Is Chris Miller The Most Influential Player in Oregon History?

Darren Perkins Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 7 Comments

Dan Fouts is the hall of famer. Marcus Mariota is the Heisman Trophy winner. Joey Harrington is the state of Oregon’s favorite son. And Chris Miller? Well, he’s just the one who started it all. “Started what?” you’re asking. Started the winning. As we hit the thirty-year mark of Miller being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 13th overall pick in …

Checking in on Mariota: NFL Debut Edition

Jay Garnett FishWrap, FishWrap Archive, NFL 4 Comments

It looked like it might get rough for a while there. Our beloved former Duck Marcus Mariota got off to a less than perfect start in his debut with the Tennessee Titans, throwing an interception and having a fumble returned for a touchdown on the two first possessions of his NFL career in a preseason matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Leading …

“The Dutchman” and the Original Vertical Passing Game

Noah Smith Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 3 Comments

In Oregon’s history, there have been many players and coaches of note — from coach Cal Young and his one-game inaugural season in 1984 to Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. Although most people say Mariota is the greatest Oregon player of all time, another man held that honor since the 1950s. Back in the era of leather helmets, the hero of …

Jim Mora Runs a Professional Operation at UCLA — Not So Much

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 11 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out In a gag-me-with-a-spoon move coming from two time zones away, ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg dished up an unappetizing morsel about the professionalism of Jim Mora and the UCLA football program. Mora, it seems, runs his organization like an NFL team. Since Rittenburg went to Northwestern and is currently rumored to be living just outside Chicago, he is a good …