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 …

5 Reasons the Oregon Ducks Will Regroup and Win the Civil War

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If you grew up playing the original Nintendo system, you might be familiar with an old arcade game called “Marble Madness.”  We’re talking about the first Nintendo – you know the one: a directional pad, the shiny red A and B buttons, Select, and Start button.  A sleek five-button controller — like God intended.  This game would mesmorize kids with elaborate mazes that …

Duck Defense Dominates Da Bruins + Recruiting & Game Notes

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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 …

Ducks’ Championship Quest Stands at a Pivotal Moment

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Kevin Cline “The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings This year is one of the most important years in the history of Oregon football. During the years of Mike Bellotti, the football program was solid – very successful, but never quite reaching the …

Duck Football 6-Pack: Oregon’s BIG receivers

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Photos courtesy of Kevin Cline In most of the close games and eventual losses during the Chip Kelly era, a common theme seemed to surface consistently.  An opposing team that was able to slow the run game enough force the Ducks to throw would sometimes find that Oregon couldn’t. The 2012 game against Stanford aside, we saw opposing teams like …

Recruiting Update: Height of a Giant, Wings of a Condor

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Football Recruiting Commitments Oregon’s newest coaching hire, defensive line front man Ron Aiken, is wasting no time in assembling a venerable commit list. This past Monday saw the addition of defensive end Jalen Jelks (3-Star/Phoenix, Ariz.) to the Duck fold and further reinforced Oregon’s commitment to winning the trench war. “I didn’t think I would commit before my (senior) season, …