Oregon’s Linebacking Analysis: Why It Will Be Better in 2015

Levi Steier Fish Reports 7 Comments

When looking at Oregon’s linebacker unit from 2014, a common theme often arises — inconsistency. FishDuck.com discussed it here and here, as others did here. In my experience, inconsistency typically stems from player inexperience and mental overload, both of which seemed to be confounding factors for the Oregon linebacking crew — as they were a bit inexperienced and working under a new …

Sam Kamp Retires From Football

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

It’s a hard decision to give up the game you love, but it’s one that redshirt junior defensive lineman Sam Kamp had to make. With one year of football eligibility left, Kamp has decided to forgo his senior year and retire from football. He will graduate in the spring with a double major. Kamp was a three-year backup with the …

Oregon’s Elite Defense: Ready or Not, Here They Come

Joey Holland FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

Kevin Cline “Oregon only wins because of its offense.”  Everyone knows that, even though it’s not true.  In fact, it is so deeply ingrained in everyone’s mind, that outside of the state, people rarely even bother to consider the Ducks’ D. Regardless of how this season finishes, the 2013 college football campaign has a clear-cut top tier consisting of Alabama, …

Duck Defense Dominates Da Bruins + Recruiting & Game Notes

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 13 Comments

Kevin Cline Great teams make good teams look average.  After last night, there’s no doubt that Oregon is a great football team.  The Ducks beat the UCLA Bruins, 42-14, in a game that showed the nation they’re more than just an offensive juggernaut.  After Saturday night, those left questioning Oregon’s championship credentials are few. With all due respect to Coach …

Meet Your New Ducks: Another Set of Superstar Twins!

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Eric Amoako is the first of the two Amoako brothers to be introduced here on FishDuck (Stephen Amoako, also a Duck, is his twin brother).  Now, some Duck fans may not have heard of either of these guys for a couple of reasons.  One, they both redshirted their freshman year and stayed out of trouble.  Two, the recent commitment of the …

Oregon Defense, Time to Worry?

Sam Arney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 13 Comments

After attending Oregon’s annual spring game last weekend, there are many who were not overly impressed by our defense.  Many of my friends, and almost every media publication that I followed after the game were busy praising the offense and questioning the defense.  To all of these defensive worry warts, and any of you reading this article I say…DON’T WORRY. While …

Meet Your New Ducks: 4-Star from Texas…Enough Said

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

There’s always tons of hype surrounding football recruits out of Texas.  It’s the mecca of high school football and has consistently produced an elite level of talent.  As Oregon has emerged as a national title contender year in and year out, they’re finding themselves on the hot-lists of these kinds of highly touted recruits.  Some of these players have turned …

Oregon’s Mystery Men Linebacking Corps Will “Sink to the level of its preparation” – and that’s a good thing

Sean Goodbody Fish Reports 10 Comments

Here’s what we know about the 2013 version of Oregon’s defensive line (Hart, Keliikipi, Heimuli, Armstead, Buckner):  the group is likely top-ten nationally. Here’s what we know about the 2013 version of Oregon’s defensive backfield (Ifo, Patterson, Mitchell, Hill, Jackson, Dargan):  the group is likely top-five nationally. Here’s what we know about the 2013 version of Oregon’s  middle linebacking group …

Aliotti’s Zone Coverages Keep Wildcats’ Pass Game in the Kitty Carrier

Sean Goodbody Fish Reports 3 Comments

In the Fiesta Bowl, even though the Ducks began closing down the running game in the first half, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein piled up short completions to his receivers, most notably former Duck Chris Harper.  As the Cats converted first downs via short completions again and again in the first half, I could almost hear the collective groan from Duck fans: …