The Ducks Must Avoid “Kicking” Themselves in 2019

Chris Brouilette Editorials 37 Comments

Often, coaches explain that winning “all three phases” of the game is the key to victory. For the Ducks next year, there is reasonable hype around Justin Herbert’s offense and Troy Dye’s defense. But, what about special teams? For optimistic expectations to be fulfilled in 2019, the Ducks need to win with special teams — an important one of three phases of …

Oregon Ducks Spring Game Shows “Best Play in Football”

Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum Coach's Opinion, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 10 Comments

The Spring Game this year was a party for the program. It showed how much progress has been made since the end of last season. A lot of big-picture developments in recruiting, team building and coaching philosophy have been gleaned from it. After reviewing the film a few more times, I wanted to use some Spring Game material for some discussion points about …

Meet Your New Ducks: He Shoots, He Scores

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

For Duck fans, a field goal has become a gut-wrenching, last second act of desperation gone awry. The Oregon football program is no stranger to hanging its national title hopes on a fourth quarter field goal, and unfortunately, they have come up short and to the left … twice. Oregon’s prolific offensive schemes and stout defense can only take it so far; …

Why Kickers Deserve a Break

Victor Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Kickers might be the most polarizing athletes in all of sports.  Their only job is to kick the football between two goal posts, often during the fourth quarter when games are close, so the results of their kicks leave room for two possible narratives;  If they make the field goal, they’re heroes.  If they miss, they’re awful, disgraceful, should-be-playing-soccer scapegoats. …

Special Teams Analysis: In the Blink of an Eye

Todd Moore Fish Reports 12 Comments

As you know we Duck fans did not have much to cheer for when it came to kickoff returns for touchdowns this year, or kick off returns in general.  It is very frustrating when we have such explosive players back there such as De’Anthony Thomas.  Hopefully, De’Anthony’s 94-yard return for a touchdown in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will give us something …

Flashback: From Third String Benchwarmer To Star…Within Minutes

FishDuck Staff Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 3 Comments

  Special teams has played an important role in the past 20 years of Oregon football.  Specifically, Oregon fans, players, and coaches take great pride in the kicking game.  During the great era of the mid-90’s – mid-2000’s rise to fame, the Oregon Faithful saw lots of successful kickers split the uprights.  One in particular saw his persistence pay off, …

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 …