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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Just what we expected for the opening game against an FCS opponent but there was plenty to like as Oregon had no trouble taking down the Coyotes 62-13. Marcus Mariota was on point, Royce Freeman looked impressive and the defense needs to tighten up a few things. Here is a selection of game day stories,

■ Andrew Greif says it was a familiar opening day rout; Tyson Alger said Dwayne Stanford made a statement; Jason Quick said Byron Marshall has an answer for his critics; Matt Takimoto welcomed back football; Dale Newton lists the positives and cautions from the game; Rob Moseley talks about backfield depth, mixed reviews for the defense, the postgame notebook and has photos; ESPN College Gameday is coming to town next weekend for the MSU game; and ESPN has the game summary.

■ I will have my highlight video posted at YouTube (and here) later today so stay tuned.

Update: The Pac-12 in their infinite wisdom has decided to block the South Dakota game which probably means all games this year. Guess they don't realize this is just another promotional tool to get folks to watch their content. The people it hurts the most are the one overseas and others who have no other access to see their favorite team in action.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oregon motivational video vs South Dakota

Oregon Football Motivational vs S Dakota "Stand Up" from OregonVideo on Vimeo.

■ Who needs a little motivation?

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Kani Benoit had a couple nice runs to start the morning, and Jimmie Swain was in on a couple of tackles right off the bat. … Casey Eugenio took a screen pass from Morgan Mahalak and side-stepped a safety for a nice gain, and later on Eugenio made a one-handed grab of a deeper ball from Ty Griffin. … Jalen Jelks had a sack, while Ava and Jordan Kurahara made run stops near the line of scrimmage. … Mahalak and B.J. Kelley were about to connect on a long completion until Arrion Springs showed off impressive closing speed by swooping in to break up the pass.

■ Tyson Alger gives you five things to watch for today during the game.

■ Andrew Greif reminds us the title chase starts today.

■ ATQ has LaMichael James slotted number one pick in their "20 in 20" series.

■ Former Oregon pitcher Jimmy Sherfy moved up to the Arizona Fall League yesterday.

I will have my highlight video posted over on my YouTube channel sometime Sunday and it will be posted here as well. Bold prediction: Oregon 63 - South Dakota 6

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video




Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota 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.

As an out-of-state student who happened to be a walk-on with the UO football team, redshirt freshman punter Ian Wheeler had some concerns about the viability of returning to the Ducks for a second season this fall...Wheeler found out he was also granted a scholarship.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Marcus Mariota might be the best Duck quarterback ever.

■ Kevin Gemmell has six questions for the Pac-12 as we enter week one.

■ Ted Miller breaks protocol and looks ahead to week two games in the Pac-12.

■ Nate Costa talks about Marcus Marito among other topics in this video.

■ The ESPN bloggers agree and have Oregon winning on Saturday.

■ Dale Newton says forget about the score on Saturday but pay attention to what the Ducks could be this season.

Results can’t be perfect, but effort should be. This is a game Oregon will win handily, perhaps with a barrage of touchdowns in the second quarter. The importance of it is that it sets the standard for their effort and preparation in succeeding weeks. The most significant opponent they have this week is not South Dakota, but living up to the standard of the team they could be.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Dior Mathis and Troy Hill 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 Wednesday practice report.

No highlights to offer from this one, since the Ducks were going through the specific plays they’ll use Saturday against the Coyotes. … The kickoff, kickoff return and punt return teams all got extensive work. Freshman outside linebacker Justin Hollins looks like an early contributor on the punt return and kickoff units. … Depth on the offensive line has been bolstered this week by the addition of walk-on Jim Weber out of Beaverton’s Southridge High. Weber, who was assigned No. 60, is working at guard and center now, but could eventually move over to the defensive line, where the Ducks originally had him pegged.

■ Tyson Alger wonder if it will be a shutout on Saturday.

■ Andrew Greif has a short Q&A with SD beat writer Mick Garry and Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olumu..

■ Sean Meagher looks at five Pac-12 storylines as the season opens.

■ Mark Flores has the latest recruiting news.

■ Dale Newton likes the move of Don Pellum being on the sidelines to see the action up close.

Ultimately it’s not about the x’s and the o’s, it’s about the energy, execution and effort.

Which is why Duck fans should be encouraged by Don Pellum’s decision to coach this year from the sideline rather than the booth, a decision that will allow him to work face-to-face during games and teach and correct on the fly.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Don Pellum and Devon Allen 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 Tuesday practice report.

An 11-on-11 period in the red zone featured an all-out assault on the end zone by Mariota’s group. Passes to Tyner, Keanon Lowe and Dwayne Stanford, runs by Tyner and Royce Freeman – it seemed like that group scored on nearly every rep. … On the defensive field, meanwhile, Tui Talia and Prevot forced an incompletion with their pressure, Joe Walker stuffed a running play, and Khalil Oliver hauled in a tipped ball for an interception.

■ GoDucks.com has all you need to know about the game against South Dakota on Saturday.

■ Chantel Jennings says the depth chart back up all the Royce Freeman hype.

■ Does Marcus Mariota have something to prove? (probably not in my opinion)

■ ESPN has some Pac-12 fearless predictions for 2014.

■ Will the officials slow down the tempo for the Ducks this year?

■ ATQ has Joey Harrington in the #2 spot in their "20 in 20" series.

■ Dale Newton says it's not if the Ducks win on Saturday but how they play the game.

Discipline, execution, fundamentals and focus. To be a success this year, the Ducks have to bring a quality of effort to every one of the 12 weekends of the regular season, and they have to practice like champions.

It’s the first opportunity to evaluate how they’re being coached, and how seriously they’re taking their mission.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and Johnny Ragin 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 Monday practice report.

Byron Marshall had a second straight strong practice, reaching out to haul in a deep ball from Mariota at one point and knifing through the scout-team defense on a run later on. That said, Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman had their moments as well; based on today it would be really hard to guess which guy will start Saturday.

■ Position battles continue as the two-deep was released yesterday.

■ Sean Meagher as Oregon in many of the top twelve Pac-12 games to watch this year.

■ Andrew Greif previews the South Dakota game coming up on Saturday.

■ Jason Quick says it's good to be Royce Freeman.

■ Who has the number one selling jersey in college football? Marcus Mariota.

■ Dale Newton says the Ducks are ready for this and you should be too.

This year’s Ducks have no barriers. They only have opportunities. It’s a tough, tough league, with great coaching and 10 returning starting quarterbacks. The PAC-12 plays nine conference games and a conference championship, and if they survive all that, they’d have to beat the likes of Alabama and Florida State in a two-week stretch.

Look Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the eye and tell them they can't do it.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Erik McKinney looks at how the Pac-12 QB recruiting race is going and here is what he says about Oregon.

Commitments: Travis Waller

Oregon may be able to turn any disappointment regarding its quarterback chase this year into a positive. Kyler Murray (Texas A&M), Blake Barnett (Alabama) and Deondre Francois (Florida State) were just three ESPN 300 quarterbacks to give the Ducks a serious look before committing elsewhere. Given the nature of the competition, that the Ducks were given serious consideration shows that they are officially among the nation's elite recruiting powers. Missing on Murray and Barnett hurts, but grabbing a commitment from Waller is meaningful.

Dale Newton projects the two-deep now that fall camp is behind us.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Oregon Football wants you to be ready for the season and GoDuck.com shares their fan day video from yesterday's event.







Mark Helfrich, Gary Campbell and Derrick Malone talk with the media after practice yesterday.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

With Oregon’s preseason camp officially in the books, the Ducks enjoyed a rare weekday void of intense training on Friday as the staff reviewed the month’s progress and settled on primary offensive and defensive depth, as well as scout team members. Saturday, those decisions were on display as the Ducks’ conducted their first game week practice, going through what would be a typical Monday routine.

■ Tyson Alger talks about his favorite stories from fall camp which ended on Thursday and gives you the list of true freshmen who made the roster this fall.

■ Andrew Greif says with all of the high expectations for the Ducks this season will be played under the microscope.

■ Oregonlive has a Q&A with kicker Matt Wogan.

■ Tim Rohan says Marcus Mariota had to overcome a few hurdles that led him from Hawaii to Oregon.

■ Dale Newton says this fall camp could not have been much better.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell would like you to get to know a Pac-12 QB, Marcus Mariota.

What you need to know about Mariota: Following the departure of Darron Thomas, Mariota was locked in a nearly eight-month competition with Bryan Bennett. Mariota winning the job was considered a mild upset at the time because many thought it would be Bennett, considering he’d backed up Thomas and saw action in nine games the previous season. But a week before the start of the 2012 season, then-coach Chip Kelly pulled the trigger on Mariota, and the Ducks have benefited with a 23-3 mark with him as the starter. He’s a heavy Heisman favorite heading into the season, and many are predicting him to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft.

Ted Miller wonders if this is the Pac-12's year for a perfect passing storm.

■ Was the Pac-12/10 expansion a good thing or not?

■ Dale Newton says Oregon just finished their best fall camp ever but wonders it it will be enough.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





■ Pac-12 Network goes behind the scenes at fall camp and during media day recently.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday scrimmage report.

Once the team finally went 11-on-11, the offense hit the ground running. Just a couple plays into the scrimmage, Jeff Lockie cut loose with a ball deep down the field – so deep it didn't look like Devon Allen would quite get to it. But the national champion in the 110 hurdles turned on the jets, reached out and hauled in the pass for a touchdown, kicking off the day in big-play fashion.

■ The Oregon receivers have set themselves great expectations because they want to be the best group of receivers in the country.

Marcus Mariota says Royce Freeman has all but cemented his place on the roster this year.

■ Andrew Greif says the starting tight end battle is too close to call.

■ Devon Allen has high expectations for football and track.

■ Ted Miller shares ESPN's preseason All Pac-12 team where you will find many Ducks.

■ ATQ has Haloti Ngata as #3 in their "20 in 20" series.

■ Dale Newton says there is plenty to be excited about for the upcoming season.

Tyner, Marshall and Freeman won’t be denied often. And Dwayne Stanford (6-5, 201, a former all-league basketball forward) and Darren Carrington (6-2, 191, a slick-shooting state champion point guard) have the hands and athletic ability for what Marcus Mariota calls “the jump balls.” 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Scott Frost and Thomas Tyner 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 Wednesday practice report.

■ Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu made the CBSsports.com preseason All-America team.

■ Hamani Stevens is dedicating this season to his grandmother who he lost recently.

■ JC transfer Tui Talia is in a rush to learn the Oregon defense so he can be a factor this year.

Mark Flores has the latest recruiting news.

■ John Canzano had a nice chat with former wide receiver Patrick Johnson recently on his radio show.

The ice bucket challenge made its way to Chip Kelly recently.

Dale Newton thinks Marcus Mariota should be more assertive this year.

Marcus is smart and mature. He can handle the responsibility, and he’ll use all his resources in conferring with the booth and the coaches on the sideline.

Go old school. Let him run the offense and distribute the ball. He’s superbly prepared and uniquely talented. Trust him and let him lead.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Mark Helfrich and Gary Campbell 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.

Thomas Tyner got behind the defense for a long completion from Mariota in 7-on-7, and Allen did likewise in a team period. … Austin Maloata ended up on the turf after being double-teamed on a play, then bounced back on the next rep by tracking down a running back from behind. … A nice catch for Dwayne Stanford over the middle in 7-on-7 was followed up by Erick Dargan breaking up another potential Mariota-to-Stanford completion.

■ Mike Keldorf will be leaving the Oregon program after 14 years with the football program.

The Oregon game looms large for the Michigan St. Spartans.

■ Andrew Greif breaks down the linebackers in fall camp.

■ Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel think Oregon might flop this year.

■ ESPN graded teams not only on the field but in the classroom, Oregon came in fourth, not too shabby.

■ Jack Heffernan says it will take three mental approaches to excel this year.

■ Dale Newton says Oregon must make it past the selection committee (besides win a bunch of games) to compete in the national championship.

■ Athlon Sports says Marcus Mariota is the best player this year in the Pac-12.

Athlon Sports recently polled 17 media members to rank their top 15 players of the Pac-12 Conference (full disclosure: I was asked to vote and I did). The results were compiled and revealed Tuesday and Mariota is not only No. 1, but he was ranked no lower than second on any ballot.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your morning and afternoon practice reports.

MorningThere was also a bunch of red-zone work this morning, both in the tempo drill to start the day and the 7-on-7 periods. The offense got off to a hot start, which hasn't always been the case this month, with Mariota running for a touchdown in tempo and Lockie completing a scoring pass to Royce Freeman.

Afternoon:  Morgan Mahalak threw a couple TD passes in 1-on-1 drills in the red zone, while Tyree Robinson had an interception. Ekpre-Olomu, Juwaan Williams and Glen Ihenacho had pass breakups that caught my eye. Casey Eugenio made a nifty one-handed catch. … Lockie and Charles Nelson showed good chemistry during 7-on-7, connecting three times in a stretch of four plays.

■ Andrew Greif previews the Civil War on Nov. 29.

■ RB Royce Freeman continues to impress all over the field as fall camp starts to wind down.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Oregon CB's are up to the challenge in a league full of  passing quarterbacks.

■ Tyson Alger had a short Q&A session with Taylor Alie recently.

■ CBS Sports has Marcus Mariota as #1 pick in their 2015 NFL mock draft.

■ Dale Newton thinks better execution will be one of their key challenges this year.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Oregon ranks #3 in the initial AP poll just behind Florida St. and Alabama.

The ranking equals UO's highest-ever in the preseason. Oregon has now been ranked in the top five of the AP's preseason poll for four consecutive seasons.

■ Andrew Greif sat down with Michigan St. beat reporter Mike Griffith to compare notes on the upcoming game on Sept. 6.

■ Oregon announced Friday it would reimburse the families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and lineman Arik Armstead for their out-of-pocket expenses related to insurance policies purchased under the NCAA's "exceptional student-athlete disability insurance" rule.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Erick Dargan, Dior Mathis and Troy Hill talked with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

Austin Maloata is an absolute beast. The two lines did a 3-on-2 drill with three blockers against two defenders, and the tandem of Maloata and Henry Mondeaux really looked good. Maloata drove Hroniss Grasu back a couple yards on one rep, and on another the freshman defeated an attempted double team by Andre Yruretagoyena and Doug Brenner.

■ With the 2014 playbook taking shape and fall camp winding down, it's time for better execution.

■ Q&A sessions with Marcus Mariota and Haniteli Lousi.

Oregon Ducks fan day is set for next Saturday inside Autzen Stadium.

■ Dale Newton believes there are two things that could derail a title run, depth and coaching.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Tom Osborne and Matt Wogan 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 morning and afternoon practice reports.

Morning: Marcus Mariota and Devon Allen were on the same page from the start, connecting for a long completion during the tempo drill to start practice. Allen had to make an adjustment to bring the ball in, and easily did so.

AfternoonPerhaps today’s most encouraging period was a punt drill in which Ian Wheeler really sparkled. The punt team was first backed up into its own end zone, then brought to midfield to try to pin the receiving team deep in its own territory. In both case Wheeler had several high, well-placed punts. … Joe Walker had several tackles in team situations.

John Canzano wonders if the Ducks have an identity problem?

■ Chantel Jennings details the pros and cons in the Marcus Mariota vs Jameis Winston Heisman debate.

■ Lawrence Hastings profiles Oregon kicker Matt Wogan.

■ ATQ has Jonathan Stewart in the #5 spot on their "20 in 20" series.

■ Dale Newton believes the Ducks have the perfect mentality for a title run.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







OLB coach Erik Chinander, Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone 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.

There was a pretty eye-opening moment midway through practice when the linemen did 1-on-1 pass-rush drills. True freshman Tyrell Crosby neutralized a spin move by DeForest Buckner, the two faced off again immediately and Crosby won the matchup again. Hardly anybody has had success against Buckner in that drill the last two weeks, but the true freshman held his own.

■ Byron Marshall is pushing himself even harder as running back competition heats up.

■ Marcus Mariota was added to the Manning Award watch list yesterday. He also leads the field in the first ever ESPN Heisman Trophy poll.

■ Andrew Greif breaks down the fall camp defensive line.

■ I know it's been cooler the last couple of days but have you ever wondered how the team stays cool on those sweltering days we have had recently.

■ Hayden Kim says Bralon Addison shines even when he's not on the field.

■ ATQ has Marcus Mariota #4 in their "20 in 20" series.

If Mariota can finally beat Stanford and get to the College Football Playoff without stumbling like he and the Ducks have the past two seasons, he’ll ride off into the sunset to the NFL as the greatest quarterback in Oregon history. If he can’t, he’ll always be known as the quarterback who couldn't win the big games when it mattered most.

The ball is in your hands, Marcus. What are you going to do?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





DL coach Ron Aiken and Alex Balducci 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 Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: The offense started well today after finishing the scrimmage strong. Neither the ones nor twos got into the end zone in the tempo period to open practice, but both moved the ball as well as they have so far this month – a welcome quick start after they started slow Tuesday. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu broke up a pass in the end zone with the ones, after a Royce Freeman run and Dwayne Stanford reception got Marcus Mariota and company into the red zone. Jeff Lockie threw a really nice deep ball to Darren Carrington that just missed the mark for the twos; again, though neither unit “scored,” it seems like the offense is starting to find its rhythm.

Chantel Jennings takes a closer look at Oregon's run game.

Oregon is ranked #8 in SI's preseason poll.

■ Tyson Alger reports the DB's have answers on how the receivers look at fall camp.

■ Andrew Greif previews the Utah game for 2014.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Dale Newton says the defense this year looks tougher at every level.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Tyler Johnstone and Andre Yruretagoyena talk with the media after the scrimmage yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley details the first scrimmage held during fall camp which started slow but picked up momentum.

Devon Allen took one to the house against the No. 3 punt team, and Johnathan Loyd did likewise on the first rep for the No. 1 punt return team. In between, Allen got behind the secondary and hauled in a long touchdown pass from Jeff Lockie.

■ Hroniss Grasu is the lone Oregon Duck named to Sports Illustrated Preseason All-American team.

■ Autzen Stadium ranked third in best Pac-12 stadium entrances recently.

 Brock Huard @ESPN ($) has Marcus Mariota as the second best QB entering 2014.

■ Andrew Greif breaks down the special teams unit now that we are in fall camp.

■ Dale Newton says Oregon has three weeks to figure out Michigan St.

■ Rob Moseley says Alex Balducci is the new man in the middle.

“If I don't do my job correctly, I’ve got offensive linemen on linebackers, and that screws up the whole defense,” said Balducci, a Portland native. “I’ve got to do that, and make plays behind the line of scrimmage as often as possible.”

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Scott Frost, Steve Greatwood and Doug Brenner talk with the media after practice yesterday.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday morning and afternoon practice reports.

MorningThe 7-on-7 period this morning required the offense to convert second-and-long situations, and Mariota’s group had several one-rep conversions, including a touchdown pass to Darren Carrington. But Mariota was also picked off by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and the defensive group got back-to-back pass breakups from Justin Hollins and Michael Manns at one point, and from Khalil Oliver and Jimmie Swain.

Afternoon: Jamal Prater, Haniteli Lousi, Doug Brenner and Tyrell Crosby had notable reps for the offense in pass-rush drills, while Arik Armstead, Jalen Jelks and Stetzon Bair scored wins for the defense. … Bair capped a really impressive day all around, adding a couple tackles for loss in team situations this afternoon to follow up on his fumble recovery this morning. … As he has done from time to time over the course of his career, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu took some reps at safety this afternoon. … Mariota and Darren Carrington were really on the same page today, hooking up a number of times in one-on-one passing drills, 7-on-7 and team situations.

■ Ryan McGee @ESPN says Marcus Mariota is staying out of the spotlight.

■ Andrew Greif previews the Stanford game on Nov.1 at Autzen Stadium.

Tyler Johnstone is out for the season after re-injuring his ACL during practice.

■ Chantel Jennings looks at fall camp story lines.

■ Oregon sits on top of the preseason Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Fancy seeing them here. The Ducks again start the year as Pac-12 favorites and are the conference's most likely candidates to compete for a national title. A trip to Vegas to put money on quarterback Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy shouldn't be called gambling ... that's investing.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Dale Newton profiles true freshman Charles Nelson.

He’s already made an impression at practice. Rob Moseley reported yesterday at goducks.com that the true freshman from Florida made a couple of nice plays as a tackler in a kick coverage drill, hustling past a blocker to make a tackle. Mark Helfrich singled out the true freshman for being one of the guys who’s studying the playbook on his iPad in the break between practices.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Johnny Mundt and Pharoah Brown talk with reporters after practices yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley recaps the morning practice and then the afternoon practice in the first double day session.

Morning Highlights: Marcus Mariota was really sharp in both 7-on-7 and team periods, completing close to everything he threw. He did have one completion, deep over the middle to Ayele Forde, that might have been broken up in a live situation, because Joe Walker was bearing down on Forde before pulling up to avoid contact. Either way, it would have been a heck of a collision. … Washington and Tyree Robinson had nice looking pass breakups in 7-on. That’s an area I feel like Washington has stood out a bit more this fall. … A couple impressive moments for defensive linemen during team: Big nose guard Alex Balducci tracking down a running back who got caught up in some traffic, and T.J. Daniel leaping high into the air to swat down a pass at the line.

■ Andrew Greif says even without Bralon Addison, Oregon has hopes for a "tazer" position this year.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Highlights: With the team in pads, a period was spent on a full-contact drill in which a ballcarrier had to advance – in tight quarters – past three levels of blockers, matching an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman, a tight end and a linebacker, and a receiver vs. a defensive back. Pretty simple stuff: The defense is looking to get off blocks and make tackles, the offense wants to sustain blocks long enough for the runner to get by.

[Royce] Freeman slipped a couple arm tackles on one run, and ran over a safety at the end of another. Marshall and Benoit made it through the gantlet, and Charles Nelson ran through a couple guys grasping at his ankles. Hroniss Grasu and Johnny Mundt cleared the way for a Griffin run, and the trio of Matt Pierson, Koa Ka'ai and Austin Daich got Kenny Bassett into the end zone.

ESPN has a season preview video for the Ducks available here.

■ Andrew Greif sat down with Arik Armstead for a Q&A session recently.

■ Marcus Mariota, Jeff Lockie and Hroniss Grasu took to the links recently and Oregonlive has it captured on video.

■ If you didn't catch De'Anthony Thomas do what he does best check this video out (link) from Thursday night.

■ Pat Pannu has the Michigan St. vs Oregon games listed as the top non-conference game to watch this year.

■ Dale Newton says there are three more reasons this might turn out to be a special season for the Ducks.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota and Evan Baylis 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.

Royce Freeman and the other newcomers continue to have more thrown at them as the week progresses. The Ducks did some work on their kickoff return team today, and Freeman took some reps as a blocker along with fellow freshmen Khalil Oliver, Jimmie Swain, Henry Mondeaux, Jalen Jelks and Justin Hollins, with Charles Nelson among a big group of possible return men.

“The coaching staff is helping me get situated and adjusted,” Freeman said. “… It’s definitely a change, but the other backs have welcomed me and showed me the ropes.”

■ Andrew Greif breaks down the running back position group now that fall camp has started.

■ The Pac-12 Network got to see what Mark Helfrich is like during practices.

Keith Olbermann poked fun at the NCAA over some recent self-reported violations by the Ducks.

■ Charles Fisher looks back at three years of FishDuck.com, quite the learning curve.

■ Kenny Wheaton and the most improbable play land at #6 on ATQ's "20 in 20" list.

■ Dale Newton believes the development of the LB's is crucial for success in 2014.

■ Keanon Lowe is expecting to improve his game in his senior season.

“One of my goals this season is to be the best blocking receiver in the country,” said Lowe, who joined his teammates for the fourth practice of preseason camp Thursday afternoon.

“Another (goal) is to show everyone that I can make plays and catch the ball, and do all the stuff all the receivers are doing,” Lowe acknowledged. “I have my role on this team, and we’ll see where it goes.”

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Scott Frost and Keanon Lowe 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 Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: The day ended with a third-down drill that featured a number of nice plays by each side of the ball. Among the offense’s conversions were a Marcus Mariota pass to Byron Marshall, a couple Mariota runs, a Morgan Mahalak pass to Charles Nelson and a Mahalak run. Kani Benoit spun out of a potential tackle at the line and got to the second level, and Dwayne Stanford made the play of the day, a leaping, one-handed catch near the goal line.

But the defense made a bunch of stops, too. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu broke up a pass, as did Glen Ihenacho. Danny Mattingly stopped Royce Freeman just short of the first down, and Arrion Springs gave Austin Daich the same treatment.

LB Danny Mattingly is turning heads at fall camp

■ Andrew Greif previews the Oct. 18 game against the dawgs.

■ Ashley Young says a final farewell to Nick Aliotti.

Mark Flores has the latest on the recruiting front.

Dale Newton lists the four most important things to have a chance at running the table this year.

■ Rob Moseley says a year of experience has the linebackers poised for big things.

The chemistry and cohesion Oregon’s linebackers are building are intangible things so far. The goal is for them to result in improved production once the season begins, though the Ducks say they're not focused too much on statistics.

“I wouldn't say we're worried about that specifically,” Hardrick said. “We’re paying more attention to detail each day, and if we do that, things will solve themselves.”

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Mark Helfrich and Jeff Lockie talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
GoDucks.com has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: There was a lot of good stuff both ways in an 11-on-11 situation late in the day focusing on third down. The defense put a cap on its strong day overall with a Dior Mathis pass breakup, another ball that Tyson Coleman tipped at the line and Arik Armstead intercepted, and several other stops.

But the offense converted some chances as well. Royce Freeman got the offensive sideline hooting when he cut off a Tyrell Crosby block and knifed through the defense. Morgan Mahalak rolled out of the pocket and found Jalen Brown open deep. Byron Marshall had a couple of impressive runs, and Jeff Lockie completed passes to Austin Daich and Darren Carrington.

■ Tyson Alger breaks down the fall camp DB position group.

■ TE Johnny Mundt is more focused in his sophomore year.

■ Charles Fisher spent some quality time with the team on Monday at media day.

■ ATQ has Max Unger in the #7 slot for their "20 in 20" series.

■ Rob Moseley looks at a friendship that goes well beyond the depth chart.

In the ultra-competitive world of college football, battles for playing time don’t always make for the friendliest of relationships among guys at the same position. Quarterbacks, as one of the smallest position groups on the team, tend to be an exception. But even in that regard, the relationship between [Marcus] Mariota and [Jeff] Lockie is unique.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu talk with reporters during media day interviews yesterday.

Here are interviews with Tyler Johnstone, Devon Allen, Thomas Tyner, Hroniss Grasu, Byron Marshall, Matt Wogan and Arik Armstead.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: As usual, practice began with an up-tempo team situation, and the defense yielded hardly at all. The offense got going a few minutes later; on the very first rep of 7-on-7, Mariota hit Johnny Mundt for a touchdown. Erick Dargan got revenge for the defense a couple plays later, leaping into the air and breaking up another potential Mariota-to-Mundt completion.

The team periods during the latter half of practice featured touchdown passes from Mariota to Darren Carrington, who weaved through the secondary to score; from Jeff Lockie to Johnathan Loyd and from Taylor Alie to Jalen Brown. Thomas Tyner, Royce Freeman and Ayele Forde all had long runs late in the day. With no pads on, the defense couldn’t really come up and hit, but Troy Hill had a couple of athletic pass breakups, playing with the ones in a secondary that also included Ekpre-Olomu, Dargan and Reggie Daniels.

■ Tyson Alger has some quick hits regarding media day.

■ Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley discuss the official start of the 2014 Football season.

■ ESPN recently voted for the best player at each of the 128 FBS teams. LaMichael James was picked for Oregon.

■ Bralon Addison is taking on a mentorship role after his injury during spring practice earlier this year.

Despite the injury, which required surgery, Addison wouldn't rule out making a return this season. With a receiving corps that is heavy on numbers and light on experience, the possibility of an Addison return could dramatically help the Ducks and their goal of a national championship. 

"As a competitor I have to think, in my mind, that there's a chance I'll be out there," he said. "If that chance comes, I'll be ready for the 2014 season. I'll be out there." 

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley previews the special teams unit heading into fall camp.

What to watch: The biggest bit of intrigue will be Wogan’s attempt to juggle the placekicking and punting jobs. He’s got a bigger leg than Wheeler, but the Ducks will want to be careful not to tax Wogan’s leg too much. Another kicker, Aidan Schneider, will be in camp to share reps there. Also, there are a bunch of options to sort through as kickoff and punt returners, including but not limited to Thomas Tyner, Darren Carrington, Devon Allen, B.J. Kelley, Dior Mathis and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

■ Oregonlive has five questions for the offense and defense entering fall camp.

ESPN has Marcus Mariota at the #2 spot in their top 100 college football players this year.

■ Dale Newton believes these are the good old days for Oregon fans and says the secret to the offensive success at Oregon is in their DNA.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

2013 Season Rewind: Oregon Highlights vs Colorado 10/5/2013



■ I will be camping the next few days so enjoy the highlights, I will be back on Monday.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

2013 Season Rewind: Oregon Highlights vs Cal 9/28/2013



■ I will be camping the next few days so enjoy the highlights, I will be back on Monday.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

2013 Season Rewind: Oregon Highlights vs Tennessee 9/14/2013



■ I will be camping the next few days so enjoy the highlights, I will be back on Monday.

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