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Friday, October 31, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Observations: With this a walk-through of the plays Oregon will run against Stanford on Saturday, no true “highlights” to offer. … Matt Wogan did get the chance to attempt a couple field goals right off the bat. The net with the goal post printed on it wasn’t in place for the first, but it looked like he tucked the second one inside the right upright. … Happy 21st birthday to Marcus Mariota, and a happy birthday as well to Kenny Bassett and Juwaan Williams. Those three had the honor of breaking the post-practice huddle today.

■ Erik McKinney compares Oregon and Stanford as we edge closer to the game on Saturday.

■ Chantel Jennings says Oregon's young players could benefit the team on Saturday.

Yesterday was Marcus Mariota's 21st birthday but he has bigger milestones on his mind.

The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers almost made it a unanimous Oregon win for Saturday. Lone doubter was Ted Miller.

■ Jake Tabor, Ken Goe and Justin Wise preview the Stanford matchup.

■ Rory Davidson analyzes one way the Ducks might stop Stanford.

■ Dale Newton wonders if the Oregon coaches have a better Stanford game plan this time around and looks at keys to the game.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Hamani Stevens and Arik Armstead talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: The morning began with “clutch,” and like Tuesday, the first period featured a win by the No. 1 offense and then a response by the No. 2 defense. Marcus Mariota completed passes to Byron Marshall and Darren Carrington, setting up a 36-yard field-goal attempt that Matt Wogan converted. The twos moved the chains with a nifty catch-and-run on fourth down by Kenny Bassett, but Chris Seisay ended the possession with an interception three plays later. … The travel squad also went head-to-head in a full 11-on-11 period early in practice. DeForest Buckner and Derrick Malone Jr. made stops on run plays for the defense, while Mariota completed passes to Marshall and Pharaoh Brown to win reps for the offense...

Arik Armstead and Matt Wogan are expected to return from injuries on Saturday. Good news there for sure.

■ Andrew Greif has the depth chart changes for the Stanford game.

■ Ashley Young takes a closer at Kenny Bassett.

Tyler Robinson says it's gut check time against Stanford.

■ Dale Newton says fans shouldn't worry about the college football playoffs and says there has been a glaring hole in recent recruiting.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Doug Brenner and Erick Dargan talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and has the Stanford game notes.

Highlights: The tempo drill to start the morning also featured the No. 1 offense getting off to a fast start – though Troy Hill ultimately broke up a pass in the end zone – and then the No. 2 defense swarming the twos on offense, with Mattingly, Torrodney Prevot and Tui Talia pressuring Lockie. … The kickoff return group’s first two reps resulted in long returns for Charles Nelson and Johnathan Loyd. … Buckner and Arik Armstead had tackles for loss during one team period, and teamed up during the next one when Armstead did the dirty work of forcing a runner to cut back inside, where Buckner lowered the boom...

■ Chantel Jennings talks about Royce Freeman and his bid to be the best freshman running back in the country.

■ David Lombardi discusses Oregon and their issues recently against Stanford.

■ John Canzano talked with former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti recently regarding our defense and shares his thoughts on Oregon's #5 initial ranking by the college football playoff committee.

■ Charles Fisher takes a closer look at true freshman Charles Nelson.

Dale Newton previews Stanford, says it's time the Ducks lit up Stanford and believes the Oregon needs to go 'full Mariota' on Stanford.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Scott Frost and Hroniss Grasu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Observations: This morning was heavy on installation of the game plan and light on full-speed, physical work. Thus, no highlights to pass along, similar to a Thursday. … During practice, the Pac-12 announced that Mariota was named conference offensive player of the week for his five-touchdown performance at Cal. Mariota did throw an interception, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio now stands at 24:1, and he passed Bill Musgrave to become the UO career passing leader with 8,299 yards. … Despite returning a punt for a touchdown, making a tackle in kickoff coverage and forcing a fumble on punt coverage, Nelson was not named special teams player of the week. That honor went to USC’s Adoree Jackson, who returned a kickoff 100 yards against Utah. The Utes, FWIW, are generally considered to have the top special teams unit in the conference, if not the entire country. … ICYMI, Oregon’s game Nov. 8 at Utah was selected by ESPN for a 7 p.m. PT telecast.

■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was one of 15 semifinalists identified Monday for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in college football.

■ Tyson Alger reports Keanon Lowe is expected to return for the Stanford game after being injured.

Andrew Greif has a sneak peek on the Stanford matchup.

■ Ted Miller looks at the playoff ramifications for the Oregon vs Stanford game.

■ Sean Meagher says Oregon remains at #1 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell has Oregon at #1 in the latest Pac-12 Power Ranking.

The Ducks might catch a little flak nationally for giving up 41 points to Cal. Those who cover the conference, however, realize that the Bears could drop 41 on most of the teams ranked in the Top 25. The Bears have the No. 2 offense in the league for a reason. So despite that (and Marcus Mariota throwing a -- gasp! -- interception) the Ducks are in pretty good shape with Stanford coming to town.

■ David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and Charles Nelson.

■ Ducks rise to #5 in the latest AP poll.

John Canzano explains the tie breaker system in the new college playoff system.

Rob Moseley looks ahead to the Stanford game and shares topics discussed by Mark Helfrich during his weekly press conference.

■ Michael Bigham has a profile of WR Darren Carrington.

Caleb Couturie talks about the stellar play from a trio of freshmen.

■ Dale Newton previews the Stanford game.

Communication, preparation and hustle can help ... Michael Clay and Casey Matthews made a hundred tackles a year because they were smart and physical. Neither had a sparkling 40 time, but they knew where they were supposed to be and what the offense was trying to do.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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■ Couple of more interviews after the Cal win. Royce Freeman and Pharaoh Brown talk to the media. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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■ Andrew Greif looks ahead to the Saturday matchup against Stanford and wonders if they can pass the test.

For confidence that it can pass such a test, the Ducks need only look back to Sept. 6, when they might have found the answer in a win against Michigan State, a team similar in style to Stanford with its pro-style, run-heavy offense and nationally renowned defense.

■ Ted Miller talks about what we learned in the Pac-12 this weekend.

John Canzano likes the punt return effort of Charles Nelson during the game against Cal.

■ Ken Goe wonders if there is concern regarding the defense.

Max Thornberry also looks at the Duck defense.

Dale Newton looks at the defense and offers suggestions to improve it.

The Ducks have to get better with their feet and their heads to be a better defense, and it could be that quicker, faster linebackers like Johnny Ragin III and Danny Mattingly need a bigger role in the rotation.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota talk with the media after Oregon's win against Cal last night. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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ESPN shares some of the highlights from the game last night as they beat Cal 59-41. My biggest takeaway from the game... Nice win but where is the defense? Game stories below.

■ Andrew Greif says Oregon is the best in the Pac-12 but will the win impress the playoff committee; Tyson Alger talks about Byron Marshall's big night; Steve Summers liked the play of Marcus Mariota but has questions about the defense; Rob Moseley has a game recap, talks about winning a shootout, likes the specials teams play and has a postgame notebookJohn Canzano believes the Pac-12 teams won't impress the playoff committee; Joseph Hoyt says Mariota doesn't let the moment get too big for him at Levi Stadium; Dale Newton has concerns about the defense as we play Stanford next week; game photos available here and here; ESPN rounds out the game coverage.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pre-game stories

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

3. Keep on rolling in the Royce

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Oregon's running game seemed like it ground to a halt? Yeah, Royce Freeman has done the best to make you forget. No Oregon Duck rushed for more than 100 yards in Oregon's first five games. In the last two, Freeman has put up 121 and 169-yard efforts, highlighted by his four touchdown performance against Washington. Freeman has 11 touchdowns on the ground, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has firmly grabbed the reigns of Oregon's No. 1 spot in the backfield. Against Cal's porous defense, another 100-yard game could be likely.

■ Ken Goe wonders how good Cal really is.

Chantel Jennings also has five things to watch for,

Charles Fisher looks at the keys to the game.

■ Dale Newton wants to see improvement from the special teams and hopes to see Thomas Tyner be more active.

■ John Canzano shares his thoughts on tonight's game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Play of the day was by quarterback Ty Griffin, who tucked the ball away on the fourth snap of the 10-minute period and ran around end for a touchdown. A player on the sideline approved: “That boy’s got wheels!” … The defense did a better job of containing Griffin the other times he opted to run. Michael Manns forced him out of bounds the next time, and Ivan Faulhaber got past an offensive tackle for a sack. … Haniteli Lousi had a block that helped spring Tony James for a long run. … Glen Ihenacho intercepted a pass, and fellow freshman safety Khalil Oliver broke up two others. … Jordan Kurahara had a sack, as he seems to do each week in these scrimmages.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if the win streak against Cal will continue against Cal.

Ryan Kostecka says the young wide receivers have the Ducks firing on all cylinders and takes a closer look at Charles Nelson.

Chantel Jennings has a good story on Royce Freeman.

The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers all predict an Oregon victory tonight.

Tyson Alger wonders if a possible telecom merger might lead to DirectTV carrying the Pac-12 Network games.

Dale Newton likes the steady improvement of the Oregon defense and taking care of the ball during the rest of the schedule will be vital.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Don Pellum and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu 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.

Observations: Not much to offer today, since it was a walk-through of the plays the Ducks will run Friday against the Golden Bears. … The day did begin as usual with a 37-yard field goal attempt, which Mark Helfrich said was good (the netting that has goal posts printed on it hadn’t dropped down in time when the kick was made). … The equipment truck was being packed up today, and thus coaches planned to meet and identify the travel squad at some point.

■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been named to the list of quarterfinalists for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Andrew Greif gives you five things to know about in Friday's game against Cal.

■ Travis Haney wonders if the game against Utah will be too much after Cal and Stanford.

■ Josh Schlichter previews the game against Cal.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Ducks have the Pac-12 banner but wonders if it can hold.

Caleb Couturie sat down with Tony Washington recently who says he's ready to play no matter where they are.

Dale Newton says the impressive thing about the 2014 Ducks, they just keep improving.

Charles Fisher says he never tires of watching the Ducks beat the Huskies. Can' say I disagree, kick a dog when they're down.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Marcus Mariota and Kenny Bassett 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.

Highlights: The No. 2 offense had more success in the clutch drill. Jeff Lockie used completions to Evan Baylis and Kani Benoit to move the ball in position for a 47-yard “game-winning” field goal by Aidan Schneider. … There was good back-and-forth in the 1-on-1 pass drills in the red zone. The offense started well with scoring receptions by Devon Allen and Darren Carrington, and then Jalen Brown leaped up and over a defensive back for a catch in the zone. But then Carrington tried to do the same over Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the senior corner broke up the pass, followed shortly by breakups from Troy Hill and Ragin...

■ Natalie Liebhaber with Hroniss Grasu preview the Cal game.

KC Joyner ($)  has Royce Freeman in his top ten running back in college football.

Freeman is a true freshman on whom Oregon's offense has been leaning more often -- with great success. He ranks 11th nationally in rushing yards per game against Power 5 teams in October (125) and is tied for first in rushing touchdowns in that time frame (6). Freeman also has accurate passing skills, which were on display on a trick-play, throwback pass to Marcus Mariota that led to a 26-yard touchdown against Arizona. If Oregon keeps using him as its go-to back, Freeman could vault his way up this list by season's end.

■ Chantel Jennings believes the Ducks are planning for success.

Ken Goe says not to expect a big crowd at the game Friday nigh against Cal.

■ Joel Odom reviews the talking points by Mark Helfrich during the coaches teleconference.

■ Andrew Greif has a nice piece on the unexpected addition of Kenny Bassett to the starting RB rotation.

■ Charles Fisher says we might be seeing more of the "pistol" offense variations in the future.

Dale Newton previews the Cal game.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Scott Frost, Hroniss Grasu and Doug Brenner 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 and has game notes for Friday.

Highlights: There was some great action when the travel squad went head-to-head early in practice. Freeman had a couple long runs, one of them keyed by a loud block by Nelson on a linebacker. Danny Mattingly answered for the defense, containing Marcus Mariota on one play and then bringing down a runner in the backfield on the very next play. … Marshall did a nice job of reaching behind himself and hauling in a pass during 11-on-11. On the defensive field that period, Juwaan Williams had one of the day’s biggest hits...

Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Cal Bears.

■ The biggest challenge for Oregon on Friday will be trying to defend Cal QB Jared Goff according to this report.

■ Tyson Alger and crew hand out mid-season awards for Oregon and Marcus Mariota takes the MVP honor.

Mariota also picked up national offensive player of the week yesterday by the Senior Bowl.

Coaches are wondering if they can clone Marcus Mariota.

■ It might not be too long before we see Andre Yruretagoyena back on the O-line.

■ Derrick Malone shares his latest installment of "life as a linebacker."

■ The game against Stanford on Nov.1 has been scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be televised on Fox.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Royce Freeman got a helmet sticker for his performance against the Huskies.

Oregon's remarkable win streak over Washington reached 11 games with Saturday's commanding 45-20 win, and the Ducks got it done by pummeling the Huskies' vaunted front seven. They did it behind Freeman, a true freshman power back who's built more like a senior. His bruising effort amassed 169 yards on 29 carries (5.8 average) against a Washington defense that had been sturdy against the run entering the game. Freeman powered his way to four touchdowns. The Ducks' offensive line seems to be back and firing on all cylinders.

Andrew Greif, Rob Moseley and Caleb Couturie break down the talking points on Mark Helfrich's Sunday press conference and preparing for Cal on a short schedule.

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

■ The Ducks rose to #6 in the latest AP poll.

John Canzano looks at playoff scenarios and wonders if Thomas Tyner's role will be expanded.

■ Ken Goe says the Ducks have taken charge of the Pac-12 North.

■ Pat Pannu got the reactions from Washington players and coaches after the big loss.

Dale Newton says Oregon put itself back in position for a title run but have to remain vigilant.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Royce Freeman and Erick Dargan talk to the media after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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■ After years of dawg dominance it sure is fun being on the giving end of all the beat downs we have handed the Huskies for the last 11 years. How about Royce Freeman, kid is for real. I could go on and on but I will share the stories around the web on the 45-20 win.

Andrew Greif liked the play on both sides of the ball; Jake Tabor on the stifling defense; Tyson Alger liked the play making from Darren Carrington and Dwayne Stanford; Jason Quick talks about the irrelevancy of the huskies; John Canzano says Oregon looks like Oregon again; Joseph Hoyt liked the play of Pharaoh Brown; game day photos here; Rob Moseley has a postgame notebook, talks about a swarming defense and recaps the game; ESPN rounds out the stories.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report and notes three former players will be at the game today, Bill Musgrave, Kenny Wheaton and Joey Harrington.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: This might have been the most entertaining 10-minute scrimmage for the non-travel squad guys all season, and credit perhaps goes to Glen Ihenacho. The redshirting safety had a big hit to break up a pass to a tight end early in the scrimmage, and the intensity didn’t lag for the remainder of the period. …. Ihenacho’s hit got the defense going after the offense started with a couple big plays, a Morgan Mahalak completion to B.J. Kelley and a long run by Tony James, who slipped a tackle in the backfield and was off to the races...

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

Andrew Greif previews the game against the Huskies.

Will Uncle Phil write a big check tomorrow as rumors suggest?

■ Dale Newton wonders if Marcus Mariota might become a legend for the U of O.

Mariota is a marvelous football player, but he’s an even better person. The poise, courtesy and dignity he’s displayed while achieving historical excellence as Oregon quarterback has been an incredible joy to watch. Imagine how rich his homecoming will be.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

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Gary Campbell, Thomas Tyner and Devon Allen 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.

Observations: Since the Ducks were running through the plays they’ll employ Saturday vs. Washington at walk-through speed, there are no highlights to report. … Mark Helfrich told the team afterward he thought the defense and special teams were particularly sharp. “Fast Friday” is another chance for the offense to get up to their level. … Jake Pisarcik and Doug Brenner continue to rotate between center and right guard with the No. 2 offense. Brenner played at guard at UCLA last week.

■ Justin Wise examines how the Ducks and dawgs stack up against each other and the difference Jake Fisher made on his return.

Hayden Kim offers players to watch during the game this weekend.

■ Tyson Alger takes a closer look at the improved running game.

Ted Miller examines the rivalry with Washington.

■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers all pick Oregon to win on Saturday.

■ Andrew Greif explains why the "Pick" play was so important for the program.

Kenny Wheaton talks about the "Pick" and why that play doesn't define him.

John Canzano takes a closer look at the "Pick."

■ Dale Newton says it is time to bring the "train."

To dominate the rivalry for one more year, Oregon has to be Oregon. Johnathan Loyd was talking to the Oregonian’s Tyson Alger about fellow receiver and special teams standout Charles Nelson and Alger asked him what stood out about the speedy freshman. Loyd said, “His motor. He always says I’m going to bring the train and the train don’t stop. That’s what me and him say together, whether it’s on kickoff, punt or anything. He’s just running full speed into that contact.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Don Pellum, Derrick Malone and Hroniss Grasu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and mentions the uniforms for the game on
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Saturday.

Highlights: The No. 1 offense hit the ground running when Mark Helfrich called an audible and moved the “clutch” drill to the start of practice. A couple Marcus Mariota passes to Devon Allen and a run by Royce Freeman got the ball deep into the red zone, where Matt Wogan converted a short, “game-winning” field goal. It was another story with the twos on the field, as the defense controlled the scenario. I always see that as the perfect outcome; you want the No. 1 offense to be able to score on anybody, but the No. 2 defense to win its reps because that shows the Ducks have the defensive depth they tend to need due to their low time of possession (currently 25:27.67 per game, second-lowest in the country)...

Andrew Greif says missed tackles are missed opportunities on defense and reports on mid-season accolades received by members of the team.

Allen Trieu makes note of the latest four star recruit to commit for the Ducks.

John Canzano has a nice story on Hroniss Grasu and Marcus Mariota.

Chantel Jennings takes a closer look at Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's golf game.

■ More honors for former Oregon pitcher Jake Reed,

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Marcus Mariota talks to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and game day notes for Saturday.

Highlights: Tyree Robinson and Dargan each had interceptions both in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. … Robinson closed out a kickoff return drill by driving scout-team coverage guy Bronson Yim all the way off the field and onto the sideline. Those two played in tandem last season as scout-team safeties, and it was a memorable reunion today. … Marcus Mariota connected on a couple nice deep balls in the last few minutes with Devon Allen and Dwayne Stanford. … Christian French had an impressive leaping interception to snare a screen pass in position drills, and Zac Schuller did a nice job of plucking a reception just before it hit the turf.

■ Chantel Jennings has your week seven Pac-12 QB Power Rankings and Marcus Mariota is back on top.

■ Kyle Bonagura gives a Pac-12 midseason review where you'll find Marcus Mariota as the offensive MVP.

■ Andrew Greif shares the throwback uniforms the Ducks will wear against the Dawgs, the Husky defensive line and then looks at a decade of dominance,.

Matt Takimoto looks back at 4000 days of dominance against the Huskies.

■ Pat Pannu (and Hroniss Grasu) says the playbook is open against the opponent this weekend.

Dale Newton liked the game against UCLA and the results but says this week is different opponent.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Tom Osborne, Scott Frost and Tony Washington talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Practice wrapped up with the twos on offense and defense going head-to-head in a clutch scenario, with the offense down two in the final minute. Tui Talia was the star of the drill, breaking up a pass at the line and sacking Jeff Lockie in the next play. Chris Seisay also had a pass breakup, on the final snap. … Danny Mattingly intercepted a pass in team drills that had been deflected by Dior Mathis. … DeForest Buckner had a tackle for loss and then batted down a ball at the line just a few reps later in 11-on-11..

■ Andrew Greif talks about the play on the D-line by the backups.

John Canzano says the game this week against the Dawgs isn't a rivalry unless you have been in a coma for the last ten years.

The last decade in photos against washington.

Chris Petersen and team will have to play lights out against the Ducks according to the coach.

■ Ken Goe was reminded of Chip Kelly with the game over UCLA.

Dale Newton looks ahead to the husky game.

■ Not sure the weather will cooperate but you can get free admission and popcorn on Friday at PK Park for the baseball alumni game. Gate open at 4:30pm, game starts at 5:00 om.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Mark Helfrich talks to the media during his weekly press conference yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and Royce Freeman.

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon: The Ducks have a bruising bell cow in this physical true freshman. Freeman's 18 carries for 121 yards punished UCLA, and his two touchdowns put icing on the cake for Oregon, opening a 42-10 lead to put this contest well out of reach.

Oregon stands at #9 in the latest AP poll.

■ Oregon moves back to the top in the latest Pac-12 power ranking.

■ Rob Moseley talks about Jake Fisher's return for the UCLA game and the resolve of Pharoah Brown.

■ Jason Quick wonders if Mark Helfrich shouldn't get the game ball for the UCLA matchup.

■ Andrew Greif reports on Mark Helfrich and the team's resolve.

Ken Goe looks ahead to fusky week.

Dale Newton puts in his two cents on the UCLA win.

It was vintage Oregon, and just in time.

The Ducks were headed for a season on the brink and a major disappointment, but they avoided a good run spoiled with a resurgent performance at the Rose Bowl...

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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■  Dwayne Stanford and Sam Kamp talk to the media after the game yesterday.

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ESPN recaps the game against UCLA as the Ducks win 42-30.

■ Surprising how the return of Jake Fisher to the O-line can fuel such a turnaround to the team. I'm sure it was more than that, better play calling, blitzing more, etc. but it was fun to watch Oregon take control early. On to the game stories....

Ivan Maisel talks about the return of Jake Fisher; Andrew Greif reports on Don Pellum being happy with the win but not content; Justin Wise says Royce Freeman had his own cheering section; David Piper talks about Oregon returning to normalcy; Kevin Gemmell liked the results when Jake Fisher returned; Jason Quick says everything is not backward; John Canzano likes the new found swagger but wonders if it will last; Tyson Alger talks about Thomas Tyner's new role as backup; game photos available here and here; Rob Moseley talks about a healthier O-line, the impressive win and has a postgame notebook; ESPN rounds out the game coverage.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Mahalak had a couple completions to Casey Eugenio and also one each to B.J. Kelley and Chris Tewhill. The quarterback ran for a nice gain at one point as well. … There wasn’t much running room for the backs. Jonathan Kenion had a tackle for loss to open the scrimmage, and Jordan Kurahara added one midway through the period. … One of Griffin’s completions could easily have been blown dead before the pass. Ivan Faulhaber was coming hard on a blitz but pulled up so as not to make contact with the quarterback, as is the rule in practice.

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

■ Andrew Greif says there are big stakes on the line in the game today.

■ Ken Goe thinks Oregon's leaders need to step up in the game today.

■ Justin Wise has a couple of insights and prediction for today's game.

Arik Armstead has some "big" dreams.

■ Pat Pannu says the Ducks will be working on fixing their problems starting today.

■ Dale Newton looks at the keys for the game today.

Oregon has to play a better, more complete game than they have recently, more like the second half of the Michigan State game when they looked like a playoff team...

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Friday, October 10, 2014

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Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota and Devon Allen talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report. The guys had some former players at the workout you might recognize.

Because this was a walk-through of the plays Oregon will run against UCLA on Saturday (12:30 p.m. PT, FOX), there are no highlights to offer. … Jake Pisarcik took some reps at center, with Doug Brenner at guard. Presumably they’ll battle next spring and fall to replace senior center Hroniss Grasu. … The staff is stressing hydration this week, with temperatures forecast to approach 90 degrees Saturday afternoon.

■ Chantel Jennings talks about the miscommunication issues that have plagued the Ducks recently. Hopefully this is cleaned up against UCLA.

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at the under the radar players in the game this weekend.

■ Caleb Couturie says Marcus Mariota will be ready for UCLA.

■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers have posted their predictions for the game this weekend.

■ Dale Newton says a deal with the devil ins't necessary but the Ducks are at a crossroad.

Former pitcher Jake Reed is making a name for himself in the pro ranks.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Don Pellum, Derrick Malone and Hroniss Grasu 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.

Highlights: The Ducks did a ton of red-zone work, beginning with 1-on-1 passing drills. Royce Freeman caught a ball in the end zone with a DB draped all over him , and Darren Carrington leaned across the goal line after being hit just as the ball arrived. Defensively, Dominique Harrison intercepted a pass, and Reggie Daniels had a nice breakup in the end zone. …

When it came to team drills, Freeman ran for another score, and Mariota had TD passes to Keanon Lowe, Pharaoh Brown and Devon Allen. On defense, Juwaan Williams had an interception at the goal line, Erick Dargan broke up a pass inside the 5-yard line and Dargan also had a tackle for loss, as did Tyson Coleman and Alex Balducci.

■ Andrew Greif talks about the communication issues which have plagued the Ducks all season.

Ted Miller talks about the importance of the game against UCLA.

Five questions about the upcoming game against UCLA.

■ John Canzano talks about Phil Knight and unfinished business.

Fans give Oregon a below average grade for the Zona game.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Dale Newton wonders if the Ducks can rebound after the loss last week.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and then has game notes for the UCLA game.

Highlights: The defensive front looked good when the ones on each side went head to head. Joe Walker and Jimmie Swain had tackles for loss in the tempo drill to start practice, and then DeForest Buckner and Rodney Hardrick got into the backfield in a drill focusing on run plays. Tyson Coleman hurried Marcus Mariota into an incompletion, and Khalil Oliver forced a fumble before falling on the ball himself. … Thomas Tyner had one of his better practices of the last couple weeks. During the final 11-on-11 period of the day against the scout team, he had at least three runs through the front seven and into the secondary...

Byron Marshall has officially been moved to receiver on the latest depth chart.

Is Marcus Mariota's legacy on the line against UCLA on Saturday?

■ Ken Goe says one reason Mark Helfrich is taking heat is the fan base and then John Canzano wonders if his relevancy is on the line.

■ The U of O announced the time for the Washington game, Oct. 18 at 5 PM on Fox.

Mark Helfrich talked with the media yesterday about the upcoming UCLA game.

Dale Newton says it is time to run.

Effectiveness in the zone read and the ability to push people off the ball is the heart of this offense, and so far the Ducks have misplaced their commitment to running the football with authority.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Gary Campbell, Hroniss Grasu and Arik Armstead talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Practice ended with a clutch scenario in which the offense needed to drive to a field goal – and the Ducks conducted it on the special teams practice field, which is natural grass like the surface at the Rose Bowl. Mariota had completions to Devon Allen and Pharaoh Brown and also ran for some yardage, helping set up a 26-yard “game-winning” field goal that Matt Wogan made. … Reggie Daniels came out hot for the second week in a row, with two interceptions in the first 11-on-11 period of the day – one a potential “pick-six” – and also an incredible leaping pass breakup in 7-on-7...

■ Andrew Grief gives you a sneak peek at UCLA.

Derrick Malone says don't count us out quite yet.

Arik Armstead thinks he might be back for the UCLA game and Tony Washington apologized to the team for his fourth quarter foul.

■ David Lombardi believes the Oregon vs UCLA game has the biggest playoff implications.

■ George Wrighster and Cristin McLemore talk about the game last week.

John Canzano talked with Nick Aliotti recently and he said he would have stayed at Oregon if he had been offered the head coaches job.

Dale Newton talks about college football parity.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
John Canzano says Marcus Mariota should receive the Heisman right now.

Forget the loss, this column outlines what Mariota is about... And it makes me think of the citizenship and character portions of this award..."Give him the Heisman right now," (...the coach said.(an opposing Pac-12 coach)...

■ Oregon fell to #12 in the AP poll this last weekend. Oregon also fell to #3 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings,

■ Ken Goe believes the Oregon vs UCLA will take on a different kind of importance.

Damon Griffin talks about Oregon's issues after the tough loss to Arizona.

Dale Newton talks about the chaotic weekend we all watched unfold.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Greif reports preparation and not hitting the panic button are key to getting back on track.

"Have to give Arizona a ton of credit but there was a lot of stuff in this game that makes it that much more of a bitter pill to swallow in terms of self-inflicted wounds and some of the mistakes we made," he said. "Our effort was really good. Our execution, our discipline, a bunch of things that we control was not good enough. It was not good enough to play the schedule that we play and we need to play more cleanly in every phase."

■ Alex Towne wonders if the Ducks' success is hanging in the balance.

Ashley Young has a few words for all the doubters.

Oregon's loss on Thursday definitely put the playoffs in question but there are going to be many other upheavals (like yesterday) in the poll and no one can foresee the future.

■ We might have lost to AZ but we did pick up a nice verbal commitment from a defensive end after his official visit.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
John Canzano has a great piece on Marcus Mariota that shows us just how lucky we are to have him as our quarterback.

He stopped after Oregon's 31-24 loss to Arizona as he left the field and he approached a group of children. Then, he leaned over and shook their hands...

"Those are kids," he said. "They wanted to come here and meet some of us, and meet some of the Ducks. It wouldn't hurt to just kind of talk to them a little bit, and get to know them. Win or lose, that makes their day and that's all that matters."

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Oregon's mental toughness will pass the stress test.

Players are taking the weekend off but coaches are hard at work plotting their next move.

Mark Helfrich held a press conference yesterday

■ Questions loom: Can Oregon fix what went wrong Thursday night as they head south to take on UCLA next weekend and is the season already over?

Dale Newton tries to take a few positives away after a miserable loss.

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