Kyle Long and Hroniss Grasu — A Switch-o Change-o From Eugene to Chicago

Noah Smith FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Every player’s jump from the college game to the NFL game is filled with a certain amount of angst. This uncertainty comes from being in a new city, with new players, new coaches, and a new way of doing everything. For former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu, this transition will be lessened to a degree because of having his former teammate Kyle …

Players Who Wait Outshine Current Recruits

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Lost in the excitement of the returning stars and the hope of stars to come is the quiet backbone of any football team. For the most part, these are the guys who didn’t grab the headlines their freshman years. They’ve been in the program for a year or two or three, possibly redshirting, biding their time behind …

Stars — Injured Or Not — Shine On Oregon’s Pro Day

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The stars were out in full display on Thursday at the Mo Center for Oregon’s Pro Day, both on the field and off.  In the annual showcase for NFL scouts, Oregon seniors set out one last time in an attempt to woo them.  Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who owns the number one overall pick in April’s draft, …

Where Does Oregon’s Projected 2013 Draft Class Rank Compare To Those Of The Past?

Joey Holland FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

When the NFL draft was instituted in 1936, the process was so primitive that it would be completely unrecognizable today. There were no scouts, no Internet, and no combine.  Instead, executives simply selected players based on rumors, word of mouth, and newspapers clippings. In fact, the first draft in 1936 took place in a hotel room with the names of …

RUDY. RUUDY. RUUUDY! RUUUUDY!!: Overachieving Ducks of the Chip Kelly Era

Sean Goodbody FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 12 Comments

National Signing Day is, by now, a distant memory.  We silently fist-pumped (probably at work) as preps across the nation used something called a “facks machine” for the first (and probably last) time to send their NLIs to Eugene.  We looked over the tremendous haul of new Ducks recruits, nodded in approval, and said things like, “THAT KID IS A …

6′-7″, 311lbs, Can’t Block Destiny

Jerry Thompson Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 3 Comments

6′-7″, 311lbs Can’t Block Destiny Another in a series from our friends at Mighty Oregon, an interview with Kyle Long by Dusty Ritter Kyle Long has some huge shoes to fill, both literally and figuratively.  His father, Howie Long, played 13 seasons with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL and amassed eight pro bowl appearances. It earned him a spot …

Oregon Football: The Duck Seniors

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This time of year, it is typical for a flood of media coverage focusing on the football new comers and recruiting. The freshman, the transfers, the redshirting players, and even the early commits for next recruiting cycle. Reviewing and comparing the measurables like physical size, 40 yard dash times, high school stats and youtube highlight videos, can be a great way to immerse yourself with football during …