Heaven In The Emerald Valley

FishDuck Staff For the Fans 1 Comment

Every September fans pile into the magnificent stadium that is home to the Oregon Ducks football team.  Students take the mile or so walk to Autzen Stadium and get hyped up, as they enter into what some consider the loudest stadium in the nation.  Autzen has come a long way, from season after season of unwatchable football, to hosting the …

Five Things Chip Kelly Did Right and Why Duck Fans Should Be Thankful

Ted Werth FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

If winning football games is your biggest priority then make it 6 things.  A winning record of 46-7 is no small accomplishment; however, looking long-term there are 5 other things that, when the disappointment clears, I think will be recognized and appreciated. One Putting aside for the moment the NCAA investigation (which is likely more smoke then fire) Chip built his program …

“Will Power” from Walk-On to Walking Tall

Jerry Thompson Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 2 Comments

“Will Power” from Walk-On to Walking Tall ANOTHER IN A SERIES FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MIGHTY OREGON AN INTERVIEW WITH WILL MURPHY By Dusty Ritter A last second realization brought him back to Eugene to fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the Ducks and his determination earned him a spot on the scout team during his redshirt freshman year …

Juwaan Williams — Decisive, Intelligent, Tenacious

Ted Werth FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Juwaan Williams had an impressive high school career, with 38 touchdowns and 1,569 total yards rushing, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.   As a junior, the 6’0″ 185 pound quarterback led his Tucker, Georgia, team to a state AAAAA Football Championship. While Williams’ team was not able to repeat during his senior year, losing to the topped ranked team in the …

Oregon Can’t Put Players Into the NFL? Ducks in the Super Bowl

Brandon Gruber FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

College programs love to negatively recruit regarding Oregon and how “they don’t put players into the NFL.”  But even a power outage couldn’t keep this Super Bowl full of Ducks from participating in possibly the greatest Super Bowl in NFL history.  In a 34-31 Ravens victory over the Niners, Duck fans probably had mixed feelings on which team they wanted …

Notes from Around the College Football Nation: Expansion Rumors and Shaq Hosts Recruits

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Signing day is almost here, college football’s version of the NFL draft.  It gives fans a chance to see how their team is filling their offseason needs, and possibly put the pieces into place for a title run.  It can also give fans hope for the upcoming season if things didn’t go so well for them last year (Auburn knows …

Oregon Brings In Recruits — On And Off The Field

Sam Arney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Since new coach Mark Helfrich has taken over for Chip Kelly, he has been very busy on the recruiting trail.  Not only has he and five assistant coaches had an in home visit with every current commit, he has also added some much needed talent to Oregon’s 2013 class.  Oregon is now up to 17 commitments, and looks to add …

Oregon Unknowns: Byrne and the Blow Torch

Josh White History 2 Comments

A new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting stories or facts about our beloved Ducks that few casual fans know about.  Former University of Oregon Athletic Director Bill Byrne’s tenure should evoke fond memories for most Duck fans.  Many would note his direct involvement in bringing the athletic department out of the conference cellar by laying …

Trading Reno for Monticello: Requiem for the Last Great Road Trip

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

On Monday, the Ducks announced that they were replacing a September 7th road game against Nevada in Reno with a game against Virginia in Charlottesville the same day.  It was a move that made sense for all parties involved: Nevada wanted out of an already loaded non-conference schedule that included UCLA and Florida State, and Virginia needed a replacement for …

Can Helfrich Keep the Class?

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

With signing day less than a week away, Mark Helfrich has a chance to ace his first test as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks.  When Helfrich took over for Chip in mid-January, things didn’t look particularly good on the recruiting front.  For a couple of days, it looked like things could really fall apart. Fast forward to today …

A Home Away From Home for Duck Fans: A Brief History of Autzen Stadium

Joey Holland Oregon Football Repository 1 Comment

ABC Sports’ Keith Jackson has described Autzen Stadium as, “per square yard, the loudest stadium in the history of the planet.” While that may seem like an exaggeration, in reality it is probably not too far from the truth. Growing up as an Oregon fan, I had a glorified image of Autzen Stadium, dreaming of one day running out of …

Recruiting Update: Magnificent Seven Bag Their Bounty

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Football Recruiting Commits/Offers While much of this week’s attention focuses on Oregon’s latest grab at receiver Devon Allen (4-Star/Phoenix, AZ/Rivals250), and quarterback Juwaan Williams (3-Star/Tucker, GA), little known hybrid Elijah George (2-Star/Las Vegas, NV) committed to the Ducks after taking an official visit last weekend (Read a detailed analysis of Allen here). “Coach (Steve) Greatwood said he loves my potential and my size,” said George. “He thinks …