Next Men Up: Marshall and Baylis

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As I sat in a restaurant in New Orleans last night, I’m pretty sure I was the only one beginning to seethe from watching ESPN as the the BREAKING NEWS crawl went across the screen. Then I started getting a bit concerned, as I read that Darren Carrington was not going to be able to play in the Championship Game …

Oregon Peaking At The Right Time

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Ask any football analyst and they will tell you the difference between a good team and a championship team is timing. A great team that peaks too early can wind up crumbling while a mediocre team that peaks at the right time can win a championship. Oregon however is something very rare, a great team that is peaking at the …

Helfrich: The Human One

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Many people liked to talk about Chip Kelly by describing him as very cold and dry. Many would compare him to Bill Belichick, with his often short, to-the-point answers and dry wit. On top of this Kelly is known for being very businesslike in his management of his football program, maybe even somewhat aloof at times. And even though they were winning, it seems there …

The Spread Offense: The Oregon, Urban Meyer Connection

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On January 12th, do not be surprised if you feel like you’re seeing double. Urban Meyer’s love of the spread option offense has been widely documented ever since his days at Bowling Green and then at Florida. Some people even claim that Meyer invented the read option play that we love to watch our Ducks run (Rich Rodriguez would dispute that claim). Regardless of who invented it, Meyer …

Ducks Defense Wins The Day

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Contrary to popular opinion, Oregon is not just an offensive team. The Ducks definitively proved this point Thursday, showing their strength and shaking off the label of being a soft team en route to a 59-20 thrashing of FSU. Yes, they are fast, but speed and toughness are not mutually exclusive. They showed off this toughness and strength by consistently beating …

Mariota vs Winston: The Quest For Tampa

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Imagine, if you will, a world in which NFL scouts could watch the best two quarterbacks in the upcoming draft battle it out in a game where everything is on the line. Luckily we don’t have to imagine this, as this is what we will get to see this New Year’s Day. This duel of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota could very …

Redefining The Up Tempo Runner: Royce Freeman

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Chances are if you are only a casual Oregon fan, or even a Ducks hater, your idea of an Oregon Ducks running back is a tiny little scat back. You wouldn’t be alone if you think this. In fact, according to Gary Campbell (Oregon’s running backs coach) he gets film all the time from high school coaches with the perfect …