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Monday, November 30, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon rose three spots to #15 in the AP poll ending the season 9-3.

Stanford’s win helped Oregon’s chance at being selected for a New Year’s Six bowl. Stanford is in line for either a spot in the CFP or a Rose Bowl appearance, so long as it overcomes No. 24 USC in the Pac-12 Championship game. The Ducks jumped three spots up to No. 15 with a 52-42 Civil War victory and losses by now No. 18 Florida, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 22 Navy.

■ Ken Goe says fixing Oregon's defense doesn't mean firing or demoting Don Pellum.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ DeForest Buckner and Royce Freeman were named the MVP of the defense and offense yesterday. Others were honored at the team awards as well.

■ Andrew Greif reports Byron Marshall will not continue his career while Pharaoh Brown says he will return to the team next year.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ It was too close for comfort as Oregon won yesterday 52-42 but it was a win, I'll take it. The defense wasn't on the same page yesterday and still needs to improve before the bowl game. On to the top stories.

■ Rob Moseley has your game recap, talks about the team wanting more and has postgame notebook; postgame interviews with Mark Helfrich, Don Pellum Tyler Johnstone and Rodney Hardrick; John Canzano says both teams have questions to answer before next season; Andrew Greif has a game summary; Tyson Alger talked about the seniors last home game; Hayden Kim looks at Royce Freeman's performance; Kenny Jacoby talks about what could have been; Adam Eberhardt has game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Randy Rasmussen shares his 5 things to watch during the Civil War later today. (my addition - how many points will Ducks score?)

Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the game today.

Annual beav trash jokes on an earlier post.

■ My prediction: Oregon 64 - beav trash 13


Beaver Jokes

■ The gift that keeps on giving. These never get old, enjoy!

Q: What's the difference between the beavers and a dollar bill?
A: You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

Two osu football players, Bubba and Tiny, were taking an important exam. If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the big game the following week. The exam was "fill in the blank" and the last question read, "Old MacDonald had a____." Bubba was stumped -- he had no idea what to answer, but he knew he needed to get this one right to be sure he passed. Making sure the teacher wasn't watching, he tapped Tiny in the shoulder. "Tiny, what's the answer to the last question?"

Tiny laughed, then looked around to make sure the professor hadn't noticed. He turned to Bubba and said, "Bubba, you're so stupid. Everyone knows that Old MacDonald had a FARM."

"Oh yeah," said Bubba, "I remember now." he picked up his No. 2 pencil and started to write the answer in the blank. Then he stopped. Tapping Tiny on the shoulder, he whispered, "Tiny, how do you spell farm?"

"You are really dumb, Bubba. that's so easy," hissed Tiny, "farm is spelled ‘E-I-E-I-O’."

Q: What has twenty legs and three teeth???
A: The first row at reser stadium

Did you hear the osu library burned down?
The saddest part was that half the books weren't colored in yet.

Q: What do you call a Beav with 1/2 a brain???
A: Gifted

Mike Riley is only dressing 10 players for the osu game against Oregon.
The rest of the team will get dressed by themselves.

 Q: What are the best four years of a beaver grad's life?
A: Third grade

osu Computer Terminology:
Logon -- Makin' the wood stove hotter
Download -- Gettin' the farwood off the truck
Floppy disk -- What you get from carrying too much farwood
Hard Drive -- Gettin' yer pickup home from the bar
Windows -- What to shut when it's cold outside
Chip -- Vittles to eat when yer sitting in front of the TV
Modem -- Whatcha done to the hayfields
Dot Matrix -- Bubba Matrix's wife
Lap top -- Where the kittycat sleeps
Software -- Those dang plastic forks and spoons
Mouse -- The reason you put out the D-Con
Main frame -- The part that holds up the barn roof
Apple - whatcha' eat when you put your teeth in.
Mac - whatcha' eat when your special lady comes over.
Keyboard - where you hang your screwdriver that starts the Datsun.
Cpu - the pretty robot in star wars.
Monitor - that thingy on your ankle the sheriff makes you wear.
Megabyte - your favorite dinner sausage at 7-11

Q: What the difference between the beavs and Cheerios???
A:Cheerios usually end up in a bowl

The recent budget cuts have taken a serious toll at OSU

They have had to cut both drivers education and sexual education courses

When the campus mule died last week, there just wasn't enough money to replace her

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in corvallis?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA

Q: What do you call a beav with 2 brain cells???
A: Pregnant

If Chuck Norris coached the beavs, he'd roundhouse kick himself in the face.

Q: How do you know the toothbrush was invented at osu?
A: If it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush.

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in corvallis?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA

Did you hear about the power outage in Corvallis?
30 people were stuck on the escalator for five hours.

What does the average Corvallis high school student get on their SAT?

Why did they raise the drinking age in Corvallis to 25?
They wanted to keep booze out of the high schools.

What's the most popular pickup line in Corvallis?
Nice tooth.

Did you hear that the President of OSU's mansion burned down over the weekend? Almost took the whole trailer park with it.

Mike Riley passes away, and God rewards him with a house in heaven. Mike doesn't want to be disrespectful, or ungrateful, but can't help but ask why he was given such a small home, but Chip Kelly has the huge mansion on the hill, decked out with everything Ducks...people laughing and having a great time there. God replied," Oh Mike, that's not Chip's house...that's my house."

Why don't OSU football players count sheep to fall asleep at night? They have other plans for their four legged friends.

I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.

What do you call a Beaver golfing with an IQ of 120?
A foursome!

What's the biggest lie told in Corvallis?
"I was just helping that sheep over the fence."

Why do Beaver football players only wear Levi 501 jeans?
Zippers make Sheep nervous.

Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!

What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"

An OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."

One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"

What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.

Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.

How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.

What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.

Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.

How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.

Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.

Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.

What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.

What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"

Q: What do beavs do on Halloween? A: Pump kin!
Q: Did you hear that the president's osu mansion in Corvallis burned down? A: Almost took out the whole trailer park.
Q: Why do ducks fly over Corvallis upside down? A: There's nothing worth craping on!
Q. What's the difference between an osu sorority sister and a scarecrow? A. One lives in a field and is stuffed with hay. The other frightens birds and small animals.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, friends and readers! Be safe out there if you have to travel today.

■ Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report and talks about sustainability.

Other observations: As this practice was a walk-through, there are no highlights to report. … Coleman was called upon to break the post-practice huddle, in keeping with a Thursday tradition Mark Helfrich has instituted this season. “If you’ve got class today, handle your business, and if you’ve got family in town, spend time with them,” Coleman told the team. … After practice, players greeted Thomas Long, a young Duck fan who watched practice from a wheelchair in a visit coordinated by athletic trainer Travis Halseth.

■ Christopher Keizur has players/matchups to watch during the Civil War.

Ken Goe shares some of his favorite Civil War memories.

Will Denner looks at Oregon's likely bowl game chances and reports three Ducks received Pac-12 academic honors.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and Civil War game notes.

Highlights: This was a rare day in which Vernon Adams Jr. didn’t start particularly sharp. In clutch, with the offense needing to drive to a field goal, he was intercepted in the end zone by Arrion Springs. … The mid-practice 7-on-7 period also wasn’t his most efficient. But Adams finished on a high note in the final team period, kicking it off with a long touchdown to Bralon Addison and spreading it around to Evan Baylis, Darren Carrington and Taj Griffin...

■ Chantel Jennings says Darren Carrington made good use of his timer serving a suspension earlier this year....playing on the scout team.

Oregon jumped 6 spots to #17 in the latest CFP rankings.

■ Justin Wise takes an early look at the Civil War and how it stacks up.

The Oregonian lists the ways Oregon can avoid an upset (not show up?)...

Jerry Allen talked with Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif about his favorite Civil War moments and John Canzano talked with Don Essig about his favorite Autzen memories.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and looks at the uniforms for the Civil War.

Other observations: Because of the Friday game this week, this was already a “Tuesday” on the Ducks’ practice schedule, and thus they were in full pads. But head coach Mark Helfrich made the last two team periods a no-pads walk-through. … The Ducks hadn’t even been in shells on Monday the last few weeks, as coaches tailored their work load, so full pads for the majority of today’s practice was a big jump two days removed from a game. But things were pretty physical overall, particularly between the offensive line and the scout team’s front seven. … In kickoff return drills, Kirk Merritt took the first rep and returned it for a touchdown.

■ Andrew Greif has interviews with DeForest Buckner and Scott Frost after practice yesterday then looks at stats for the Civil War.

■ Vernon Adams was selected as offensive player of the week by the Pac-12 and tops on the Pac-12 QB power rankings.

■ Gena Misell takes a sneak peek at the Civil War.

■ Kenny Jacoby gives credit to the seniors who will be playing for the last time at Autzen Stadium on Friday.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for Vernon Adams and moves them up to #2 in the Pac-12 power rankings.

When you have more passing touchdowns than incompletions, you're doing something right. Adams tossed six touchdowns, completing 20 of 25 passes for 407 yards with one pick in the Ducks 48-28 win over the USC Trojans.

Oregon moved up five spots to #18 in the latest AP poll.

■ Don Pellum talked to the media after the USC win.

Andrew Greif says Oregon is positioning themselves for a better shot at a major bowl game.

■ Oregon opens as 30 point favorites in the 119th Civil War on Friday according to Vegas.

■ Ken Goe says the Civil War will be as lopsided as Oregon wants it to be.

Oregon and Oregon State beav trash meet in the Civil War on Friday. If you like competitive college football, this isn't your game.

These are two teams headed in dramatically different directions...I can't see how the Civil War will be anything but an UO romp...


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Seems the Ducks get a little better each game during their five game winning streak and I don't see any signs they won't beat the beav trash by at least 30 as they manhandled USC 48-28. Here are the tops stories.

Rob Moseley has the game recap, talks about the offense then looks at the defense and has a postgame notebookAndrew Greif talks about Vernon Adams' big day, the return of Seisay and Robinson; Tyson Alger says the Ducks feel confident and looks at spreading the wealth; John Canzano was impressed with the win; Cole Elsasser shares his game photos and ESPN round out the coverage.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Other scrimmage highlights: This was another week dominated by the defense. Early on Mahalak found Alex Ofodile in the end zone, but UO coach Mark Helfrich waved off the play due to a false start. Mahalak attempted another pass into the end zone, and it was picked off by Jonah Moi...

Thomas Boyd has 5 things to watch in the game today.

■ Andrew Greif says Rex Manu is working way into a bigger role on the D-line.

Ken Goe says a victory over USC would continue a remarkable turnaround for the Ducks and calls USC drama queens.

■ Andrew Bantly reports many on the football squad will get a taste of home when they play USC.

■ Dale Newton previews the game today with a chance for either team to remain in the Pac-12 title hunt.

My prediction: Oregon 45 - USC 38


Friday, November 20, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report and talks about Charles Nelson and his unique abilities.

...There aren’t many on the roster who would be entrusted with so much responsibility. But Nelson has proven himself more than capable of remaining a threat on offense, replacing practice reps with study time in Lubick’s office...

Chantel Jennings also talks about Charles Nelson then looks at the USC game and what to watch for during the game.

DeForest Buckner has been selected as a finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award and he might have a split personality when on and off the field.

■ Joseph Hoyt got to talk to Tyson Coleman for a Q&A session.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

 USC on Saturday (12:30 p.m., ESPN), Oregon may not be able to focus its defensive effort so much on one element of the game.

“They’re very balanced,” UO defensive coordinator Don Pellum said. “Great running attack, excellent receivers, great quarterback. They’re more balanced than teams we’ve faced.”

■ Christopher Keizur shares his players/matchups to watch for the game this weekend.

Will Denner examines our DL and believes some of the young guys are getting valuable reps.

Tyson Alger says Darren Carrington uses a combination of chemistry and conditioning to get wide open.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if Oregon has the best running back in college football now that he has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and has the USC game notes.

...Vernon Adams seems to thrive in those big moments he always dreamed about, and another is on hand this weekend. The Ducks need a win to stay alive in the Pac-12 title race, against a USC team hoping to do the same...

“He’s getting more confidence in what he’s doing, which then filters down to everybody else,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said...

■ Andrew Greif compares stats between USC and Oregon and then talks about the coaches where some of them have adjusted their views but not responsibilities.

■ Justin Wise talks about the four game winning streak for both Oregon and USC.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Practice observations: UO coach Mark Helfrich is monitoring the team’s workload very closely as the season hits the home stretch, with input from the program’s sports science staff. Today’s workout was primarily position drills and team stuff at “teach” tempo, for the sake of keeping guys fresh...

■ Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the USC game.

■ Tyson Alger comments on Phil Knight being in the Ducks coaching box during the Stanford game.

■ The Civil War game is set to kickoff at 1:00 pm local time at Autzen Stadium and will be broadcast by Fox.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Chantel Jennings has a helmet sticker for Joe Walker.

The senior tallied 10 tackles for the Ducks in their 38-36 win over No. 7 Stanford, but it was his break up on the Cardinal's two-point conversion attempt that puts him on this list. If he’s not there to make that play Stanford ties it up and the game heads into overtime. But he made an athletic play and batted down the ball, sealing the game for the Ducks.

Oregon returned to the AP rankings at #23 after beating Stanford.

Rob Moseley and Andrew Greif preview the against USC on Saturday.

Mark Helfrich talked with the media after the Stanford game on Saturday.

The game time has been set for the matchup with USC at Autzen Stadium. It will bea 12:30 kickoff and broadcast on ESPN.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Wow, what a game as Oregon chops down the tree 38-36. Great plays and enough offensive plays and defense to make a huge statement. So exciting. Here are the top stories.

Rob Moseley has his game recap, talks about the defense and has a postgame notebook; Andrew Greif talks about the game and shares an interview with Vernon Adams after the game; John Canzano talks about a determined Duck mindset; Christopher Keizur says the running backs made the difference; Cole Elsasser shares game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Scrimmage highlights: After Morgan Mahalak and the offense shined the last couple weeks, today’s 10-minute scrimmage for the scouts was primarily controlled by the defense. A sack on second down contributed to a three-and-out to open the period. … On the next drive, Drayton Carlberg stopped a run play for a short gain and got in on a sack on back-to-back plays, and Malik Lovette pushed a receiver out of bounds short of the sticks on third-and-long...

■ Ken Goe has three keys if Oregon is going to upset Stanford.

My prediction: Oregon 45 - Stanford 42

Dale Newton previews the game later today.

Oregon’s offensive line had its best game last week. They ran on the Cal Bears for 477 yards. If they can push the pile for half that many against Stanford it would be huge. The Ducks need to get Royce Freeman some running room. They need second and five. And they need Vernon Adams to be loose, improvisational, creative and resourceful without making bad decisions with the football. Possessions are precious against Stanford, which leads the league in time of possession at over 35 minutes a game. The Ducks simply can’t waste them.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Entering Saturday’s game at Stanford (4:30 p.m., FOX), Schneider is 16-of-17 this season and 27-of-29 for his career. Given all that success, the lifelong soccer player is just now starting to accept that he’s got a knack for this football thing – though his lack of experience in the game may actually be the entire key to Schneider’s success...

Kevin Gemmell shares ten things that are on the line in the Pac-12 North this weekend.

Thomas Boyd gives you 5 things to watch for in the mae Saturday.

■ Chantel Jennings compares Vernon Adams to "improvisational jazz" and then compares Royce Freeman and Christian McCaffrey.

Joseph Hoyt wonders if Oregon will upset Stanford's CFP hopes.

Erik McKinney reports Oregon made a significant statement in the 2017 recruiting class Thursday, as junior quarterback Ryan Kelley announced his commitment to the Ducks over finalists Arizona State, Cal, Michigan State and UCLA.

Kelly is rated as the No. 35 prospect in the ESPN 300.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Other highlights: The first-team offense mounted a nice drive in clutch before stalling in the end zone. Vernon Adams Jr. moved the chains with a run and completions to Dwayne Stanford and Darren Carrington before time expired; Stanford tried to make a diving play on a ball in the end zone but it went off his hands. The twos didn’t get as far down the field, and their drive ended when Taj Griffin mishandled the ball. It was recovered by his brother, Ty Griffin, who smartly ran it out of bounds as time expired rather than try to return it and risk extending the scenario with a turnover of his own...

Don Pellum and Mark Helfrich talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Tyson Alger talks about Oregon's preparation for Stanford.

■ Chantel Jennings says the seniors are becoming more vocal after a 3-3 start to the season.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and has Stanford game notes.

Practice highlights: The offense got off to a good start in the tempo drill, with a long run by Royce Freeman and a sharp completion by Adams to Dwayne Stanford. The No. 2 defense got off the field when Ugo Amadi broke up a pass. … Jimmie Swain had tackles for loss in two different team periods. … Rex Manu, who played extensively in the second half last week, broke through the line against the scouts and forced Morgan Mahalak to burn a pass into the ground...

■ Justin Wise previews the Stanford game.

■ Andrew Bantly talked with Aidan Schneider recently about his confidence.

■ Andrew Greif says few in football are better than Darren Carrington on third down.

■ Christopher Keizur shares his players/matchups to watch on Saturday.

■ Andrew Nemec has the latest on recruiting.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Other observations: Practice was conducted at “teach” tempo, and thus there were no highlights to report. … The team will transition into pads Tuesday and Wednesday, after limiting contact Monday.  “Good use of today, fellas,” UO coach Mark Helfrich told players afterward. “Today is all mental. We’ll talk about the game plan more tonight, and then attack Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the Oregon-Stanford game.

■ Tyson Alger comments on the Ducks secondary and injuries to a couple of key players.

Ted Miller shares his thoughts on the upcoming Oregon vs Stanford game.

Dale Newton wonders what will happen this week at Palo Alto.

Oregon holds on to a slim chance of defending their PAC-12 North title. They’d need to upset The Cardinal in Palo Alto and hope Goff and the Bears rally for an upset in The Big Game. It’d take a miracle, but it’s a miracle that seemed impossible after Utah and Washington State. Now this is a potent team with some pride and urgency. A great week of practice perhaps, and who knows?


Monday, November 09, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Rob Moseley previews the  Stanford game and looks back at the Cal game.

After rushing 29 times for 180 yards against the Golden Bears, Royce Freeman leads the nation with 44 rushes of 10 yards or more. He’s second in total plays from scrimmage of 10 yards or more with 54, one less than TCU receiver Josh Doctson.

Molly Blue has two postgame interviews with Mark Helfrich and Royce Freeman.


Sunday, November 08, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ It was nice to watch the Ducks roll over Cal 44-28 but things are going to be tougher next week in Palo Alto. We won't be able to settle for field goals when we are in the red-zone. Hopefully they can get things fixed.

Rob Moseley has a game summary, talked about the defense, comments on the O-line and has a postgame notebook; Andrew Greif breaks down the game and has player interviewsTyson Alger says the O-line played mean after earlier Cal comments; John Canzano liked the win but wonders if they can be "trusted"; Cole Elsasser has game photos and ESPN rounds out the coverage.


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.

Other scrimmage highlights: Oregon’s scout-team defense bottled up the run more effectively than usual today, limiting the offense to those two passing touchdowns by Mahalak, in five possessions starting from the defense’s 30-yard line. … On the opening series, Fotu Leiato brought down a receiver on a screen pass to open the scrimmage, and three plays later stacked up a running back neat the line...

Andrew Greif has a preview of the game today and talks about the progress of QB Morgan Mahalak..

The Oregonian shares their 5 things to watch for in the game today.

■ Chantel Jennings says bowl eligibility is on the line in the game today.

■ Kevin Gemmell talks about the versatile Charles Nelson.

■ My prediction: Oregon 56 - Cal 38


Friday, November 06, 2015

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Observations: As this was a walk-through, there are no highlights to offer. … An exception: Matt Wogan and Aidan Schneider each connected on a 53-yard field goal. … The Ducks wore the Nike Vapor Speed uniform they debuted in pregame warmups last week at Arizona State.

■ John Canzano got the chance to talk with Vernon Adams recently and the podcast is located here.

■ Tyson Alger says the Ducks can't go for broke against Jared Goff.

■ Joseph Hoyt believes the Oregon defense will look to force turnovers against Cal.

Kenny Jacoby believes Tyree Robinson is the "rock" of the secondary.


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Other highlights: In the clutch drill to start practice, Vernon Adams Jr. twice moved the chains with completions to Dwayne Stanford before dropping an absolute dime to Devon Allen for a touchdown from about 30 yards out. Jeff Lockie moved the twos downfield with completions to Johnny Mundt and Taj Griffin, but the possession ended when Malik Lovette picked off a pass on a broken play due to miscommunication with a receiver...

Don Pellum and John Neal talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Chantel Jennings says the secondary will face a big challenge going up against Cal on Saturday.

■ Christopher Keizur has matchups and players to watch this Saturday.

■ Andrew Greif says RB Kani Benoit may not be "glamorous" but he is always ready to contribute.

Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report and has Cal game notes.

Highlights: Now that Vernon Adams Jr. is 100 percent, the team passing period to close practice is maybe the most entertaining period of the day. This morning, the period featured a beautiful deep ball to Dwayne Stanford in the end zone, and a laser over the middle that Darren Carrington hauled in with one hand. … Adams and Devon Allen did a nice job of getting on the same page after a miscommunication on a route during the tempo period that opened practice. They were in sync the rest of the day, with touchdown passes in the first 11-on-11 period against scouts and again in the ensuing 7-on-7 session. … Adams also had a touchdown pass to Chris Tewhill that was remarkably similar to the ball to Bralon Addison in the third overtime at Arizona State. Pretty much the exact same spot in the back of the end zone...

Justin Wise says the quarterbacks will be the main attraction at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

■ Ugo Amadi talked with the media after practice yesterday.

■ Gary Campbell says he isn't going anywhere (like retiring) now that he is the longest continuously serving coach at the FBS level.


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and reports Charles Nelson made the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 9.

The true sophomore from Daytona Beach, Fla., returned four kickoffs for 185 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown in the third quarter to help spur the Ducks' comeback. Nelson also led all players with 15 tackles (14 solo) while making his third appearance on defense this season. He became the first UO player with 15 or more tackles in a game since Michael Clay had 20 vs. Stanford in 2012.

■ Andrew Greif takes a sneak peek at the Cal game on Saturday night and compares the numbers between the two teams.

Royce Freeman joins other former Ducks as he keeps piling on the yards and honors.

■ Vernon Adams and Charles Nelson have been named Pac-12 Conference offensive and special teams players of the week following Oregon's 61-55 win over Arizona State on Thursday.

■ Oregon and Stanford's Nov. 14 game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and be broadcast on FOX, the schools announced yesterday.


Monday, November 02, 2015

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley talks about Oregon's win streak and comments on the teleconference Mark Helfrich had yesterday.

The wizardry of quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has been the difference in road victories over the last three weeks at Washington and ASU. Now the Ducks will try to build off that success, and find some consistency in other elements of the game.

“We’ll find out tomorrow,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said Sunday, when asked about the impact of the win streak. “… But certainly you want that to create confidence.”

■ Andrew Greif says Oregon and Cal are on different trajectories.


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Sorry about the late post but it was a slow news day yesterday as we await the Cal game next Saturday.

■ Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for Vernon Adams for his performance against ASU.

In perhaps the craziest game of the Pac-12 season, a 61-55 win at Arizona State, Adams made some of the craziest plays. He finished 23-of-40 for 315 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Two of his touchdowns came in overtime and a third was at the end of regulation ... after breaking two tackles ... throwing off his back foot ... to a pair of Ducks who collided in the end zone.