this week for their play against Utah.

■ Oregon climbed to #3 in the latest AP poll.

■ Andrew Greif talks about the young players thrust into a larger roles mostly due to injuries.

■ Caleb Couturie shares his takeaways from the Utah win.

■ Dale Newton recaps the costly win against Utah.

Rob Moseley and Andrew Greif share their thoughts on Mark Helfrich's teleconference yesterday including injury updates for Pharoah Brown who remains in Salt Lake City.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

■ Marcus Mariota, Aidan Schneider and Joe Walker talk to the media after the game last night. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ On paper it might look like an easy Oregon win as they took down Utah 51-27 but it came at the expense of devastating injuries. It wasn't pretty but it is a win. Game stories below.

■ Andrew Greif says a key Utah blunder helped the Ducks get going; Hayden Kim and Tyson Alger look at the game changing play; John Canzano gives the Duck credit for a hard fought game; Jason Quick says don't blink; Rob Moseley has the complete breakdown, beating adversity, special teams and a postgame notebookKyle Bonagura on what we learned in the Pac-12; Taylor Wilder and Ryan Kang share their game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Pregame stories

Andrew Greif looks at seven critical matchups to watch for the game today.

With a win, Oregon keeps itself in position for a bid amid the College Football Playoff's final four — UO is fourth in the selection committee's most recent rankings — while clinching the Pac-12's North division and a place in the conference title game on Dec. 5.

White and yellow for today's uniforms look pretty good.

■ Austin Willhoft looks at key aspects for the game today.

The Oregonian will provide live updates all during the game.

Dale Newton looks at the keys to the game.

Utah has struggled in the passing game and with leading receiver Dres Anderson out for the year, they’re likely to continue to do so. The Ducks have to keep Travis Wilson in the pocket and discourage him from establishing a more comfortable rhythm than he found last week.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage: [Ty] Griffin’s long run might have gone for a touchdown at full speed. The other potential scoring play was a pass by Mahalak to Casey Eugenio, who slipped a tackle and took off downfield. … Tony James and Isaac Ava each got the better of each other on a couple reps. Ava swallowed up James at the line on a run play to start the 10-minute scrimmage period. Later, James was running toward the sideline, Ava had the angle to push him out of bounds, but James quickly cut back inside and continued upfield.  … Glen Ihenacho came flying up from the secondary to stop one run play, and Issac Dixon forced a fumble on another. Jalen Jelks was involved in a couple other run stops near the line of scrimmage.

■ Tyson Alger has five things to watch during the game today. Other stories along this same line from Joseph Hoyt, Charles Fisher and Randy Morse.

Andrew Greif previews the Utah game and the stretch run.

Ken Goe talks about the easy path to a win today over Utah.

Ryan Kostecka says we will learn how physical the Ducks really are in the game today.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Mark Helfrich talks to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Walk-through: There are several unknowns about No. 4 Oregon’s matchup Saturday at Utah (7 p.m. PT, ESPN), complicating factors for the Ducks as they prepare for the game, and then once they take the field...

How will the Ducks react to playing in noisy yet unfamiliar Rice-Eccles Stadium, whose atmosphere helps the Utes “lead the country in forcing illegal procedures"...

■ Steve Summers and Richard Kolbell preview the Utah Utes along with Rory Davidson.

Ted Miller says Utah has no passing fancy.

■ Chantel Jennings says Freeman and Tyner provide a nice 1-2 punch.

Andrew Bantly takes a closer look at Hamani Stevens. (good read)

■ Andrew Nemec says Oregon has an answer to negative football recruting.

The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers are in agreement, the predict an Oregon win on Saturday night.


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Keanon Lowe and Aidan Schneider talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Sometimes it can be taken for granted how easy Mariota makes the game look. That happens on Saturdays because of the work he and the rest of the Ducks put in during the week. They iron out the kinks in practice so that, more often than not, minor blips don’t turn into major hurdles.

■ Andrew Greif has a good read on Erick Dargan, the "ball hawk" and wonders if the Ducks can pick up another road win against Utah.

Another offensive lineman is listed as "day to day" after sustaining an injury during the Stanford game.

Chantel Jennings and Kevin Gemmell debate how good/bad the defense is this year.

■ Ken Goe wonders if Oregon can stay in the top four rankings.

■ Andrew Nemec has the latest on recruiting for the Ducks.

■ Joey Holland looks back at "gang green" and the Rich Brooks era.

Tyler Robinson with Hroniss Grasu discuss potential challenges with Utah.

Dale Newton says to complete the dream Oregon must be perfect in one area.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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John Neal and Tony Washington talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


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Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and has game notes for Utah.

Highlights: Again, the defense in particular was sharp this morning. From Buckner and Talia up front, to Joe Walker and Derrick Malone Jr. at linebacker, to Erick Dargan on the back end, they showed no mercy on the scout team. … Tony Washington had a couple nice pass breakups, both in position drills and 7-on-7. Chris Seisay and Dior Mathis added interceptions during the 7-on-7 period. … When the offense and defense went head to head, Walker made a run stop near the line of scrimmage, and Reggie Daniels broke up a pass...

Oregon comes in at #4 in this weeks college football playoff ranking

■ Joseph Hoyt with Marcus Mariota preview the Utah game.

Andrew Greif says Oregon has tried to improve their red-zone efficiency this year compared to last and says Oregon is preparing for Utah's two quarterback system.

■ Adam Rittenberg says Marcus Mariota's mental mastery drive the Ducks offense.

Marcus Mariota has been named to the Davey O'Brien Award semi-finalist list.

■ Omar Garibay-Diaz says Erick Dargan is looking to keep the momentum going against Utah.

■ Charles Fisher analyzes a few of the key plays used against Stanford last week.


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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Gary Campbell and Derrick Malone talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


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Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: By his own admission, Marcus Mariota was “not me” as a passer against Stanford, misfiring on several throws despite finishing a very respectable 19-of-30. There was zero carryover today in 7-on-7. He peppered the ball around to Dwayne Stanford, Pharaoh Brown, Charles Nelson, Byron Marshall and Evan Baylis. On the defensive field, Troy Hill had a great leaping interception, and Justin Hollins did a nice job on one rep of manning his zone and then coming up to make the stop on a screen pass.

■ Ken Goe warns of Oregon overlooking Utah. Jake Tabor also has an article with the same topic.

■ Marcus Mariota earned Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors for the second straight week.

■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Utah matchup and stopping one of their best players.

■ Michael Bigham has a player profile of Joe Walker.

Dale Newton says preparation was the difference in the Stanford win.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Royce Freeman.

A year after Stanford bulldozed Oregon with the power run, the Ducks gave the Cardinal a taste of their own medicine -- and they did it behind another muscle-flexing performance from this true freshman. Freeman popped pads against Stanford's top-ranked defense to the tune of 98 yards on 19 carries, while Thomas Tyner provided some tough running of his own (10 carries, 63 yards). The Ducks exposed the Cardinal 45-16.

■ Chantel Jennings has Oregon at #1 in the Pac-12 power rankings.

Oregon remains at #5 in this weeks AP poll.

Rob Moseley comments of Mark Helfrich's weekly teleconference, don't fall for the hype.

■ Gary Laney says Oregon controls their own destiny in the college football playoffs.

■ Jason Quick credits Oregon's rebound to head coach Mark Helfrich.

■ Mike Merrell quotes David Shaw, "We played one of the best teams in the nation."

Dale Newton reflects on the huge win over Stanford.


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Don Pellum, Erick Dargan, Royce Freeman and Ifo talk with the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


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■ I think we have all been waiting to see a complete game victory and we got it with the added bonus of taking down Stanford. Lots of game stories so here we go.

■ Robby Boydstun liked the defensive effort by the Ducks; Tyson Alger says he'll trade field goals for TD's anyday; Andrew Greif wonders if a simple piece of paper made the difference last night; Jason Quick gives Jake Fisher a lot of credit; Ryan Kostecka says Oregon flexes its muscle; John Canzano comments on Mariota's "too soft" image; Rob Moseley has a game recap, complete game defense and all the weapons on offenseAdam Rittenberg on smoothing the playoff path; Kevin Gemmell on what we learned; Andrew Nemec reports a visiting recruit commits after the game; game photos here and here; ESPN rounds out the coverage.


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Pregame stories

■ Tyson Alger says Charles Nelson can do anything he wants, and he wants to do everything with Oregon. Good read.

■ The Oregon Daily Emerald staff shares their insights and predictions leading up to the game.

■ Andrew Nemec looks at the recruits visiting Autzen today.

■ Dale Newton talks about what is and isn't on the line for Marcus Mariota tonight.

After all the talking and analysis is done, 80 college kids play football. It’s a multi billion-dollar business and the most entertaining game in the sports landscape. Legacies are just a topic. Courage, heart, effort and character, that’s the real stuff. Win or lose, Mariota and the Ducks have plenty of all of these. It’s been a privilege to watch them.


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■ Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and Glenn Parker look ahead on "Pac-12 Football Weekly" to Saturday's matchup between Stanford and Oregon.


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Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Highlights: Rushing yards are usually hard to come by in these periods, and today was no exception. Tony James did have one nice breakaway run, getting to the sideline and upfield before being pushed out of bounds by Jalen Jelks. … That was nice pursuit by the defensive end Jelks, who followed up that hustle play with a sack on the next rep. … Two gutsy plays led to one reception, with Morgan Mahalak rolling to his left and throwing back to the middle of the field into a tight window, where Will Genske made the catch despite absorbing a hit from Khalil Oliver, who immediately tossed him to the ground...

■ Tyson Alger, Chantel Jennings and Andrew Greif give you five things to watch for during the game today

■ Josh Schlichter says the game today will be our biggest challenge this season when it comes to Stanford's defense.

■ Steve Summers previews the game today against Stanford.

■ Max Thornberry wonders if the third time will be charm for Marcus Mariota against Stanford.

■ A couple of records could fall today for Marcus Mariota and Royce Freeman.