Ducks Face Unique Recruiting Challenge

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As Duck fans, we have become spoiled. After decades of deprivation, during which 6-5 was almost a historic year, we have had a couple of decades of unprecedented success that now make a 7-5 or 6-6 season an unthinkable disaster. Our Ducks don’t rebuild, they reload. Every year we expect to and have seen our Ducks be national title contenders. Even the …

Hawaii and The Oregon Ducks

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Recruiting is the life-blood of college football. Coaches work almost year round to convince players to buy into their program and get the kids to believe that their school is the best fit for them. Many elite programs have the luxury of recruiting top-notch in-state athletes, but Oregon has no such luxury. To begin, Oregon is an elite program. The …

Another Mariota Headed to Eugene

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Late last night, Marcus Mariota’s younger brother, Matthew Mariota, announced his intention to sign with the Ducks on National Signing Day on February 4. Matthew earned All-State honors this past season playing defensive end for St. Louis High School, the same school Marcus attended. The younger Mariota checks in at 6’3, 230 lbs, which is small for a defensive end at …

It Is Not About Recruiting!?

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It has become a statement acknowledged as fact: Recruiting is paramount to an effective team. As such, you might not like what I have to say. But when I look at the college level of the sport as a whole, I see the hype of recruiting, National Signing Day and related hoopla overblown in terms of significance. We are talking …

How Does the Heisman Affect Oregon Ducks Football Recruiting?

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Along with a berth in the first college football playoff, the Heisman — with this year’s recipient being Oregon’s own Marcus Mariota — has cast the spotlight on the “team that could” from the upper left hand corner of the country. So how will this affect Oregon football’s 2015 recruiting class? Mariota bringing the statue back to Eugene should make …

Top Duck Recruit Josh Sweat Expected To Announce Tomorrow

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Announcement Follows Eugene Visit While living in the moment is everyone’s favorite thing to do, success on a national level is based around how well a school can recruit talent for the years to come. Long-term success is always on the forefront of a coach’s mind, and by having Josh Sweat for an official visit this past weekend, Mark Helfrich …

What We Learned: 11 Newbs Critical to the Ducks’ Championship Run

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Through three glorious weeks of college football, teams across the country have had their depth tested. Look to the east and observe a USC defensive line run over by a mediocre Boston College team in a below-average ACC conference. Look to the south and see a backup quarterback carried off the field heroically on teammates’ shoulders after managing a shaky …

While Duck Fans Cheer, Haters Pray for Oregon’s (Imminent) Collapse

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No Mark Twain quotes here. No rehashing of the great author’s famous statement about his death being overstated. Yet, as Duck fans, many of us can relate to that phrase. Every year Oregon’s detractors predict that the end is nigh, that surely this year the Ducks will face some sort of collapse and fall flat on their feathered faces. This year, the …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: I Need a Hero

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With nine months left until the football players of the class of 2015 sign with their designated programs throughout the nation, Oregon is poised to step up their recruiting game another notch.  This is the year that the Ducks must sign the most highly touted talent in the history of the program.  With the recent verbal commitment from the top …

Oregon’s Success Doesn’t Depend on Recruiting Rankings

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Oregon will never win any recruiting championships.  While teams such as Alabama, USC and LSU tend to dominate in the rankings, the Ducks rarely crack the top-15.  Year after year they bring in solid, but unspectacular recruiting classes, yet year after year, Oregon takes those same recruits and turns them into champions. Why is that?  What is the key that allows teams without …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Grading the Class

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National LOI signing day is a lot like Christmas for those of us who follow recruiting. A few of us have rich parents and expect the world, while others come from blue collar families.  All of us wake up early and wait in agony for mom and dad to come downstairs so that we can start opening presents.  Sometimes, we …

What Now Oregon?

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Kevin Cline It would appear that after four straight years of BCS appearances, the University of Oregon football team will be left on the outside looking in.  Most likely the team will be headed to the Alamo Bowl, something that most pundits and fans would not have predicted before the season began.  Yet here they are. There is nothing wrong …