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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Ted Miller talks about the improbable win against ASU and Rob Moseley says the big plays made the difference.

Will this nutty game serve as a launching point for Oregon's return to relevance? Maybe. Though the Ducks are far from perfect, starting with a porous defense, they have the playmakers on offense to at least make things interesting.

If they are going to play a few more like this one, they might need to make defibrillators widely available in the stadium.

■ Ken Goe calls Oregon's win over ASU terrific entertainment and Scott Frost talked with the press after the game.

■ The Oregonian has fan reaction after the dramatic finish to the game Thursday night.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ In a wild and crazy finish the Ducks outlasted the Sun Devils 61-55 last night in triple overtime. While we might not beat teams by 30 or 40 points like we have the last few years it does make for an exciting game. On to the game stories.

Rob Moseley has to game recap and a postgame notebookAndrew Greif talks about the comeback (with video) and the Ducks' toughness (with video); John Canzano believes the coaching staff got bailed out; Joseph Hoyt compares Vernon Adams to Houdini; Andrew Bantly shares his game notes; you can find game photos here and ESPN has the game summary to round out the coverage.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Morgan Mahalak was probably the star of the day. He threaded a touchdown pass between three defenders to Casey Eugenio on the second series, and had 10-yard TD passes to both Jeff Bieber and Chris Tewhill late in the period. Another touchdown drive, which ended in a rush by Jarret LaCoste, was extended when Mahalak connected on a third-down attempt to LaCoste, putting the ball just past the outstretched hand of Jonah Moi...

Andrew Greif and Chantel Jennings share their 5 things to know/watch for in the game tonight and Greif has a game preview.

Oregon looks to unleash their Ferrari in the desert tonight.

■ Christopher Keizur lists his matchups/players to watch in the game tonight.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

My prediction: Oregon 38 - ASU 24

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

The walk-through format involves four extended offense-defense periods, broken up by special teams work. As the defense gathered for the last team period, coordinator Don Pellum yelled, “We’ve won three, let’s win four.” Apparently he liked what he was seeing to that point in the morning.

■ Mark Helfrich talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Chantel Jennings wonders if it will be boom or bust against ASU's defense.

Tyson Alger shares his five things to watch in the game against ASU.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and the game notes this week.

Highlights: Oregon’s secondary had a really encouraging start today, a clutch scenario in which the offense needed a touchdown. Adams moved the chains by stepping up in the pocket under pressure and finding Dwayne Stanford, but a Tyson Coleman sack and two straight incompletions ended the drive. The twos didn’t have any more luck; Malik Lovette broke up a pass in the end zone on the penultimate play, and Tyree Robinson intercepted Jeff Lockie’s final Hail Mary attempt. … Robinson also had an interception against the scout team on the first rep of a 7-on-7 period.

■ Scott Frost says tempo will play a big factor in the game this week.

Vernon Adams believes his best football is yet to come this year.

CSNW has a good series of interviews with Scott Frost and Vernon Adams after practice yesterday.

■ Justin Wise has a sneak peek at the ASU game.

■ DeForest Buckner has been named to the Hendricks Award watch list.

Nov. 7th game against Cal will kickoff at 7pm local time and Otis Day and the Knights will be performing before the game at the Moshofsky Center.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Sunday practice report.

UO coach Mark Helfrich spent a minute or two coaching up Taj Griffin during individual drills. It looked like they were working on reading and reacting to blocks. … The kickoff return team seemed to be handling its business today. Charles Nelson returned the first rep of that period for a touchdown, and both Devon Allen and Brooks-James followed with long returns. It took about four reps before the scout team was able to bottle up a returner.

Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the upcoming game against the Sun Devils.

■ Tyson Alger talks about the pros and cons of taller cornerbacks.

■ Charles Nelson says he will play against ASU after getting hurt during the game against the dawgs.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Saturday practice report.

Highlights: The most competitive period was 7-on-7, with the offense and defense going head-to-head. … Johnny Mundt made a nice adjustment to a ball from Vernon Adams Jr., turning back and plucking it out of the air above a defender’s head before chopping his feet to come down in-bounds. … Dwayne Stanford caught a short ball from Adams and outran two defensive backs to break free for a long run. Later in the period, Stanford adjusted to a ball from Taylor Alie that was slightly underthrown, and made a leaping catch before falling to the turf.

■ Joey Holland believes things are looking up for the secondary based on history.

■ Dale Newton has a midseason review.

In the coming weeks the Ducks can show they still have the formula and the commitment to be a quality football program. It starts with a challenging Thursday night road game on national TV.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Tyson Alger talks about Vernon Adams and what his improvising out of the pocket means for the
Ducks.

■ Andrew Greif talks about how Vernon Adams can improve in the second half of the season and takes a closer look at Royce Freeman and his journey to the Ducks football team.

■ The Oregonian has a midseason report.

■ Max Thornberry talks Ducks baseball.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition


Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Vernon Adams used a 55-yard catch-and-run by Dwayne Stanford to get his group into the red zone, where another Adams-to-Stanford connection resulted in a touchdown...

Tyson Alger is running a poll asking which remaining games you think the Ducks will win. I got 100% based on the results as of yesterday afternoon. How about you? Alger also talks about bye week momentum.

■ Vernon Adams is seeking redemption in the second half of the season according to this report.

■ Kenny Jacoby looks at the QB depth chart for the 2016 season.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings talks about the bye-week extra work.

"It's just a ton of education," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said of his team's bye week activities. "We're just playing so many young guys in key positions or guys who haven't played that much, we're hammering home certain elements."

Andrew Greif takes a look at the remaining schedule and wonders if the Ducks can become bowl eligible.

■ Joseph Hoyt looks at life after Marcus Mariota.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition


Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Some years, a bye week practice such as this might be limited to conditioning, or focused on the development of younger players. Not when the Ducks are in the midst of a 4-3 campaign. “There’s still so much basic teaching that’s taking place, from a bunch of standpoints … that comes out of games,” Helfrich said.

Tyson Alger says the team believes they can run the table in the Pac-12. Pretty bold statement considering how we have played so far.

Andrew Greif covers some of the topics talked about by Mark Helfrich during his conference call yesterday.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Chantel Jennings says Oregon is the team we have been waiting for now that Vernon Adams is back.

Oregon is a better team -- a team that looks more like Oregon teams we've become accustomed to -- with a player like Adams at quarterback. He didn’t turn the ball over and kept the offense on the field more than any other guy the Ducks tried in his absence.

■ Andrew Greif compares the numbers between Oregon and ASU and talks about Royce Freeman re-setting the U of O record books.

■ Bralon Addison was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 7 of the college football season.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition


Andrew Greif talks about Oregon's being able to finish the game against the dawgs.

"A lot of these kids who've been playing haven't been around here for too long and I don't think they have the 'killer instinct' confidence that we've had in the past, and maybe some veteran guys would have because they've been through some of these games," offensive coordinator Scott Frost said Saturday. "To get this kind of win under our belt after being so close a a couple other times and not making it happen, I think this will be healthy for everyone."

Mark Helfrich talked to the media on his weekly coach's call.

Ken Goe talks about what Vernon Adams playing means to the team.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ It was nice to get the win and finish the game but this team is definitely a work in progress as the Ducks took down the dawgs 26-20 last night. Here are the main game stories.

Rob Moseley has a game summary, talks about the return of Vernon Adams, finishing the game and has postgame notebookTyson Alger talks about the chemistry between Vernon Adams and Darren Carrington; Andrew Greif has his game summary; Don Pellum talks to the media after the game; John Canzano talks about the win and what still needs work; Cole Elsasser has game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your latest practice report.

Scout Team Highlights: Morgan Mahalak responded to the interception by directing a three-play, 30-yard drive that featured three completions, the last a touchdown pass to Jeff Bieber...

Andrew Greif previews the game today,

ESPN staff makes their predition for the Pac-12 games this week.

Five things to watch for in the game later today and Chantel Jennings has her version.

Jalen Jelks and DeForest Buckner look to have a good game today for the defense.

Dale Newton talks about keeping the stream alive against the dawgs.

■ My prediction: Oregon 45 - dawgs 35 (streak continues)

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

It appears Frost’s hopes will be realized. UO coach Mark Helfrich told media after practice Thursday the Ducks planned to rely on one player Saturday at Washington (7:30 p.m., ESPN2), though he declined to publicly name his starter. Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie have shared the job the last two weeks, while Vernon Adams Jr. has dressed but not played...

Mark Helfrich talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Andrew Greif wonders who will step up as a leader this week against the dawgs.

Tyson Alger also looks at "the streak."

Will the Ducks make it 12 in a row against our rivals in Seattle?

■ Joseph Hoyt takes a closer look at Fotu Leiato and his path to the team.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Highlights: Today was a really encouraging day offensively. It started out with a clutch drill, in which the offense needed to drive to a field goal. Darren Carrington and Dwayne Stanford had receptions that help set up a 38-yard field goal made by Aidan Schneider. … In the “good-on-good” team period featuring both sides of the travel squad, the offensive line was really firing off the ball. Royce Freeman parlayed that into a couple long carries, and Stanford sealed the edge for a long TD run by Tony Brooks-James...

■ Don Pellum and DeForest Buckner talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Christopher Keizur shares his list of players/matchups to watch for the game on Saturday.

■ Andrew Greif comments on our long rivalry with the dawgs.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Chantel Jennings compares 2014/2015 numbers for the Ducks. The results might surprise you.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your latest practice report update.

Highlights: The day began with a one-play scenario between offense and defense. The ones were stopped when Tyson Coleman came up with a tackle for loss. The twos converted when Kani Benoit side-stepped Danny Mattingly and got upfield. … Fun matchup in 1-on-1 drills, as Devon Allen ran a fly route against Ty Griffin. The U.S. hurdles champion gained a step on the speedy ex-quarterback, and hauled in a pass from Jeff Lockie. Tony Brooks-James twice got a step on a safety, and hauled in balls up the seam from Lockie and Taylor Alie...

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Vernon Adams or Darren Carrington will see playing time this weekend.

Tyson Alger gives Matt Wogan credit for the job he has done this year for the Ducks.

■ Justin Wise previews our game with the dawgs.

■ Charles Fisher has a few thoughts on QB Morgan Mahalak.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: Like last Monday, the most competitive period was 7-on-7, which featured the travel squad going head-to-head. Adams completed a couple balls to Evan Baylis and one to Dwayne Stanford; his only incompletion during one series of reps was an uncharacteristic drop by Royce Freeman. … Lockie had a similar series, with two completions to Jalen Brown and another to Kani Benoit, before a Benoit drop ended the hot streak...

Scott Frost talked to the media after practice yesterday about the QB rotation and Justin Wise also touches on the QB issues.

■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek of our game against the dawgs and looks at the numbers.

■ Ken Goe and Ted Miller say the fuskies would like nothing more than winning on Saturday.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Ken Goe wonders what the second half of the season will bring for the Ducks.

All of the stuff that made Oregon so cutting edge -- the space-age offense, the swagger, the uniform combinations -- looks sad and a little desperate now.

Rob Moseley talks about recent history and the team this year.

Mark Helfrich talked to the media yesterday during his weekly teleconference.

■ Oregon picked up another commit yesterday, DE/LB Bryson Young out of Clovis, CA.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ The rise to the top of the Pac-12 was a fun ride but starting over again, not so much as the Ducks get beat in 2OT by the cougs 45-38. Sigh...going to be a long season Duck fans. Moving on to the stories.

Rob Moseley has the game recap and a post game notebook; Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost talk with the media after the game; Andrew Greif shares his thoughts on the game; Charles Nelson more than held his own on the defensive side of the ball; Ken Goe wonders how the Duck QB position got to its current state; Adam Eberhardt has game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report and has notes about the annual alumni game for the baseball team that was held yesterday.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Malik Lovette and Jonah Moi were the consistent standouts today. Moi stopped at least four run plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. Lovette got in on a tackle for loss on the first rep of the period, later stopped a screen pass right at the line and had the period’s biggest highlight with an interception in the end zone.

■ Chantel Jennings says the young defensive backs for the Ducks will be tested today against Wazzu.

■ Andrew Greif previews the game today and takes a closer look at our young DB's.

Tyson Alger has five things to watch for in the game today and looks at Taylor Alie's journey from walk-on to the QB rotation.

Prediction: Oregon 42 - WSU 38

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

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

Moseley: Other observations: As this was a walk-through, there are no highlights to pass along. … The scout-team offense earned enthusiastic kudos after one period from defensive coordinator Don Pellum and graduate assistant T.J. Paganetti, who helps coordinate that group...

■ Tyson Alger says more position groups are on board for the
rushing attack onslaught.

■ Andrew Bantly looks at Aiden Schneider's first step to getting recruited. (Good read)

■ The Oregon baseball team is hosting the annual alumni game today at PK Park. (3:30pm local time)

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Entering Oregon’s game Saturday against Washington State at Autzen Stadium (3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), Alex Balducci is already up to 17 tackles through five games.

“He’s doing a great job of recognizing what’s happening, No. 1, and No. 2 he’s getting off blocks,” defensive coordinator Don Pellum said. “He’s playing with greater pad level, he’s shedding people and he’s running really well right now.”

Don Pellum talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Tyson Alger says the offense will rest on the shoulders of Royce Freeman and company while the QB's look for rhythm.

Kenny Jacoby shares his players/matchups to watch on Saturday.

■ Patrick McEachern says it is kind of fun watching the Ducks this year as you never know what to expect.

Mark Flores has the latest of recruiting.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and Gary Campbell answered questions after practice.

...Senior linebacker Joe Walker set the tone, stopping Jalen Brown after a minimal gain on a screen, then stuffing Tony Brooks-James on a run play. Tyson Coleman later made a tackle in space against Kirk Merritt, and Johnny Ragin III stopped a receiver 1-on-1 as well...

■ Andrew Greif says Vernon Adams is still working everyday and looking forward to starting again as our QB. Also of note, Taylor Alie was added to the depth chart for the first time.

Mark Helfrich talked to the media yesterday during his weekly press conference.

Justin Wise says WSU's offense will provide a legitimate threat to Oregon's defense.

Dale Newton wonders if the Ducks will get to 4-2 with a win over Wazzu.

3-2 is a start, and if they stay hungry to keep getting better, this might just be a terrific season after all.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and shares the new uniforms for Saturday.

Highlights: The most competitive period was 7-on-7. Lockie connected on a deep ball with Devon Allen, who got behind the secondary. … Otherwise, much of practice was conducted at a “teach” tempo. “Good work day today,” UO coach Mark Helfrich told the team afterward. “If we can get a ton out of today, we can keep doing it like this – and then cut it loose Tuesday and Wednesday.” 

Scott Frost along with all three QB's talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the game against the Cougars and looks at the numbers.

Game against the dawgs will be broadcast on ESPN or EPSN2 at 7:30 pm local time on Oct. 17.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley goes over Mark Helfrich's teleconference comments as the Ducks prepare for the Cougars.

On QB reps: “It depends on, and again at that or any position, guys are going to be at various percentages of availability throughout the week,” Helfrich said. “This guy is whatever percent, this guy is whatever percent, and then that will dictate reps from there.”

■ Justin Wise also shares questions and answers from Helfrich as does Andrew Greif.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ It wasn't the prettiest of wins but I'll take it as the Ducks take down Colorado 41-24. At least the defense played better yesterday. On to the game stories.

Rob Moseley has the game recap and a post game notebook; Andrew Greif talks about the rushing game; Tyson Alger looks back at the defensive effort; John Canzano says the Ducks are searching for their future; Cole Elsasser has game photos and ESPN has the game summary.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Morgan Mahalak’s morning was one of extremes. He started with four incompletions; a couple were thrown away under pressure and one was a nice breakup by Mattrell McGraw, as Jacob Breeland looked like he was about to secure a reception and cross the goal line. Mahalak then fired four straight touchdown passes, including a rollout throw on the run to Casey Eugenio. Another was to Jeff Bieber, who caught yet another TD pass from Mahalak on the last play of the 10-minute scrimmage, a back shoulder throw into the end zone on fourth-and-goal

■ Chantel Jennings has her five things to watch for in the game today.

■ Andrew Greif previews the game today and wonders if the special team unit will have a better week than last Saturday.

Ken Goe says it's gut-check time for the Ducks.

■ Joseph Hoyt believes Khalil Oliver has earned his way into the secondary.

■ My prediction: Oregon 38 - Colorado 31

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

...Freshman cornerback Ugo Amadi is also optimistic the Ducks have shored up some things this week in practice.

“I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress, especially with the (cornerbacks) and safeties, communicating all around,” Amadi said. “I feel like we’re getting better.”

■ Don Pellum wants to simplify things heading into the Colorado game.

Bruce Ely has 5 things to watch for during the Colorado game.

■ Rory Davidson takes a closer look at the Colorado offense.

■  Mark Helfrich had an injury update yesterday on Byron Marshall and Chris Seisay.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and Don Pellum talked to the media after practice.

[Don] Pellum was really encouraged by the Ducks’ energy today, and said he hoped that was a sign they’re motivated to go out and redeem themselves Saturday. There was also good competitive energy in 1-on-1 pass-rush drills, with the linemen on both sides of the ball barking at each other.

■ From all indications Byron Marshall will miss the rest of the season.

■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.

■ Andrew Greif says the Ducks believe the O-line concerns are "fixable."

■ Christopher Keizur has key players/matchups to watch at Colorado on Saturday.

■ Chantel Jennings wonders if the Ducks will restore their confidence if they get the win.

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