Top 7 Ducks Underclassmen

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It’s always nice to have youth, especially in the ever-evolving world of college football. With youth comes great excitement and thrill. Typically, the goal is to have the younger athletes learn from those that have been there before them, in the hope of providing both short-term stability and long-term longevity. In my most recent article, An Oregon Ducks Dynasty in the Making, …

In Defense of the Ducks Defense

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In the immediate aftermath of the systematic dismantling of the Oregon Ducks by the Ohio State Buckeyes in last year’s inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, fans and analysts were left wondering: what’s next for this Duck program? ESPN’s KC Joyner published an article in the days following the title game debacle outlining exactly how the team was positioned heading …

How Oregon Returns to the College Football Playoff

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I thought it would interesting to ponder how Oregon returns to the College Playoff, and since I have already predicted it to occur, it makes sense to break down the three major components that I believe will have the most impact on the season. Below is a short video about the three components that one analyst thinks will determine Oregon’s season …

Nelson to Become Latest Two-Way PAC-12 Star

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In major Division 1 college football, it’s rare to see an athlete play both offense and defense. The reasons are quite simple: with a roster of more than 100 spots available on college football teams, players are able to become more specialized as depth increases. This allows players to get more in-depth training at a certain position, and helps prevent overuse, …

Football Gossip from Coaches: Vernon Adams, Nelson and Freshmen

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We love Oregon football gossip, as that is the basis of most message boards where fans share their opinions of current and incoming players for the Ducks. As FishDuck, I get the privilege to talk to small college and high school coaches around the nation on a regular basis. They might know a coach who attended a practice, or know …

Flexibility and Versatility are keys to Oregon Football Success

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Charles Nelson is a perfect picture of what Oregon football represents. Athleticism, strong work ethic and above all a willingness and ability to stretch himself. The sophomore exploded on to the scene as a rookie, showcasing his physical capabilities as he caught 23 passes for five touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per catch. Nelson has spent the offseason training with the defense, …

2015 Wide Receiver Corps — The Deepest in Ducks’ History

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We don’t yet know who will be throwing passes for the Ducks come fall, whether it be Vernon Adams, Jr. or Jeff Lockie, or even someone else, but we do know who will be catching them. The University of Oregon has never been known for its talented wide outs, but this year could change that. This is the first in …

A Prediction Much Too Early

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There comes a time in every FishDuck.com editorial writer’s life when he or she must make a prediction much too early, and for me, that time is now. It’s the perfect time. Spring ball has just finished, giving us all a chance to see the current team in action. Additionally, there are no major injuries that need to be accounted for, or …

Charles Nelson Should Be an Early Heisman Trophy Candidate

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Most school’s spring games have come to a close, which has given us an idea of who should be on the radar for the upcoming 2015 season. Much speculation has been surrounding the quarterback position for the Ducks thus far. However, one player has exploded onto the scene since the end of Oregon’s 2014 season. Charles Nelson has proved himself …

Why Charles Nelson Should Play Defense Full Time

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There is just something about Autzen Stadium. The friendly energy of thousands of fans in green and yellow is enough to make any Duck fan feel at home. Sure the spring game is technically the 15th and final “practice” of spring camp, but it sure felt like football season to me. Just like in any game, there was some good …

Charles Nelson Dominant at Spring Game

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It’s hard to argue that the biggest standout of Oregon’s Spring Game was two-way player Charles Nelson. The sophomore’s speed and athleticism was felt on both sides of the ball, dazzling more than 35,000 fans in attendance. Head coach Mark Helfrich praised Nelson after the game, impressed by his knowledge and leadership for such a young player. “He was out there lining …

Charles Nelson’s Take on His Offense-to-Defense Transition

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In an interview for FishDuck.com on Wednesday, I spoke with Oregon’s defensive back Charles Nelson at the Hatfield-Dowling Complex in Eugene. Nelson bolted onto the scene last year like a quick strike of lighting. His impact was fast and furious. Nelson was a true freshman last season, and was utilized by the Ducks coaching staff in a plethora of ways. The …