Former Player Interview: Jordan Kent (2005-2006)

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When Luke Jackson, a 6’7″ basketball superstar spies you from a distance while playing a game of pickup basketball and tells you to try out for the basketball team, you do it. However, when Luke Jackson spies you from a distance while playing a pickup game of basketball and tells you to try out for the football team, you wonder …

Going for Two Is a Numbers Game

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Circle below the best-fit answer: What are the chances the Oregon Ducks go for two following their first touchdown? Very Unlikely     Unlikely     Beats Me     Likely     Very Likely The statistics are overwhelming. How many times did the scoreboard read 8-? in favor of the Ducks? According to goducks.com, the Ducks were 95% in points-after-touchdown …

Welcome Back, Tyler Johnstone

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Imagine you are eight years old and you finally get permission to play football. You have been fantasizing over throwing touchdowns like Peyton Manning, or running over defenses like Jerome Bettis. Now is your chance. The first day you show up to Pop Warner camp, the coach looks down at you and sends you off to the linemen coach. At …

The Power of Flight Achieved

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I remember two years ago sitting in the crowd at the brand new Matthew Knight Arena, but my jaw was almost to the floor. I wasn’t watching Johnathan Loyd slicing through defenders or E.J. Singler dropping three’s. Instead, I was watching a group of athletic, strong and ferocious women throwing their bodies everywhere and defying the laws of gravity. This …

The Ducks Swing Away the Offseason, Let Softball Season Commence.

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A No. 2 ranked team in the country. A reputation of historical dominance where grit, sweat and tears are the lineup. Do you know to which team I’m referring? I’d love to say the UO track and field team, but this feature is all about the ladies in green dominating the softball field and swatting away the competition. That’s right Ducks fans, …

Big Shoes to Fill, But Not the Ones You’re Thinking

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Nationally, all minds have focused on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and who will fill his giant, humble shoes. My mind is elsewhere, namely, on the Oregon Ducks defense. The Ducks offense would not be The Duck Offense if it weren’t for the guys on the field the most. Our defense held big, bad Michigan State to 27 points, powerhouse Stanford to 16 points, and flashy Utah to 27 …

The Next Man Up: An Interview with Redshirt Freshman Doug Brenner

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In his second year with the Ducks, offensive linemen Doug Brenner has been nothing short of sensational. Yeah, you read that correctly: Doug Brenner is just a redshirt freshman. I was able to interview Brenner at the Hatfield-Dowlin complex last Thursday and we discussed his first season playing with the Ducks and what he foresees in his years to come …

The Ducks Offensive Line is Looking at You, Jalen Ramsey

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Throughout this college football season, I have taken a great interest in the Florida State Seminoles, shockingly. They have been making headlines, but not for their usual blowout victories. Instead, Florida State has had several close calls, and fans of opposing teams are just waiting to see them lose. I knew that one day, if things turned out, the Ducks’ path would …

Congrats Mariota! Love, The Beavers.

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It is a true sign of sportsmanship to go out of your way to recognize a unique individual, despite the team logo on the helmet. So let’s say that, hypothetically, the Oregon State Beavers made it to a prestigious college bowl game or the National Championship. Would we, the rival Ducks, support them? This is something I have always wondered in my five years …

Ducks Flying South for the Winter: On to the Rose Bowl!

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We came, we saw, we conquered. A huge sigh of relief. The Ducks have fought their way into the first ever College Football Playoff. What a staple on this great year in Ducks football history. Not only did he Ducks win the Pac-12 Championship against the Arizona Wildcats, but now they get to face the only undefeated team left in …

The Secret Formula: A Defensive Game Plan from Coach Don Pellum

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“It’s an awesome day because we have a wonderful opportunity to go out and play this weekend. There are a lot of people that are not playing, and we have the opportunity to play. So we’re really fired up about it,” said Coach Don Pellum, the Ducks defensive coordinator. Insightful words of wisdom coming from a cool-handed Pellum in reference to this …