Wednesday, September 17, 2014
On one of the final snaps of the day, DeForest Buckner tipped a pass at the line, pulled it down and rumbled for the pick-six. That capped about as dominant a day as I can remember from a guy in practice. He killed it in 1-on-1 pass drills and really made life tough for the scout-team offensive line in all the team periods. The scout QBs were constantly having to throw on the run when Buckner was on the field. … Alex Balducci, coincidentally, also pulled down a tipped pass for an interception during the last team period...
■ Marcus Mariota will be on the cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated.
■ Speaking of Marcus, he remains at the top of the Pac-12 QB ranking.
■ Tyson Alger says the Oregon running back need to break that last barrier as the season gets to conference play.
■ Oregon plans to mix and match defenses to keep Connor Halliday honest.
■ GoDucks.com has everything you need to know about the WSU game.
■ Andrew Greif has five thoughts on the depth chart as we head to Pullman.
■ The Pac-12 released the football schedule for next year. One word, brutal.
■ Charles Fisher says Byron Marshall loves the new slot-sweep read.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Pharaoh Brown was very consistent catching the ball today, following up on his four-catch performance against Wyoming. … Mariota and Devon Allen were locked in together for one period of 7-on-7. They connected at least four times that I saw. … As always, Austin Maloata’s reps in pass-rush drills were fun to watch. He got Evan Voeller off-balance at one point and drove him backwards, but Voeller put Maloata to the ground the next time they hooked up, and Doug Brenner pancaked the true freshman D tackle...
■ Andrew Greif shares a sneak peek at Washington St.
■ Oregon coaches have learned a few things these last three weeks.
■ Derrick Malone talks about life as a linebacker for the Ducks.
■ The Oregon baseball team hopes to lure three potential members to the team as they all visited last weekend during the Wyoming game.
Monday, September 15, 2014
The junior compiled quite the stat line in just under three quarters of play in the Ducks' 48-14 victory over Wyoming: Two passing touchdowns and 221 passing yards on 19-of-23 passing plus two rushing touchdowns and 71 rushing yards on five carries.
■ Oregon remains at #2 in this weeks AP poll.
■ Jason Quick talks about what it means to be "Men of Oregon".
■ Oregon remains at #1 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Rob Moseley has all the details of Mark Helfrich's teleconference with reporters yesterday.
■ Ken Goe takes issue with the play where Marcus Mariota dove for a touchdown against Wyoming. (have to agree)
■ Dale Newton believes Oregon will need to tighten up as league play begins next week.
Oregon has always been built to outscore people, and this defense, which has played a lot of people through three games, has the athletic ability to make stops and get turnovers...The linebackers in particular need to make more plays...
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:29 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
■ ESPN has this short video recap of the game yesterday as Oregon defeated Wyoming 48-14. After a sluggish first quarter Mariota and company finally got things on track.
■ Stories from around the web: Rob Moseley shares his thoughts, talks about Erick Dargan , and has a postgame notebook; Andrew Greif talks about Marcus Mariota's magic; Kevin Gemmell shares what we learned in the Pac-12 this week; game photos here and here; GoDucks.com and ESPN round out the coverage.
Posted by Mike Wines at 7:01 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: It was a good period for the defense in general, as the offense managed few big plays. Isaac Ava broke up a pass over the middle, and Jordan Kurahara wrapped up a running back at the line of scrimmage. … Morgan Mahalak connected with Chris Tewhill for three completions over the course of the period, and Tony James had a couple runs for gains. … Ty Griffin showed off his considerable speed, rolling out of the pocket and hitting tight end Will Genske for a completion.
■ Tyson Alger has five things to watch for during the game today.
■ Oregon is focusing on not taking Wyoming for granted.
■ The Pac-12 ESPN crew is in agreement, this will be a win for the Ducks today.
■ Torrodney Prevot has a special guest at the game today as part of the "O Heroes" program.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:14 AM
Friday, September 12, 2014
Just a walk-through today, so no highlights to offer. … An exception: Between pre-practice stretching and the first 11-on-11 period, Mark Helfrich lined his guys up for a single field-goal attempt...
■ Justin Wise looks at how Wyoming and Oregon stack up against each other.
■ Tyson Alger says sleep the morning before the 11 am kickoff time will be important.
■ Ken Goe wonders if there will be any let down against Wyoming.
■ Hayden Kim compares Joe Walker to Kiko Alonso.
■ Chantel Jennings talks about effective adjustments this season.
■ Pete Christoper has the fan report card for Oregon against MSU.
■ Dale Newton says sometimes you have to get dressed in the dark.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:24 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mark Helfrich wanted his guys plugged in right off the bat, and threw a “clutch” drill at them to start practice. The defense held serve with both the ones and twos on the field, in both cases forcing the offense to settle for field-goal attempts of 50-plus yards. (Neither was converted). DeForest Buckner had a sack to help stall the No. 1 offense, and the No. 2 group couldn't score despite moving the ball with a couple Jeff Lockie completions to Charles Nelson and Darren Carrington...
■ Andrew Greif had a chance to talk with a Wyoming beat reporter recently.
■ Marcus Mariota won a pair of national honors yesterday.
■ Tyrell Crosby isn't getting booed anymore after his stellar play.
■ ESPN has the scoop on the playoff dates and kickoff times this New Year season.
■ Dale Newton sees good things for the future of Duck football.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:23 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Most impressive period of the day was 7-on-7; Marcus Mariota put every single ball right on a receiver, and the only incompletion was a drop. He completed passes to Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington, Byron Marshall, Keanon Lowe, Johnny Mundt and Pharaoh Brown, before wrapping up the drill with his prettiest ball yet, a tear drop over a defender to Royce Freeman. I didn’t think Mariota was particularly sharp Monday, perhaps because it was his first look at Wyoming’s scheme, but he was on point today. … Not often blocking grabs my attention, but Lowe and Devon Allen had nice downfield blocks on one run by Freeman, Carrington held off a defender for Marshall, and Doug Brenner got upfield to clear a path for Kenny Bassett...
■ Andrew Greif says Oregon is pleased with the emergence of Chris Seisay.
■ Tyson Alger says Tyrell Crosby has stepped out of Royce Freeman's shadow.
■ Charles Nelson may see more playing time as the season progresses.
■ Tyler Johnstone is helping the team from a different perspective.
■ Chantel Jennings says the "next man up" mantra is paying dividends this year.
■ Oregon officially signed All-Americans Taj Griffin, Alex Ofodile and Zach Okun yesterday and the trio should be in school starting January.
■ Marcus Mariota leads the Pac-12 QB Power Rankings.
■ GoDucks.com has the latest inductees to the Oregon hall of fame.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes a few plays from the MSU game.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The defense held in a red-zone drill to start the day. Reggie Daniels stopped Thomas Tyner short of the end zone with the ones on the field, and Jeff Lockie had a pass tipped at the line by Stetzon Bair. … Jalen Brown really stood out today. He made a really great diving effort for a ball in the end zone during position drills, though he wasn't able to secure it for a catch. Later, Brown hauled in a pass from Lockie in team drills, getting his feet in bounds after leaping toward the sideline to make the catch.
■ Marcus Mariota was named the offensive Pac-12 Player of the Week yesterday for his performance against Michigan St.
■ Andrew Greif gives you a sneak peek at the Wyoming Cowboys.
■ Sean Meagher says Oregon solidified their position as the top team in the Pac-12.
■ Chantel Jennings says some of the youngest Ducks needed to grow fast against MSU.
■ OregonLive gives you ten reasons Oregon could win the College Football Playoff.
■ Ted Miller believes "week two statements" can be deceiving.
■ Mel Kiper Jr. ($) wonders if anyone can slow down Oregon.
■ The Washington St. kickoff time was announced yesterday, another 7:30 pm time slot (boo)...
■ Nathan Roholt applauds the team effort on Saturday.
■ Dale Newton believes the schedule is setting up perfectly for a big run this year.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:49 AM
Monday, September 08, 2014
In the AP poll of media, Oregon moved up one spot to No. 2 this week. The Ducks received 16 first-place votes, and trailed No. 1 Florida State by 48 points, 1,463 to 1,415.
■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu got a couple of helmet stickers from the ESPN crew.
■ Kevin Gemmell shares the Pac-12 Power Rankings for week 2 and Oregon tops the list.
■ Rob Moseley and Andrew Greif share the details of Mark Helfrich's teleconference with reporters yesterday.
■ Oregon stole the show when it comes to Pac-12 recruiting visits this last weekend.
■ Jason Quick looks at some big behind the scenes contributions against MSU.
■ Dale Newton says we all need a lesson in faith.
On a day when Stanford lost and Washington struggled, the Ducks showed they can matchup with one of the toughest and most disciplined and physical teams in the country. This Oregon team has smashed the ESPN narrative forever. They have the speed, talent and focus to beat anyone on their schedule.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:35 AM
Sunday, September 07, 2014
■ ESPN recaps the big game yesterday as Oregon beat Michigan St. 46-27.
■ I have to be honest and say I wasn't completely sure the Ducks would win this game but they proved I didn't have anything to worry about. Mark Helfrich passed my test as did the team, they're for real. Excited for the season to unfold. Here are the game stories from around the web:
Rob Moseley talks about a stout defense, the right responses and his notebook; Ted Miller says the script was flipped; Kevin Gemmell tells us what we learned in the Pac-12 this week; Andrew Greif says the Ducks are for real; Tyson Alger talks about the chemistry between Mariota and Allen; Jason Quick says Arik Armstead changed the narrative on physical teams; John Canzano praises Marcus Mariota and ESPN has the game recap.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: The outside linebackers were all over the place right off the bat. Mike Garrity had a couple run stops just past the line of scrimmage, and Ivan Faulhaber tipped a pass that was intercepted by a defensive back. Faulhaber added a sack a few snaps later. … The offense tried to take a few shots down the field, finally connecting when Morgan Mahalak hit B.J. Kelley deep for a touchdown. … Kelley also had a nice block on a screen pass. … Issac Dixon intercepted a pass. … Jeff Bieber, a consistent performer in practice the last two weeks, caught a couple passes.
■ Andrew Greif says it's all on the line when the Ducks and Spartans meet today.
■ Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler talk about the game today.
■ Oregon's young receivers will try to do some damage today according to this report.
■ Chantel Jennings has all you need to know about the game today.
■ Dale Newton says it will all come down to execution.
It’s a big game against a proud, accomplished opponent, and in games like these, victories have to be earned. It requires that the home team brings a quality of readiness and concentration, and that points directly to coaching.
Oregon will win tomorrow if Mark Helfrich and his staff have trained and prepared them properly. A failure to have done so would be a waste of great potential.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Just a walk-through today, so no highlights to offer. … OK, one exception: After pre-practice stretch, Helfrich whistled for a one-shot field-goal attempt. Matt Wogan nailed the 38-yarder. … Redshirt freshman Evan Voeller, who made his debut late in the South Dakota game, has been rotating in with the twos at guard the last couple days.
■ Andrew Greif shares his thoughts on the matchup with MSU this weekend.
■ Tyson Alger gives you five things to watch for on Saturday.
■ Rory Davidson talks about how to combat the Spartans.
■ Josh Schlichter talks about Michigan States defense and the chess match that will likely ensue.
■ Ten true freshmen played last weekend, an unprecedented number.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers are split with their Oregon vs MSU predictions.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:25 AM
Thursday, September 04, 2014
There was good action during passing positional drills down in the red zone. Marcus Mariota threw scoring passes to Charles Nelson, Devon Allen and Zac Schuller, and Jalen Brown caught touchdowns from Mariota, Jeff Lockie and Morgan Mahalak. Khalil Oliver broke up a pass at the goal line, and Erick Dargan did so in the end zone. … Dargan also had a nice breakup in 7-on-7, a period in which Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Chris Seisay had interceptions.
■ Chantel Jennings says Oregon must learn from previous mistakes before Saturday's game against MSU.
■ Tyson Alger shares his thoughts on the game this weekend.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 crew will be watching four players this weekend and Marcus Mariota plus Byron Marshall are on their must see list.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Dale Newton believes it's all on Mariota this Saturday. (not quite sure I agree a 100% with Dale....going to take a total team effort IMO)
■ John Canzano has it right when the latest from Colt Lyerla came out yesterday.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
After the offense dominated 1-on-1 passing drills Monday, the defense turned the tables today in more game-like scenarios. Seisay and Arrion Springs broke up passes during position drills, with Seisay breaking up what was almost a really nice leaping catch by Darren Carrington.
■ Rob Moseley says the Oregon offensive line will be put to the test against Michigan St.
Entering the biggest game in the country so far this season, Jake Fisher knows what to expect... “Being a blue-collar kid, that’s what I grew up doing,” Fisher said. “I don't mind smashing into anybody.”
■ Chantel Jennings talks about Oregon preparing to face the MSU defense.
■ Oregon remains at #3 in the AP poll after taking care of South Dakota.
■ ESPN has Oregon on top of their Pac-12 Power Rankings after week one.
■ Bryan Shalvoy says Marcus Mariota is a model of efficiency at QB.
■ Ken Goe says the MSU-Oregon matchup is the biggest game of the week.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes Royce Freeman and the "straddled triple option play."
■ Dale Newton wonders if Oregon is up to the task of handling the MSU defense.
They have to better than they were last week, last year, and better than they were against Stanford and LSU. They have to be the myth-busters of college football, vaporizing a cement truck of a defense under the September sun.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The passing game was really sharp in 1-on-1 drills to start practice. Whether it was Mariota to Dwayne Stanford, Lockie to Keanon Lowe and Allen, Alie to Jalen Brown and Ayele Forde, Morgan Mahalak to Marshall or Griffin to Carrington, there were completions all over the place. … One exception was Brown, who had a couple uncharacteristic drops. He made up for them with a nice reception in 7-on-7, and then hauled in a touchdown from Mariota in 11-on-11.
■ ESPN has Marcus Mariota in the #1 spot in their Pac-12 QB Power Ranking and OregonLive has Oregon at #1 in their Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Ted Miller says the MSU game is laden with meaning.
■ Tyson Alger believes the physical game will be a matter of pride against MSU.
■ Gary Campbell said there was plenty to like from his running backs against SD but there is plenty to work on as well.
■ Nathan Roholt takes a closer look at Royce Freeman.
■ Dale Newton hopes the Ducks don't get fooled again when they take on the Spartans.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM
Monday, September 01, 2014
After spending the offseason emphasizing fundamentals in tackling, Pellum didn't get the tackling in space he wanted. He also would like for his experienced linebackers -- three of whom return as starters in Tony Washington, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick -- to be playmakers.
"I don't think anything was really great, nothing was really bad," he said. "It needs to jump out. We'd like it to jump out."
■ Oregonlive has a sneak peek of the MSU game and oddsmakers have the Ducks as 11 point favorites.
■ Rob Moseley took notes from Mark Helfrich's teleconference call yesterday with reporters.
■ Matt Hayes says the Sooners and Ducks jumped to the front of the playoff race.
■ Four star athlete Malik Lovette verbally committed to the Ducks recently.
■ Former Oregon pitcher Jake Reed joined Jimmy Sherfy in the Arizona Fall League.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:56 AM