Grasu Reflects on Training, Progress, and NFL Draft at Oregon Pro Day

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On Thursday March 12th, more than 50 NFL coaches, scouts, and general managers gathered at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, OR, for Oregon’s pro day. The biggest prospect that had teams within the top ten of the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft was dual-threat quarterback Marcus Mariota, who essentially took most of his snaps under center from C Hroniss Grasu. Both were an …

Erick Dargan’s Gets NFL Opportunity at Oregon Pro Day

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A FishDuck.com exclusive report from University of Oregon Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon. The measure of any talented, dedicated, and dynamic college athlete often comes from how they respond to adversity. For Oregon safety Erick Dargan and team-voted Most Valuable Player, a trial of his character came when the All Pac-12 Second Team defenseman did not receive an invitation to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in …

Post-Surgery, Ekpre-Olomu Prepares For NFL Draft

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When former Oregon Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a collegiate career-ending ACL injury just weeks before the postseason, Ducks fans, coaches, and teammates were heartbroken. But there was little doubt that All-American defenseman would let an injury ruin his chances to play in the NFL. Down but not out, Ekpre-Olomu continues to display the same resolve and determination that made him an unforgettable star throughout his storied career at Oregon. For weeks, …

Eagles’ Plans for Mariota Not So Far-Fetched

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The “rumors” swirling around a Marcus Mariota–Chip Kelly reunion in Philadelphia are beginning to take shape. Sources surrounding the Eagles‘ organization are sensing that a power-play to grab the coveted former Oregon Ducks‘ quarterback is very real and that the Eagles are ”determined to get their man.” Exploding 5 myths about Marcus Mariota and the Eagles http://t.co/M2wn0nVV48 — Marcus Mariota (@MariotaNews) February 27, …

The Curious Case of Bryan Bennett

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It seemed like former Oregon back-up quarterback Bryan Bennett would spend his college years on the Ducks’ sideline, concealed beneath the shadows of a monster legacy. So, when Bennett transferred to Southeastern Louisiana for the 2013 FCS football season, most Duck fans thought it was probably the best move for the aspiring young quarterback. After all, the Ducks had Marcus Mariota. For Oregon, the rest is history. But what happened …

Mariota Making Smooth Transition to NFL

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Many in the press are becoming less skeptical of former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota‘s successful transition from the Ducks’ high octane spread offense to a more prototypical NFL-type system. In a roundtable discussion on the NFL Network, former New England Patriot and NFL fullback Heath Evans and former Chicago Bears wide receiver Curtis Conway believe Mariota continues to make the necessary adjustments to succeed as a …

Mariota Losing Ground in QB Battle? ESPN’s John Clayton Thinks So

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This year’s class of NFL hopefuls has provided intense speculation. The most anticipated position battle thus far has been Marcus Mariota vs James Winston. Many thought the Rose Bowl earlier this year cemented Mariota as the top quarterback in this year’s class. After the season ended and draft speculation heated up, the question as to who would be taken first became more and more …

Fisher Improves Stock at NFL Combine

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The University of Oregon‘s football program has made a name for itself over the years by producing players with dazzling speed and athleticism. However, last Friday, Oregon proved that there’s more to its program than athletically talented running backs and quarterbacks. Many prospects have already showcased their abilities to NFL scouts during the past week, but one former Duck earned their attention …

Marcus Blows by Jameis in the 40-yard Dash

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When it comes to character off the field, we know Marcus Mariota is a class act. While Jameis Winston certainly has had issues controlling himself off the field, he has proven he knows how to take care of business on the field (except against the Ducks). The NFL Combine is a place where players can come and while competing, can forget about all their off-the-field battles. …

A Football Fan’s Scouting Combine

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This weekend hundreds of football players, each one a star in college, start the process of finding out whether they are considered good enough to play on Sunday. And also if they can play on Monday, Thursday night, Thursday afternoon, Thanksgiving and maybe Saturday depending on how long after the Army/Navy the Poulan Weed Sniffer Bowl is scheduled. Fans of …

Marcus Mariota NFL Photo Hits Instagram

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Marcus Mariota was the center of attention at the 2015 NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. And the Heisman winner didn’t leave without a memento from NFL staff photographer Ben Liebenberg, who released a photo of Mariota on Instagram yesterday. The photo depicts the Oregon Ducks’ highly decorated quarterback and native Hawaiian in a stunning, royal blue jacket, firmly holding a football displaying the …

Even the O-Line is Fast

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When you think of the University of Oregon, two things come to mind: crazy color combinations and speed. At the NFL Combine, and thusly reported by Andrew Greif of oregonlive.com, former Oregon left tackle Jake Fisher clocked in a blazing 5.01 second time in the 40-yard dash. For those that are unfamiliar with the 40-yard dash, and how it impacts a player’s draft stock, it is huge. For …