Oregon Ducks Football: Four Key Positions in Flux

Josh White FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Player personnel in college football is a constant revolving door — finding, developing and then plugging in the “next man up” is a never-ending battle for coaches. Entering the 2013 season, some notable personnel losses for the Oregon Ducks football team were apparent.  Three senior linebackers and the program’s second-leading rusher, headlined a group of departing players who had become …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: This Class is “Good,” not “Great”

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 11 Comments

Recruiting is a merciless and often brutal component of the college football system.  There’s no reason to sugar-coat it: the past couple weeks haven’t been ideal for the Ducks.  This is not going to be another article about Budda Baker.  There are plenty of those.  The fact is Baker is a great player and a great kid with a chance …

Recruiting Analysis: Buckle Up as National Signing Day Approaches Like a Blur

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

Coaches don’t get gray hair in November, they get it in January.  This is the time of year, while most think college football has gone cold and dark, that coaches everywhere are making a frenzied final push to sign the best class they possibly can.  This includes ensuring their class doesn’t suffer any losses, which is tough considering the number …

Predictive Recruiting Analysis: Pac-12 Rankings, Top Recruits

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

With the 2014 recruiting cycle ending in five weeks, those teams atop the conference recruiting rankings are beginning to separate themselves.  Currently sitting atop these rankings is none other than the Oregon Ducks.  In question, however, is whether or not they can maintain their position.  What about your Pac-12 school of choice?  Here’s the objective data, commentary and individual school …

Oregon Recruiting Analysis: PAC-12 Struggling?

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

Kevin Cline Like they always do, the Ducks are closing strong as the 2014 recruiting cycle begins to wind down.  The recent commitments of OT Braden Eggert, DB Glen Ihenacho and DE Henry Mondeaux give Oregon 14 commits to date.  Given that the Ducks are expected to take between 18-20 players, only 4-6 spots remain. Who will fill these remaining …

Did Oregon’s Loss to Stanford Hurt Recruiting? The Answer Here.

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Kevin Cline If you ever have the opportunity to watch a big Ducks game in a backwoods South Carolina bar on $1 beer night, I highly recommend doing so.  Unless you’re wearing an Oregon jersey and the team happens to get beaten like a rented mule.  In that kind of situation, you’d probably meet this guy named Mo (or as …

Recruiting Analysis: What to Expect Going Forward

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Kevin Cline The next three months should be an exciting time for fans of Oregon football recruiting.  With national signing day approaching, the Ducks are looking to round out their class with some elite players.  While smart money is on Helfrich and company to put together a group that can rival the 2012 and 2013 classes, there is still a …

Duck Defense Dominates Da Bruins + Recruiting & Game Notes

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 13 Comments

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 …

Recruiting Analysis: Best Class Ever?

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Kevin Cline Oregon’s 2014 recruiting class keeps getting better.  It might not end up a large class, but it will be talented, very talented.  Fans shouldn’t concern themselves with team recruiting rankings, since as I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, those rankings are biased against teams with effective roster management like Stanford and Oregon.  To recap, quantity (class …

Recruiting Analysis: The Truth About Rankings and a Full Class Prediction

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 7 Comments

Kevin Cline If you’re expecting Oregon to finish high in the recruiting rankings this year, then prepare to be disappointed.  Last week, I went against popular opinion and explained why I thought Oregon would be taking a relatively small 2014 recruiting class.  Now it looks like they might take an even smaller class than I suspected. On Tuesday, Justin Hopkins …

Recruiting Update: Oregon’s New Pipeline

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Football Recruiting Fall Camp Update A mere 11 days away from our season opener, the Men of Autzen continue to make strides that will lead us to another date: January 6, 2014. Entering Week 3 of fall camp, the class of 2013 is making its presence felt with several players in the hunt for playing time during this upcoming season. Between …