Mark Helfrich: Lost Along the Oregon Trail

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Mark Helfrich and Oregon football 2016: So much written, so much argued, so much uncertainty. Amidst the turmoil, one thing is clear: The program now stands at a critical crossroads and turns taken here … or not taken … will shape Ducks athletics for many years to come. In short, the Roman Empire is falling and we must decide: Have …

Coach Andy Powell on Cross Country Recruits: “Really Excited …”

August Howell Recruiting Leave a Comment

It has been an eventful year for Oregon distance runners. King Ches fought injuries last spring but looks to be back to his old ways. The Oregon men won the Washington Invitational, with many strong performances right behind Cheserek. Many runners and fans were surprised at Drew Hunter’s decision to turn pro with Adidas, and forgo his chance to be an Oregon …

Final Analysis of Oregon Football Recruiting 2016

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The recruiting class of 2016 for the Oregon Ducks did not end as well as I would have liked. Expecting to crack the top 15 for the first time under coach Mark Helfrich was initially promising but, like the second half of the Alamo Bowl, slowly got away from the Ducks. Considering the two-quarter fallout and changes in key personnel, …

MARK HELFRICH IS A STUD

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The title of this article was taken from the subject of a sentence. Yesterday [2-3], at the Oregon Club Recruiting Luncheon, Mark Helfrich, while eloquently praising and thanking many, uttered the simple 5-word sentence, “Don Pellum is a stud.”  The audience responded with their loudest, and warmest, applause of the day.  We got it. Well it’s time for me to …

Cranky Curmudgeon: Happy Meat Market Day!

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Signing day is coming The SEC is getting fat Please put a top 300 dude In Coach Helf’s recruiting hat!   If you don’t have a 300 Then a few 400’s will do If you don’t have any 400’s Puddles turns from green to blue! The annual mating ritual between high school football players and college football (‘CFB’) head coaches culminates on Wednesday, February 3, …

Recruiting Strategy: Big Weekend and Future Quarterbacks

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As the rollercoaster Oregon football season continues, the recruiting season is keeping Duck fans guessing also. It’s been up, it’s been down, but this is a well-rounded recruiting class as it stands right now. Currently, the 2016 class is standing strong at 13 verbal commitments; and yes, there are a few quarterbacks in this class. In fact, the Ducks have …

Recruiting Update: Local QB Herbert Primed for Offer

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The 41-24 box score from the Oregon vs Colorado contest would indicate, at least on the surface, that the Ducks are back to running opponents out of the building. However, questions regarding the quarterback position reached an all time high as former walk-on signal-caller Taylor Allie and wide receiver Bralon Addison took snaps as Oregon’s No. 1 QB this past weekend. Pseudo-incumbent Jeff …

Recruiting Strategy: Shift of Focus

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After bringing in a strong class last year, Oregon got off to an amazing start on the 2016 recruiting trail. Some people, including myself, believed this class was going to be one of, if not the best freshman classes in UO history. Now, after key targets have committed elsewhere and other recruits have decommitted from the Ducks, it’s important to realize that …

Recruiting Strategy: Helfrich Has Ducks Building Momentum Quickly

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Things are good in Eugene these days. Not only is summer in full effect and the weather great, but the hometown Oregon Ducks are compiling a fantastic recruiting class that seems to continue to heat up as well. Last season, the Ducks finished with the No. 16-ranked recruiting class. The Ducks landed five-star defensive lineman Canton Kuamatule, the first five-star …

Recruiting Strategy: “Nike The Opening” Camp Headlines Big Weekend for Ducks

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June is in full swing. Graduation time is upon us, and so is the beginning of summer and summer sports camps. In fact, the Nike The Opening regionals just wrapped up in Eugene over the past weekend, and with the camp in the Ducks’ backyard, the event was an excellent opportunity for Oregon to make headway on the recruiting trail. …

Recruiting Strategy: Filling Holes in the Front Seven

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Speed is synonymous with Oregon football. The Ducks do a fantastic job in maintaining that connection by recruiting athletes who fit their fast-paced style of offense. Last year, of the top five players signed by the Ducks, all but five-star Canton Kaumatule were on the offensive side of the ball. With the stockpile of speed and explosiveness in the Ducks …

Duckling Profile: Khalil Oliver Fights to Fill Defensive Gap

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Football recruiting is often akin to the careful planning of an investor. Coaches invest capital into players whom they feel will fill larger roles in the future. Oregon is no exception, as the Ducks are known for seeking youth and athleticism to fill gaps in their roster. With the departure of several key defensive backs, freshman Khalil Oliver looks to show …