Welcome Back, Tyler Johnstone

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Imagine you are eight years old and you finally get permission to play football. You have been fantasizing over throwing touchdowns like Peyton Manning, or running over defenses like Jerome Bettis. Now is your chance. The first day you show up to Pop Warner camp, the coach looks down at you and sends you off to the linemen coach. At …

Replacing Marcus: A Duck QB Battle for the Ages

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To those living outside of the 159,190 person city that is Eugene, Oregon, the name Marcus Mariota probably means very little. A dual-threat QB from the University of Oregon, Mariota and the Ducks offense were perennially entertaining to watch — unless they were playing your team, that is. Those outside Eugene probably know the QB is a highly touted NFL recruit, predicted …

Linebackers Development in Spring Key for 2015 Success

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The Ducks begin spring practice in less than two weeks. As I wrote previously, most of the attention will be on who replaces the greatest player in Oregon history, but the Ducks should be just fine at the quarterback position next season. The position group that needs to make the biggest strides this spring is the linebackers. Last year’s Oregon defense, under …

Leave the Driving to Fish

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At FishDuck.com we take very seriously your trust in our product. We know that you come to us for insightful football analysis, crack reporting of breaking news and humor as if from the Gods of Mirth. But did you know the travel and tour arm of FishDuck.com is your one-stop shop as a travel resource? Each year, FishDuck.com hosts a bus tour of the places our …

Even the O-Line is Fast

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When you think of the University of Oregon, two things come to mind: crazy color combinations and speed. At the NFL Combine, and thusly reported by Andrew Greif of oregonlive.com, former Oregon left tackle Jake Fisher clocked in a blazing 5.01 second time in the 40-yard dash. For those that are unfamiliar with the 40-yard dash, and how it impacts a player’s draft stock, it is huge. For …

National Signing Day: Oregon Finishes with 16th-Best Class

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According to the oregon.247sports.com recruiting rankings, Oregon finished 16th overall in this year’s recruiting war. The spot is good for third in the Pac-12, behind No. 2 USC, and No. 7 UCLA. For a full list of rankings, click here. To sum things up, Oregon nailed a very good recruiting class. Based on history, the Ducks usually build a strong recruiting class, but …

Oregon Lands Another Big Defensive Lineman

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When you think of the Oregon Ducks, the first thing that may come to mind is the blazing offense, crazy uniforms and incredible facilities. Not many people think defense, and Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum took that to heart when he accepted the position after former coordinator Nick Aliotti announced his retirement before last season. Helping to strengthen this push toward a more dominant defense is …

Duck Fans… It’s Time to Move On

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Leading up to the College Football Championship between Ohio State and our beloved Ducks, there was as much speculation about the future of quarterback Braxton Miller as there was speculation as to who would win the game itself. Miller was considered a Heisman candidate before the season started but with one week left before the first game, he injured his shoulder and was ruled out for the …

FishDuck Weighs in on “Deflate-Gate”

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The New England Patriots are dirty rotten cheaters. There, we weighed in. But I (reluctantly) want them to win the Super Bowl because Pete Carroll is both Pete and Carroll. This sets up an emotional dichotomy. I like to root for the good guy. This Super Bowl is one good guy short. This isn’t the first time I’ve been on …

Oregon Extends Offer to Top 100 Linebacker

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Hot off an appearance in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, Mark Helfrich and staff have not wasted anytime in building the Ducks’ already outstanding recruiting class. Earlier today, 247sports.com reported that Oregon has extended an offer to Top 100 linebacker Josh Smith. Smith is considered by many to be one of the best linebacker recruits in the country this year. The 6’3, 230-pound …

Oregon’s Future QB Situation — How Much Does Experience Matter?

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And just like that … Marcus Mariota is out the door and ready to start what promises to be a brilliant career in the NFL. After such a historic season, it is natural to see him take the leap to the next level. Even though many Duck fans would love to see him return, he made an understandable decision after …

The National Championship Will Be Won in the Trenches

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Yes, it sounds incredibly cliche’ to say that a football game will be won in the trenches. Coming into this season, the biggest question mark surrounding the Ducks was whether or not they could be physical enough to compete with teams like Stanford or Michigan State. I was at both of those games, and I can confidently say the Ducks won the battle in …