Swift-footed Hurdler Chooses Oregon Football

Ted Werth FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

The athletes in this years Oregon Ducks recruiting class are shaping up to be a rather unique bunch; including a pair of twins and a pair of players who are the sons of former NFL players.  Now with committed running back Thomas Tyner and the addition of Devon Allen, the Ducks have a pair of the fastest high school sprinters …

No Barner? No Problem; Marshall Has Things Under Control

Joel Gunderson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

The lineage of running backs coming through Eugene has been almost mythical the last 10 years. From Jonathan Stewart to LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, the Oregon running game has been in good hands. In 2013, despite losing Barner, nothing will change, and that has nothing to do with De’Anthony Thomas, or the two highly touted recruits coming in. That’s …

Notes From Around the College Football Nation: NCAA Stinks and Recruiting Visits

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

As signing day approaches a few questions come to mind…how many Oregon recruits will be left after Urban Meyer is done raiding them all?  I bet the NCAA is wishing the Miami mess would go away, because it keeps getting worse, with more evidence turning up.  Anyone want to bet that #1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche will sign with an SEC team?  …

Oregon’s Success: The Blueprint for Change

FishDuck Staff History

The most important factor is Oregon’s football rise is the adopting of an insurgent’s faith.  Historically, insurgents realize what is at stake when they work harder than their opponents, often their very survival.  But getting the underdog to fully realize his circumstance is the key, and it took the Ducks years to figure this out.  Their other advantage is that …

Oregon Recruiting – 3 Future Commits

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Tier-3: Trevorris Johnson RB Currently committed to TCU, Johnson is set to visit Eugene this weekend.  Expect a commitment shortly thereafter.  In Oregon’s search for a third back, some high profile options have chosen to go elsewhere, leaving the coaches with few remaining options.  While Johnson isn’t considered an “elite” recruit, his film shows a player who has the tools to be successful at …

Oregon’s Success Founded On Proper Blueprint – Fundamentals of Change

FishDuck Staff History

Many political theorists will you tell that revolutions occur during periods of rising social expectations. Political coup d’états rarely happen in dire living circumstances. When you expect little you demand even less. However, if you feel that you are owed more than what you are currently getting or social conditions, though vastly improved, have slowed to an unacceptable pace then …

Next Man Up: How Coaches Replaced Legends

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Next man up.  That mantra doesn’t apply only to the roster, it applies to Oregon’s coaching staff as well.  1977 was the last time the Ducks didn’t hire their previous offensive coordinator to fill their head coaching vacancy.  On Sunday, Mark Helfrich became the latest one to follow that path, and in doing so allowed a staff that had previously …

Oregon Unknowns: The Year Rich Brooks Resigned

Don Gilman History

This new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting aspects about our beloved Ducks that few fans know about. 1980 was a bizarre year.  1979 had seen the Ducks rebound from some less-than-stellar years, and they were expected to contend for the Pac-10 title.  Instead, scandal rocked the conference before the season began.  Oregon was found …

Meet Your New Ducks: The Big Uglies Up Front

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

The Ducks are chock full of offensive linemen entering the latter half of their careers.  They are nowhere near in trouble of having extra bodies to plug in should a couple of starters go down next year; however, picking up some OL recruits is great for our offense given the constant rotation OL coach Steve Greatwood has in games.  Upwards of …

Recruiting Update: Go Baby Go!!!

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Football Recruiting   Editorial On the eve of my one-year anniversary with the fine folks of FISHDUCK, the news concerning Chip Kelly’s departure reared its head. As I processed the early morning ESPN text alert, I was strangely at peace with the announcement and similarly to new headman Mark Helfrich, directed my thoughts to February 6th and beyond. While not …

The Man Who Brought Oregon Football to New Heights: A Tribute to Bill Byrne

Joey Holland Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches

When college football fans hear the words “innovation” and “Oregon” in the same sentence, most would immediately picture Chip Kelly’s high-speed spread offense or the Ducks’ deep selection of sleek uniforms. However, before Oregon’s modern era of immense creativity and success, the football program required a period of rapid innovation on a much more basic level, a level that is …

Fiesta Bowl No Huddle Dynamics

Josh Schlichter Fish Reports

One of the most exciting moments from the 2013 Fiesta Bowl had to be the half-ending touchdown drive Oregon put together to effectively finish off the Kansas State Wildcats. After the Wildcats had marched down the field and threatened to take a 17-15 lead, Oregon’s defense held tight and forced KSU to kick a field goal, which they promptly missed, …