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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and has the tentative spring game roster.

He might have moved all the way to Oregon from Iowa, and then not survived a walk-on tryout... Instead, linebacker De’Quan McDowell has been a consistent presence through spring drills, which end with Saturday’s Spring Game... “I definitely got my opportunity,” McDowell said with a grin...

Omar Garibay talked with Scott Frost after practice and he is excited about the spring game.

■ Tyson Alger believes Henry Mondeaux has been one of the most consistent players this spring.

■ The NFL draft is later today and Jon Gruden says Marcus Mariota is the 6' 4" Russell Wilson while Geoffrey C. Arnold looks at the possibility that Mariota could end up with the Eagles.

■ Former Saint Louis coach Delbert Tengan talks about Mariota and his high school days.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings looks at the Oregon quarterback situation.

Not only do the Ducks have the unenviable task of finding a replacement for the most important position on the field, they also have to do so with one QB 450 miles away from campus...

■ Tyson Alger says the Oregon coaching staff will start making personnel decisions once the spring game has finished.

■ Norm Hightower catches up with former Oregon linebacker Steve Baack who played for the Ducks back in the eighties under Rich Brooks.

■ Forrest Welk says Jeff Lockie is focused on the job at hand heading into the spring game.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Carrington was a consistent standout. After his early touchdown, he had a catch in the next 7-on-7 period of a ball he bobbled three or four times before catching – all with one hand. He added a great catch in 11-on-11 despite having Ugo Amadi draped all over him, and Carrington even had a quality rep during the blocking-and-tackling circuit coaches installed this spring, meeting an opposing player with force and driving him back. … During a late team period focused on run plays, Thomas Tyner made a brilliant cut inside a cornerback who was setting the edge. Then, Tyner was off to the races. Lane Roseberry and Tony Brooks-James also had long runs during the period.

Mark Helfrich and Vernon Adams are featured in these video interviews and Oregon has a special "thank you" video to Marcus Mariota.

■ Mark Helfrich also outlined the format for the spring game coming up on Saturday.

■ Justin Wise talks with Jeff Lockie about spring practice and the big game Saturday.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Forrest Welk believes Rodney Hardrick will be one of the defensive leaders this year.

“I’ve always been the most vocal, trying to bring more guys along,” explained Hardrick, “[I’m] handing out some responsibility to them so we can all come together as a group.”

If Hardrick succeeds in bringing the Ducks linebackers together, their depth will pose a major problem for opposing offenses looking to impose their will on the Ducks. One can hope that the senior will go all-out to make his last year as a Duck his best.

■ Daniel Kantor talks about Royce Freeman and his progress so far this spring.

Oregon worked a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat the dawgs 3-2 yesterday and took the series.

Up Next: The Ducks remain at home for their next Pac-12 series, beginning Friday against Stanford in PK Park at 6 p.m.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Duck Stuff

Andrew Greif says Vernon Adams and Jeff Lockie might be 450 miles apart but they both are locked in on the battle to be the next Duck QB.

"Whoever gets the starting job, whether it's me Jeff, Travis (Jonsen), Morgan (Mahalak), any of the other guys, we're going to be there for each other," Adams says. "And we're trying to get that No. 1 goal — and that's the national championship."

■ Austin Willhoft talked with Byron Marshall about spring practice.

■ Dale Newton reflects on spring practice this year.

■ Duck baseball bounced back to even the series with the dawgs yesterday as they won 4-3.

Up Next: The Ducks and huskies wrap up the series at PK Park on Sunday (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Jeff Lockie used completions to [Royce] Freeman and Evan Baylis and nice runs by Lockie himself and Kani Benoit to set up a “game-winning” 28-yard field goal by Matt Wogan.

■ Don Pellum believes the defense may be further along than they were last spring.

Austin Willhoft introduces us to DL Austin Maloata.

Oregon baseball dropped the opener against the fuskies 10-4 at PK Park yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks and Huskies continue their series at PK Park on Saturday (7:35 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).


Friday, April 24, 2015

Duck Stuff

Vernon Adams was in Eugene earlier this month and treated it like a work week to soak up the Duck offense.

"I just went over the offense trying to get the offensive signals down," said Adams, who learned the hand signals from offensive coordinator Scott Frost. "I'm more of a visual learner. They were trying to talk to me over the phone and tell me the signals and show me why they did stuff, but I didn't really understand it at first until I went out there two weeks ago. ... I got a lot out of their offense in those five days just because I'm a visual learner."

ESPN announced that the Sept. 12 game between Oregon and Michigan State in East Lansing will kick off at 5 p.m. PT.

■ Omar Garibay talked with Charles Nelson on his transition to defensive back.

■ David Kinsler looks at the success of the football team and gives a lot of credit to their "by committee" approach for each position.

■ Tyson Alger says there are big questions around the Ducks rotation as they start a three game series with the dawgs today.

The Ducks will need whoever ends up pitching to perform regardless. Oregon is 5-10 in Pac-12 play and would likely need to win every series from here on out to even have a chance of cracking the postseason tournament. Fortunately for Oregon's pitchers, washington ranks in the bottom third in the Pac-12 in batting (.261 avg), just one spot ahead of the Ducks.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

...Morgan Mahalak got the No. 1 offense into the end zone with a scramble of about 15 yards and then a TD pass to Thomas Tyner. The defense then got another stop, and the two sides fought to a draw in the fifth and final possession, when another Prevot sack forced the offense to settle for an Aidan Schneider field goal of about 46 yards...

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Oregon can make it three straight seasons with a 1,000-yard receiver.

■ The writers at FD are busy as Omar Garibay talked with Scott Frost after practice yesterday; Joey Holland wonders if the running backs will compensate for the loss of Marcus Mariota and Mark Flores has the latest recruiting update.

■ George Horton isn't relishing having to watch the Ducks from home. Oregon will try and beat up on the dawgs for the first two games of the three game series at PK Park which starts tomorrow.

For all of the Ducks, this was their first time seeing Horton ejected from a game. Some players doubted whether or not Horton did it on purpose, possibly trying to plant a charge into a team performing below expectations. But whether Horton was looking to light a fuze or not, his team hopes it can rally behind a manager who put himself on the line for a player.

"It's frustrating that I won't be included Friday and Saturday, but I'll be glued to the TV," he said. "The good news is it's on TV." 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Tyson Alger relays Dwayne Stanford's message to  "new" DB Charles Nelson, you can't cover me.

...When posed with the question of whether the 5-foot-8 Nelson could cover his 6-foot-5 frame, Stanford said there was no way. 

"No, no. Charles can't cover me," Stanford said. "Little too short. Everything. I don't know what he could do. It's a loss. No. Nah." 

■ Andrew Greif gives us a look at the man behind the music at Oregon football practice sessions.

■ Max Thornberry takes a closer look at Tyler Johnstone.

■ Dale Newton believes the next starting QB will be Vernon Adams.

Marcus Mariota is featured in a new Nike spot and talking football with John Gruden.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

For the second straight scrimmage, Oregon’s offense got the best of things right off the bat this morning. But, also for the second straight scrimmage, the UO defense tilted the scales, and today that was done in even more emphatic fashion.

■ Tyson Alger believes Jeff Lockie is setting himself up to battle with Vernon Adams come fall.

■ Kevin Gemmell talks about Pharaoh Brown's recovery from a devastating leg injury.

■ Austin Willhoft talks with Matt Pierson about how spring practice is going so far.

■ Nike welcomes Marcus Mariota.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Duck Stuff

Don Pellum sees good things for the defense this year.

The Ducks have plenty to work on in order to be prepared for their season opener against Eastern Washington on September 5 in Autzen Stadium – which gives coach Pellum and his defense a tight time table for them to achieve their goals. With so many unknowns, one thing can be made certain, the Duck defense is set to make a statement in 2015.

■ Jason Selby previews the Ducks' offense as we get closer to the spring game.

Aaron Lewis looks at the QB depth chart this spring.

■ Oregon baseball dropped the series against USC yesterday, 7-3.

On Deck: The Ducks return to Eugene for a three-game series at PK Park against Washington next weekend. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Duck Stuff

Tyson Alger says Vernon Adams is already beginning to fit in with his new teammates.

Vernon Adams won't officially be a Duck until this summer, but it seems that the Eastern Washington transfer is already beginning to fit in with some of his new teammates. 

■ Don Pellum believes the defense is close to where it needs to be at this point in spring practice.

■ Noah Smith wonders if Byron Marshall is out to prove something this year.

■ Austin Willhoft introduces Haniteli Lousi.

■ Oregon Ducks Football Films has a 2015-16 season compilation for your enjoyment.

Oregon overpowered USC yesterday, 15-4, and looks to complete the sweep later today.

On Deck: The Ducks and Trojans wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. with junior Conor Harber (3-1, 4.99 ERA) taking the mound for the Ducks. USC will send Mitch Hart (5-1, 3.28) to the hill.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Young quarterbacks Morgan Mahalak and Travis Jonsen both looked poised and comfortable during a Red Zone drill pitting two receivers against a pair of defensive backs. Mahalak appears to be driving the ball to his targets with more zip this spring, while Jonsen has taken visible strides from his first college football practice a few weeks ago to what was No. 9 today.

■ Devon Allen is looking to rejoin the track team in mid May and be ready for fall camp for the football team.

■ Steven Jackson lists his likely impact freshmen for 2015 on the football team.

Marcus Mariota signed with Nike earlier this week.

It started so well, 4 run lead in the first,  but then all hell broke loose. Final USC 13 - Oregon 5.

On Deck: The Ducks and Trojans meet in game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. David Peterson (2-5, 5.29) will throw for UO while Kyle Twomey (6-0, 1.79) will take the mound for USC.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Duck Stuff

Tyson Alger takes a closer look at two-sport DB Charles Nelson and his busy schedule.

Over the weekend, he made his debut, finishing third in the long jump and fifth in the 100-meter dash, four spots behind football teammate Tony Brooks-James at the Pepsi Invitational.

But as Nelson attempted to explain how he's balancing time between football and track and school and an increasingly nonexistent social life, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost interrupted. 

"First pick! First pick!" Frost said to Nelson as he walked by. 

■ Nik Brownlee believes Danny Mattingly might be the next great linebacker for the Ducks.

■ Omar Garibay looks at life on the scout team.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

Highlights: ...Ty Griffin, who is doing special teams work along with practicing at quarterback, had maybe the biggest hit of the drill to force a fumble. … Some offense-defense drills were conducted in the red zone over the course of the day. In 3-on-2 work, Arrion Springs had a pass breakup, Dwayne Stanford had a nice leaping catch in the end zone and Alex Ofodile used his big frame to shield away a defender for a couple of TD catches. …

Later in the day in 11-on-11, the offense was trying to drive the ball across the goal line from around the 20-yard line. The No. 1 offense got in with two Royce Freeman carries, and Taylor Alie got the twos in on one play, another great leaping grab by Stanford...

Duck football coaches are giving back to Oregon for families who otherwise could not afford to attend college.

■ Chantel Jennings looks at the remaining questions for the Pac-12 this spring.

■ Ben Salaman says there are big expectations for Royce Freeman this year.

■ Mark Flores has the latest recruiting news.

■ Rob Moseley believes the back end of the bullpen has been a consistent force for the baseball team.

Typically, Nogosek and Cleavinger are two of the last Ducks to leave the bench when they do appear in a game. Still, they've found a way to be leaders, and if last week was the turning point as Oregon got its season back on track, the back end of the bullpen will deserve major credit.

■ Oregon took care of Portland yesterday 5-2 on the road.

On Deck: The Ducks return to Pac-12 play this weekend when they travel to Southern California to play No. 10 USC in a three-game series starting Friday.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Andrew Greif has a Q&A session with linebacker Johnny Ragin III.

Johnny Ragin III has spent his past three springs in the state of Oregon. But here's something new: This is the first time he's felt sure of what will come in the fall...

Oregon kicker Matt Wogan wants to be the starter come fall.

Chantel Jennings looks at the QB battles around the Pac-12.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Rob Moseley has your latest football practice report.

Highlights: During the team period that opened practice, Heard tipped away a pass, and Mattrell McGraw came off the edge to stop a run play. Tyree Robinson intercepted a Morgan Mahalak pass. … In 3-on-2 drills, Chris Seisay had a nice breakup deep down the field, Ty Griffin showed off his much improved touch on a deep ball and Bralon Addison had a leaping, one-handed catch. … Mark Helfrich was pleased with the job Seisay and Robinson did covering a screen pass in team drills. During the same period, Evan Baylis and Cameron Hunt got upfield to clear a lane for Alex Ofodile to get yards after the catch. … Johnny Ragin III knocked down a pass and picked off another during 7-on-7.

■ Andrew Greif has a video posted on his impressions of practice yesterday.

■ Chantel Jennings says the running backs turned receiver are excelling this spring and covers "trash talking" by the O-line.

■ Mike Merrell looks at three defining moments from the 2014 football season.

■ Tyson Alger thinks Oregon should consider making Josh Graham part of the starting rotation for the baseball team.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Duck Stuff

Max Thornberry says Chris Seisay is setting the tone for the Ducks secondary this spring.

The competition among the defensive backs has been tight according to Seisay who told us “Everyone is trying to make plays.” With questions surrounding the secondary more than any other position — except perhaps quarterback — it would be expected that everyone is putting everything on the field right now.

■ Daniel Kantor talked with Don Pellum recently about the highs and lows for the defense this spring.

■ Oregon took the Civil War series yesterday at PK Park winning 10-9. Natalie Hardwicke took game photos.

Eight of Oregon's nine starting position players reached base and seven had at least one hit as the Ducks enjoyed their most prolific day at the plate in Pac-12 play this season.

Up Next: The Ducks play Wednesday at Portland before resuming Pac-12 play Friday at USC.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Duck Stuff

Andrew Greif talks about the leadership qualities the Ducks will need for the football team this year. Royce Freeman and others shares their thoughts on the subject.

"It was difficult at first," he said. "I wanted to kind of fall back but you have to go in and put a lot of effort in and help out the other people. I'm not really a 'rah-rah' guy. I try to lead by example."

■ Oregon lost last night 4-2 at PK Park but look to win the series against the beavs this afternoon.

Up Next: The series finale is scheduled for Sunday in PK Park (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), with Conor Harber (3-1, 4.06) scheduled to pitch for the Ducks.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Among the standouts were receiver Bralon Addison, in his continued recovery from injury; sophomore linebacker Jimmie Swain, who is looking more and more like a candidate for regular reps in the fall; and true freshman quarterback Travis Jonsen, who looked as comfortable as he has all spring in the live-action drills today.

■ Andrew Greif looks at the likely successors to Arik Armstead.

■ Ted Miller looks at the Pac-12 freshmen QB competition including Oregon.

■ Jason Selby talks about the Oregon rushing attack for 2015.

Joseph Hoyt sat down with Morgan Mahalak for a short Q&A session.

Oregon took game one at PK Park yesterday with a ninth inning walk-off walk to win 3-2.

Up Next: Game two of the series will be Saturday night (7:35 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), with David Peterson slated to take the mound for Oregon. Conor Harber will get the ball in Sunday's finale, Horton said.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Rob Moseley says Matt Pierson and Tyrell Crosby have transformed into leaders having gone through a trial by fire last year.

Owing to the playing time they got last fall, though, Pierson and Crosby got a bunch of new experiences out of the way in 2014. Entering 2015, they're honing and expanding their roles, rather than feeling their way out for the first time.

■ Andrew Greif has T.J. Daniel up next in his series "the most to gain" this spring.

■ Chantel Jennings says Charles Nelson has a competitive confidence that will help him switch positions.

■ Tyson Alger takes a closer look at pitcher/catcher Josh Graham.

■ Andrew Bantly talks about the current state of Oregon baseball.

■ Rob Moseley turns to baseball and previews the civil war series which starts today. Here is all you need to know about the TV schedule and start times for the three game series.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has the latest football practice report.

Haniteli Lousi got some work with the first-string offensive line, at both guard and tackle. … An early period was spent on field-goal kicking. Speaking of preparing for game scenarios early in the year, Matt Lubick took a group of skill players to the other field to practice fielding onside kicks. … It was cool to see visiting QB Vernon Adams on the sideline, watching plays signaled in and mouthing along playcalls he’s clearly working to memorize in advance of his anticipated arrival prior to next season.

Scott Frost and Jeff Lockie talked with the media after practice yesterday.

Andrew Greif asked readers to submit questions for the players and he shares their responses.

■ Tyrell Crosby has high expectations this year.

■ Caleb Couturie lists his three best competitions to watch this spring.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Andrew Greif continues to look at those with the most to gain this spring, today it's Matt Wogan.

Chantel Jennings says Oregon is looking forward to the WR's to step up this year.

■ Tyson Alger wonders if Morgan Mahalak will bring his "A" game to spring practice and then has an interview with Jeff Lockie for your listening pleasure.

The Oregon bats came alive against Portland yesterday as they pounded the Pilots 11-3.

On Deck: The Ducks return to Pac-12 play this weekend when they host Oregon State in the three-game Civil War series.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has the latest practice report.

Highlights: In order to jumpstart the week, UO coach Mark Helfrich opened practice with an 11-on-11 period of primarily running plays. Tony Brooks-James did a nice job of working his way to the perimeter for a long “touchdown” run, and a few minutes later Rodney Hardrick and Joe Walker converged in the backfield for a tackle for loss. Henry Mondeaux had run stops on consecutive plays later in the period. That said, Helfrich said after practice he thought the day started “sluggish” but got better.

■ Alex Balducci and Matt Pierson talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Chantel Jennings says Evan Baylis hopes his postseason "fame" will jumpstart his 2015 season.

■ Andrew Greif examines the battle to replace Hroniss Grasu.

■ Tyson Alger notes JC transfer Vernon Adams made an appearance at practice yesterday.


Monday, April 06, 2015

Duck Stuff has three football articles for your reading pleasure. Noah Smith wonders if Jeff Lockie can win the QB battle; Michael Bigham talks about DeForest Buckner and Jason Fowler believes the future is bright for recruiting.

■ Michigan St. completed the sweep against the Duck yesterday at PK Park 7-4.

Up Next: The Ducks play Tuesday at Portland at 3 p.m.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Noah Smith looks at the tight end battle this spring.

■ Oregon baseball dropped another game to Michigan St. yesterday 9-4 at PK Park. Game three of the series has been up to noon because of a threat of rain later in the afternoon.


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

The first team period of the day focused on run plays, and there were several big collisions between Royce Freeman and Rodney Hardrick. Jimmie Swain had a nice sequence, bringing down Kani Benoit on consecutive plays, once when Chris Seisay bottled up Benoit in the backfield and Swain swooped in for the tackle.

Don PellumDeForest Buckner and Christian French talked to the media after practice.

David Lombardi talks about the battle to replace Hronnis Grasu at center.

■ Andrew Greif has Evan Bayliss up next in his series, "the most to gain."

■ Joseph Hoyt reports on two recent commits for the class of 2016.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the first week of spring practice.

■ Oregon baseball dropped the first game of a three game series, 2-1 against Michigan St. yesterday at PK Park.

Up Next: Oregon and Michigan State will face off in game two of the three-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m. at PK Park. Conor Harber (3-1, 3.86) is set to take the mound for the Ducks against Cam Vieaux (1-4, 2.83).


Friday, April 03, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Andrew Greif says Jeff Lockie feels no pressure to be the next Marcus Mariota and then has Jake Pisarcik in his next segment" the most to gain" this spring,

What must Pisarcik accomplish this spring? Oh, just everything that goes along with being a starting center in a "blur" offense. That includes the subtleties of that specific position, some of which he'll be asked to learn and internalize quickly -- such as identifying fronts and coverages -- and some of which are a slow build toward fall -- think of building a rapport with several quarterbacks. Not to be overlooked is the snap itself, the basic responsibility of the job. Grasu was incredibly consistent with his delivery. Now, can Pisarcik deliver?

■ David Lombardi wonders if 2015 will be the year of the running back in the Pac-12 where he lists Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner.

Tyson Alger says the baseball team needs to get its "swagger" back before the upcoming series with Michigan St.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Duck Stuff

■ Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and then looks at how the newcomers to the defense are progressing, especially Jeff Lockie.

Highlights: It’s tempting to focus on new guys this time of year, but you can’t take for granted the amazing talent returning at the offensive skill positions. Royce Freeman looks a step quicker this year, even less hesitant than last season and perhaps even more agile moving through traffic. … Darren Carrington did a great job hauling down a jump ball between two defenders. … Ty Griffin threw perhaps the best ball I’ve ever seen from him, a long touch pass down the sideline to Byron Marshall. The next play, he tucked the ball away, split the safeties and was gone. His physical gifts are undeniable.

■ Andrew Greif continues looking at those with the most to gain this spring and focuses on Jalen Brown.

■ Scott Frost and Tyler Johnstone talk with the media after practice yesterday.

The Ducks' offense broke through to end the team's four-game losing streak with a 4-0 non-conference victory over Seattle at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks open a three-game series against Michigan State on Friday at 6 p.m. in PK Park.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Duck Stuff

Rob Moseley has your first spring practice report and takes a closer look at Bralon Addison's return

Among the quarterbacks, Jeff Lockie looked particularly comfortable throwing the deep ball, and Travis Jonsen got his introduction to the college game. Jake Pisarcik took reps at center with the No. 1 offensive line, with true freshman Zach Okun in the mix behind him. In Lowe’s absence, the receiving corps still has an embarrassment of riches, with Jalen Brown looking very comfortable today amidst known quantities like Byron Marshall and Dwayne Stanford.

Tyson Alger says Charles Nelson and Ugo Amadi turned a few heads yesterday at practice.

■ Chantel Jennings has a spring practice  primer.

■ Andrew Greif continues with Thomas Tyner with the most to gain this spring.

Bralon Addison and Chris Seisay talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Dale Newton talks about the start of spring practice.

Andrew Bet looks at some of George Horton's tactics as the Ducks try to do a better job against the Pac-12 opponents they will face the rest of the season.

■ The slide continues as the baseball team lost to Portland 6-4 yesterday at PK Park.

Up Next: The Ducks face Seattle on Wednesday at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro at 6 p.m.