Six Games to Define Ducks’ Season

Mike Merrell Editorials 18 Comments

The top and bottom of the food chain is fairly easy to predict. The shark eats the minnow every time. Predicting what happens in the middle of college football’s food chain, however, is another matter. And this is the first season in ages that Oregon fans are entering with general expectations to be somewhere in the middle. Not a minnow. …

Why Ducks Fans Should Root for Thomas Tyner As a Beaver

Bob Rickert Editorials 16 Comments

“Once a Duck, always a Duck.” And, “It’s not like he went to the Huskies.” Those are the first two things that came to mind when I heard Thomas Tyner was going to graduate, transfer to Oregon State and resume his football career for a year. The former all-everything back at Aloha High School and former Duck says he’ll be …

Recent History Puts Royce Freeman on Heisman Trajectory

Joey Holland Editorials 5 Comments

Over the past three years, Marcus Mariota made it easy to forget that Oregon football’s modern identity heavily revolves around a dominant running game. The Ducks have provided college football fans with some of the most explosive ground attacks in recent memory, featuring a long line of star backs. Although you could argue that there are two or three future …

Oregon Ducks Football: “Fast Tony” Sees Opportunity in Backfield

Jordan Ingram Editorials 13 Comments

Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com from Autzen Stadium at Oregon Football Media Day. The news of Oregon Ducks running back Thomas Tyner‘s recent shoulder surgery has definitely changed the playing field in Eugene. Tyner will almost definitely miss the entire 2015 season, which is tragic for Oregon’s very own five-star recruit from Aloha High School. But just like an army supporting their fallen brother, a talented group of …

Matt Wogan — His Leg Is Ready for 2015

Kylie Stiglbauer Editorials, FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

With the start of the college football season only 22 days away, football fans have become increasingly excited about the upcoming year. As the season draws near, the Oregon Ducks have been preparing themselves for another outstanding season. The recent news of Thomas Tyner’s surgery has left many wondering how the team will make up for his absence. There has been …

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Thomas Tyner’s Injury Thrusts Spotlight on Royce Freeman … Again

Caleb Couturie Editorials, FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

For a second consecutive season, the Oregon Ducks will have to figure out a way to win without star RB Thomas Tyner. On Sunday, it was announced that Tyner will miss all of the 2015 season due to shoulder surgery, a blow to a Ducks’ offense already struggling to find an identity in the wake of Marcus Mariota‘s departure. Famous for their running …

2015 Duck Darkhorse: Tony Brooks-James

Brian Perry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Versatility is the calling card of the Oregon Ducks football program. Multi-threat athletes are at every position, giving the Ducks a huge advantage on the gridiron. Oregon football is recognized for its quarterbacks of the past such as Dennis Dixon, Darron Thomas, and Marcus Mariota and their ability to fool defenses with a very diverse running and passing attack. Year in …

Ducks Dominate the Top Players List of the Pac-12

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Over the past month, Jack Follman from “Pacific Takes” at SB Nation, has been doing a six-part list of the “Top 100 2015 Pac-12 Players,” and naturally, there are several Oregon players listed. So, let’s discuss how the list ended up. The Ducks take the top spot on the list with 17 players in the top 100, with UCLA and USC …

Royce Freeman — The Next Oregon MVP?

Noah Smith FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

ESPN writer Kevin Gemmell understands Oregon and its offense more than your typical national writer or talking head. As he correctly points out, “What do you think of when you think of Oregon? Fine, after all of the uniform combinations. You think of offense. And specifically, the ground game.” OK, so he has the requisite “too many jerseys” one-liner, but he understands that …

Ducks Reloading, Not Rebuilding for 2015 Campaign

Jay Garnett FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

In an article posted to the ESPN Pac-12 Blog on July 2, Travis Haney delved into the question marks surrounding the top teams in each division of the Power 5 conferences (ACC Atlantic and Coastal, Big Ten East and West, Big 12, Pac-12 North and South, and SEC East and West). For his section on the Pac-12 North, Haney naturally elected …

The Top Three Least Outrageous Headlines for Next Season’s Offense

Caleb Couturie FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 11 Comments

There’s already been a lot of speculation about the outcome of Oregon’s 2015 season, despite the fact that the team has had very little time to practice with its full roster. As is customary with the football off-season, the media (FishDuck.com included) does its best to deliver popular and provocative headlines that create conversations among Duck fans. Some headlines are …

Oregon Can Be the Next Back-to-Back Heisman Winners

Noah Smith FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

In the history of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, only two colleges have had back-to-back Heisman winners — in 1945 and 1946 by Army with fullback Doc Blanchard and running back Glenn Davis winning the award. Then 28 years later when Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won the award twice in 1974 and 1975. Coming off Marcus Mariota’s Heisman Trophy season, could Oregon be the …