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 …

Shattering the Narrative: Marcus Arroyo’s Passing Attack

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 36 Comments

Today I want to stomp out the notion that the design of Oregon’s passing game under OC Marcus Arroyo is an unsophisticated attack that only sends receivers on long-developing deep routes. It wasn’t true last week, when the narrative started popping up across message boards, and it certainly isn’t true after the game against Portland State. After diagraming all of …

Can the Ducks Prove They’re More Than a One-Man Show?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 38 Comments

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. College football is finally back! After months of mundane Saturdays, we have a full slate of college football games to digest again. The Ducks got their much-anticipated season debut out of the way, with a 58-24 victory against Bowling Green. But there were a few issues. The box score shows that …

Oregon Football: Where’s That Juice?

Mitchel Simantel Editorials 28 Comments

Picture this: you sit down with your loved ones around the TV to watch your favorite show. You’re all snuggled in as the episode starts, but soon everything looks familiar, too familiar. It’s at that moment you realize you’ve seen this episode before. This is how I felt watching the first quarter of Oregon vs. Bowling Green. I’ve seen it …

Coach’s Analysis: Ducks Smash Bowling Green, 58-24

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 28 Comments

Mario Cristobal notched his first win as the head coach for Oregon, a 58-24 thrashing of the out-manned Bowling Green Falcons. The game was also the end of a nine-game losing streak to teams from Ohio and perhaps the beginning of a streak that might stretch beyond one game. Quarterback Justin Herbert began to make his case for Heisman consideration, …

Predicting Every Game: Ducks Go 10-2

Darren Perkins Editorials 30 Comments

It’s a fickle business trying to predict college football games. Last season, I predicted the Ducks would got 10-2 then win the Alamo Bowl. Many bashed me and called me a hopelessly optimistic Duck fan, which I found humorous, considering those close to me know I’m much more of a Negative Nellie when it comes to my Ducks. Many saw …

The Complicated Legacy of Justin Herbert

Joshua Whitted Editorials 24 Comments

Justin Herbert is the heartbeat of Oregon Football. When he is in the lineup, the Ducks’ offense is one of the most intimidating forces in all of college football. The fresh-faced gunslinger from Sheldon can do it all. He can drop a 40-yard bomb at the flick of a wrist, thread a dart between multiple defenders or use his legs …

Will Justin Herbert be a Better NFL QB than Marcus Mariota?

Darren Perkins Editorials 35 Comments

As soon as last April’s NFL draft ended, the draft prognosticators began whipping up their mock drafts for 2019, with Oregon’s own Justin Herbert being projected by many experts as a sure-fire first round pick, and even going as high as the number two pick overall.   Hmmm … an Oregon quarterback getting drafted number two overall. Sounds familiar. In fact, it’s the same spot …

Ken Woody: “Ducks on the Right Track”

Coach Ken Woody Editorials 21 Comments

Spring football games are usually yawners, but Oregon’s annual rite was interesting in many places and actually exciting in others. Heisman candidate quarterback Justin Herbert was not at his best, but was impressive at times: throwing accurate strikes on deep sideline and hook routes, but missing a couple of deep balls that need to be completed in the fall if …

Franklin Spring Scrimmage: Figuring out Cristobal and the 2018 Ducks…

Charles Fischer Editorials 66 Comments

We really have no idea what to expect from a Mario Cristobal-led Oregon team, as we certainly hope the Las Vegas Bowl was not an accurate indication of the future. Hence this spring has as many questions for me about the coaches as it does about the players. Below I consolidate eye-witness reactions to the Spring Scrimmage at Portland’s Franklin High School …

What ABOUT Running the QB out of a NEW PISTOL Formation?

Charles Fischer Analysis 26 Comments

My friends, let’s accomplish a “two-fer” in this article and dispel two questions that Oregon fans (some that read this site too) have been articulating. The videos will be short and easy to watch, and the text is purposely going to be quick and to-the-point. Learning something new for discussion will never be easier than in this analysis! The first …

The Mario Cristobal/Marcus Arroyo Offense: The Mills Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 23 Comments

One of the strongest passing plays in the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ playbook during Marcus Arroyo’s time in Stillwater, and one that is still persistent in the offense today, is the post/dig concept. Post/dig is really just the explanatory title for the Mills Concept. Any time that an offense pairs a post route with a dig route, this is known as …