Herbert’s Stock Is Rising. Can He Live up to the Hype?

Charles Gearing Editorials 68 Comments

In his years at Oregon, Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert has cemented his place in the top tier of college players. Following the 2018 season, Herbert’s junior year, many speculated that he would declare for the NFL draft. This was not to be the case. Now, with Herbert returning to Eugene for his senior season, a great opportunity presents itself for the …

Herbie for Heisman? You Betcha!

AJ Costilla Editorials 40 Comments

Last season, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert drew substantial, early season Heisman buzz. Unfortunately, his play throughout the season didn’t earn him a ticket to New York. This season, however, will be different. According to this writer’s calculations, less hype plus a feel-good story equals bronze man giving stiff arm. The Ol’ College Try, Take Four Heisman or no Heisman, Herbert …

Making the Playoff: How Can the Ducks Get Back?

Ryan Robertson Editorials 61 Comments

Go undefeated. Alright, maybe it isn’t quite that simple. But it also is that simple, isn’t it? There are two routes that lead to the College Football Playoff for the Ducks, and one of them is definitely to arrive at selection day with 13 wins and zero losses — leaving no doubt in the mind of the committee about the worthiness …

Calling All Quarterbacks! What Makes a GREAT ONE?

Steven Smith Editorials 39 Comments

It’s a wonderful time to be an Oregon Ducks fan. Justin Herbert and nine other starters are set to return on offense, so 2019 could be a special season. But what will it take for the Ducks’ talented trigger-man to take the Ducks to the next level? Let’s explore the qualities and attributes that make a great quarterback, and see if Oregon’s …

Justin Herbert’s Return: Criteria for Success

Jared Jimmerson Editorials 36 Comments

A flurry of controversy began as soon as the announcement broke that Justin Herbert would return to the Oregon Ducks for his senior season. Many fans seemed to support the return and viewed it as an opportunity for him to further his development and play alongside his younger brother. However, there exists a subset of folks who believe turning down the …

Oregon Football: Failing Expectations by … Meeting them?

Ryan Robertson Editorials 72 Comments

The Oregon Ducks won nine football games in 2018. The overwhelming majority of pre-season predictions had the team at either eight or nine wins. A few fan sites (I’m looking at you, FishDuck.com comments section) were certain the team was destined for ten wins, but the majority of people thought eight or nine would be progress considering a third head …

The Decision: Should Justin Herbert Stay or Go?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 52 Comments

There’s a 6’6″, 233-pound elephant in the room. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, one of the best players out west and a highly regarded NFL draft prospect, has a decision to make, and fans are holding their breath in anticipation. Will the strong-armed phenom take his game to the next level after the Ducks’ bowl game, or will he play his …

The Ultimate Rubber Match: Oregon vs. Michigan State, Round Three

Joshua Whitted Editorials 69 Comments

When Oregon learned of its potential bowl opponents, there were several interesting candidates. Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin each would have been fine choices. But there’s no question that the Redbox Bowl committee struck gold when they matched the high-flying Ducks with their familiar cross-country foe, Michigan State, for their third meeting in five years. The rubber match won’t be for a spot in …

Who Was Oregon’s Most Valuable Player This Season?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 41 Comments

The 2018 Oregon Ducks had their share of superstars. The team that has become famous for producing some of the fastest, most dynamic athletes in the country once again fielded a number of quality players who became household names this season. But who among them was the best? If you had to choose the one player that impressed you the …