NOT Playoff Worthy? How CLOSE Is Oregon Recruiting Versus the Elites?

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There has been a ton of discussion about another great year of Mario Cristobal recruiting, the impact on the long term and whether it will have an immediate effect with the next football season. First, I believe it makes sense to take a close look at this past February’s signing class and determine how it ranks in the history of …

The Tennessee Tank: Kristian Williams

Zeke Lerner-Wood Recruiting Leave a Comment

Upon the final season of many of our favorite Ducks, it’s easy to forget that the future is bright with potential. With a multitude of stellar recruits and redshirt freshmen, the 2020 football season which I’m sure we are all praying will happen should be an exciting one indeed. Kristian Williams is a 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Memphis, Tennessee. …

One Troubling Thing About Coach Taggart

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Wow!! Willie T. hits all the high notes. More top-notch recruits than ever believed possible! Excitement! Energy! Success! He and his Pepsi-powered assistants are everywhere meeting with everyone. He takes losing teams and makes them winners. Taking an Oregon team with all the parts should make winning a tradition again. All this should happen, shouldn’t it? Perhaps – most likely …

Just How Good is Willie Taggart’s 2017 Recruiting Class?

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On any college football team there is a direct correlation between NFL-caliber talent and winning. Sure, there are extenuating circumstances that explain why a very talented team under-performs – such as injuries, chemistry or coaching. But talent matters; it always has and it always will. The dearth of talent on Oregon’s 2016 football team manifested itself in the 2017 NFL Draft …

Our Golden Season

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We are creatures of the seasons … they shape perspective, alter mood and define our lives. If sports are a prism through which we view life then each season has it’s own color, and as the calendar pages finally turn, winter to spring, Eugene’s pallet changes. It’s a reflective and golden time on campus, and in truth, a golden time …

The Pac-14. Now.

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The Pac-12’s best this year was no match for the Alabama. The Huskies boasted an impressive defense – it held Alabama about 150 yards shy of its average per game production – but the Tide controlled the game after Washington’s second series. While the Pac-12 has made two of the three semi-finals under the current regime, there was barely restrained …

Under-the-Radar HS QBs Finding Great Success at Oregon

Aaron Lewis Editorials Leave a Comment

Over the past couple of decades, Oregon has developed into a top Pac-12 program and a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. Oregon’s unique culture, exciting style of play, success on the field, world class facilities, flashy uniforms, etc., have enabled the Ducks to pull in a number of blue-chip recruits from around the country including De’Anthony Thomas, Royce Freeman, …

Oregon’s Stunning Ranking in FishDuck.com’s Comparative Recruiting Index

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It didn’t start with Moneyball, but the book, and movie starring Brad Pitt, about Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s certainly shined a deserving spotlight on the relationship between statistics, math and winning. Now is a great time of year to find some interesting college football pieces; for example, a recent article listed the college football programs with the most wins …

How the Ducks Attract Recruits Nationwide

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The University of Oregon is, for the most part, tucked away in the northwest corner of the country and has historically had some trouble luring top recruits from across the nation to come and play for the Ducks. But, thanks to the efforts of former coaches Mike Belotti and Chip Kelly, the Ducks now have a tradition of winning and …

Meet the 2015 Impact Freshmen

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It seems as if every year, one or two incoming freshmen burst onto the scene and emerge as key players for the Ducks by the end of each season, and in some cases even crack the starting lineup. Last year that impact freshman was running back Royce Freeman, who started his freshman campaign on fire, rushing for 2 touchdowns in …

5 Star Recruit Tyler Dorsey Committed to Ducks but Won’t Sign LOI

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5-Star Oregon basketball commit Tyler Dorsey continued a recent trend of elite high school athletes not signing Letters of Intent (LOI). Dorsey told The Oregonian he is 100% committed to Oregon but will not be signing a LOI. The Oregonian’s Andrew Nemec reported the precedent as recently as February’s National Signing Day for football recruits. “ESPN four-star linebacker Roquan Smith committed to UCLA on …

Do Ducks Overlook Oregonians?

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What you see above is a $60 million high school football stadium. It is not located in the state of Oregon. Not a total surprise…. Ducks 2015 recruiting class does not include any Oregonians. Earlier this month Oregon closed a solid recruiting class. This was Oregon’s best recruiting class according to 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals since Chip Kelly’s last class …