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Monday, August 31, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Ken Goe believes the first game of the season against Eastern Washington will be more complicated than was originally thought.

Oregon plays Eastern Washington on Saturday, and the subplots are interesting. Adams transferred from EWU to Oregon for his final season of eligibility. He will start against his former team.

EWU is a very good FCS program, and the Eagles will have all kinds of incentive in this one.

■ Caleb Couturie has selected his all-underrated team for the defense this year.

■ Ryan Kostecka wonders if Royce Freeman will become the face of Oregon football this year.

■ Dale Newton says the Ducks will search for consistency while the Eagles will look to send a message on Saturday.

The Ducks have to find their rhythm and tempo, and learn to adjust when it’s disrupted. It’s up to Adams to lead them to consistency and find solutions when they’re in a jam. His predecessor was the best in the country at improvising and getting out of trouble.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report and Mark Helfrich talks to the media after practice.

MoseleyVernon Adams was exclusively with the first team after being named atop the quarterback depth chart on Friday. Most impressive was the pace the senior transfer had the ones working at during 11-on-11 reps against the scout team. Oregon's trademark tempo was evident as he directed the offense, whether feeding Royce Freeman for nice gains inside the tackles or finding Evan Baylis on a deep sideline route for six...

Chantel Jennings also talks about Vernon Adams taking control in the final days of fall camp.

■ Joey Holland believes recent history puts Royce Freeman on a Heisman trajectory.

Dale Newton talks about the recently released depth chart.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ No more wondering who our starting QB is for the first game of the season next week. Vernon Adams is named the starter.(From Rob Moseley)

Adams is slated to make his first UO start against the school from which he earned his undergraduate degree, when Eastern Washington visits Autzen Stadium on Sept. 5. The two-time Walter Payton Award runner-up as FCS player of the year threw for 3,483 yards and 35 touchdowns with the Eagles last season.

■ John Canzano is excited for the season to start with Adams at the helm.

By all reports from those who saw practices, Adams is not only the best chance the Ducks have to win on a given day, but the best chance they have to win them all. He is a home-run hitter, and we're all left hoping that means he doesn't strike out too much.

■ Tyson Alger wonders what kind of stats Royce Freeman will have this year.

■ Dale Newton says the Ducks are always pursuing excellence on the field.

For the Ducks, a lot of the time the formations and motion are just window-dressing, designed to challenge the defense’s eyes and get a playmaker open in space. The bulk of what they do is dead simple, a football approach that says, we can block your big guy and our fast guy is faster than yours.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report and Ryan Kostecka has a video report after the scrimmage.

Moseley: One of the day’s most entertaining plays all the way around helped set up the touchdown run by Brooks-James. Adams was at quarterback, and the pocket quickly started to collapse as Canton Kaumatule, Austin Maloata and Jalen Jelks disrupted the line of scrimmage. Adams was moving around and did sort of a jump-stop and then hop out to his left, before getting off a 15-yard pass hauled in by Merritt – who was immediately flattened by Mattrell McGraw, but held on. Quality play by both sides...

■ Andrew Greif talks about new Ducks coach Kwame Agyeman.

■ Tyson Alger has some inside information on Alex Ofodile and what has impacted him.

■ Hayden Kim says Devon Allen has grown from his rehab journey.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and Mark Helfrich talked to the media after practice.

Nobody walked off the practice fields Wednesday on a bigger high than true freshman receiver Malik Lovette. On the final rep of the Ducks’ last practice before Thursday’s scrimmage, Lovette got behind the secondary in an overtime drill and hauled in a “game-winning” touchdown pass from Jeff Lockie...

■ Chantel Jennings says depth at the linebacker position is evident this year.

■ Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif talked with Bralon Addison (podcast) recently and the Pac-12 released the TV announcers for the Eastern Washington game.

■ Caleb Couturie says it doesn't matter where the Ducks use Charles Nelson, he is good on both sides of the ball.

Dale Newton is ready for some real football.

In a week we'll have real games, and this prediction stuff will get trampled like a dropped pom-pom during a run from the tunnel. The roar of the crowd and the roar of the Harley will drown out all this buzz and yap.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and Will Denner had a chance to ask Don Pellum a few questions.

...Newcomers like Kirk Merritt, Taj Griffin, Ugo Amadi and Canton Kaumatule have made strong bids for playing time as freshmen. An outstanding sophomore class, including the likes of Henry Mondeaux, Austin Maloata, Jimmie Swain and Arrion Springs, is poised to have a major presence on defense...

■ Chantel Jennings says Devon Allen is on track to return this year.

■ Oregon makes the list twice for the top ten Pac-12 games of 2015.

■ Vernon Adams says he is behind Jeff Lockie when it comes to knowing the Oregon playbook.

■ Sam Felton says Scott Frost knows a thing or two about the QB life.

...Frost will be able to relate to the quarterbacks during their successes as well as their mistakes. This comfortability from a coach is a rare asset that few teams possess and should pay huge dividends for the team...


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and Scott Frost talks to the media after practice.

Helfrich told the team afterwards this was its best practice of fall camp, which might not have been assumed given that the Ducks had Sunday off. “That was a hell of a day today,” he told the Ducks. “Great job both sides, and special teams. … That’s our new standard; that’s the trick. If this is our baseline, look out.” …

■ Kyle Bonagura shares the 2015 All-Pac-12 preseason team where you'll find a couple of Ducks.

■ Andrew Greif says a Lockie-Adams rotation is an option at QB.

■ Nik Brownlee talks about "The Men of Oregon."


Monday, August 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report and Mark Helfrich talked to the media after practice.

..One of the most entertaining segments of practice was a couple periods in which the offense faced first-and-10 and had three downs to move the chains. Adams worked with the first group, which was perfect in four opportunities...

Oregon was ranked #7 in the initial AP preseason poll yesterday.

■ Caleb Couturie talks about his 2015 all-underrated team for the 2015 offense.

Dale Newton believes the Ducks will have their work cut our for them replacing last year's team.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report and Gary Campbell talks with the media after practice.

Offensive coordinator Scott Frost said tempo has generally been good in camp, if perhaps not as consistent as he’d like. The sustained drives Thursday were a positive step.

“Right now, especially with the young guys, there’s a lot of thinking, and it’s hard to get lined up and go fast when your brain’s spinning,” Frost said. “Both those periods were what we want, absolutely.”

■ Tyson Alger says Johnny Mundt and Evan Bayliss are ready to bring their experience at TE to the Ducks this year.

Quarterback Morgan Mahalak is drawing some praise as the QB field has narrowed.

■ Dale Newton checks in at the fall camp progress now that we are a couple of weeks from the opening game.

■ Scott McGough became the first Duck of the new baseball era reach the big league.

On Thursday, McGough called Horton to share the news, and also exchanged messages with former UO athletic director Pat Kilkenny, still a prominent supporter of the program.

■ FYI - I am going on a small trip and will be back on Monday with regular posts.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■  Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

HighlightsIn the final period of Wednesday morning’s practice, Royce Freeman explosively cut to avoid a defender in the backfield then burst through the line for a nice gain. A few reps later, he was bulling his way through the line, refusing to be taken down...

■ Andrew Greif says the defense is searching for the right mix of 3-4 or 4-3 linemen.

■ Chantel Jennings (along with many others) wonders if Vernon Adams' late start will show up in the QB rotation.

Samuel Marshall talked with Mark Helfrich yesterday after practice.

Four players for the Ducks were added to the Senior Bowl watch list yesterday.

■ Noah Smith former head coach Mike Bellotti is a forgotten hero.

Many people seem to think [Chip] Kelly took a burnt-out Pinto and turned it into a Corvette, when in fact, he only added rocket fuel to the Corvette. Bellotti built the backbone of the winning program that we have at Oregon, and perhaps his greatest contribution to the University of Oregon was hiring Kelly in the first place.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report, talks about Dwayne Stanford being the "rock" and reports the annual Fan Day will be Aug. 29.

PracticeOverall the offense started well, and particularly so with new quarterback Vernon Adams behind center. But late in the day neither of those trends held up, as the defense got the better of things, except when Jeff Lockie was at quarterback.

■ Video interviews with Vernon Adams and John Neal is next on today's agenda and Andrew Greif talks about the first scrimmage.

Chantel Jennings shares a season preview for the Ducks.

■ Abe Asher believes Oregon's culture is their biggest weapon this year.

...Oregon has that culture right now. It’s one of hard work, selflessness, and focus...


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and Scott Frost evaluates fall camp so far this year..

Moseley - Other observations:  Lockie’s post-practice pep talk wasn’t the only display of leadership this morning. During a team period, a young wide receiver dropped a potential long completion from Lockie, and walked off the field slowly with his head down. Byron Marshall yelled from the sideline that he still needed to run off the field, as the Ducks want to do every play. Tyler Johnstone then met the kid at the sideline to play good cop, putting his arm around the receiver to reiterate the same message.

■ Kevin Gemmell says Oregon is still the team to beat in the Pac-12 North.

■ Countdown to the Oregon vs MSU game and five players from each time that are off to a fast start this year.

■ Jimmy Friedricks gives you his 10 reasons why we can't wait for college football.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Slow news day for Duck football but one former Duck, Kenjon Barner, had a big day as the Eagles beat the Colts in NFL preseason action.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley and Will Denner have your Saturday practice report.

Denner: “Jeff had his best practice of spring and fall camp yesterday,” head coach Mark Helfrich said. “I think that says a lot about him and a lot about competition.”

■ Tyson Alger talks about QB Ty Griffin practicing as a cornerback.

■ Tyson Alger along with Bralon Addison talk about who is winning the QB battle and ESPN takes a video look at Adams journey to Duck fall camp.

■ Jordan Ingram talks about Tony Brooks-James and his opportunity for playing time as Thomas Tyner recovers from shoulder surgery.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

On Vernon Adams first practice: There were a couple throws in position drills on which he looked a little rusty, but Adams’ first rep of 7-on-7 was a completion to Alex Ofodile. Likewise, his first rep of 11-on-11 was a deep ball to Byron Marshall for a touchdown, and he had another long TD pass to Dwayne Stanford in the next team period. At one point in 7-on-7, Adams demonstrated the wherewithal to tuck the ball away and run when he didn’t like what he saw from the coverage, and he had one rep in team drills when he showed of really nifty feet in the pocket, avoiding trouble before running for a gain.

■ Scott Salmon has a 2015 season preview for your reading enjoyment.

■ Tyson Alger looks at the playing status of Devon Allen who isn't at "full-go" status just yet.

■ Matt Hayes and Ted Miller talk about what Vernon Adams will face if he has plans of being the starting QB for the Ducks.

■ Nik Brownlee has the latest on recruiting.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Vernon Adams passed the one class/test that has kept him from joining the football team (which is good news) and  Joseph Hoyt talks about the "legend" of Adams but it didn't start EWU.

■ Andrew Greif talks about the the promise of a young secondary.

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

■ Jason Quick looks at how the offensive line has come together this year.

Dale Newton looks at the prospect of starting the year without key players but they seem to persevere with the same "next-man-up" philosophy.

With the schedule they face and the obstacles they have to overcome it doesn’t look like the Ducks can win 12 games and make the College Football Playoff, but it didn’t look like they could do so in 2010 or 2014 either. There are always questions and challenges. The coaching staff here has built a culture that thrives on meeting them.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has the latest practice report and focuses on Byron Marshall and his efforts.

“I just want to be a leader out here, show the young guys how to work hard, show the other vets how to work hard,” Marshall said. “And just to get better; I can’t get better going half-speed or three-quarter-speed, or taking plays off.”

■ Tyson Alger says there is a easy answer for the loss of Thomas Tyner due to injury and Caleb Couturie also talks about the Tyner loss.

"The unique thing about our offense is when you play receiver, you should know how to play running back as well," Lubick said. "He shouldn't really be losing stuff. I'm sure we'll give him some reps back there to have a feel, but right now we want to make sure he can be the best receiver he can possibly be."

■ Jeff Lockie having a head start on Vernon Adams is the subject of this report from The Oregonian.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Rob Moseley talks about Jeff Lockie leading the way as fall camp opened Monday and has your Tuesday practice report.

“I think that’s something every kid dreams about, growing up,” Lockie said. “But you try to think of it no different than a practice rep or reps you’ve taken in a game. You’re playing football. You’re thinking about the 11 guys out there, the defense, and one play at a time.”

■ Chantel Jennings has a 2015 season preview for the Ducks.

■ Andrew Greif says Elijah George is ready to compete for a starting job on the O-line and then  looks at Pharoah Brown's remarkable return to the practice field.

■ Tyson Alger looks at teaser photo of a new uniform and then talks about Charles Nelson's place on the team.

■ Sam Felton wonders if Oregon will maintain their mojo against MSU.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Rob Moseley has the latest roster updates from the football media day yesterday, a practice report and previews the special team unit.

Practice report: The player of the day was probably Darren Carrington. He had an acrobatic diving catch of a ball that popped loose as he neared the ground, which Carrington said he then trapped with his legs for the catch.

■ Tyson Alger says freshman running back Taj Griffin is a full-go for fall camp after a serious injury last year.

■ Kevin Gemmell has Oregon on top of the preseason Pac-12 power rankings.

■ Patrick McEachern has five stories to watch as fall camp opens.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is likely to miss the entire 2015 season following shoulder surgery.

Tyner underwent surgery Friday to repair a left shoulder injury, said John Tyner, the junior running back's father.

■ Kylie Stiglbauer says Jordan Kurahara is not your typical defensive lineman.

■ Erik Skopil, Robby Boydstun and Jake Tabor have the latest in this fall camp preview podcast.


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Joey Holland says Oregon's quiet success against elite teams contradicts their "soft" reputation.

Like anything else, college football is often uncomfortable with change. If you are different, you can’t just win — you need to beat tradition. With both the highest win percentage overall and the highest win percentage against ranked teams over the last five years, Oregon is well on its way to doing just that.

■ Steve Summers talks about what Mark Helfrich needs to do to win.


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ ESPN projects DeForest Buckner as the fourth best player in the Pac-12 this year.

Buckner has been projected by many as a top-10 NFL draft pick and is poised to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the country. When you look at the Pac-12’s list of leading tacklers last season, you see a lot of linebackers and a few safeties, but not a lot of defensive linemen. With 81 stops last year, Buckner was one of the most active front men in the league. He should improve on his four sacks from last season and 13 tackles for loss.

Andrew Greif talks about Royce Freeman and the expectations of becoming a more vocal leader this year.

Oregon will host Montana at Autzen Stadium in 2019.

■ Tyler Timm picks the three biggest position battles (other than QB) going into fall camp.

■ Dale Newton chooses the most Mariota-like qualities our new QB will need.

■ Max Thornberry believes the Ducks baseball team is built for a championship run this next season.

The summer months have dragged on long enough for college sports fans, but our patience will soon pay off. When you are screaming “O” in Autzen, just don’t forget about the field across the parking lot. PK Park is preparing to bring home a championship of its own sooner than anyone thinks.


Friday, August 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ ESPN has Royce Freeman as the ninth best player in the Pac-12 this year and Chantel Jennings says Freeman is becoming a more vocal leader.

ESPN: ...Moving forward, a maturing Freeman (that's a scary thought) can be an even greater part of the Oregon offense. The Ducks' other weapons should buy him breathing room to get a head of steam before he heads downfield.

■ Rob Moseley previews the defensive backs just ahead of fall camp.

ESPN projects Oregon to win the Pac-12 this year.

■ Andrew Grief and Mike Bellotti talk about Oregon's unorthodox quarterback competition.

■ Brian Perry wonders if Tony Brooks-James will see much playing time this year.


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley previews the linebackers heading into fall camp.

Like a lot of spots, the question this month is just how much some of the younger guys can push the established veterans...If any of the younger guys do indeed jump up a rung on the depth chart, you know they had a really strong month of practices.

■ Andrew Greif has make or break matchups for with the linebackers 2015.

■ Oregon comes in 10th on the Sport Illustrated preseason poll.

■ Byron Marshall comes in at as one of the top ten indispensable players.

One youngster sorely misses Marcus Mariota and Mariota had an answer for him.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Byron Marshall comes in at #18 on the latest Pac-12 top players for 2015.

There’s a very good chance we’ll see him in the top 10 of the final rankings. He’s pure explosion, be it from his wide receiver spot or the backfield. Last year he caught 74 balls for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns, but also carried 52 times for 392 yards and a score. This is, of course, on the heels of a 1,000-yard rushing season in 2013. In a league packed with versatile playmakers, Marshall is one of the most dynamic.

■ Tre and Josh preview the linebackers in the latest edition of "how they see it."

■ Stunning display of Marcus Mariota's Heisman Trophy was revealed yesterday.

■ Levi Steier talks about influencing the defense in the option game.

■ Dale Newton wonders where the "big plays" will come from this year.


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Kyle Bonagura begins counting down the Pac-12 top 25 players and has Charles Nelson at #23.

With one of the most unique roles in the the country -- one that is still loosely defined -- Nelson begins his sophomore year on the Paul Hornung Award watch list, an award that is given to the nation's most versatile player. What we do know is that the speedy sophomore will spend time in all three phases: at corner, receiver and in the return game. To what degree at each, only time will tell. He finished third on the team last season, averaging 67.8 all-purpose yards per game.

■ Rob Moseley previews the defensive line as we head into fall camp.

■ Tre and Josh @eDuck wonders if there are concerns with the defensive backs in the latest "how they see it."

■ Andrew Greif looks at the five key moments from Michigan State and Oregon's offseason.


Monday, August 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ We are back from our family camping trip and had a grand time. Here are a few posts for your Monday.

■ Oregon was picked fifth in the recent coaches poll and will repeat as the Pac-12 North champs.

For the fifth straight season, the Oregon football team enters preseason camp as a top-five team nationally and the pick to the win the Pac-12’s North Division.

■ Tre and Josh offer their analysis on how much pressure Oregon will need to put on opposing quarterbacks in the next segment of "how they see it."

■ Rob Moseley has preseason previews for the running backs, receiving corps and offensive line.

ESPN’s take on the running backs: Great shape: “The Ducks' backfield stable may be the envy of the country.”