Beating USC: The Script That Flipped the Pac-12

Jeremy Mosier Analysis 37 Comments

Among the most pivotal points that propelled Oregon past USC the past decade was the 2012 matchup in Los Angeles. The Trojans went into the season ranked No. 1  under current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin. The Ducks stormed L.A. in their all-white “Stormtrooper” kits and put a “65” on the L.A. Coliseum scoreboard.  In the seven seasons since, …

Analysis: The SACK Strategies of All-American Kayvon Thibodeaux

Joshua Whitted Analysis 34 Comments

Kayvon Thibodeaux wasted no time justifying his five-star recruiting rating. As a true freshman in 2019, he established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the Pac-12, and he saved his best effort for last, as the underdog Ducks took on the College-Football-Playoff-contending Utah Utes in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Thibodeaux wrecked the Utes, finishing with 2.5 sacks …

The Oregon Offense: The Powerful Moorhead ISO Play

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 12 Comments

One good thing about an extended off-season is we get to learn more about the new offense Coach Joe Moorhead has brought to Oregon before seeing it in action. Okay, not exactly a great consolation prize: we want to see it now! Hey, I’m just trying to make lemonade here. Today’s flavor: coach Moorhead’s ISO play. The ISO–or as some …

Running Through Contact: How Verdell Improved in 2019

Joshua Whitted Analysis 24 Comments

CJ Verdell took his share of criticism for a solid but unspectacular 2018 season. As a freshman, Verdell was a capable ball carrier, rushing for over 1,000 yards and averaging just over 5 yards per carry. But considering he ran behind arguably the best offensive line in the country, those numbers were a bit underwhelming. Things were different in 2019, …

Standing Tall: Justin Herbert’s Unsung Virtue

Mike West Analysis 16 Comments

Oregon fans and critics alike have sung the praises of Eugene’s own Justin Herbert. The cannon arm, the prototype quarterback physique, and the sneaky athleticism that led the Ducks to a Conference Championship and Rose Bowl win, all reasons for Herbert’s selection by the Los Angeles Chargers at the six spot in this year’s NFL Draft. But one virtue remains unsung.  …

The Joe Moorhead Offense: The Hitch Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 27 Comments

For most of the off-season, we have been examining what makes Coach Joe Moorhead’s offense go. For the past couple of months we’ve focused on his passing attack, and today we’ll dig even deeper into that aspect of the offense and learn a bit about Coach Moorhead’s “hitch” concept.   It’s well documented that Coach Moorhead likes to stretch a …

Spread Offense Analysis: Oregon’s XYZ Receiver Evolution

Jeremy Mosier Analysis 24 Comments

If you’ve ever tuned in to football commentary you’ve probably heard talk about X, Y, and Z receivers. While these position names can change based on the system, there’s a history behind this labeling method. And the Oregon offense has played a part in the evolution of these positions over the past decade. Offensive Evolution  The video above exemplifies …

Does Oregon’s Andy Avalos Have a Mastermind Personnel Plan?

Mike West Analysis 30 Comments

From the angst-filled opener in Dallas, to the dramatic finish in Pasadena, Duck fans marveled over Andy Avalos‘ 2019 Oregon defense. No amount of glowing anticipation could match the outstanding improvement Avalos’ troops demonstrated in just one year. With only two key additions, Oregon’s defense garnered 97 tackles for loss, 41 sacks, 20 interceptions, 42 quarterback hurries and yielded only …