Prepping 2020 Ducks Football: Next Year Is Coming

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How do smaller programs that become dynasties reload their squads every year? Among several pillars of creating a successful program, there are two major ones that stand out above the rest. These factors are applicable at the high-school level, for sure, and they also apply to the collegiate level. The first is a strong commitment to practice; meaningful and competitive …

Helfrich vs. Cristobal: Whose Passing Offense Is Better?

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Today, we are going to compare two Oregon teams of the past with different offensive schemes against the same opponent and style of defense: the Michigan State Spartans (MSU). The 2015 Oregon Ducks (9-4) played MSU in the second game of the season, and the 2018 Oregon Ducks (9-4) faced MSU in the RedBox Bowl, our most recent game. After …

Boom! Out Go the Lights: A Concussion Test

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During last year’s Arizona game, Dillon Mitchell touched the ball on a crossing route, then got hit by Arizona’s Tristan Cooper and the ball went flying away. Mitchell fell to the turf and stayed there. Then what? This article is going to cover the Standard Assessment of Concussion (SAC) test. It’s a one-page test that will give us an idea as …

Two and Three Star Players: The Foundation of Oregon Football

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In 1999, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young retired from the San Francisco 49ers. In 2000, the 49ers went 6-10 under coach Steve Mariucci and headed into the offseason trying to improve the team. General manager Bill Walsh and Mariucci felt they needed a quarterback, and on draft day, two of the most successful minds in the NFL went into …

Ponder-Point: Football Factory Versus Football Family

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Since the National Championship game, college football analyst Joel Klatt has been making the sports talk-show circuit (Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless and The Herd with Colin Cowherd). He shared some amazing insights on both shows about the game — specifically, about several differences between the Clemson and Alabama football programs. Klatt shared a statistic that might warm long-time …

FOOTBALL PENALTIES: What do They Really Mean?

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On December 13th, 2018, Bri Amaranthus over at NBC Sports Northwest wrote a great article entitled, “Can you guess the most penalized team in the nation? It’s not Oregon football.” Her article teases because last year in 2017, Oregon led the nation with over nine penalties per game. This year, Cristobal has cut them close to in half at around …

Share the Love: Analyzing Oregon Recruiting and Super Mario

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My Friends, our Friend in the comments, Ugly Duckling, contributed quite an impressive article that I highly recommend reading. Articles like this give me a break on an occasional week, and I do appreciate it. Have something to say and want it to be published? Send it to charles@fishduck.com in a Word Document and give us your thoughts.  They have to …