Expert Panel: Early Analysis of Oregon’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class

Charles Fischer Analysis 79 Comments

What are the “experts” saying about the recruiting class? Many of the most knowledgeable are part of the pay-sites of which most of you don’t have access to. (Which is why you are on this free site!) I was thinking about offering my early assessment of the recruiting class signed thus far for 2019, but the truth is–it is just …

Duck Offense Found, Then LOST AGAIN

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 14 Comments

Coach Mario Cristobal had a chance to see what his offense should always look like, scoring 28 points in the first half of their win over Arizona State. In the second half, the offense and their coaching staff were strangely absent. The freewheeling game plan, so successful in the first two quarters, was put away, or forgotten, in the vault. …

Battered Ducks Playing for Pride

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 36 Comments

Head coach Mario Cristobal has to be frustrated with the Oregon football team he inherited. Going into his first season, with a couple of all-stars on defense and a Heisman candidate quarterback leading his offense, it seemed that contending for the Pac-12 Conference championship was a goal within reach. Unfortunately, injuries and the collapse of both his defense and offense …

Kelly, Bruins get Run Over by Ducks

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 23 Comments

Coach Mario Cristobal had to be thankful that UCLA made a ton of mistakes in Chip Kelly’s return trip to Autzen Stadium. The Bruins are very young, with fewer senior starters than Oregon: one on offense and two on defense — which might account for the five turnovers and 11 penalties, not to mention a flurry of dropped passes. Cristobal …

What HAPPENED to the Oregon Ducks?

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 19 Comments

The question on everyone’s mind is “what happened to the Oregon Ducks?” after they were pasted by a mediocre Arizona team in Tucson. The Duck offense was somnolent and quarterback Justin Herbert sank into a fog, without getting any help from his offensive line, receivers or coaches. For the second week in a row, coach Mario Cristobal‘s physical running offense …

Washington’s Huskies-A Team I Loved to Hate

Coach Ken Woody Editorials 17 Comments

I was a long-time Washington Husky fan, and I harbored dreams of playing for my favorite team, but they did not recruit me, even as walk-on, which is an opportunity I would not have passed up. You see, as a senior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, I was selected All-City as a running back, setting a record for yards-per-carry …

Ducks Make a Psychological Rebound vs. Cal

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 39 Comments

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal realized his first Pac-12 victory Saturday with a resounding 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Cal Bears in Berkeley. His defense scored two touchdowns at crucial junctures of the game and finally shook the ball loose of its opponent five times, and also made a timely goal line stand for another turnover on downs. This …

Coach’s Analysis: Are the Safeties and Corners on the Right Page?

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 31 Comments

It was bound to happen: just as everyone was satisfied their Ducks were looking sharp and coordinated, everything went bonkers with Oregon staggering against San Jose State 35-22. The offensive line committed its first false start and the Ducks committed three major penalties — one of which was a 10-yard holding penalty which negated a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown …

Coach’s Analysis: Learning Moments for Young Ducks vs. PSU

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 16 Comments

The only things that marred the Ducks’ decisive win over Portland State last Saturday were a blocked extra point, a roughing the kicker penalty, a face mask penalty, a roughing the passer penalty and for the second straight game, a substitution penalty which was blamed on the coaching staff. Otherwise, it was a country whupping and the Vikings were never …

Cristobal Offense: Can Oregon Overcome a Patsy Passing Attack?

Charles Fischer Analysis 24 Comments

In my discussions with retired college coach Ken Woody, we have noted the decline of the Oregon passing game beginning in 2016 and how far it appears to have descended. Is it due to limited routes and pass plays, the lack of receivers’ skills or a lack of confidence in the wide-outs? Let’s take a look at a few examples from …

Husky Nightmare Over; Time to Heal for Arizona

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

After a five-week glimpse of medieval offensive football, many Oregon fans are looking forward to quarterback Justin Herbert’s return at the helm of the Ducks offensive. The latest indignity was a 38-3 thrashing at the hands of Washington that conjured up visions of last year’s 70-21 humiliation. In both years, Huskies coach Chris Petersen mercifully called off the players in the …