Who Will Be the Next Great Ducks’ Running Back?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 19 Comments

Running backs at Oregon are held to an elite standard. The Ducks have a history of churning out 1,000-yard rushers like Alabama churns out titles. Recent Oregon greats include Jonathan Stewart, Legarrette Blount, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and Royce Freeman — some of the most prolific running backs in the country this century. And Freeman, the most recent superstar running …

The Mario Cristobal/Marcus Arroyo Offense: Oregon Running the Stretch Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 18 Comments

In the last couple weeks we have learned that Oregon’s offense going forward is going to be a mixture of what Willie Taggart brought from South Florida and the offense new play caller Marcus Arroyo helped orchestrate at Oklahoma State, with wrinkles from head coach Mario Cristobal’s days at Alabama. One of those Crimson Tide concepts is the Stretch running play. First things first, I’m going to …

Ducks Embarrass Themselves in Las Vegas

Darren Perkins Editorials 57 Comments

As I prepared to watch the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday and saw a fired-up Royce Freeman addressing “his” team, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “What the … ???” As most know, Freeman–arguably the greatest running back in Oregon history–chose to sit out the game. And even if some fans disagree with his decision, most people understand the …

Oregon must beat Boise State Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl: Here is WHY

Steven Smith Editorials 20 Comments

This has been quite the season for Oregon football.  Huge up and down swings in emotion, wins and loses. One word can be used to describe it: Tumultuous The Justin Herbert injury was catastrophic, as was the shoulder injury to the greatest running back in UO history, Royce Freeman.  Losing players like Charles Nelson for several key games like ASU, UCLA and WSU, prevented …

Ducks, Taggart Punish Beavers; Earn Bowling Trip

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 6 Comments

First-year coach Willie Taggart got with the spirit of the 121st Civil War and personally led the Ducks to a 69-10 massacre over the hapless Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium. Taggart had no pity on OSU, even calling a time out right before halftime to ice a kicker who was attempting a 47-yard field goal with the Beavers down, …

Extreme Duck Envy: My friends … do you “Hate Oregon State?”

Charles Fischer Editorials 17 Comments

Do you have mixed feelings about this upcoming Civil War game? You want revenge for last year, yet Oregon State’s 2017 season has been so dismal, maybe even the hardest Duck heart can empathize with beleaguered Beaver fans after what we experienced last season? On second thought … Nah! I have a unique perspective as an Oregon alum who grew …

Herbert Returns and Ducks Roll

Darren Perkins Editorials 19 Comments

With that very first play from scrimmage — a ten yard completion from Justin Herbert to Dillon Mitchell — you could feel Duck Nation let out a collective sigh of relief, as if to say: “Our long offensive nightmare is over.” Good times are here again as the flash n’ balls of the Oregon offensive showed up for the first …

Power on the Edge: Buck Sweep in the Willie Taggart Offense

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 6 Comments

With it being a bye week for the Oregon Ducks, I have decided to go back a couple weeks and take a look at a play Oregon used against the Utah Utes. The play is Buck Sweep, often referenced by Mr. FishDuck on the site as the Sweep Read. This is a play Gus Malzahn has famously run at Auburn; former Duck …

Ducks Don’t Play to Win and Get Romped

Darren Perkins Editorials 54 Comments

Good ole’ figures of speech such as “going down swinging,” “take a roll of the dice” and “gotta’ be in it to win it” didn’t apply to the Ducks on Saturday. The Ducks offense was the equivalent of a baseball team whose batters stood at the plate all game long with the bat firmly resting on their shoulders. They were …

Punchless Ducks Up Against the Ropes

Darren Perkins Editorials 40 Comments

It could have been worse. It could have been 2007, on the heels of Dennis Dixon’s knee injury against Arizona, when the Ducks stumbled into the Rose Bowl and couldn’t score a point, losing 16-0 to a hapless and free-falling UCLA. Though the Ducks had national championship aspirations that year, which had vanished in Tucson the week before, they still …

Stanford Defeat Seems Like Last Year — Explosive Bruins Wait Their Turn

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 24 Comments

Since the loss of quarterback Justin Herbert, long-suffering Duck fans have watched Oregon’s offense curl up and wither. Still “PTSD’d” from the Alamo Bowl two years ago, it has blurred the brighter, optimistic future that was on the horizon. After Braxton Burmeister threw two interceptions, Coach Willie Taggart threw away his pass play sheet and decided he would attempt a comeback …

Making Excuses for Willie Taggart

Cody Lonning Editorials 37 Comments

In his first press conference as the Oregon Football head coach, Willie Taggart presented his organizing mantra: ”Make no excuses. Blame no one. Do something.” With few exceptions, Taggart has stuck to his commitment to make no excuses. But if Taggart won’t make excuses for the Ducks, somebody must because our expectations for this year should be tempered by the good …