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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Andrew Greif previews the Eastern Washington game on September 5,

 "If it was tomorrow, Jordan West would start, but the game isn't tomorrow. ... Jordan may have had the lowest percentage completion-wise, but he may have graded out the highest." -- [head coach Beau] Baldwin, after the Eastern Washington spring game.

■ Charles Fisher has a good read regarding Vernon Adams, Charles Nelson and some freshmen.

■ Ted Miller takes a look at Las Vegas betting lines including Oregon's matchup against Michigan St.

Chantel Jennings reports the Oregon football budget is taking some local heat.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Sports news has been slow the last couple of days but Jenna Prandini brought the crowd to their feet as she won the 200 meter title yesterday at Hayward Field.

She became only the second collegian to win a U.S. women’s 200-meter title and did it in front of a crowd of 10,746 to its feet.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Andrew Greif had a chance to chat with OL Coach Steve Greatwood recently and shares the story.

Greif: Can you offer any details about how you'll get away from football the next month?

Greatwood: Hopefully somewhere near water and an ice chest with my favorite beverage. (Amen)

■ Max Thornberry believes flexibility and versatility are keys to Oregon's success.

Oregon sprinters Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd stormed through the semifinals along with former Duck English Gardner who ran the seventh-fastest time in U.S. history in 10.79 to mark three UO athletes in the eight-woman final.

Competition at the USA Championships continues to today at 7:30 a.m.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Kevin Gemmell asks the Pac-12 bloggers their opinion of Ted Miller's assumption that the Pac-12 South will overtake the North,  but they have different ideas.

...Until one of those aforementioned five shows itself capable of surviving the grind of the season with enough to topple the North in the title game, then the road still goes through Eugene or Palo Alto.

■ Chantel Jennings talks about two-way stars in the Pac-12 and has Charles Nelson on her list and then says graduate transfers bring instant competition, like Vernon Adams.

■ Autzen Stadium made the list of the 15 best game-day experiences, but we already knew that.

■ It was a good start for former and current Ducks at the USA Championships at Hayward Field yesterday. Action resumes today.

Joseph Young was selected 43rd overall yesterday at the NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

■ Oregon athletics finished 13th overall, their highest ever in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Rob Moseley talks about the football team transitioning to summer sessions.

For now, the focus internally is on the newcomers who are on hand, and their introduction to the program during the summer session.

“The chemistry starts now, and that’s a huge thing,” Helfrich said. “It’s immeasurable how much that affects our performance on the field, and off the field.”

■ Ted Miller believes the Pac-12 South is set to overtake the North.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Here is a sneak peek at what Vernon Adams brings to the Ducks.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ David Lombardi takes a closer look at the "replacements" for those that have left the football program.

Jeff Lockie enjoyed a productive spring, while transfer Vernon Adams -- who put up big numbers in two games against Pac-12 competition while at Eastern Washington -- is one hurdle away from arriving in Eugene. The winner of their camp competition will be asked to play point guard and distribute the ball to a loaded stable of Oregon offensive weapons.

■ Jeremy McGuire analyzes the "fast screen" going at "fast pace."

Mark Helfrich talks with the media about the Ducks upcoming fall camp, how new players are adjusting on the team, and gives his thoughts on a proposed new early signing period for college football.

■ Andrew Nemec predicts how the 2016 linebackers will shake out.

■ Big track meet coming to Hayward Field starting this Thursday at 10 a.m. with current, former or future Ducks.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Many new football players arrived on campus but Vernon Adams was not one of them.

Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is not [enrolled], though he told The Oregonian/OregonLive in mid-June that he expects to be in classes by the end of the month.

■ Kyle Bonagura talks about the Ducks toughest three game stretch this fall.

Ted Miller believes Oregon's Pac-12 supremacy will face many threats in 2015.

■ Twelve Duck baseball players are going to be playing summer ball and you can track how each of them are doing for their respective teams.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon added another commit from four start LB Darrian Franklin out of Downey, CA.

■ Austin Willhoft shares a story about leaving what you are comfortable with to attend the U of O in the latest edition of "Duck Family Days."

■ Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu found the adjustment to life in the NFL "surreal."


Friday, June 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger talk about Oregon's football schedule and which games will be the most difficult in this podcast.

■ Kyle Bonagura and Chantel Jennings talk about Oregon's backup quarterback situation.

■ The Oregon Senate and Mick Jagger honored Marcus Mariota recently.

■ Josh Graham signed with the Atlanta Braves and Mitchell Tolman signed with the Pirates yesterday.

■ I am taking a little mini-vacation and will return to the blog on Monday morning.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Noah Smith takes a look back at Norm Van Brocklin and the original vertical passing game.

Years from now, we may look back and fairly say that Marcus Mariota is truly the best player to ever wear a Ducks jersey, but we must not forget the other heroes of the past. Even if Mariota had the greatest year any Duck ever had at Oregon, it’s unlikely he will match what Norm Van Brocklin did at the pro level. In the end, the choice is yours; Mariota or Van Brocklin. Either way, they were both great and they were both Ducks.

■ Kylie Stiglbauer believes that Oregon's tradition is their innovation.

■ Steve Summers and Rich Kolbell talk about the leadership and strength of the 2015 linebacker group.

■ Oregon head track coach Robert Johnson and assistant coach Andy Powell earned national honors yesterday.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Steven Jackson believes this year's group of receivers is the deepest in Oregon history.

The Ducks have turned one of their perennial weaknesses into one of their greatest strengths heading into 2015, which can only bode well for whoever lines up under center come September.

■ Levi Steier analyzes how the Oregon linebackers diagnose a passing situation.

Vernon Adams Jr. is on track to join the Ducks this week after graduating at Eastern Washington.

■ Oregon baseball will play in the newly formed Tony Gwynn Classic starting in 2017.

The tournament will feature 12 games in a championship format, with games being split between SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium and San Diego's Fowler Park.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Adam Kruse looks at the steps Oregon has taken to rise to football excellence.

A successful football program does not just happen; it takes planning and execution. Sometimes it involves a step-by-step approach. Some institutions continue to search for that right formula, but if they want a model, they need not look any longer. They can just look to the steps taken by Oregon that have led to the success of the Oregon Ducks.

■ Rory Davidson shares his top five Oregon offensive players.

■ Royce Freeman will grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine football preview issue.

■ Mitchell Tolman has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team. He is just one of nine players nationwide to receive the award and the first Oregon Duck. (


Monday, June 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Jason Selby has a few questions as the football team heads into summer.

...Armor is armor, until it starts to break down. The race to the College Football Playoff is all about who can keep their armor patched up consistently. Despite having a few questions heading into this season, the Ducks are stacked and ready to prove they can repeat the greatness of last season.

■ Mark Helfrich gave four pieces of advise to Southern Oregon's graduates recently.

■ Four star RB Vavae Malepeai committed this last weekend and earned an invitation to the national finals of The Opening.

"It's obviously a good education and a strong network of people that you get to be around," he told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "I think the pipeline from Hawaii to Oregon is strong as well. Those are big factors to me."


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Scott Frost believes the Ducks will face a tough battle when they travel to East Lansing in September and then goes on to talk about other topics in this interview.

"We have the utmost respect for Michigan State and their program and we expect another battle from those guys," Frost said.

■ Pat Pannu talks about her passion for the Ducks in this latest installment of "Duck Family Day".

■ The women's track team took care of their part as the Ducks sweep both the men's and women's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Oregon's only other women's outdoor title came in 1985, led by the likes of Claudette Groenendaal, Kathy Hayes, Leann Warren and Quenna Beasley. The Ducks finished second four straight years from 2009-12, and finally broke through on Saturday.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Marcus Mariota and Cheridan Hawkins shared the Bill Hayward Award as the state's top amateur during the Oregon Sports Award event in Beaverton last night.

■ Tyler Tim wonders if year three will be the most important for Mark Helfrich as head coach.

The Oregon men repeated as NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Champions in a balanced effort at Hayward field yesterday.

■ Max Thornberry wonders if the players selected during the MLB Draft earlier this week will stay or go to the bigs and Tyson Alger says Cole Irvin is planning on returning.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Forrest Welk introduces sophomore defensive lineman Austin Maloata who is looking to expand his role on the football team this year.

Slowly but surely, Maloata is gaining more responsibility as he enters the next stage of his collegiate career in Eugene. Though he is likely a year away from a starting position, Maloata should see the field more in 2015 as a regular member of the two-deep.

■ Looking to get tickets for the Michigan St. game on Sept. 12? Get ready to pay as they won't be cheap.

Mitchell Tolman was named to the second-team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-West Region in a vote by the region’s coaches.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Noah Smith believes the Ducks passing game is set to soar given the talent on the team this year.

This season, [Mark] Helfrich will have the talent, versatility, and depth that will allow either Lockie or  Adams to come in and continue the evolution of a very sophisticated air attack in Eugene. Regardless of how they do it, with the sheer talent on offense, this year looks to be a good year to be a Duck.

Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12 defensive ends who should have the biggest impact this year including Christian French.

■ Marcus Mariota is impressing his wide receivers coach who calls him "deadly accurate."

■ Scott Heineman, Conor Harber and Cole Irvin were drafted on day three of the MLB Draft yesterday.

Oregon finished with six players drafted which matches 2013 for the second most in school history, two behind the 2011 draft where eight Ducks were picked.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Wade Evanson looks back at the last 20 years of how the uniforms have evolved.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Oregon Ducks football program must be feeling pretty gratified...

■ Alex Kirby shows you how Oregon uses "constraint plays" to stay one step ahead of the defense.

■ Spencer Thomas believes the defense will determine how high the Ducks can go in 2015.

■ Garrett Cleavinger, Josh Graham and Mitchell Tolman were drafted on day two of the MLB First-Year Player Draft yesterday.

Oregon has now had 32 players drafted since 2009 with a total of 51 Ducks drafted all-time. The MLB Draft continues today with rounds 11 through 40.


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Oregon's receivers were picked as the best group in the country by Phil Steele recently.

"Almost everyone in the 3-deep is a (very highly touted player)," he wrote, adding that a dozen Ducks were ranked among his top 30 at the position coming out of high school.

Per Steele, Oregon's wideouts were the "clear No. 1 this year."

■ Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12's pivotal games this year and lists the Oregon vs Michigan St. game at the head of the list.

■ Henry Swift talks about running backs coach Gary Campbell. the man in the suit.

■ Rob Moseley says the MLB draft begins to reshape the U of O roster for next year and Tyson Alger believes Phil Craig-St. Louis would benefit from another year as a Duck.


Monday, June 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Caleb Couturie looks at unconventional superstars that do it the Oregon Way,

Not only do the Ducks have some of the best players in the country, but they have some of the most well rounded. As a fan it makes me proud to don my green and yellow, but I never forget how special it is. We're different, and in Eugene that’s just how we like it.

The Oregonian crew reviews at the 2016 recruiting class the Ducks have put together so far this year.


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Paul Jones shares the latest edition of "Duck Family Days" and talks about the passion of being a college football fan and passing the tradition down to your kids.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Omar Garibay and Steve Summers wonder if the 2015 receivers will be one of the best groups ever.

Garibay:What’s great about sports is that each year is different. There are new story lines, new players and new questions to ponder. The Ducks will have some new faces next season, but plenty of their primary playmakers will be back and as explosive as ever.

So, will this be the best receiving corps that the Ducks have ever had? Who knows? But it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

■ Max Thornberry believes the roller coaster baseball season shows promise for the future and Tyson Alger looks at the draftability of Cole Irvin and  Garrett Cleavinger after an inconsistent year.

Thornberry: Despite the potential loss of some key components the Ducks are set to return with plenty of talent, and plenty of experience to make another title run in 2016.


Friday, June 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ ESPN ranks the 99 best football players and a couple of Ducks make that group. #44 on the list, DeForest Buckner, and #64 Tyler Johnstone.

DeForest Buckner: Arguably the top NFL defensive prospect in the Pac-12, Buckner led the Ducks with 13 tackles for loss as they reached the first-ever College Football Playoff championship game. He finished the year with 81 tackles.

The Oregonian looks at Oregon's 2015 schedule and picks the toughest games.

Jason Fowler looks at the inside tackles starting this year.

It was announced yesterday that Oregon's Mark Karaviotis and Austin Grebeck were named to Springfield Regional all-tournament team.

The baseball and softball teams landed several players on the Pac-12 All Academic yesterday.


Thursday, June 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Kevin Gemmell says the Ducks and Sun Devils get a great deal when it comes to their head coaches.

Oh those Oregon Ducks ... efficient with their offensive attack as well as their checkbook. In case you were wondering, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich was quite the steal for his first couple of years as head coach. The smart guys at CBS ran the numbers and came up with Helfrich making a mere $153,846 per win.

■ The crew at talk about a consistent defense, Don Pellum going faster, and the latest on recruiting.


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Oregon got a commitment from 6'4" 240 lbs. Hunter Kampmoyer (TE/DE) out of Bishop. CA yesterday.

"Oregon had everything I wanted in a school. I loved everything about it. It was the only visit where I loved all of it. The academic support, the coaches, the players, I loved it all."

■ Andrew Bet breaks down the infield defensive shifts Oregon baseball uses.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Kickoff times for five games in the 2015 season was announced yesterday.

Kickoff times have been set for the Oregon Ducks' nonconference football games against Eastern Washington and Georgia State in September, as well as games at Michigan State and Arizona State, and the Civil War game against Oregon State.

■ Three Ducks made Phil Steele's preseason All-America team.

■ ESPN reports on the top 100 football games for the upcoming season and has Oregon mentioned a couple of times.

■ Oregon commit Theo Howard has moved up to the top 100 on Rivals recently updated list and four of the commits (including Howard) plan to enroll early in January.

■ Adam Kruse compares the running styles of Royce Freeman, Thomas Tyner and Taj Griffin.

No matter the style, the goal is the same: yards and points. This isn’t 1993 and this isn’t the South Salem Saxons. The running styles of Griffin, Tyner and Freeman will go a long way to determine those yards and points in the upcoming 2015 season.


Monday, June 01, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon's baseball season ended yesterday after an extra inning 2-1 loss to Iowa in the Springfield Regionals.

"We came a long ways, I believe," said UO pitcher Josh Graham, who started and allowed one run over six innings. "It didn't go our way, and it stinks, because when you're on this team you feel like you deserve the world just because of everything we've been through — the ups and downs we faced, and how this team kept grinding."