Erick Dargan’s Gets NFL Opportunity at Oregon Pro Day

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A FishDuck.com exclusive report from University of Oregon Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon. The measure of any talented, dedicated, and dynamic college athlete often comes from how they respond to adversity. For Oregon safety Erick Dargan and team-voted Most Valuable Player, a trial of his character came when the All Pac-12 Second Team defenseman did not receive an invitation to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in …

Erick Dargan Flying Under the Radar

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By all measures, Erick Dargan was one of the best safeties in college football last year. The senior led the Ducks with 95 tackles and seven interceptions, all while playing in the pass-happy Pac-12 Conference. Dargan was both the physical and emotional leader for a defense that, although not excellent, played well enough to help lead the Ducks to a national …

Who’s Going To Emerge in the Ducks Secondary Next Year?

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Spring practices highlight several key aspects that every team looks forward to. For the Ducks, when this time comes around, they will be replacing pivotal positions that were filled by players who are either off to the NFL or continuing their football career elsewhere. This will allow current players on the football team to prove to their coaches and fellow …

Don Pellum Building a Dominant Ducks Defense

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When you look at the Oregon football team what do you see? You see the uniforms and the high-speed offense; you see the flash. You don’t see what defensive coordinator Don Pellum sees; you probably don’t pay much attention to the defensive side of the ball at all. The Ducks operate a bend-but-don’t-break defensive scheme. If the offense is operating …

Critics Want Improvement from Ducks’ Defensive Combine Participants

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The NFL Combine has concluded, and now it’s up to the scouts to crunch some numbers to decide who they want to draft for the upcoming season. We all know Marcus Mariota did very well at the combine, which was no surprise. Jake Fisher did well, too, showing great athleticism. On the defensive side, three former Ducks participated in the combine. Although combine workouts, especially …

Secret to Oregon’s Recruiting Success Revealed

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Disclaimer: I do not have any inside knowledge concerning Oregon’s recruiting philosophy or tactics. This is merely one man’s educated take on how and why the Ducks’ performance on the football field consistently outperforms the rankings of its recruiting classes. Having gone through the recruiting process myself (admittedly at the Division II and III level), and having played with and …

Dargan Says, “Don’t Count Me Out”

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The NFL Combine began Tuesday and will end next Monday. All the chatter in Eugene is about Marcus Mariota throwing the ball. So what about the players who entered the draft but weren’t invited to the combine? Two players who left Oregon and declared for the draft after the 2014-15 season are Erick Dargan and Derrick Malone, but neither was invited to …

What Do The Ducks Have In Store For Next Season?

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If you’re a fan of college football, or if you simply love the Oregon Ducks, then you would understand that Oregon has possessed one of the most talented and successful football programs in the nation the last few years. Since 2009, the Ducks have won 70 games, which culminates to an impressive winning percentage of .864. Also, Oregon has appeared …

Despite Loss of Mariota, Ducks Will Be Fine in 2015

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There are a lot of questions whether or not the Oregon Ducks will return in the 2015 season as talented as they ended the previous season. When a team is good, people talk. It’s the same concept for players; when a player is exceptionally good, people talk. Well, people are talking about the loss of Marcus Mariota and how it will …

Big Shoes to Fill, But Not the Ones You’re Thinking

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Nationally, all minds have focused on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and who will fill his giant, humble shoes. My mind is elsewhere, namely, on the Oregon Ducks defense. The Ducks offense would not be The Duck Offense if it weren’t for the guys on the field the most. Our defense held big, bad Michigan State to 27 points, powerhouse Stanford to 16 points, and flashy Utah to 27 …

Tuesday Reaction: The Best Team Won

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First off, congratulations to Ohio State. As badly as I wanted my boys in white and grey (should’ve been green and yellow) to come out and smother the Bucks, I can admit when we’ve been beaten. The verdict on whether it was actually the Buckeyes who beat us or us who beat us is still out. Either way, keep those heads …

Erick Dargan Brings a New Kind of Attitude

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It was winter break. I walked into the local PacSun, a clothing store in San Francisco‘s biggest mall. I donned a bright yellow “O” on my shirt, and while shopping in the back a girl pulled me over and asked me if I went to Oregon. I replied yes, and she told me how her best friend went there and …