In Defense of the Ducks Defense

Jay Garnett FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

In the immediate aftermath of the systematic dismantling of the Oregon Ducks by the Ohio State Buckeyes in last year’s inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, fans and analysts were left wondering: what’s next for this Duck program? ESPN’s KC Joyner published an article in the days following the title game debacle outlining exactly how the team was positioned heading …

2015 Oregon Spring Game Analysis: Curious Oddities

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 1 Comment

For this 2015 Spring Game analysis, I will focus on some of the odd things that emerged in the game and some of the single plays that amused me. These do not have a theme like last week’s analysis, but more of random curious plays that I believe you will find interesting as well. It was tremendous fun seeing our …

Oregon Spring Football: A Look at the Linebackers

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

On Monday — March 30 — Oregon will begin its spring practices and the page officially turned from the greatness that was the 2014 season. There are several key story lines to keep an eye on as the Ducks begin preparation for the new football season. The offense often gets the majority of the accolades, and rightfully so, but the …

Football Recruiting Notes: QBs and 2016 Defensive Recruiting

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Football Recruiting News You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the newest Oregon transfer. Quarterback Vernon Adams (Mission Hills, CA) not only is a challenger to start in 2015, but also might serve to catalyze the development of future quarterbacks in OC Scott Frost’s system. Incoming dual-threat Travis Waller is most likely in need of a redshirt year, as elements of …

Most Valuable Coaches (Not Named Helfrich)

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  Football is the ultimate team sport. There are 11 players on the field at once, all doing their part in a collective effort to either move the ball up the field, or get the ball back from the other team. For every quarter of football that is played, countless hours are spent by the coaching staff, as they prepare …

Tasty Tidbits from Media Day

Charles Fischer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

I am not a “professional,” per se, as I refuse to write the usual “blah-blah” that you’ll see from other media outlets, but then that is why this site began. I wanted more information, and to learn — and our readers have agreed. This Oregon Football Media day was like going down memory lane … in how similar it was to my …

Duck ‘Backers Set to Flock to the Ball in 2014

Casey Fluegge FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

The departure of Kiko Alonzo and Michael Clay after 2012 made last season a rebuilding year of sorts for the Duck linebacker corps, and some maintain the Ducks’ run defense suffered accordingly.  The numbers reveal that the Ducks gave up 169 ypg on the ground, up from 142 ypg the year before. How much that attributed to the extra loss …

Recruiting Update: Late Push Yielding Early Results in 2014?

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Kevin Cline Football Recruiting Visits Entering the twilight of the 2014 recruiting cycle, Oregon has made no bones about an unshakable desire to keep their tabbed recruits.  Now in mid-December, Oregon’s list of commits sits at 15 with several “still at-large” preps shoring up the final stages of their recruitment. This past weekend, longtime Oregon defensive back target Mattrell McGraw …

The Duckling Profile: Torrodney Prevot Could be Next Dion Jordan

Michelle Friedlander FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Craig Strobeck Third on the depth chart behind Boseko Lokombo and Tyson Coleman, is true freshman linebacker Torrodney Prevot.  The Texan from Alief Taylor High School in Houston, first committed to USC in July, 2012, but still scheduled visits to Texas A&M and Oregon.  Late in the recruiting process, after stating he would not be attending USC, it was rumored …

Ducks Plaster the Nicholls Colonels, 66-3

Mark Saltveit FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Craig Strobeck The Oregon Ducks demolished FCS doormat Nicholls as expected Saturday afternoon, by a score of 66-3, but the game gave the plucky Colonels some reasons to feel proud, and the Ducks’ coaches areas to improve this season. Speculation that the Ducks would pass more under Coach Helfrich proved unfounded on Saturday.  For the first time in history, three …

Meet Your New Ducks: 4-Star from Texas…Enough Said

Joe Packer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

There’s always tons of hype surrounding football recruits out of Texas.  It’s the mecca of high school football and has consistently produced an elite level of talent.  As Oregon has emerged as a national title contender year in and year out, they’re finding themselves on the hot-lists of these kinds of highly touted recruits.  Some of these players have turned …

Oregon Football Recruiting Manifesto: What Happened in 2012-2013?

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 26 Comments

This multi-week series will attempt to take a reasonable, logical and unbiased look at Oregon’s recent recruiting successes and failures while analyzing the program’s recruiting philosophy under Chip Kelly.  The series will then look at how that philosophy already has and may continue to evolve under Mark Helfrich before ending with a detailed breakdown of the author’s ideal recruiting blueprint. …