The New Oregon Offense: Receiver Splits and Alignments

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 20 Comments

Throughout the spring, we have received a few clues  as to what the Oregon Duck offense will look like under new head man Mario Cristobal and new offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. Taking these clues, we can make several educated guesses as to what we’ll see come payoff time this fall. Today I want to look at how Cristobal may use wide receiver sets …

Oregon Football: What Was and What Will Be

Darren Perkins Editorials 29 Comments

Before the season began I predicted that the Ducks would go 10-2 and win the Alamo Bowl (click here). And I must say — I nailed it! That is, if about a hundred “woulda, coulda, shoulda” type things had actually happened. And we’ll get to a couple of those in a minute, but let’s first review the premise of my …

Punchless Ducks Up Against the Ropes

Darren Perkins Editorials 40 Comments

It could have been worse. It could have been 2007, on the heels of Dennis Dixon’s knee injury against Arizona, when the Ducks stumbled into the Rose Bowl and couldn’t score a point, losing 16-0 to a hapless and free-falling UCLA. Though the Ducks had national championship aspirations that year, which had vanished in Tucson the week before, they still …

Feet Into Yards: Taggart Makes a Smart Move With Herbert

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 16 Comments

Something became somewhat obvious in Oregon’s first two games. Then it became crystal clear against Wyoming: Coach Taggart is going to utilize Justin Herbert’s running ability, no matter how some think the quarterback should and should not be used. Honestly, it’s a smart move. When I say that Taggart is going to use Herbert in the run game, I don’t mean this …

The Dark Side of NCAA Recruiting Rules: Unofficial Visits

Cody Lonning Editorials 13 Comments

Willie Taggart and Company’s recruiting success is impressive by any measure. But once you understand how the NCAA stacks the deck, Oregon’s 2018 class ranking becomes jaw dropping. One of the reasons we love football so much is that there are clear rules about victory: the team with the most points wins. But even in athletic competition, the means of …

Predicting Every Game: Ducks Go 10-2 Plus Win the Alamo Bowl

Darren Perkins Editorials 10 Comments

Sure, the Ducks should be better in 2017. But 10 wins? No way. Yes, Willie Taggart has brought the enthusiasm, the recruiting magic, the superb coaching staff and the Harbaugh moxie (Jim took Michigan from 5-7 to 10-3 in his first season). He may well be the next “it” coach. But it sounds as if the overly optimistic author of …

Oregon’s Road to Redemption: Scaling the Pac-12 North

Marc Burton Editorials 10 Comments

Have you ever hit a golden stretch of life and wished you could stop time and enjoy the view? I wonder if Willie Taggart has ever had that same wish when he muses about the football landscape of the Pac-12 Conference. If so, would he flip the switch and turn back the clock to 2010? The head job at Oregon …

The Pac-12’s Lack of Nattys and What the Ducks are Doing About It

Darren Perkins Editorials 8 Comments

The Pac-12: The Conference of Champions. Conference ambassador Bill Walton inserts it into every basketball telecast he ever does – and for good reason. The Pac-12 is the conference of champions in all of athletics, and it’s not even close. On May 28, the conference won its 500th championship, followed by the B1G with 307, then the SEC with 220. It’s …

Oregon Ducks Recruiting Update: Two 4-star Players the Ducks Have a Real Shot at Landing

Norm Hightower Recruiting 12 Comments

Oregon Ducks‘ Football and Head Coach Willie Taggart are off to a stellar start for the 2018 recruiting class. They’ve landed six 4-star commits, two 3-star commits and a JUCO transfer since April 8th. Taggart will continue to target elite athletes for the class and try to finish strong. There are several players currently leaning towards the Ducks. Let’s look at …

Oregon Ducks Spring Game Shows “Best Play in Football”

Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum Coach's Opinion, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 10 Comments

The Spring Game this year was a party for the program. It showed how much progress has been made since the end of last season. A lot of big-picture developments in recruiting, team building and coaching philosophy have been gleaned from it. After reviewing the film a few more times, I wanted to use some Spring Game material for some discussion points about …

Deommodore Lenoir Is Coming … and Is Here To Stay

August Howell Recruiting 12 Comments

Each year in the land of college football recruiting, there always seems to be at least one recruit who is a headline grabber. Whether it’s for his words or actions, the spotlight just seems to be on him. This year, that spotlight has been on 4-star athlete Deommodore Lenoir. Not just because he is one of the best players outright in the 2017 …

Ducks Football Recruiting: Making the Numbers Count

Jason Fowler Recruiting 22 Comments

Numbers don’t lie. So much of football is measured in numbers: star rating, height, weight, 40-yard dash time, vertical jump, average yards per game, touchdowns, interceptions, tackles for loss, sacks, etc. But can they deceive, or fail to tell the full story (especially when it comes to recruiting) when it comes to our beloved Ducks? Let’s take a look today at other numbers …