One Troubling Thing About Coach Taggart

Jim Hanks Editorials 23 Comments

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?

Mike Kelly Talent Evaluation 9 Comments

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

Marc Burton Editorials 14 Comments

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.

Matt Bryant Editorials 26 Comments

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 8 Comments

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

Mike Ostrom Recruiting 6 Comments

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

Steven Jackson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

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

Steven Jackson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

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

Adam Kruse FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

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?

Aaron Lewis Editorials 1 Comment

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 …

Oregon Recruiting, or How to Win Recruits and Influence Players

Graham Berry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 18 Comments

As some of you may or may not know, the title refers to a formerly (currently?) popular book by Dale Carnegie that apparently taught more than 15 million people how to make friends. Unfortunately, Mr. Carnegie died before writing what would surely be his second most popular book: How to Win Recruits and Influence Players. As Duck fans know, winning recruiting battles, particularly …

Recruiting Revolution- Class of 2015 Continues to Impress

Alex Towne FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

National signing day is officially over, but the Ducks appear to be just getting started.  You may have noticed the Ducks getting a steady influx of beastly recruits over the past few months, both on the gridiron and the hardwood.  Your eyes do not deceive you.  Oregon has been racking up talent left and right along the way to the 14th …