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Twenty Years After “Gang Green” Era: Stalwart Defender Visits FishDuck

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Twenty years ago, Oregon began its 1994 “Cinderella Season” quest for its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1958. Picked no higher than 8th place in the Pac-10 preseason poll, Oregon stepped up its game to prove to naysayers that the team could compete on a national level. Particularly known for its defense that season (aka: the dominant and iconic “Gang Green” Defense), …

From U.S. Soccer to the Ducks, It’s a Small World After All

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Americans are coming down with a severe case of World Cup Fever over the past week — and it has to do with team spirit. With the United States winning its first match against Ghana and playing Portugal to a draw, the national team has (so far) beaten the odds in the “Group of Death” and given the U.S. a …

Inside the Crystal Ball: Autzen Expansion and Oregon’s “You vs Yesterday” Mindset

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Quick, answer a seemingly impossible question, “What will Oregon’s football program look like in 10 years?”  What about these, “Who will be the powerful programs within a conference as up in the air as the Pac-12?”  ”How long will the college playoff system remain at only four teams?”  (Some might even predict that the NCAA won’t even be around in a …

Son of Oregon Duck and NFL Hall-of-Famer Continued Family Legacy of Legends at Oregon

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 identi.info The tight end position has been a vital key in the success of Oregon’s rise to fortune and fame.  Oregon has seen a perpetual string of stalwart tight ends since the Rich Brooks Era.  One tight end in particular made his presence felt in a unique way, and is remembered fondly by many Ducks for his contribution to Oregon’s turnaround  & …

Thomas’ Rose Bowl 91-yarder Joins Shortlist of Oregon’s Most Transcendent Touchdowns

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There it was: all those years of rooting and hoping, all the dreams and disappointments and surprises, and suddenly one ten-second moment transforms your whole world as a Ducks football fan. The first quarter of the Rose Bowl was just about in the books with just three seconds left. Oregon had already proven it could score, trailing Wisconsin 14-7 and …

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 3

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches

Part 3: Going Their Separate Ways — Friends Struggle to Succeed On Separate Paths For The First Time For friends Jaiya Figueras and Kenny Wheaton, their first couple of years at the University of Oregon had seen the pendulum swing wildly. After their redshirt season in 1993 watching their teammates struggle to win, the two roommates had spearheaded the improbable …

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 2

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches

Part 2: Jaiya Figueras: The hero’s coming out party arrives early in 1995 The 1994 season was special for the players and fans alike. The sting of losing seasons had been washed away with an improbable run to the Pac-10 title and Rose Bowl berth. It was a huge surprise to everyone, except roommates Jaiya Figueras and Kenny Wheaton, who …

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 1

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches

Part 1: Jaiya Figueras and Kenny Wheaton: Freshmen Roommates Driven to Succeed Every Oregon Duck fan can probably recite verbatim the infamous Jerry Allen call of Kenny Wheaton’s interception versus Washington in 1994, or fondly remember Joey Harrington hitting Samie Parker in stride for an 80 yard touchdown in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl, or Marcus Woods flattening BYU quarterback Ty …