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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Oregon landed a commitment from 4 star LB Keith Simms last night.

Simms, a four-star prospect that stands 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, received an in-home visit from Oregon staff members, including head coach Mark Helfrich and linebackers coach Don Pellum earlier this week.

■ Dillon Brooks' hard work is paying dividends on the basketball court and classroom.

Oregon faces Arizona St. later today in Tempe.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Tyson Alger says Matt Lubick is embracing the challenge of being the Ducks' offensive coordinator.

Andrew Greif looks at the transformation of Dakota Prukop from overlooked to Oregon's next quarterback if all things work out.

■ Patrick McEachern has a Ducks football national signing day primer.

■ Oregon pitcher Cole Irvin has a bold prediction going into the new season and Stephen Nogosek will get the closer role..

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Oregon snapped Arizona's 49 game home winning streak knocking off the Wildcats 83-75 last night in Tucson.

Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Dwayne Benjamin added 15, Elgin Cook 13 and Tyler Dorsey 12 for the Ducks (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12), who entered the game tied for first in the Pac-12.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Chantel Jennings got a chance to chat with Vernon Adams recently and Andrew Greif reports Adams and Bralon Addison have been invited to the NFL combine being held Feb. 24-29.

■ Practice starts Friday for the Oregon baseball team with three aces set to return and the softball team has been chosen as the favorite in the Pac-12 coaches poll.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Andrea Adelson lists the most important college transfers for 2016 which includes Dakota Prukop and Jared Shanker also mentions Prukop as a first year starting quarterback as having a good chance to win a national championship in his first year.

Andrea Adelson: Prukop follows the footsteps of Vernon Adams Jr., who transferred from FCS Eastern Washington to Oregon last season. There is one major difference: Prukop is already on campus and will participate in spring practice, giving him an advantage Adams never had. Once practice begins, Prukop will compete with Jeff Lockie, Taylor Alie, Morgan Mahalak and Travis Jonsen for the starting job.

■ Jon Wilner has Royce Freeman listed on his 2016 Pac-12 all-conference projection.

■ The Oregon softball team is ranked No. 4 in the preseason USA Softball top-25 poll and No. 6 in the preseason National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Oregon is ranked No. 14 in the preseason top 25 poll released by Baseball America yesterday.

The Oregon Ducks have returned to The Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball rankings at #23.

■ Former Duck offensive lineman Ramsen Golpashin is joining Oregon as graduate assistant.

Vernon Adams NFL draft stock is on the rise after the East-West Shrine Game, might Chip Kelly be interested?

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Vernon Adams threw 3 touchdowns to lead the West to a 29-9 victory in the Shrine Game yesterday. Video included.

■ Oregon completed the sweep of the LA schools as they beat UCLA 86-72 last night at Matt Knight Arena.

Up Next: The Ducks go on the road to face Arizona on Thursday (6 p.m., ESPN2).

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the special teams unit.

What to watch: With essentially everyone back, there won’t be a ton of news coming out of the special teams units leading up to the 2016 campaign, barring the unforeseen. Schneider’s position is secure at this point, and Wheeler just needs to be more consistent. Assuming Nelson becomes the primary returner, the question will be who replaces Addison as the other deep man on kickoffs...

■ Ted Miller shares the top five 2015 Pac-12 players which include DeForest Buckner and Royce Freeman and then answer questions regarding the defense in 2016.

■ Ken Goe says there is change is coming in 2016 for the Oregon offense.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens was named to the football playoff selection committee yesterday.

“It is truly an honor to serve on the College Football Playoff selection committee,” Mullens said. “I am looking forward to serving alongside the other distinguished members.”

■ Kevin Gemmell shares the Pac-12 North teams for the 2015 season in not allowing points after turnovers where Oregon is listed.

Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the defensive backs.

Oregon took care of USC last night at Matt Knight Arena 89-81.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the linebackers.

What to watch: This could be the most interesting position group to watch come spring. The move to new coordinator Brady Hoke’s 4-3 defense figures to cause some shuffling of positions...

■ Kevin Gemmell has Vernon Adams listed as one of top performances of 2015 and Chantel Jennings has Adams at #11 in their countdown of the top 25 players from the Pac-12 in 2015.

■ ESPN talks about Oregon's next quarterback search.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the defensive line.

...There’s much to sort out now that Hoke is taking over. Spring drills will be very illuminating as to the makeup of the 2016 defensive line, even more so than usual given the schematic changes.

■ Kevin Gemmell has Bralon Addison listed as one of the top performers for the 2015 season and then looks at points after turnovers where he has Oregon listed.

■ Andrew Greif  has a short video where Brady Hoke talks about his interview process for the DC hiring.

Dale Newton shares his thoughts on the Brady Hoke hire.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Ivan Maisel calls the hiring of Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator an interesting move.

...Hoke has never been a coordinator. And he’s never been saddled with the issues that the Ducks’ offense presents to its defense: Stop the opponent while staying on the field forever. The learning curve may be gentle: Oregon doesn’t play an FBS opponent that finished 2015 with a winning record until Week 5.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Ken Goe shares his thoughts on the Brady Hoke hire.

■ The Oregon men's basketball team fell 91-87 to Colorado Sunday at Boulder.

Up next: Oregon hosts Southern California on Thursday.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Rob Moseley announces that former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has been hired as the new defensive coordinator and will install a 4-3 scheme plus John Canzano likes the move Helfrich made going outside the Oregon program.

CanzanoIt's time for Oregon to regain its identity. Maybe that includes a defense that is suffocating, and thrilling, combined with a Helfrich-led offense that would again put incredible pressure on opponents.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Oregon coaches are on the recruiting road as national signing day gets closer on Feb. 3 plus they're looking for a new defensive coordinator.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition


■ Dillon Brooks had 23 points to lead the Oregon past Utah 77-59 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

■ Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the offensive line.

Ken Goe is quite right about college football start times being a detriment to the fans who actually buy the tickets, the guilty party? The broadcasters including ESPN. Part of the blame can be laid on the fans who want to watch every game no matter the sacrifice involved (IMO).

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the tight ends and receivers.

What to watch: ...The Ducks look to be in pretty good shape with Stanford, Allen and Carrington set to return. The loss of Addison and Marshall shouldn’t sting too bad if Brown, Merritt and Ofodile continue on their developmental trajectory, and with the enrollment for winter quarter of recruit Dillon Mitchell...

Ted Miller has Pac-12 plotlines during the off season which mentions a couple of Ducks.

Dale Newton likes the hire of incoming QB coach David Yost.

■ Ducks baseball earns a preseason No. 12 ranking by Perfect Game.

After being ranked No. 14 by both Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.com, the Ducks have checked in at No. 12 in Perfect Game's preseason college baseball rankings. 

It's the highest preseason ranking the Ducks have by any of the rankings sites.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Ken Goe says Mark Helfrich's hiring of David Yost as the QB's coach is a smart move.

He is a choice from outside the program, and will bring in a fresh perspective and some new ideas. In my view, the UO program is in need of both.

Rob Moseley has a 2015 season review of the running backs.

Andrew Greif says seven football recruits are enrolled in classes getting a headstart.

■ ESPN has Oregon #18 in their way too early preseason poll for the 2016 football season.

■ Oregon baseball is ranked 14th in the preseason poll by D1Baseball and Mitch Karraker will be the new Ducks’ pitching coach.

“Mitch will be a great addition to our staff,” Horton said. “He has proven himself over the last seven seasons and I’m excited to see him take the next step. His dedication and hard work have been assets to our program and I expect him to excel in his new role.”

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Andrew Greif reports Oregon's next quarterbacks coach will come from WSU and Oregon finished at  #19 in the final AP poll for the 2015 season.

Oregon will hire Washington State inside receivers coach David Yost to coach the Ducks' quarterbacks, according to a report Monday morning by FootballScoop.com.

Rob Moseley reviews the quarterbacks for last season and looks ahead to 2016.

■ Oregon closer Stephen Nogosek has been named a preseason third-team All-America by Perfect Game.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Rob Moseley has your game summary as Oregon beat Stanford at Matt Knight Arena last night 71-58. (I will be posting basketball stories during the football offseason)

Dana Altman, UO head coach: “Second-chance points was the difference in the game. We were 16-3 there, and win by 13. So the rebounding was the difference.”

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Patrick McEachern talks about Oregon being at a crossroad after the Alamo Bowl debacle.

...While it may not quite be time to panic in Eugene, it’s been a long time since there have been this many questions at so many important positions for what has been one of college football’s most stable programs. Only time will tell if we’ll look back on 2015 as but a small blip on the radar or an ominous sign of things to come. Either way, 2016 seems destined to be pivotal year for Oregon Football. For better, or worse.

■ Andrew Greif says the search continues after Pete Kwiatkowski showed no interest in the DC job and Aaron Fentress comes to the defense of Don Pellum.

■ Spring game has been set for April 30th against UC Davis at 11:00 am.

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Chantel Jennings has three questions to ponder during the offseason.

Reports have it that Brady Hoke is going to be interviewed for the DC job at Oregon. One thing we do know for sure, Oregon won't get Clancy Pendergast, he went back to USC.

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Aidan Schneider made onto the 2015 Pac-12 all-bowl team according to Kyle Bonagura.

There weren’t any extraordinary performances from any Pac-12 kickers, but Schneider hit both of his field-goal attempts in the Valero Alamo Bowl, including a long from 47 yards to finish as the conference’s most accurate kicker (22 for 24).

■ Andrew Greif notes Oregon was great when healthy but struggled when the next man up stepped on the field.

Steve Summers shares three potential candidates for the defensive coordinator job,

■ Dale Newton shares one fams radical solution to the coaching woes.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings says Dakota Prukop is excited to start workouts with the team and then grades the Ducks 2015 season.

He plans to spend the first month or so just studying the signals and terminology of the Oregon offense. That’s where, he said, the biggest differences lie between the Ducks’ and Bobcats’ offensive schemes. Once he gets those down he will start looking more at the concepts.

■ John Canzano had a chance to talk with Bralon Addison on his radio show about a wide range of subjects and he didn't mince any words. Podcast is here.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley reports that defensive coordinator Don Pellum has been demoted to linebackers coach and Erik Chinander has accepted a position to become the defensive coordinator at another FBS institution.

"Don is a great man who has helped shape the culture and growth of Oregon Football in several different capacities for nearly 30 years," Helfrich said. "He's committed, as we all are, to being part of the solution to improve the end results on the field."

A national search for a new defensive coordinator will commence immediately.

■ Bralon Addison has declared for the NFL draft passing up his senior season with Oregon.

Ted Miller says the "next man up" mantra sometimes isn't good enough.

■ Andrew Greif says Dakota Prukop is on campus and Oregon is ready to turn the page plus Morgan Mahalak has asked and received his release from the football program.

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

John Canzano and Ken Goe look at the next steps Oregon must take in the aftermath of the Alamo Bowl loss.

■ Matt Lubick dissects what went wrong with Ducks' offense in Alamo Bowl loss.

■ Scott Reed reminds us (even after a painful loss) after all it's just a game.

I woke up today to snow. I hate snow. But my dog ran and played in the stuff and that brought joy to my wife and, consequently, myself. It is just a game. A game played by young men. At the end of the day, it was great joy to watch this season unfold at times, and painful at others. 

My pain, though, is temporary. There is another season to come. A season which will begin with the same hope as all seasons. 

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ The complete collapse in the second half was tough to watch as TCU came back to beat the Ducks 47-41 in triple overtime. Just feel bad for the seniors who worked so hard, sigh. Here are a few of the stories out this morning.

Rob Moseley has a game recap, talks about the seniors and has a postgame notebook; Andrew Greif summarizes the game; Tyson Alger looks at the poor snapping; Ken Goe says there is plenty of blame to pass around and ESPN round out the coverage.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Andrew Greif previews the Alamo Bowl.

What's At Stake: With a victory, Oregon could be a 10-win team for an eighth consecutive season, a streak that would tie Alabama (2008-2015), Virginia Tech (2004-11) and Miami (1985-92) for the fourth-longest run of 10-win seasons in college football's modern era.

■ Max Olson shares his three reasons to watch the Alamo Bowl today.

■ Mark Helfrich announced Matt Lubick has been promoted to offensive coordinator yesterday.

■ Steve Summers shares the media conference held yesterday.

■ Kenny Jacoby previews the running backs heading into the Alamo Bowl.

■ Joel Odom shares fan predictions and I see a Duck win: Oregon 45-TCU 27.

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Rob Moseley says Oregon remain wary even without Trevone Boykin who was suspended yesterday and then talks about Tyler Johnstone's last game as a Duck.

“However the game turns out, it being our last game (there will be) a lot of mixed emotions, a lot of excitement,” Johnstone said. “It was a long road playing at Oregon; this is my fifth year. The bond you create on this team, with this culture, I mean, it’s something you’ll never have again. That’s definitely one thing I’ll be missing after this game, and one thing that’s going to probably hit me the hardest.”

■ Steve Summers shares the video of the press conference for the offense.

■ Andrew Greif believes TCU will be fired up after their QB was suspended.

■ Kenny Jacoby previews the wide receivers for both teams heading into the Alamo Bowl.

Charles Nelson admits it isn't easy playing on both side of the ball but doesn't care.

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