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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Shonti Taylor believes the Duck will have two 1,000 yard rushers this year.

The Ducks have the talent to make another run at a national championship and the running backs to carry the load all the way there. If Freeman, and especially Tyner, can make it through the season without major injury, there’s no reason why both can’t run for at least 1,000 yards in 2015.

■ Here is all you need to know as the softball team gets ready to compete in the Women’s College World Series which begins on Thursday at 6:30 pm PST and Mike White talked to the media yesterday.

The baseball team made into the playoffs thanks to their strong finish, Scott Heineman was named the Pac-12 player of the week for his contributions and George Horton talked to the media about joining the tournament.

The Ducks (37-23) open NCAA Regionals on Friday against Iowa (10 a.m. PT, ESPN3), at a regional hosted by Missouri State.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Aaron Lewis believes the power 5 teams need to schedule non-conference games to improve their body of work metric.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the receiving corps this year.

■ Softball coach Mike White wants the ladies focused on taking the next step at the College World Series.

■ The baseball team will find out later today if yesterday's 4-3 series win against UCLA improved their stock enough to make it to the playoffs.

“We've got our fingers, legs and everything that we can cross, we’re going to cross,” said Head Coach George Horton. “Hopefully the committee respects the fact that we’ve got 37 wins on the West Coast, that’s not easy to do.”


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Cheryl Hudson looks back at the 1994 campaign in this edition of "Duck Family Day."

The Oregon softball team swept NC St. 9-3 yesterday and now move on to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.

"I couldn't be any prouder of my team, and the way they performed through adversity," UO coach Mike White said. "Sometimes playing at home is a lot more pressure, and I think our team performed well under the gun."

■ Duck baseball beat UCLA in 11 innings yesterday 5-4 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Up Next: The Ducks will send Josh Graham (4-1, 2.70) to the mound to face UCLA in the regular-season finale at noon Sunday in PK Park.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Stewart Mandel thinks Oregon football might struggle to win a national title.

The Ducks are much more talented today than they were five years ago, but they still don't recruit at the same level as Alabama, FSU, LSU, Ohio State, et al., and they probably never will.

The Ducks softball team won 6-1 yesterday and it leaves them one game away from their third Women's College World Series appearance in four years. Oregon will have two chances to beat the Wolfpack and win the series Saturday, with first pitch set for noon, to be followed by a decisive third game should North Carolina State win.

■ The baseball team rallied but it fell just short as they lost to UCLA yesterday at PK Park 4-3.

Up Next: Oregon will look to even the series at a game apiece on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Ducks will send freshman left-hander David Peterson (4-6, 4.62) to mound with UCLA set to counter with left-hander Grant Watson (8-2, 2.02). 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings has an Oregon football preview.

Mark Helfrich must somehow replace last year’s Heisman winner, QB Marcus Mariota, who accounted for 64 percent of the Ducks’ total offense. An opportune transfer may ease the pressure, but trips to East Lansing and Palo Alto make a return to the playoff all the more daunting.

■ David Lombardi previews the Pac-12 post-spring offensive line units and has Oregon fifth.

■ Oregon will play Michigan St. on Saturday Sept. 12th at 5:00pm local time on ABC the network announced yesterday.

■ Tyson Alger previews today's Super Regional softball game between Oregon and NC State.

■ Rob Moseley says Mitchell Tolman is setting the tone down the stretch and will look to stay hot as the Ducks host UCLA for three games starting today at 4pm.

Oregon has a chance to play itself into serious consideration for a postseason berth after wallowing through the middle part of the season, a comeback that owes a huge debt to Tolman’s improved discipline, both at the plate and in the dugout.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings looks at the Pac-12 post-spring wide receiver rankings and has Oregon at number six.

Two pros for the Ducks this spring: 1. Bralon Addison is back. 2. Charles Nelson had a bigger spring game contribution than some might've expected considering that he was billed as a DB this spring. But some questions linger: Will Darren Carrington, who had four receptions in the spring game, be eligible to play next fall? Devon Allen says he'll be back in the fall, but will he be 100 percent? In the perfect world, Oregon wants to rotate at least six guys -- can that be pieced together?

Mark Flores has the latest on the recruiting trail.

Jenna Lilley and Cheridan Hawkins were named finalists for Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards yesterday.

Nice job ladies!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Kyle Bonagura takes a look at the Pac-12 running backs post-spring practice and has Oregon ranked first.

Losing quarterback Marcus Mariota is an obvious blow, but the conference’s top-ranked rushing offense returns three players with more than 1,000 career rushing yards in sophomore Royce Freeman (1,365), junior Thomas Tyner (1,284) and senior Byron Marshall (1,877). If the College Football Playoff games were an indication of what’s to come, Freeman and Tyner figure to split time, while Marshall, the Ducks' leading receiver in 2014, can fill in when called upon.

■ Jason Selby believes the OL unit will be just fine this year.

■ Steven Jackson says Vernon Adams will be out quarterback this fall.

Dale Newton believes the defensive line will be just fine this year.

■ Tyson Alger has all you need to know as the ladies take on the Wolfpack starting on Friday.

■ It took 11 innings but the Ducks won the season against the beavers last night with a 3-2 win.

The Ducks provided a big boost to their own RPI by beating the Beavers, who were No. 33 entering the evening. Oregon was at No. 72, and has a chance to further improve its stock against No. 3 UCLA this weekend.

Up Next: Oregon kicks off its series with the Bruins at PK Park on Friday (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12 post-spring position ranking and starts with the quarterbacks. With the looming battle between front runners Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams he rates them in the fifth position.

Is Vernon Adams the answer? Or simply a one-year stop gap? Maybe it’s not even Adams at all. Jeff Lockie had a very efficient spring game and has been studying under Marcus Mariota the past two seasons. And he’s taken full advantage of the fact that Adams hasn’t graduated yet from Eastern Washington and won’t arrive until next month. Still, it’s hard to overlook the seven touchdowns Adams tossed last year in a narrow loss to Washington -- a team with three first-round picks on defense and another second-rounder -- or the six he accounted for two years ago in a win over Oregon State. Whichever way the coaching staff goes, it’s going to be plenty of debate fodder for the next few months.

■ Adam Kruse talks about three offensive sets you could see this fall.

■ Tyson Alger talks about what the baseball team needs to do this about win all their games to boost their playoff chances.

Before the season began, the Ducks were ranked inside Baseball America's top 25. To make it to the postseason, they'll have to play like it this week.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Jason Selby believes the defensive line is ready to push back this year.

The offense is poised to be good this year, but there is some uncertainty without having Marcus Mariota under center. If the defense can hold opponents to under 20 points per game this season, then the Ducks will win the Pac-12 and return to the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row. This can all be made possible with good solid play from the defensive line. Gap control, push, and athleticism — the three key success factors for the defensive line in 2015.

■ Oregon finished the sweep against Utah yesterday, 5-1, to keep their baseball playoff hopes alive.

Up Next: The Ducks play a nonconference game at No. 23 Oregon State on Tuesday, then return home to close out the regular season with a three-game series against No. 2 UCLA at PK Park beginning Friday.

■ The softball team will host NC St. Friday in the Super Regionals at Howe Field.

Oregon and NC State will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday and again at noon on Saturday. A final game, if needed, will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All three games will be aired live on ESPNU.

■ The men and women's track team swept the Pac-12 Championships for the seventh straight season at Drake Stadium.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Oregon rallied from behind (again) to win 8-5 against Utah yesterday.

Oregon put together a six-run inning in the eighth, the second time in as many days the Ducks scored six runs in a late inning situation while trailing.

On Deck: Oregon will go for its first Pac-12 series sweep on Sunday when the Ducks and Utes wrap up the weekend at 10 a.m. (PT). Josh Graham (3-1, 2.93) will take the mound for the Ducks while Jayson Rose (3-4, 3.75) pitches for Utah.

■ Not to be outdone, the softball team took care of business by winning the Eugene Regional over North Dakota St. 6-1.

Junior pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Division I Women's Softball Championship Eugene Regional after tossing a pair of complete-game victories and finishing off a third to lead the No. 2 Ducks into the Super Regional round.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ The Saturday Edge wonders if the football team will be better, worse or about the same in 2015.

I am betting big on the Ducks this year.  I expect the Ducks to reel in 11 wins during the regular season, with the most difficult matchup being at Michigan State week 2.  A late season matchup against USC comes at the perfect time, as the Ducks will look to cement its top dog status in the Pac-12.

■ Steve Olson takes a look at the question marks in Oregon for the 2015 football team.

■ Norm Hightower continues his "family day" series with an open letter about a longtime Duck football fan.

■ Jordan Ingram gives you three reasons the softball team will win the ultimate prize this year.

■ Rob Moseley says the adjustments at the plate secured the Oregon softball 4-3 win over North Dakota St. yesterday.

■ Oregon got had a ninth inning rally to topple Utah yesterday 8-3 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

On Deck: Oregon and Utah meet again in game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Ducks will send freshman David Peterson (4-6, 4.80 ERA) to the mound, while Utah counters with junior Dalton Carroll (5-7, 4.90 ERA). There is an 80 percent chance of rain in the forecast.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Dale Newton takes exception on how Pac-12 coaches are rated by the leading analysts.

There’s a sense among the professional analysts that Helfrich inherited a ready-made situation and a star quarterback. Even so, 24-4 and a national championship game appearance is an impressive start to a career. If he wins a second PAC-12 title, this time without Marcus Mariota, off-season lists like these will need considerable revision.

■ Forrest Welk introduces DB Khalil Oliver, one of the newest members of the football team.

■ Cheridan Hawkins continued her dominance on the mound as the Ducks took down BYU 8-0 in six innings yesterday in the Eugene Regionals.

Here is everything you need to know about the regionals and it won't get any easier for the other teams because the ladies have a deep lineup.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Dale Newton likes the attitude of Vernon Adams as he gets closer to joining the team.

Adams is clearly committed to earning his way and approaching the competition with a mature, team-first attitude. You have to like how clearly he identifies the goal. Get better and win games. All of them. That’s perfect, because in the words of noted sports psychologist Bob Rotella, people with big dreams can accomplish big things.

■ Mark Flores has the latest in recruiting.

■ The ladies softball team cleaned up at the Pac-12 awards yesterday.

Cheridan Hawkins was named pitcher of the year for the second straight season while Jenna Lilley earned freshman of the year recognition as the Pac-12 announced its postseason awards and all-conference teams on Wednesday.

Oregon swept Gonzaga yesterday 2-1 to hold onto their playoff chances at PK Park.

Up Next: The Ducks open a three-game series at Utah on Friday (4 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Jimmy Friedricks calls Jeff Lockie the ultimate competitor.

Asked whether the competition he’s faced since his freshman year has helped him this spring, Lockie responds saying, “I think it helps being here since my freshman year and competing since I stepped on campus with other guys. It helps you kinda get the mindset of how it feels going into practice, not comparing yourself to others, but it helps me focus on myself a little bit more.”

■ Charles Fisher analyzes the Spring Game trend and breaks down a few plays.

Cheridan Hawkins will be joined by three other elite pitchers when the regionals in Eugene get started on Thursday.

Arguably the best pitcher in the country, Hawkins helped the Ducks (46-6) earn the No. 2 overall seed into the postseason, and the right to host an NCAA Regional.

■ Oregon looks to complete the series sweep against Gonzaga later today as they beat the Zags 9-4 yesterday at PK Park.

Up Next: The Ducks turn to freshman left-hander Jacob Corn (3-0, 4.44) to close out the midweek series with Gonzaga on Tuesday in PK Park at 6 p.m.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Kyle Bonagura looks at the odds of a Pac-12 team winning the national title in 2015. Oregon comes in at 20-1.

ATQ has a spring game recap to see how different position groups fared.

■ Lamar Jackson, 4-star athlete, received and Oregon football scholarship offer recently.

■ Marcus Mariota and the football team were the big winners last night at the inaugural "O Show" awards ceremony.

■ Mitchell Tolman talks about breaking Oregon's RBI record and Tyson Alger says the baseball team needs to clean up against bad teams.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Mitchell Tolman led Oregon to a series win over WSU in Pullman yesterday 7-2.

On Deck: Oregon is back in action both Tuesday and Wednesday against Gonzaga before heading to Salt Lake City for a three-game weekend series with Utah. Both games with GU start at 6 p.m. at PK Park.

The softball team earned the No. 2 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Championship and will host the Eugene Regional this week at Howe Field, starting Thursday, with Fresno State, North Dakota State and BYU in attendance.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Randy Morse @FD has a nice new feature series called "Duck Family Days" that starts off with a Duck fan living in a remote region of British Columbia. There are Duck fans everywhere.

The baseball team dropped game two of their series against WSU 3-1 yesterday.

On Deck: Oregon and Washington State meet in the series finale Sunday at 12:05 p.m. in Pullman. Oregon will send junior Josh Graham (2-1, 3.32) to the mound. Washington State will counter with freshman Ryan Walker (1-0, 1.66 ERA).


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley tells us about the Emerald Awards that has both football and baseball nominees which include Marcus Mariota and Jack Karraker.

Mariota set a new standard for what it means to be a UO student-athlete. Won the Heisman Trophy and led the Ducks to the College Football Playoff National Championship game, all along displaying a measure of class and humility that resonated throughout the nation. With all of that going on, he still maintained a regular presence as a volunteer at the local Boys & Girls Club, and kept up a 3.25 GPA in general science.

■ Ted Miller has bold predictions now that spring practice is past us and it includes the two leading quarterback candidates.

■ Brad Edwards takes a way-too-early look at what teams make the playoffs in 2015 which includes Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Nice piece (with video) on Pharaoh Brown's recovery friend.

■ Oregon baseball got one step closer to making the playoffs with a five run 10th inning to win versus Washington St. 8-3.

On Deck: Oregon and Washington State meet in game two of their three-game series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Pullman. Oregon will send freshman David Peterson (4-5, 5.08) to the mound while the Cougars are scheduled to counter with Joe Pistorese (6-4, 2.70).


Friday, May 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Wade Evanson says that presuming Vernon Adams will be our next starting quarterback is not realistic after Jeff Lockie had a stellar spring game and impressed during spring practices.

...His familiarity, coupled with his performance in last weekend’s Spring Game, amount to a level of trust likely insurmountable by Adams or any other quarterback with merely a month to prove his worth.

■ Kyle Bonagura also looks at the QB battle between Lockie and Adams.

■ Ashley Young says going for 2 points after a TD is just a numbers game.

■ Kenny Jacoby looks at the baseball records Mitchell Tolman has either set or is getting close to breaking.

Tolman has never been drafted to a professional team, but could hear his name called come the MLB Draft on June 8. Should he play out his senior season, he’d likely shatter multiple school records and cement his place among the greatest Ducks to take the field.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings invites you to see  the best dressed duo in college football, Gary Campbell and Don Pellum.

Dapper doesn't do the pair justice and swag doesn’t involve enough sophistication to be accurate. Unique, certainly, but that also kind of sells the Oregon assistants short.

One fact reigns true: There’s likely not a better-dressed duo anywhere across the country on Saturday mornings than Pellum and Campbell.

■ Rob Moseley reports on the "O Heroes" award which includes two football players.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

David Lombardi has Charles Nelson as one of the the Pac-12 spring breakout players.

Observers already enjoyed a taste of Nelson's explosiveness last year, but he made a monstrous roar this spring. His exhibition performance this past Saturday was so dominant on both sides of the ball -- five catches, 144 yards, two touchdowns and an interception -- that it has created a tug-of-war among the Ducks' position coaches. Nelson has shown the potential to exhilarate in all three phases of the game.

■ Chantel Jennings along with Jon Solomon breaks down the cost of Oregon's 2014/15 postseason run.

■ Charles Fisher analyzes the young players who made an impact during the spring game last weekend.

■ Jerry Thompson has a good story on Danny O'Neal titled, "Where are they Now?"

■ Marcus Mariota is gracing the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated and this makes it the fifth time he has been covered.

■ Oregon lost to osu yesterday 10-2 as the pitchers seem to lost have command.

Up Next: The Ducks begin a three-game series at Washington State on Friday (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ David Lombardi has Oregon at #1 in the post Pac-12 spring power rankings.

Yes, the favorite to replace Marcus Mariota isn’t even on campus yet, but a dominant conference championship run earns the Ducks the early 2015 top spot. Like every other Pac-12 team, Oregon has critical questions to answer, but the Ducks' half-decade of blistering success has earned them the benefit of the doubt. Vernon Adams’ arrival this summer will provide the next intriguing storyline.

■ ESPN has Oregon at #3 in their first top 25 poll for 2015.

■ Nik Brownlee believes Charles Nelson should play defense full time in 2015 and lists the reasons. has all the latest news and notes as the baseball team heads up to corvallis for the game later today.


Monday, May 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Daniel Kantor got s chance to have a short interview with Rodney Hardrick recently and files this report.

■ Oregon baseball couldn't finish the series sweep yesterday as Stanford won 6-5.

Oregon's typically reliable back of the bullpen had a rare misstep Sunday, allowing four runs over the final two innings as Stanford came from behind to win 6-5 at PK Park and avoid being swept by the Ducks.

Up Next: The Ducks play at oregon state on Tuesday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Rob Moseley talks about Jeff Lockie's perfect day at the spring game yesterday; says Bralon Addison's return is a welcome sight for fans and then gives Charles Nelson kudos for his performance on both sides of the ball.

Re - Charles NelsonThere were times, during Oregon’s Spring Game on Saturday, when sophomore Charles Nelson looked over to the sideline for a play call and got confused. Given that Nelson played both ways in his Team Pathway squad’s 35-29 win over Team Oregon, and was dubbed the game’s MVP by head coach Mark Helfrich, you hardly would have known.

■ Erik C. Anderson put together these highlights of the spring game in this video.

■ Taylor Wilder shares some photos taken at the game.

■ On the diamond Oregon sneaked by Stanford 4-3 to clinch the series which concludes today at PK Park.

Up Next: The Ducks will look to complete the three-game sweep of the Cardinal at 12 p.m. on Sunday at PK Park. Trent Paddon (1-3, 6.98) will get the start for the Ducks against Andrew Summerville (4-1, 3.42).


Saturday, May 02, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley previews today's spring game and here are the uniforms for the game today.

Oregon’s annual Spring Game, Saturday at 11 a.m. PT in Autzen Stadium and on Pac-12 Networks, will be the 15th and final practice of a month that saw many veterans reaffirm their status as key players for 2015, and just as many young faces assert themselves as potential contributors.

Chantel Jennings also previews the spring game and then takes a look at an intramural softball team made up of some members from the football team.

■ The Oregonian gives you a few things to watch for during the game today.

■ Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu were selected during the NFL draft on Friday. Fisher is going to the Bengals while Grasu was selected by the Bears.

■ Oregon took down Stanford at PK Park yesterday 7-3 to open the series.

Up Next: The Ducks and Cardinal play game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m., following the UO football team's Spring Game.


Friday, May 01, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Rob Moseley reports Marcus Mariota was drafted #2 by the Tennessee Titans and Arik Armstead went at #17 to the San Francisco Forty Niners.

"For me, I'm going to do my best to transition to everything," Mariota said in a conference call with Titans reporters.

"I'll continue to be the player I've always been, and do whatever's asked of me. Coach Whisenhunt's going to have his offense and the complexities of his system, and I'm going to do my best to execute it."

■ The Ducks (25-19, 7-11 Pac-12) host the Cardinal on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon, needing to scratch and claw for every possible win over the final month of the regular season. “We're still in the conversation,” UO left-hander Cole Irvin said. “We haven’t lost faith in that at all.”