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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your latest practice report and says Arrion Springs is especially glad for the homecoming.

Highlights: The first clutch scenario put the offense in a one-point hole in the final minute of a game. A field goal would have sufficed but Vernon Adams Jr. went 3-for-3 and finished off the possession with a touchdown pass to Darren Carrington...

■ Devon Allen says he is ready to move forward one year after suffering his knee injury.

Justin Wise previews the secondary for each team ahead of the Alamo Bowl and Andrew Greif compares the Oregon D-line vs. the TCU O-line.

Vernon Adams, Royce Freeman and Matt Lubick talked to the media yesterday after  practice.

■ Dale Newton believes the Alamo Bowl is a referendum for the defense and their coaches.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and talks about getting off to a fast start against TCU on Saturday.

With the ones on the field, Vernon Adams Jr. completed passes to his full complement of receivers — one each to Darren Carrington, Bralon Addison, Evan Baylis and Stanford — to get the offense into the red zone. From there, Royce Freeman caught a pass, split a couple blockers and raced past the goal line, where receiver Jalen Brown was holding off the last potential tackler.

■ Tyson Alger previews the Oregon linebackers vs. TCU's running backs and Kenny Jacoby looks at the D-line for both teams.

■ Andrew Greif takes a closer look at the long road to recovery for Pharoah Brown who is practicing with the team in preparation for the 2016 season.

■ Ken Goe wonders if the defense will "step up" against TCU.

■ Matt Hegarty talked with the media after practice yesterday.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

...Midway through practice, the No. 1 offense got its chance in the same situation. Reggie Daniels broke up a pass and Torrodney Prevot had a tackle for loss on the first two plays. Adams moved the chains with a completion to Bralon Addison, but a tackle for loss by Hardrick put the offense back in a hole, and on fourth down Helfrich whistled a play dead with Hardrick and Buckner bearing down on Adams in the backfield...

■ Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif share their breakdown of the Alamo Bowl.

Andrew Greif has a sneak peek of TCU and talks about the challenge of containing Trevone Boykin.

■ Andrew Greif previews the matchup between Oregon's running backs and TCU's linebackers and Justin Wise compares the linebackers for both Oregon and TCU.

■ Ken Goe says to expect Oregon's best effort in the Alamo Bowl,

The Ducks seem to have a nagging sense of unfinished business after a midseason slump took them out of College Football Playoff contention. TCU is a quality opponent. The defense has every reason to buckle down against the explosive Horned Frogs' offense.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Sunday practice report and games notes for the Alamo Bowl.

...Henry Mondeaux had the rep of the day in pass-rush drills, a spin move past Evan Voeller. Tyrell Crosby locked up Tui Talia on their first rep, which came a few minutes after Crosby got about 15 yards upfield to engage a defender on a long run by Tony Brooks-James...

■ Andrew Greif compares the TCU receivers versus the Oregon secondary and Kenny Jacoby looks at both teams tight ends.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Rob Moseley talks about Oregon's arrival in San Antonio where practice will resume today.

■ Andrew Greif shares the new gear the Ducks will wear in the Alamo Bowl, the challenges for the equipment manager and then talks about preventing a defensive letdown.

■ Justin Wise previews the offensive line for TCU and Oregon.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Andrew Greif shares his 10 favorite stories of 2015 about Oregon sports.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

■ Merry Christmas to all my wonderful family, friends and readers. We hope all of you have a grand day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings talks about the perception that Oregon can't develop a quarterback.

Andrew Greif reports on a new drill for the defensive linemen.

■ Players and coaches remember their first and favorite bowl games.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Andrew Greif looks at the matchup between TCU's secondary and Oregon's receivers.

The defensive backs will have their hands full, then, with an Oregon passing offense that led the country in yards per attempt and is uncommonly deep...

■ Dale Newton shares his thoughts on FCS transfer Dakota Prukop.

...Coaches will say it’s an open competition but the MSU transfer will win the job. It particularly helps that he’s scheduled to take his GRE and enroll in winter term, giving him a full winter, spring practice and summer conditioning drills to acclimate, learn the offense and bond with his receivers, backs and linemen...

■ Matt Krook has been named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Andrew Greif sat down with Kristin Rodgers recently to talk about the upcoming Alamo Bowl and then looks at players/matchups to watch.

Oregon's third-year coach said he did not know of any players who will miss the trip due to academics or other circumstances.

"All reports I've had have been positive," he said.

■ Steve Summers talked about the Alamo Bowl with Alex Balducci recently.

■ Oregon is ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll released by Collegiate Baseball yesterday.

The Ducks head into 2016 with a starting rotation that features three experienced left-handed pitchers – Cole Irvin, Matt Krook and David Peterson – who have combined to make 54 starts over the last three seasons.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Andrew Greif reports Mark Helfrich defends the recent trend of importing QB's from the FCS.

"We're going to continue to recruit the way we've recruited. We're very honest with guys about competing forever, let alone on the front end of guaranteeing a guy a spot. That comes back to haunt you."


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

Other highlights: The offense’s best chance to win the clutch drill came from midfield when Adams targeted Dwayne Stanford on a deep ball, but Chris Seisay made a play to break it up. … Darren Carrington had a couple touchdowns during 1-on-1 drills in the red zone, making a one-handed catch just before running out the back of the end zone and later adding a leaping grab in the back corner. The best catch was by Jalen Brown, one of his trademark, seemingly daily leaping one-handed catches, but he came down out of bounds. Defensively, Malik Lovette broke up another ball intended for Brown, and Ty Griffin managed to trip up Pharaoh Brown just shy of the goal line...

■ Andrew Greif talks about Aidan Schneider and his surprise Christmas gift, a scholarship.

■ Oregon's DeForest Buckner was a unanimous pick as the defensive player of the year in the AP's first all-Pac-12 team since 1977.

Ken Goe isn't surprised that college football attendance is declining. One of the major reasons, late start times.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Other highlights: The travel squad faced off in the first 11-on-11 period, and Royce Freeman got things going on the first rep when he paused in the backfield, shuffled a step horizontally and then burst into the second level. Later, he dodged Danny Mattingly in the backfield and got positive yards. … Tony Brooks-James had another long run, on the final play of the period, with Mattrell McGraw diving to save a touchdown on the play. … In between, Khalil Oliver ran with Brooks-James to knock away a deep pass, and Austin Maloata flushed Vernon Adams Jr. from the pocket, with the quarterback managing to run for a sizable gain...

■ Don Pellum talked to the media after practice yesterday.

■ Phil Steele says Royce Freeman, DeForest Buckner and Tyler Johnstone were named to his first team All-Pac-12 team yesterday.

■ Joseph Hoyt details Dakota Prukop's unlikely journey to the Oregon Ducks.

■ Byron Marshall says he is ready to make a name for himself in the NFL and won't be coming back to Oregon next year.

Brianna Amaranthus asked players and coaches about their best and worst Christmas gifts recently.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings says Vernon Adams will  have quite a story to tell his son Kash about his college career. (good read)

He’ll tell Kash these stories in part to relive the year that started in Cheney, Washington, traveled 450 miles southwest to Eugene and went so much further, but also in the hope that Kash will learn from his experience.

“I hope he’s a fighter,” Adams Jr. said. “There’s going to be ups and downs and when the downs come, don’t get down on yourself. I hope he comes to me, to his mom. ... Bad is going to come and good is going to come. I just hope he keeps his head up.”

■ Tyson Alger says Jeff Lockie is taking one game at a time.

■ Nate Costa has been trying to get the full time QB coach's job now that Scott Frost has left for Central Florida.

■ Walk-on lineman Mike Miller talks about being on the scout team.

■ Bryant Knox wonders if Dakota Prukop can be Vernon Adams 2.0.

The important difference to note between Adams’ arrival and Prukop’s is that the latter will have more time to adjust to the offense assuming there are no unexpected transfer complications...


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Other highlights: The secondary really had a nice period of 1-on-1 pass drills. Reggie Daniels broke up a ball to Dwayne Stanford, and Ty Griffin ran with Jalen Brown to break up a pass in the end zone. Tyree Robinson intercepted a ball Bralon Addison tipped but couldn’t secure, and Khalil Oliver and Malik Lovette also had pass breakups. It was an impressive display of the unit’s man coverage skills...

■ DeForest Buckner and Steve Greatwood met with the media after practice recently.

■ The Oregon 2016 recruiting class has risen to #11 according to Rivals.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and the football schedule for next year.

Highlights: In 1-on-1 passing drills, Kirk Merritt got separation on Charles Nelson off the line, and while Nelson used his speed to close the gap, he couldn’t break up an on-the-money throw from Morgan Mahalak. … Jeff Bieber also had a highlight reception, keeping some separation against the speedy Ty Griffin and then making a leaping catch.

■ Kevin Gemmell says the Alamo Bowl has the best "entertainment value" of any Pac-12 bowl game.

Courtesy of Andrew Greif. Dakota Prukop, the small-school quarterback who's recently drawn scholarship offers from some of college football's biggest programs, has made a decision. He's transferring to Oregon...

DeForest Buckner is the conference’s best defensive lineman according to Pac-12 coaches and players and won the Morris Trophy,

■ Tyson Alger says Bralon Addison is contemplating remaining at Oregon to try and play quarterback next year.

■ Chantel Jennings has a 2015 season review for Oregon.

Season highlightsThe Ducks’ back-to-back wins over No. 7 Stanford and No. 24 USC showed everyone how dynamic of an offense Oregon could’ve employed had Adams remained healthy all season. It was the high-powered group that Oregon had the past few seasons and one that could make up for some defensive shortcomings.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Andrew Greif says TCU will be the latest challenge in a tough season for the Ducks.

"Of the quarterbacks we've faced this season, this is the first guy who really can run and will run it," defensive coordinator Don Pellum said, calling Boykin a "fabulous" athlete. "A lot of the offense we've faced, they're spread offenses but the quarterbacks aren't running that much. They're holding you with play-action pass fakes. This guy takes off and he's really good so you do have to account for him."

■ Ted Miller has the Alamo Bowl as the fifth most important Pac-12 bowl game.

This game is important because it's a matchup of ranked teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12. In fact, outside of the College Football Playoff and the New Year's Six bowls, this is one of the bowl season's best games...

■ Another day and more honors for three Ducks. Tyler Johnstone, Royce Freeman and DeForest Buckner were named to the FWAA All-America second team yesterday.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

Other highlights: Tyree Robinson was a consistent standout today. He broke up a pass to get the defense off the field in the first team period, a “green ball” scenario in which the offense tries to drive the field. Later in the same period, Robinson came up from behind a receiver to bat away a pass, then ended up intercepting it before it fell to the turf. And on the opening possession of the red-zone period a little later, Robinson hauled in an interception after Arrion Springs tipped the pass away from a receiver...

■ Andrew Greif notes three Ducks were named AP All-Americans, DeForest Buckner, Royce Freeman and Aidan Schneider.

 Matt Lubick is glad he is in the running for the Ducks new OC position.

■ Tyson Alger says Vernon Adams is treating the Alamo Bowl like a job audition.

Oregon picked up another commit yesterday, 4* QB Tristen Wallace out of DeSoto (Texas) High School.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

In the first team period, Tyson Coleman leapt at the line and intercepted a pass by Vernon Adams Jr. Adams hit Darren Carrington on a slant a few reps later to move the chains. Rex Manu added a tackle for loss and Ty Griffin added an acrobatic interception of a ball over his head later in the period...

Andrew Greif talks about the possible offensive coordinator going forward.

Since [Scott] Frost left Nov. 29 to become Central Florida's head coach after three seasons as play caller, Helfrich has begun what he termed "de facto" interviews by phone with either prospective hires or trusted offensive minds who could point him toward candidates.

"There are a lot of very good people who want to be part of it," Helfrich said.

■ Andrew Greif talks about the quarterback candidates next year including possible FCS transfer Dakota Prukop.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your first Alamo Bowl practice update.

With no scout teams designated yet, the travel squad guys went head-to-head quite a bit. In the first team period, Adams and Stanford had a couple nice connections, and Royce Freeman and Tony Brooks-James burst through the line and past the secondary for long gains. Defensively, Danny Mattingly did a nice job of stringing Taj Griffin outside and then wrapping him up, and later Kaulana Apelu came up and stopped Jarret LaCoste at the line of scrimmage.

■ David Lombardi talks about the key injuries for the Pac-12 this year and of course mentions Vernon Adams.

■ Andrew Nemec reports a big time QB prospect will be visiting the Ducks this weekend and a offensive lineman committed to the Ducks yesterday..


Friday, December 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Mark Helfrich says he or Matt Lubick will be calling the plays against TCU and not Scott Frost who is now the head coach at Central Florida.

■ Andrew Greif notes DeForest Buckner and Vernon Adams are among several Ducks honored by being on SI's All-America team and Buckner was also named the defensive player of the year in the Pac-12 yesterday.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Rob Moseley says the matchup with TCU in the Alamo Bowl is generating plenty of buzz. Here is an example from Fox Sports.

 “Oregon’s Vernon Adams Jr. and Royce Freeman shred every defense they face. The fun factor is off the charts.”

■ David Lombardi says Oregon is staying busy ahead of the Alamo Bowl.

■ Christopher Keizur has players/matchups tp watch during the Alamo Bowl.

■ Dale Newton wonders if Oregon will have another FCS transfer to start at QB next year.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Kevin Gemmell says the Pac-12 Bowls are rich in story lines and has this on the Alamo Bowl and says to bet the over.

The Valero Alamo Bowl features Oregon (43.2 points per game) and TCU (41.7 points per game) in what on paper looks like a track meet hopped up on Red Bull. On the flip side, the Ducks yielded 36.8 points per game defensively while TCU comes in at 26.1. Don’t blink, seriously.

■ Nike rolled out some new uniforms for the Duck game against TCU.

■ Justin Wise says TCU QB Trevone Boykin will pose a stiff challenge for the Duck defense.

■ DeForest Buckner added All-America honor to his postseason awards list.

■ Scott Frost has a reply to The Duck on twitter yesterday. Funny stuff.

■ Dale Newton previews the Alamo Bowl.

■ Oregon released its 2016 baseball schedule yesterday.


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Stewart Mandel calls the Alamo Bowl one of the bowl games you don't want to miss.

TCU with Trevone Boykin healthy was a Top 5 team, and Oregon with Vernon Adams healthy may well have been the same. Both teams in near-peak form should be highly entertaining.

■ Andrew Greif notes that the Ducks are an early underdog according to Vegas Insider and Ken Goe wonders if they'll be motivated. Short answer: hell yeah!

Vernon Adams was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 yesterday.


Monday, December 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley relays the news that Oregon vs TCU will be the matchup at the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

"Our guys will be very excited," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "... It's our last opportunity to have that group together, ever. We always talk about trying to end the season on an exclamation point, instead of a period."

The Pac-12 put together this little preview of the Alamo Bowl matchup with TCU.

Tyson Alger introduces us to TCU.

■ John Canzano says bet against the Ducks to win the Alamo Bowl at your own peril.

Andrew Greif previews the Alamo Bowl and the contestants are not playing the "what if" card.


Sunday, December 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

The bowl selection show will air today between 9a-1p Pacific Time today on ESPN and the best guess is the actual teams/bowls will start announcing between 12-1p. ESPN predicts Oregon will play TCU at the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2. We will know for sure later today

■ Tyler Johnstone says whoever the Ducks hire as offensive coordinator won't matter much as the system has a proven track record.

"Whoever's OC, we're going to go with the same attitude that we always have," Johnstone said. "We're going to go fast, running the same plays and we're going to run it with the same style. I think our coaches here all have a similar style as far as play-calling goes. Whether we bring in someone from the outside or whether it's someone here, I think we're all going to have that same culture and same attitude, so it doesn't really matter."


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Dennis Erickson says Matt Lubick would be a good hire for Oregon offensive coordinator.

"He's learned what they want to do and I'm sure he'll be very good at running that offense," Erickson said. "They're not going to change the offense with as successful as it's been. That's why they hire guys from within that have been with the system."

■ The Oregonian takes a closer look at the nine (so far) early enrollees starting with 4 star QB Terry Wilson.

■ John Canzano has a nice story on West Linn brothers bonded by football.


Friday, December 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Ken Goe believes the Ducks need to look to the outside for a new offensive coordinator, the Oregonian looks at potential candidates, Andrew Greif says whoever is hired will inherit potential, and Chantel Jennings shares her thoughts on the subject.

Jennings: “Oregon’s proven track record of success and unique situation have led to many high-quality candidates expressing their interest (in the Oregon vacancy),” Helfrich said.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley reports Aidan Schneider has been named the winner of the 2015 Vlade Award presented by The Touchdown Club of Columbus.

In 2015, Schneider was perfect on 62 PAT attempts and accurate on 91 percent of field goal tries. He was second in the nation in kick scoring with 122 points and missed only two kicks all season.

Mel Renfro, Marcus Mariota and Haloti Ngata are included in the Pac-12 Conference's "All-Century" football team as the league celebrates its 100th anniversary it was announced yesterday.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Scott Frost will be calling the plays in our bowl game this year. My guess, nope.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Aaron Fitt has a fall report for the baseball team.


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley reports five players earned Pac-12 first team All-Conference honors yesterday and DeForest Buckner was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year..

Running back Royce Freeman, offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, defensive end DeForest Buckner and placekicker Aidan Schneider were named first-team all-Pac-12 along with Charles Nelson, as an all-purpose/special teams player. Freeman, Buckner and Nelson were second-team picks a season ago.

Oregon moved up one spot to #16 in the latest CFP rankings.

■ Andrew Greif (along with many others) reports that Scott Frost has accepted the head coaching position at Central Florida.

John Canzano doesn't understand Frost's decision and what it means for the Ducks. Vernon Adams thanked coach Frost and the Oregon Duck had a small rant on Twitter about the decision.


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Sean Meagher and staff have Oregon ranked at #2 in the final Pac-12 power rankings for the regular season.  Ken Goe also had praise for Oregon.

The Ducks, once 3-3 on the season, rip off six straight to end the year and push their Civil War win streak to eight in a row.

■ Kenny Jacoby has a good story on how Darren Carrington has redeemed his name.

Andrew Greif has the latest on rumors and recruiting.