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 …

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 …

Oregon must beat Boise State Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl: Here is WHY

Steven Smith Editorials 20 Comments

This has been quite the season for Oregon football.  Huge up and down swings in emotion, wins and loses. One word can be used to describe it: Tumultuous The Justin Herbert injury was catastrophic, as was the shoulder injury to the greatest running back in UO history, Royce Freeman.  Losing players like Charles Nelson for several key games like ASU, UCLA and WSU, prevented …

Oregon Must Replace Coach but Maintain Winning Formula

Darren Perkins Editorials 80 Comments

It is rightly said that adversity brings opportunity. And when you are a cutting edge, forward thinking, innovation spewing machine like the University of Oregon, you don’t let adversity bring you down, you let it propel you to greater things. Beloved Ducks, there shall be no further whining and crying about the decision of Willie Taggart to leave.  After all, …

Ducks, Taggart Punish Beavers; Earn Bowling Trip

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 6 Comments

First-year coach Willie Taggart got with the spirit of the 121st Civil War and personally led the Ducks to a 69-10 massacre over the hapless Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium. Taggart had no pity on OSU, even calling a time out right before halftime to ice a kicker who was attempting a 47-yard field goal with the Beavers down, …