Ducks’ Bye-Week Comes At Just the Right Time


The Ducks’ victory against a physical Utah team this past Saturday was wild, and while Oregon was able to take advantage of Kaelin Clay’s careless turnover, which changed the complexion of the game; the Ducks paid the price by coming out of Salt Lake City scathed.

Oregon has found a way to maintain their level of dominance this season, despite some of their key players being sidelined with injuries. Left tackle Jake Fisher, who returned from a left leg injury in Week 7, helped restore a level of physicality that Oregon’s offensive line lacked during his absence, and the Ducks have been playing their best football of the season since his return. Furthermore, standout receiver Keanon Lowe was welcomed back by his teammates against Stanford.

But is it still all good? Oregon’s talented tight end Pharoah Brown was carted off the field after he suffered an injury to his right leg in Saturday’s game against Utah, and head coach Mark Helfrich announced yesterday that the junior would miss the remainder of the season. Also, the injury bug continued to bite Oregon on Saturday night as cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and center Hroniss Grasu both left the game with injuries.

Somehow Oregon has found a way to remedy each injury that it has faced, and considering the fact that the regular season is in its final few weeks, and with the Pac-12 championship game seemingly right around the corner, you could argue that this is a bad time for the Ducks to be dealing with injuries. However, Grasu’s injury isn’t expected to be serious, and Ekpre-Olomu told The Oregonian that he “tweaked” his big toe and would be ready to play against Colorado. Fortunately for the Ducks, they have a bye this week and it will give them the opportunity to rest some key players who are dealing with nagging injuries.

When you put things in perspective, and realize that the season is winding down, it’s hard to imagine any team being healthy at this point. Most guys are banged up, sore and physically exhausted. Most teams aren’t fortunate enough to have a bye-week this late into the season; it looks like the Ducks might be able to avoid a huge setback once again.


Top Photo by John Guistina 

Print Friendly

 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Omar Garibay

Omar Garibay

My name is Omar Garibay and I am a journalism student at the University of Oregon. I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and I have dreamed of living in Los Angeles since I was 14-years-old. My dream career would be to work for ESPN LA, The Los Angeles Times or as a beat writer for the Los Angeles Lakers or Dodgers. Twitter: @omargaribay8