Former Duck Will Tukuafu on the NW Flavor to the Super Bowl, Stretching the Truth, Ballet and Recruiting at Oregon

Mike Ostrom Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 2 Comments

FishDuck.com Feature Writer Mike Ostrom sits down with Former Duck Will Tukuafu of the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl Media Day: It’s a good thing Oregon Duck Will Tukuafu played so much fullback at Oregon. Look at him now, a key blocking back on sports’ biggest stage trying to bring the Seattle Seahawks another Super Bowl title. You remember Tukuafu blocking …

They Spit Hot Fire: The Five Greatest Ducks of All-Time

Graham Berry Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 7 Comments

The Internet has spoken: the best, nay ONLY, way to discuss anything is a list. Seriously. Any topic of worth is worthy of a list. Everyone, even the Grey Lady herself, knows that lists neither leave anything out nor stoke the flames of good-hearted trolls. College football has been a trendsetter in the list-making world, with its first definitive annual …

Byron Marshall: The Unsung Hero of the Oregon Ducks Offense!

Dave Kensler Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 0 Comments

Everyone understands Marcus Mariota is, to borrow baseball great Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “the straw which stirs the drink” in terms of whether the Oregon Ducks will beat Florida State and advance to the championship round. Yet we all realize too, that other players on both sides of the ball will need to elevate their level of play. These are …

History Shows that Mariota, Oregon Are the Best of the Best in 2014

Joey Holland Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 4 Comments

The 2014 college football season has marked a significant turning point in the sport’s history. The playoff committee altered the criteria for greatness and forever changed the way fans and analysts watch football games. A blank loss column is no longer enough to stay atop the national rankings, something we learned from the committee’s treatment of an undefeated Florida State team. …

Not Just the Hair: Five Seasons with Hamani Stevens

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Reporter Ashley Young met with Oregon Guard/Center Hamani Stevens at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at University of Oregon for FishDuck.com When you see Hamani Stevens, what pops into your head? His stability on the offensive line? His 6′ 3″, 307 lbs size? Well for me, the answer is simple: his hair. Stevens has demonstrated throughout his five seasons with the Ducks …

Oregon Salutes Greg Ballard, Kamikaze Kids

Jordan Ingram Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 2 Comments

Greg Ballard, small forward for the mid-1970’s Oregon basketball squad dubbed by journalists as the “Kamikaze Kids,” was among the most talented basketball players to ever grace the hardwoods of McArthur Court. Today, Ballard will be honored as Oregon’s Progressive Classic Legend of the Game at Matthew Knight Arena. Ballard’s contributions to the halls of Oregon athletic history are truly …

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Twenty Years After “Gang Green” Era: Stalwart Defender Visits FishDuck

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 0 Comments

Twenty years ago, Oregon began its 1994 “Cinderella Season” quest for its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1958. Picked no higher than 8th place in the Pac-10 preseason poll, Oregon stepped up its game to prove to naysayers that the team could compete on a national level. Particularly known for its defense that season (aka: the dominant and iconic “Gang Green” Defense), …

The Eyes of the Defense — A Farewell to One of the Best in the Game

Ashley Young Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 0 Comments

It was an announcement that made headlines nationwide, one that left many Oregon Duck football fans with their jaws wide open. Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti announced his last game before the 2013 Alamo Bowl. For the last 15 seasons, Aliotti ignited a spark in the Ducks’ defense, which led to multiple conference championships and a winning streak Oregon Ducks fans …

The Tall Firs, The Kamikaze Kids and Beyond: Oregon Basketball

Pat Pannu Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 0 Comments

There is a rich history behind the basketball program at the University of Oregon, one that is often overlooked in the wake of the recent successes of the football program. Throughout the 100-plus years that basketball has been played at Oregon, some great players and coaches have passed through the program. 1902 brought the first season of basketball to University of …

What Ever Happened to Those Offensive Coordinators Before Mike Bellotti?

Jim Maloney Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 1 Comment

Over the past several decades, Oregon has had a number of offensive coordinators with rates of success all over the board. Most of us are familiar with College Football Hall of Fame recent inductee Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich, who eventually became Oregon head coaches, and Jeff Tedford and Dirk Koetter, who left the Ducks to take over …

From the Backfield Ensemble to the Gospel Ensemble

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 1 Comment

The mid-2000’s saw Oregon rise from nationally known to nationally renowned.  The program became renowned for the great rushers the program featured, and treated Oregon fans to many throughout the decade. From 2004-2007, a talented tailback ran in the Oregon backfield as a quiet, yet successful backup, while making a special difference on special teams and behind the scenes.  Still catching …

NFL goal helps Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown push past tragedies

Victor Flores Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches

When Pharaoh Brown called his mother on graduation day, he sounded calm. Jeannetta Smith assumed her son was pulling another prank, but this one angered her. “This is not how you play,” Smith said. Brown wasn’t joking. His friend, Fred Zuber, had drowned hours earlier. He sounded calm because he was in shock. Brown, Zuber and three […]