Oregon Special Teams Analysis: Swinging What?

Todd Moore Fish Reports 9 Comments

How does Oregon get so many two point conversions?   We have a variety of plays that we have used over the years on extra points, and the Swinging Gate Formation is just one of the reasons Oregon puts the “Special” in special teams.  In every aspect of Oregon football we can see an attack style mentality, including after we score …

Ted Miller, Bi-Polar Dogs and the Transitive Property: Right or Wrong?

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

We all know how Ted Miller and the ESPN Pac-12 Blog hate the overuse of the transitive property.  You can read about it here (among lots of other places).  Could Ted Miller and all the posters on the football blogs be WRONG about this?  For as long as all of us have been on the web, it has been assumed as fact …

The Trouble With Kickers, Balls, And A Bucks

Josh White History 1 Comment

If you’ve ever wondered what kickers really do in practice, you’re not alone.  In the off-season, kickers find themselves with plenty of time on their hands, maybe too much time, and when that happens the mind begins to wander. A lot goes into special teams play; it requires endless repetition to master the precise timing and technique necessary to be proficient.  With …

The Year The Stars Shined For Oregon Football

Jim Maloney History 2 Comments

551 yards, that’s the NFL passing record for a single game.  Every year, the league evolves to incorporate more passing into offenses, yet that mark, set in 1951, has remained untouched for over six decades.  It was a record set by Norm Van Brocklin, one of six Ducks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the star of the …

Meet Your New Ducks: Mariota Tears ACL? No Sweat

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 35 Comments

With the recent departure of Bryan Bennett, Duck fans must be wondering, “Who’s our backup now?”  Well, right now most of the media is pointing fingers towards redshirt freshman Jake Rodrigues and that the backup position is his to lose over fellow redshirt freshman Jeff Lockie (the guy who held up all those bizarre “play call signs” between snaps). Rodrigues committed …

Recruiting Update: Altman Going Tropical In Florida Raid?

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

Football Recruiting Head Coach Mark Helfrich is making short work of an Oregon stigma. His recent offers (very early in the recruiting cycle, I might add) place Lighting Yellow and Thunder Green in a favorable position. Relative unknowns, tight end/athlete Ian Bunting (NR/Hinsdale, Ill) and lineman Sam Jones (NR/Highlands Ranch, CO), both received Oregon nods and could be early pieces …

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: …

Captain on the Field to Captain of Industry

Jerry Thompson Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 3 Comments

Oregon Duck Mark Richards (1963-65) Oregon’s high achieving walk-on ANOTHER IN A SERIES FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MIGHTY OREGON Next to nose guard George Dames, who was a two-time first team All-Coast honoree in 1967 and 1968, it could safely be said that Mark Richards, a 1961 grad of Cottage Grove High School, is the Ducks’ most honored walk-on. Richards …

Dog Days of Off-Season Gives Time For Reflection

Joel Gunderson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

As the days drag endlessly by, awaiting the arrival of spring ball, the time for reflection has arrived for Oregon football fans.  Gone to Philadelphia is Charles Kelly, the man most often credited with taking the Ducks to the next level in the eyes of college football pundits.  He left a blistering 46-7 record, three straight conference championships and a brazen, we-can’t-be-beaten attitude.  That …

Notes From Around the College Football Nation: SEC Not Paying Enough and Oregon Making Changes

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

Recruiting is over and college football down time has begun…unless you are Nick Saban.  He gets to spend the next couple of weeks going over police reports and seeing if he can still keep these players on the Alabama payroll for another season.  I hope he takes a stand and kicks them off the team…he does oversign…so it’s not like he …

More Air-Time For Mariota in 2013?

Sam Arney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 7 Comments

I have been picking up on some interesting signs lately in regards to the Ducks, Mark Helfrich, and how the next era of Oregon offense could potentially go.  Now, I am definitely not psychic; if I was I would have won the lottery by now and I would be paying somebody to write this for me.  Or maybe I would …

Who Would Pac-12 Coaches Be If They Were on The Walking Dead?

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

With Signing Day come and gone, and the Spring Game still two months away, we’ve now reached the one of the quietest periods of the sports year: six weeks of post-Super Bowl, pre-March Madness doldrums.  While the Ducks’ basketball teams are in full swing, those games are only a couple of hours per week; besides, college basketball makes no bones …