Helfrich with Spring Update: Lockie, Freeman, Physical Football

Jordan Ingram FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com from Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. The Oregon Ducks are midway through spring practices and just a few weeks away from their 2015 Spring Game on May 2nd. This morning, Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich provided FishDuck.com with a spring practice progress report on Jeff Lockie, Royce Freeman, and playing more physical football. 1. Physical Football Since the first …

Oregon Defense, Time to Worry?

Sam Arney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 13 Comments

After attending Oregon’s annual spring game last weekend, there are many who were not overly impressed by our defense.  Many of my friends, and almost every media publication that I followed after the game were busy praising the offense and questioning the defense.  To all of these defensive worry warts, and any of you reading this article I say…DON’T WORRY. While …

Spring Game Coaching Surprises

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 2 Comments

Coaching surprises in the Spring Game?  Besides the obvious of Mark Helfrich in charge, and more passes than usual – what is new that was unexpected?  This unforeseen development is one I anticipated observing in the fall during our games, and did not expect to see it so soon.  While it does not come directly from head coach Helfrich, we can …

What Spring Football Reminded Us About the Relevance of Recruiting Rankings

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

  This week, we take a break from the Oregon Recruiting Manifesto to take a look at some of the emerging talent on the Duck roster. It didn’t take Jake Rodrigues long to lock down the back-up QB job.  Halfway through Saturday’s 2013 Spring Game, it became clear that it’s Rodrigues who the coaches will turn to in the event …

Ahh…Spring (Game) Is In The Air!

Carl Blackwell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Featured Photo Courtesy Gary Breedlove Photography   The weather forecast earlier last week called for partly cloudy skies on Saturday, with a chance of some showers.  That gloomy prognostication never materialized, and yesterday’s spring game by the Oregon Ducks was held under clear and warm conditions — as perfect an April morning as you could hope for. Once again, two …

2012 Recruiting Class and JUCO LB On the Rise

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

In a Spring Game that saw just about every healthy player on Oregon’s roster, redshirt freshmen defensive back Oshay Dunmore, quarterback Jake Rodrigues, and newly added junior linebacker Joe Walker established themselves in an otherwise “name’s game” matchup. At the prep level, both Dunmore and Rodrigues lined up as signal callers for their respective offenses heading into the 2012 edition …

Notes from around the college football nation: Chip Kelly sings and NFL Draft news

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

It’s here…the college football playoff.  The commissioners of each conference just got done meeting and will hammer out the final details, so we can finally enjoy that playoff atmosphere in college football.  So what are they going to call the “college football playoff”?….the College Football Playoff.  Yep…no fancy names….just College Football Playoff.  I guess give it some time and the fans will …

Rodrigues or Lockie: Both look to back up The Man

Joel Gunderson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

On Saturday, Oregon fans got their first glimpse of the two men vying for Oregon’s backup quarterback spot in Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues.  While both men impressed statistically, one thing became even clearer during the game: The incumbent, Marcus Mariota, is getting even better than last season. Despite playing against the second-unit defense, it’s hard not to salivate at …