It’s Time For Oregon’s Defense to Step Up

Joshua Whitted Editorials 27 Comments

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Oregon fans. As if a failed comeback attempt in the midst of a 27-point deficit against Washington State wasn’t painful enough, the following week Arizona shellacked the Ducks 44-15. There are plenty of reasons that the Ducks find themselves staring at a potential three-game losing streak, but chief among them is their …

Coach’s Analysis: Are the Safeties and Corners on the Right Page?

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 31 Comments

It was bound to happen: just as everyone was satisfied their Ducks were looking sharp and coordinated, everything went bonkers with Oregon staggering against San Jose State 35-22. The offensive line committed its first false start and the Ducks committed three major penalties — one of which was a 10-yard holding penalty which negated a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown …

Secondary Under Fire: The Present-versus-Past Analysis of the Oregon Defense

Evan Markel Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

In last week’s analysis I investigated Oregon’s yards allowed per play, an important statistic by which defenses are measured. Although important, however, yards per play does not define a defense. So this week I continue on my quest to discover how the Oregon defense has evolved over the past decade. In future articles I intend to compare Oregon’s defense to other …

Analysis: Oregon’s Defensive Back Technique Is Improving!

Jay MacPherson Analysis, Fish Reports 1 Comment

The Oregon Duck defensive backs have been through a trial-by-fire season, where they have yielded a lot of yards and points. They have learned many tough lessons as a young — but still talented — crew. Through these trials and lessons, they also have steadily improved. Will their improving skills and teamwork prove enough this coming week to vanquish one of …

Oregon Football Analysis: Is it A Blitz?

Jay MacPherson Analysis 1 Comment

On to Boulder! Questions remain as to how the Duck defense will surprise the Buffaloes. This analysis looks at one way in which Oregon might do just that: with a well-timed blitz from the secondary. Oregon’s success in stopping opponents hinges largely on defensive back (DB) play. One play we may see this this weekend is the safety (S) blitz. The safety blitz …

Hope Springs Eternal for Ducks

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Two weeks into the season and as expected, the Ducks offense hasn’t faltered. Vernon Adams Jr. fought through a broken finger to throw for more than 300 yards and extend Oregon’s streak of games with a passing touchdown to 70 in last week’s defeat at the hands of Michigan State. The defense improved in a much tougher contest than the Week …

Chris Seisay Setting the Tone for Ducks Secondary

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Jordan Ingram of FishDuck.com was at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex following Oregon’s spring practice on Friday. Ingram had the opportunity to speak with redshirt sophomore Chris Seisay about the development of the Ducks thus far. Amid the flurry of roster moves that we saw last season included replacements for veterans on both sides of the ball. Hroniss Grasu and Jake Fisher …

Charles Nelson Comfortable With “New Beginnings”

Jordan Ingram FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. Last season, a freshman became well known in Eugene for his explosive offensive and special teams contributions on the football field, seamlessly transitioning into the Oregon Ducks potent offense. Now, Charles Nelson will change his role entirely. The Ducks’ coaching staff announced that Nelson would be making the switch from receiver to cornerback for the upcoming 2015-16 football season, marking the …

Secondary Education: Oregon Defensive Backs

Casey Fluegge FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

For the better part of the last decade, Oregon has been a veritable clearinghouse for NFL-caliber defensive backs. The likes of Jarius Byrd, T.J. Ward, Walter Thurmond III, Patrick Chung, Eddie Pleasant, and more recently, John Boyett, are all former Ducks now cashing checks from teams in the NFL.  Assistant Coach John Neal gets kudos for recruiting defensive backs extremely …

Fall Story Lines You Won’t Hear About

Brandon Gruber FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Feature photo – Kevin Cline Fall camp is a time of opportunity. But starting positions are about as free as free shipping on purchases over $100.  You still have to pay the initial price – or put in the work – to get the reward. With the 2013 football season officially underway, there are several big story lines that Duck …