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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a 2014 season review of the defensive backs and looks ahead to the probable depth chart for 2015.

For all the concerns about replacing Marcus Mariota at quarterback, Oregon’s situation at cornerback might have been even more of an unknown entering 2015. That is, until Seisay’s lock-down postseason, which makes it reasonable to project one sure thing at corner entering the offseason. The return of Daniels and Robinson gives the Ducks two athletic, experienced safeties, with the potential of Williams and Oliver behind them. The big question is the other starter at corner, and also depth there. The first could be answered by Springs; position coach John Neal really pushed him in practices this year, trying to get the most out of the former top recruit. The latter issue could be resolved in part by incoming freshman Ugo Amadi, who is already enrolled, and also McGraw, who is essentially starting off his career this winter.

■ Chantel Jennings looks at the final Pac-12 quarterback power ranking where you'll find Marcus Mariota at #1 in not just the conference but all of college football.

■ Andrew Greif looks at how the NFL draft boards stack up for the Ducks.

■ Andrew Nemec reaches #1 in his top ten recruits this year where you'll find Canton Kaumatule.

■ Dale Newton looks ahead to National Signing Day for recruits and tries to read between the lines.

■ Dennis Dodd says the NFL may be unbeatable but college football had a better year and Oregon is part of the reason.

■ Rob Moseley says the starting rotation for the baseball team is shaping up.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a 2014 position review for the linebackers and Andrew Greif does the same for the special teams.

■ Chantel Jennings has been running a series of two star recruits who turned out a  little better than expected. Case in point, Marcus Mariota.

Andrew Nemec is down to #2, Tal Griffin, in his top ten recruits this year.

■ Dale Newton looks at the possibilities if Vernon Adams were to transfer to Oregon this spring and Eastern Washington made it clear the student athlete is free to pursue his options. Former Duck think Adams would be a good fit at Oregon.

■ Andrew Bantly sat down with infielder Mitchell Tolman recently to talk baseball and the upcoming season.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Andrew Greif reviews the 2014 defensive line and then looks ahead to 2015.

Where the Ducks go from here will be led by DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich has already publicly identified Buckner as one of the team's leaders for 2015, the type of player the entire defense will look to for guidance, not just his fellow linemen.

■ Ryan Canner-O'Mealy shares his favorite plays of 2014 where you will notice a couple of Oregon players.

■ Chantel Jennings believes Royce Freeman will be one of the Pac-12 leaders in rushing yards in 2015.

■ Andrew Nemec is down to #3, Travis Waller, in his top ten recruit series. On a side note, JC QB Vernon Davis will be in town this weekend to check out the campus.

■ Dale Newton looks ahead to the 2015 Civil War and has a few thoughts.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a 2014 season review of the defensive line and Andrew Greif looks at the linebackers for last year.

Chantel Jennings and Tedd Miller debate whether Oregon should be a top ten preseason team come fall.

■ David Lombardi talks about replacing Marcus Mariota and Chantel Jennings talks about the rebuilding process for the next QB.

The offseason is crucial for Oregon and how its program is judged. How much of Oregon's success was due to a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime player? Being part of the nation's elite means being able to withstand such losses. 

Oregon is in that group, but the only thing harder than getting there is staying there. We're about to find out whether the Ducks can protect against a drop-off.

■ Andrew Nemec shares the news, Matthew Mariota will be joining the Ducks as a walk on defensive lineman and has Alex Ofodile as his #4 recruit this year.

■ DL Gary Baker out of Upland, CA. committed to the Ducks yesterday while Sam Kamp (junior redshirt) has decided to retire from football after his graduation this spring.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley looks back at 2014 and has a season review of the offensive line.

Andrew Greif looks back at 2014 and has a season review of the defensive backs.

Andrew Nemec counts down his top ten Duck recruits and has Malik Lovette at #5.

■ Dale Newton wonders if Stanford can solve their Oregon problem this year.

David Koh talks about the return of Cole Irvin to the pitching mound.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Noah Smith believes the Oregon run game will be the focus next year.

■ LB Fotu Leiato out of Steilacoom, WA. committed to the Ducks yesterday.

Tyson Alger likes the possibilities after watching Roman Sorkin make his debut against UCLA last weekend.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Dale Newton talks about breaking through that last door,  hopefully it's with composure and class.

Jason Selby looks ahead to next season and replacing Marcus Mariota.

■ Oregon beat UCLA yesterday in convincing fashion, 82-64 at Matt Knight Arena.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the receiving corps for 2014 and previews 2015.

Despite the graduation of Lowe, the transfer of Chance Allen and the uncertain status of Devon Allen, the Ducks have a lot of talent returning. Given the returning depth at running back, Marshall can still play an all-purpose role, and Stanford is a budding star. Addison’s return should help account for Lowe’s blocking and leadership, and there’s an enviable group of young talent in Carrington, Brown and incoming freshman Alex Ofodile, who enrolled for winter quarter. Position coach Matt Lubick has developed a deep, talented group over the last two years, and his efforts are to be applauded. At tight end, Baylis and Mundt return to help bridge the gap until Brown’s return.

ESPN along with the Pac-12 bloggers has Marcus Mariota as the #1 college player last year.

■ Andrew Nemec has Ugo Amadi at #6 as he counts down the top 10 recruits this year.

■ Max Thornberry says infielder Mitchell Tolman has his eyes on the prize and Rob Moseley talks about the versatility of Scott Heineman.

■ Dale Newton says who ever tries to fill Marcus Mariota's shoes won't have a lack of targets.

The exciting thing about this receiver corps is the balance. The new qb will have tall targets at the goal line, burners for the vertical routes, reliable possession guys and great downfield blockers. There’s speed and leaping ability, experience and football smarts, playmakers, gamebreakers and depth. They're disciplined, well-coached and competitive.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley continues his position reviews with a look at the running back group in 2014.

■ Chantel Jennings has a season review of the Ducks last year.

Nice letter to the men of the Oregon football team from U of O student Sophie Hodges.

■ David Lombardi looks at the 2015 Pac-12 North nonconference schedule.

■ Andrew Nemec has Zach Okun at #7 as he counts down the top 10 recruits this year.

■ Andrew Bantly looks ahead to the 2015 baseball season and Tyson Alger talks about ace pitcher Cole Irvin. FishDuck.com previews the upcoming season with articles by Max Thornberry and Jordan Ingram.

■ Jared Wright looks at the state of Pacific Northwest football heading into 2015.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Chantel Jennings has Ifo Ekpre-Olomu listed at #12 as the ESPN Pac-12 bloggers continue their countdown of the top 25 players last year.

Ekpre-Olomu’s stat line might not be the most impressive thing anyone has every seen, but unfortunately there isn’t a statistic that counts the number of times quarterbacks throw away from a certain side of the field because a certain player is there. In that statistic, Ekpre-Olomu -- a Jim Thorpe Award finalist -- probably would’ve led the Pac-12. To understand his athleticism as a DB one needs to look no further than his one-handed interception of Connor Cook during the Ducks’ thumping of Michigan State in week 2 of the 2014 season. If that wasn’t a warning sign to signal-callers, we’re not sure what is. Ekpre-Olomu suffered a season-ending leg injury during prep for the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, which cut his senior year short. But even so, it was a very, very impressive campaign.

■ Rob Moseley has a 2014 season in review for the quarterbacks.

Andrew Nemec notes the Oregon recruiting class has moved up to #14 and has Shane Lemieux at #8 as he counts down the top 10 recruits this year. ATQ profiles incoming recruit Taj Griffin.

George Horton and Mitchell Tolman talk with reporters during baseball media day yesterday.

■ Dale Newton calls Byron Marshall the "swiss army knife" of Oregon football.

In a year where the Ducks have to venture out without Marcus Mariota, having the steady, productive senior around for another season is priceless. He’ll help a young quarterback in a reconfigured offense, provide big plays and consistency.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ David Lombardi has Jake Fisher listed at #17 as the ESPN Pac-12 bloggers continue their countdown of the top 25 players last year.

Oregon struggled only twice during the regular season, and it wasn't a coincidence that those two games were the ones that Fisher missed due to injury. Our Ivan Maisel even went as far as to suggest that the 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle may have been more valuable to the Ducks than Marcus Mariota. In Fisher's two-game absence (unimpressive performances against Washington State and Arizona), Oregon gave up 12 sacks and saw its scoring output dip over two touchdowns below its season average. Following his return, Fisher proved his mettle as a solid NFL prospect. The Ducks allowed six sacks per game without him, and only 1.5 sacks per game with him in the lineup. Fisher was a force in Oregon's course-correcting win at UCLA, and his campaign reached a crescendo in a dominant Rose Bowl manhandling of Florida State.

■ KC Joyner ($ESPN Insider) says defense will be Oregon's biggest challenge heading into the 2015 season.

 ■ ESPN has Royce Freeman on their early list of 2015 Heisman top contenders.

■ Andrew Nemec continues his countdown of the top 10 Duck recruits with a look at #9 Calvin Throckmorton.

Oregon baseball season tickets went on sale yesterday afternoon and the team took a hit with the news that A.J. Balta will miss this season because of injury but found out Perfect Game ranked them #15 on their preseason top 25..

Charles Fisher wonders if Oregon is "soft" or the national media is lazy.

■ Dale Newton believes we need to keep recruiting in Texas.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Chantel Jennings has Royce Freeman at #23 on their seasons best Pac-12 player list and takes a look back at their fearless predictions for last year.

The freshman beat out Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall to be the Ducks' starter en route to the first 1,000-yard rushing season for a freshman in Oregon history. His athleticism and sheer power (seriously, he’s built like a truck) demolished opponents as he rushed for 5.51 yards per carry against Pac-12 opponents. In conference play, Freeman converted 46.4 percent of his third-down rushes and 100 percent of his fourth-down rushes. Only 24 of his 202 Pac-12 rushes went for zero or negative yardage.

Rob Moseley talks about replacing Marcus Mariota and Mark Helfrich recaps the 2014/15 season during his press conference yesterday.

■ Ted Miller goes out on a limb when he makes his Pac-12 way-too-early 2015 bold predictions.

■ Andrew Nemec starts at #10 with his top ten Duck recruits, James Locke.

■ D1baseball.com has Oregon ranked at #22 on their preseason top 25.

■ David Piper @ATQ says one thing is crystal clear, Mark Helfrich is our guy.

■ Dale Newton believes Darron Thomas might be the most under-appreciated QB in Duck history.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Mike Hayden talks about Oregon football players playing with honor under Mark Helfrich.

The University of Oregon and Mark Helfrich sends the likes of Marcus, Ifo, Hroniss, Jake, Keanon, Erick, Tony, Troy and others out into the world as great football players….. and men of honor...

■ Rob Moseley sat down with Mike Skow recently @KEZI to recap the Ducks' 2014 season.

■ Austin Willhoft takes a quick look at the 2015 Ducks football team.

Former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount helped the New England Patriots defeat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seahawks on Feb. 1

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ken Goe says we'll be starting an inexperienced quarterback in the fall but who cares.

Three years ago, I thought Bryan Bennett would be Oregon's quarterback. Instead, Mariota, who previously hadn't played a down of college football, seized the job with both hands. Mariota took the Ducks to a 12-1 season and a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

■ Dale Newton says the beginning of hope starts with DeForest Buckner.

[Ron] Aiken told goduck.com’s Rob Moseley, “Recruiting is still going on right now, but the biggest recruit of the year is DeForest Buckner.”

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley says Marcus Mariota will need to make some room in his trophy case.

Oregon's junior quarterback, who recently declared for the upcoming NFL draft, was honored Friday with the Manning Award. Created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Manning Award is voted on by media and its namesake family of quarterbacks, and takes into account postseason performance.

The Manning Award completes an unprecedented trophy haul for Oregon's star quarterback. In the 11-year history of the Manning Award, Mariota is the first to have also won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp and Maxwell national player of the year awards, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Ted Miller has several Ducks on their All-Pac-12 bowl team.

■ Tony Washington will represent Oregon in the East-West Shrine Game on January 17th.

■ GoDucksdotcom and the football team say thank you to all of the fans.

■ Dale Newton talks about a new element that could be brought to the Oregon offense that might make a big difference.

Marcus Mariota is in San Diego where he accepting the Manning Award and is preparing for the NFL combine.

“I am so proud of him, the way he represented college football this past year,” [Archie] Manning said. “(He had) an outstanding year on the field, captured award after award after award, and handled himself in such a great fashion.”

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Thomas Tyner's former high school coach believes Tyner will grow from his 2014 experience.

Staying on the field will be Tyner's main focus next season. Once he is there, even in a crowded backfield, his former coach said Tyner's last two playoff performances should be a confidence builder heading into his junior year.

"He ran well in big games against some of the top teams in the nation," Casey said. "This should be a real good boost going into next year."

■ Chantel Jennings says Oregon will continue to fight the "finesse" label.

Ken Goe says it's been a remarkable 20 year climb for the Ducks.

Dale Newton pays tribute to Marcus Mariota and looks ahead to the future.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reports Marcus Mariota is entering the 2015 NFL draft and DeForest Buckner is returning for his senior season.

"The support I received from the University, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous. I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck.

"I will miss being with my teammates.  Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure."

Caleb Couturie shares his top five Mariota moments.

■ Chantel Jennings says Marcus Mariota's legacy is cemented at Oregon and believes the Pac-12 should be rated the top conference.

■ Ted Miller says Oregon will be hard at work preparing for the post Marcus Mariota days.

■ Royce Freeman was named to the freshman All-American team yesterday.

Erik McKinney has DE Canton Kaumatule listed as one of the top early enrollees in the Pac-12.

■ Good read by John Canzano on beginnings, not the end. Canzano would also like to see Marcus Mariota and Chip Kelly team up in Philadelphia. Probably won't happen but wouldn't it be fun.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Oregon finished on top of the final 2014 Pac-12 power rankings.

The sting of Monday night's loss will linger, and not just that the Ducks lost, but how they lost -- by being physically overpowered and allowing 246 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott. It's the same criticism that has haunted the Ducks for years. That said, Oregon was the No. 1 team in the Pac-12 and more than worthy of the top ranking in the league.

Arik Armstead has declared for the NFL draft.

■ Ken Goe says this is the golden age of Oregon football and there is no reason it has to end.

■ Andrew Greif talks about offseason adjustments.

■ The Oregonian looks at the return on investment the football program brings to Oregon.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ It's never easy to post after a loss but I will say it was an honor to watch Marcus Mariota lead this team to the national championship and win the Heisman Trophy, you make us proud Marcus. Here is a sample of the stories out on the web.

■ Tyson Alger talks about running out of magic; Oregon finished second in the final AP poll; Rob Moseley talks about miscues, enjoying the journey and has a postgame notebookHeather Dinich says the season was still a success; Marcus Mariota became the first Pac-12 player to eclipse 5,000 yards in a season; John Canzano wonders if Mariota will come back this upcoming season and ESPN rounds out the coverage.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley has your final practice report for the 2014/15 season and talks about how the Ducks and Buckeyes are ready for the title game as they fought off adversity all year.

Two of the defining characteristics of 2014-15 Oregon football are its uncharacteristically wide-spread commitment to the concept of "team," and its ability to balance focused preparation with a free-spirited demeanor.

Mark Helfrich and Urban Meyer talked to the media yesterday in their title game press conference.

■ Max Olson also talks about the "big prize fight" tonight.

■ Andrew Greif previews tonight's game.

Edward Aschoff says the overlooked Duck defense could be the difference in the game tonight.

■ Jason Quick says the team is intent helping Mark Helfrich step out of Chip Kelly's shadow.

■ Joseph Hoyt compares the quarterbacks for the game tonight.

■ Dale Newton believes this team's resolve remains high even with another hit to the depth chart.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Dwayne Stanford and Charles Nelson talk to the media while Tyler Johnstone has some fun during media day yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI and GoDucksdotcom.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley has your latest practice report and has media day notes.

A major focus of these practices is communication, and the Ducks were vocal as ever. When a particularly popular song would play over the PA, the usual handful of players would bounce along to the beat.

"It's all about our mindset," Helfrich said.

■ Some more postion/team previews from Tyson Alger, Justin Wise and Andrew Greif.

■ Troy Hill takes it all in stride when it comes to the latest rumors.

■ The team is ready for some football instead of the media circus.

Oregon's secret weapon? It's all about the juju or might that be Jobu.

■ Ken Goe and Noah Smith say it's all about the next man up at the receiver position.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

The UO football team held its final practice of this historic 2014-15 football season in Eugene on Friday morning, before beginning the trip to Texas for Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship.

For the record, the final practice rep of the year was a long “touchdown” pass from Jeff Lockie to Charles Nelson. The Ducks then huddled for final words from head coach Mark Helfrich, hit the cold pools for some recovery and prepared to head to the airport.

■ More position group comparisons from Andrew Greif, Tyson Alger, Joseph Hoyt and Hayden Kim who also says Thomas Tyner will be a key element of the game on Monday.

Turnovers will be a critical part of a winning recipe on Monday for the Ducks.

Darren Carrington didn't make the trip to Texas after being suspended for the game on Monday. Who steps up now?

ESPN's Chris Fowler talked about the Ducks rise in prominence recently with the Register Guard.

■ Ugo Amadi, a 4-star CB recruit committed to the Ducks yesterday and will enroll in the spring.

■ Dale Newton looks at what is most needed to win it all on Monday.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

Highlights: Ty Griffin showed off his impressive arm strength by rolling to his left and then turning back to fire a missile into the end zone from near midfield – but Reggie Daniels foiled him by leaping up for an interception. … Mariota started one period on the right note, zipping a strike to Dwayne Stanford for a “touchdown.” … Within seconds over on the defensive end, Derrick Malone Jr. came up with a pick.

Ted Miller says Oregon's offense is so much more than just tempo.

■ John Canzano (and others) says that all the Ducks ever wanted is to be noticed.

Adam Rittenberg ($ESPN Insider) talks with several coaches about the challenges facing the Oregon offense.

David Lombardi takes a closer look at how Oregon scores in spurts this season.

■ Andrew Greif breaks down Oregon's running backs against OSU's linebackers.

■ Erick Dargan and Troy Hill will take part in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17.

Jimmy Fallon and some puppies predict the game on Monday.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Don Pellum, Tony Washington and Chris Seisay 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 latest practice report.

“We're trying to get rid of the word ‘soft’ when you think of Oregon,” said junior DeForest Buckner, who had another stop short of the goal line two reps after Kamp’s this morning. “Short-yardage situations show what you’re really made of, and I think we've been doing a pretty good job of that this year.”

■ Jeff Fogle previews the matchup against Ohio St.

■ Position group breakdowns from Tyson Alger, Andrew Greif and Hayden Kim.

■ Gary Campbell says Thomas Tyner has had quite the influence on Oregon's run game now that he is healthy.

■ Key to early start jitters for Marcus Mariota? Trust the process.

■ Jason Quick looks at the reasons a touchdown is worth more than six points.

Chantel Jennings and Ted Miller say the key for the Ducks will be defense.

■ Chris Low gives Mark Helfrich high marks after replacing Chip Kelly.

The 41-year-old native Oregonian has been the perfect guy at the perfect time to take the team once known more for its snazzy uniforms from a national stage to the sport's grandest stage.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Scott Frost, Thomas Tyner and Charles Nelson talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has the latest practice report and has game notes for the national championship.

Highlights: Redshirting freshman Jalen Brown had a couple of "wow" moments in position drills. He got past a defensive back deep and, despite having his left arm being held, reached out with his right to make a one-handed "touchdown" catch. On his next rep, Brown caught a ball over the middle and held on despite going to the ground on a big hit by Reggie Daniels. … Ty Griffin showed off his arm strength during the same period, letting fly a deep ball that Darren Carrington hauled in. … Bralon Addison used a couple shifty moves to attract coverage over the top and free up Kani Benoit to make a reception underneath...

■ Tyson Alger break down the Ohio St. receivers versus the Duck secondary and Andrew Greif looks at our receivers versus the OSU defensive backs while Justin Wise looks the O-line for both teams.

■ Ted Miller says Marcus Mariota can make a case for greatest QB of all time.

■ Chantel Jennings says Darren Carrington is hitting his stride by focusing at wide receiver.

■ Byron Marshall graces the cover of Sports Illustrated where they predict an Oregon victory next week.

■ Ken Goe says it down't matter the color of the uniform but the men inside the uniform.

■ Dale Newton says the Ohio St. presents a much different challenge than FSU.

The biggest danger is that Ohio State will be able to pound the ball with the run and upset Oregon’s rhythm and tempo on offense. The Ducks need another big game from Mariota, cool and collected on the biggest state of a fabulous career. What an achievement it would be for the humble Hawaiian, capturing the PAC-12 title, the Heisman Trophy and the National Championship in one year.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Morning Mud: Bonus Video







Derrick Malone, Royce Freeman and Jake Fisher talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your latest practice report and talks about a few seniors coming full circle next week at Arlington.

The work put in Monday tilted toward the mental side. Without pads on, the Ducks did individual and position group drills, special teams work and walk-throughs of the new game plan. Oregon is working off a schedule prepared by the staff last summer, in the event the Ducks qualified for the title game, UO coach Mark Helfrich said.

■ Andrew Greif gives us a sneak peek at the national championship game.

In case you missed it yesterday here are the new uniforms for the title game.

■ Kevin Gemmell has Royce Freeman listed as having one of the top performances in 2014 for the Pac-12 and likes the way the Pac-12 showed up this bowl season.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Duck run game has dazzled despite the injuries to the O-line this season.

■ Ken Goe says we have taken a big step with the new college football playoff format but wishes it was expanded to 16 teams.

■ Dale Newton believes Oregon has built a top-tier program with coaching and being selective in the recruiting process.

Oregon places a premium on selecting players who fit the program’s goals and philosophy. Mark Helfrich remarked last Signing Day that the 2014 class included 17 team captains. They look for leadership and coachability, interviewing coaches, teachers and administrative staff to get a broader picture when screening the fit of a particular athlete.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 ■ Chantel Jennings reminds us that sometimes you need a few lucky bounces.

“Things are going to have to go right,” [Scott] Frost said. “You’re going to have to play well, and you might have to catch a couple bounces.”

The Ducks’ opponent in the title game, No. 4 Ohio State, hasn’t had quite as many lucky bounces as Oregon...

...The team that wins will be the one that came in more prepared and executed better. But don’t discount the great effect that a bounce -- one way or another -- could have in the game. The Ducks’ season certainly proves that.

George Schroeder believes Ohio State's offense looks a lot like Oregon's by design.

■ Brian Libby talks about the precipice of immortality for our Ducks.

"Let us also embrace the opportunity we have on January 12 and how the game represents a well-earned culmination for this program. Let us embrace that Oregon under Mark Helfrich is everything we ever would have wanted even from Kelly. And let us think and feel and believe: it’s time for our Ducks to stand alone on the mountaintop, and to join the ranks of college football’s immortals"

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Travis Haney($ESPN Insider) likes what Mark Helfrich has brought to the Ducks after replacing Chip Kelly.

“He’s the guy. He’s been the guy since day one,” [Hroniss] Grasu said. “Coach Kelly, he did a lot for us to help get us to this point, but Coach Helfrich has been the one to take it to a whole other level.”

■ Nice article about Marcus Mariota from Heidi Hiaasen and the U of O.

■ QB commit Travis Waller had a big day yesterday in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

■ Jerry Allen audio highlights from the Rose Bowl game. Always love listening to Jerry call a game, no one like him.

■ Oregon Ducks Football Films put together this selection of plays from the Rose Bowl game.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Mark Schlabach talks about the Oregon Ohio St. matchup.

After the first day of the first College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes and Ducks were better than everybody else.

The best news: We're finally getting to settle the debate on the field. Ten days from now, we'll know which team is the best.

■ Urban Meyer was stunned by Oregon's Rose Bowl domination.

■ Gary Laney has seven thoughts on the national championship game.

Joseph Hoyt says it's time to get down to the business of preparing for Ohio St.

■ Andrew Greif shares more reactions of Oregon's dominant victory in the Rose Bowl.

■ The New York Times calls Oregon bold and exciting and it's not the uniforms.

■ Sean Larson looks at the unsung heroes in the Rose Bowl.

■ Over at www.fishduck.com Omar Garibay says we discarded that soft label; Caleb Couturie says Oregon looks unstoppable and Austim Willhoft gives you his top reasons for the win over FSU.

Ted Miller nails it, as he usually does, when talking about perceptions.

"Did a team ever dictate a big game more than the Ducks did to the Seminoles, particularly in the second half, when FSU was supposed to take control? While Winston pulled out the "we beat ourselves" line afterward, he apparently failed to pay enough attention to Ducks' game film. Rendering teams into bloody hamburger during a sudden transformative frenzy is what Oregon does. The Ducks were not gifted those five turnovers from the Seminoles. They took them."

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Friday, January 02, 2015

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota and Tony Washington talk with the media after the Rose Bowl yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

■ What a game but now it's time to seal the deal and bring Oregon's first national title back to Eugene. Certainly the most impressive win I have seen as a Duck fan. I could go on and on but I'll spare you and get to all the game stories from around the web.

Ivan Maisel called it a total domination; John Canzano said it was poetic justice; Andrew Greif believes the rout of FSU was in the works long before New Year's Day; Tim Brown shares reactions, comments, photos and video posted to Twitter last night; Rob Moseley has the game recap, third quarter for the ages, talks about the title game and has a postgame notebookESPN has all the game stats; John Branch called the Oregon win a blur; Charles Fisher is still stunned at the win; Dale Newton was impressed with the heart of the Oregon team; Game photos here and here and here; ESPN rounds out the coverage.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Rose Bowl Motivational - The Summit



■ GoDucksdotcom shares the motivational video shown to the team before the game today. Time to climb to the summit.

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Rose Bowl - pregame stories

With only a couple of hours until kickoff here are the latest game day stories.

■ ESPN shares two of their stories from College Gameday. 12 year old Charlie Pape says it's all about Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota and then Lee Corso puts on the Duck head.

■ The Oregonian contingent is almost unanimous in picking Oregon over FSU.

■ Dale Newton says the key is to remember it's still just a game.

"For Mariota, too, it’s the same game he played in Pop Warner. All he has to do is soak it in for a moment, exchange a hug with Hroniss Grasu and fasten his chin strap. Play football, Marcus, and enjoy the moment. We all will."

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Morning Mud: Bonus Video





Mark Helfrich talks with the media yesterday and Jake Zivin talks with Nick Aliotti. Video courtesy of KEZI.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley talks about the steady progression of Byron Marshall from RB to all around receiver.

Is Marshall a receiver? Is he a running back? "I just think of myself as an athlete," Marshall said. "I think I can be successful lining up everywhere." For the Ducks in 2014, Marshall has proven that at every turn.

■ Chantel Jennings gives you 10 reasons why Oregon will beat FSU today.

■ Ken Goe wonders if today is the day.

Andrew Greif talks about the early concerns regarding the freshmen and how they turned into a strength.

Derrick Malone might be bruised and battered but he will play a key role in the game today.

Charles Fisher gives to things to watch for in the game today.

■ Justin Wise and Joseph Hoyt along with Gary Laney and ESPN share their predictions. My prediction will be in the comments on this post.

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