Giant Steps: André Yruretagoyena’s Life After Football

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Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com in an exclusive interview with former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman, André Yruretagoyena. The 2015 Oregon Ducks are halfway through spring practices, and the excitement and anticipation from fans that comes with a new season continues to grow. But for one former Oregon player, the spring season signifies a rebirth of a different kind. Senior André Yruretagoyena has chosen to forego his …

The Ducks Flock to the Zoo

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I recently clicked on a link to Duck running back Thomas Tyner‘s Twitter account. I read the part that went with the article I had been reading, then scrolled down to Valentine’s Day. He’d tweeted about going to Zany Zoo. Nate McClain, owner of the popular Eugene pet store, Zany Zoo, recognizes that most University of Oregon athletes are 18-22 years old. …

Ducks Lose Yet Another Veteran

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This offseason has provided a few storylines for Oregon Ducks fans to watch. With Marcus Mariota pressing for a No.1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, to Vernon Adams Jr. transferring from Eastern Washington, the drama has been plentiful. One of the tougher storylines to follow, however, is the amount of veteran players the Ducks lost this offseason. Yesterday, senior wide receiver B.J. Kelley made the decision to not return to …

Kamp, Yruretagoyena Latest Casualties in Football’s “Super Size” Era

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As of last Thursday, two of Oregon’s big men, junior OL Andre Yruretagoyena and junior DL Sam Kamp, have officially retired from college football. Both Yruretagoyena and Kamp cited health concerns and will forgo their final seasons of playing eligibility, the latest in collegiate career casualties stemming from football’s new ”Super Size” era. Oregon’s Andre Yruretagoyena won’t return for his senior season http://t.co/FPEJBB3aRH pic.twitter.com/MwykD2isyc — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 27, …

Experienced Offensive Lineman to Retire From Football

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Nothing shows the character of a team more then its willingness to fight through injury. Last year, the offensive line for the Oregon Ducks were no strangers to injury, with star linemen Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu both missing extended periods of time due to lower leg injuries. Many people thought losing these guys would derail the Ducks hopes of doing anything long-term, but they continued …

Remembering the Offensive Line: A Look towards 2015

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If there was a weakness for the Ducks last year, it was without a doubt, the offensive line. As difficult as it is to say, the line play is the reason we lost the Arizona game, and almost lost against Washington State. But when we got healthy, we were once again the usual explosive offense us Duck fans were used …

It’s Game Day, Pac-12 Championship Edition

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It’s game day for the Ducks and this could very well be the game that makes (or breaks) their season. While most Oregon fans are happy to see their beloved Ducks back in the Pac-12 Championship Game, some are still nervous. Memories of failure from prior years still stick with some fans, and many pessimists around the country have waited …

Helfrich Explains: A Clockwork Oregon Line

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Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com from the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex Sunday night about the Coach Mark Helfrich press conference. All season, questions have swirled around Oregon’s offensive line, but with the loss of veteran center senior Hroniss Grasu, growing concerns were cast asunder with yet another tight knit performance from Oregon’s heavyweights. In his press conference, head coach Mark Helfrich spoke to the challenges and resiliency …

Andre Yruretagoyena on his Return to Action

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Oregon will get some much-needed help on a depleted offensive line Saturday. Tackle Andre Yruretagoyena vowed that he’d return to action this season after injuring his left leg against Michigan State in Week 2. Yruretagoyena is making good on that promise and will take the field against Colorado State after missing the Ducks’ last eight games. I had the opportunity …

A Familiar Face Back on the Line: the Return of Andre Yruretagoyena

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To say the Ducks’ offensive line has been through a lot is an understatement. Battling numerous injuries, including those to redshirt junior Tyler Johnstone, redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena, senior Jake Fisher and now redshirt senior Hroniss Grasu, the Ducks’ offensive line seems to have had a target on its back from the beginning. Recently, we have seen several new faces filling in …

Three Takeaways from Ducks’ Bye Week

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Bye weeks have always been considered a good thing for any sport team, and this bye seems to be exactly what Oregon needs after a brutal game against the Utah Utes. The Ducks suffered significant injuries during the game — the biggest and most saddening was Pharaoh Brown‘s. The TE went down with a devastating season-ending knee injury. Plus, well-respected …

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out: Damnation, Redemption and Hope

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Since the previous week featured so much condemnation and in-fighting among Duck fans, a win over a ranked UCLA team was just what the doctor ordered to settle down some heated feelings. It appears that it isn’t just Duck fans who have trouble getting along when their team is losing. UCLA coach Jim Mora blessed us with quite a show …