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 …

Oregon Football 6-6? No.

Mike Merrell Editorials 55 Comments

As a general rule, nobody likes to be wrong. There’s a growing consensus that the 2017 Ducks are looking at a 6-6 season. In the past week, both Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News and Andrew Greif of Oregonlive have joined our own Mr. FishDuck, Charles Fischer, in assessing the Ducks as the acme of mediocrity. If the …

Top 7 Ducks Underclassmen

Jason Selby FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

It’s always nice to have youth, especially in the ever-evolving world of college football. With youth comes great excitement and thrill. Typically, the goal is to have the younger athletes learn from those that have been there before them, in the hope of providing both short-term stability and long-term longevity. In my most recent article, An Oregon Ducks Dynasty in the Making, …

The Jake Fisher Effect: Aggressive Oregon Offensive Linemen!

Charles Fischer Talent Evaluation 3 Comments

Offensive tackle Jake Fisher may end up leaving a legacy at Oregon far beyond winning a ton of games; he may have changed the perspective and attitude of the Duck offensive line forever. Tyler Johnstone said it well in a Chris Dufresne article for the LA Times. “He’s not a ‘win-one-for-the Gipper’ guy. He doesn’t give speeches. He’s just a …

Flexibility and Versatility are keys to Oregon Football Success

Max Thornberry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Charles Nelson is a perfect picture of what Oregon football represents. Athleticism, strong work ethic and above all a willingness and ability to stretch himself. The sophomore exploded on to the scene as a rookie, showcasing his physical capabilities as he caught 23 passes for five touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per catch. Nelson has spent the offseason training with the defense, …

Steve Greatwood: Building Depth and Continuity on Offensive Line

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Jordan Ingram interviewed Oregon Football offensive line coach Steve Greatwood yesterday for FishDuck.com at the University of Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. An offensive line often gets little or no credit for a football team’s success – and with a spread team that scores points in bunches, that underappreciation is even more true. But no group is more paramount to Oregon’s success than the …

Leadership on the Line Not a Concern for the Ducks

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Mike Sweeney of FishDuck.com was at the Hatfield-Dowlin complex on Friday covering week one of spring practice for the Ducks where sophomore offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming season. The Ducks will be hard pressed to repeat the historic season they had in 2014 considering the changes that are being made to the offensive line as …

Oregon Will Win National Football Crown

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 9 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Though some firmly deny it and others don’t dare to hope it, it’s just a matter of time. The Oregon Ducks will win a national football championship, more likely sooner than later. But first, a matter that is just a tiny bit off the subject. I received some news this weekend that can only be classified as …

Remembering the Offensive Line: A Look towards 2015

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

If there was a weakness for the Ducks last year, it was without a doubt, the offensive line. As difficult as it is to say, the line play is the reason we lost the Arizona game, and almost lost against Washington State. But when we got healthy, we were once again the usual explosive offense us Duck fans were used …

Looking Ahead to 2015: Three Reasons Ducks Will Repeat as Pac-12 Champs

Spencer Thomas FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

The collective wisdom from popular media seems to be that the Oregon Ducks football team will take a step back in 2015. On January 19, ESPN’s Ted Miller predicted that the South Division will produce the Pac-12 football champion next season. Other recent articles have focused on how Oregon must improve, or adapt, in the post-Marcus Mariota era to repeat …

Helfrich Explains: A Clockwork Oregon Line

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Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com from the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex Sunday night about the Coach Mark Helfrich press conference. All season, questions have swirled around Oregon’s offensive line, but with the loss of veteran center senior Hroniss Grasu, growing concerns were cast asunder with yet another tight knit performance from Oregon’s heavyweights. In his press conference, head coach Mark Helfrich spoke to the challenges and resiliency …

Could Injuries Affect Oregon’s Hopes of Reaching the National Championship?

Austin Willhoft FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

During last Saturday’s game against Utah, the Ducks suffered some significant injuries to some key players. Cornerback Ifo-Ekpre Olomu left early in the game with a bad toe injury, while center Hroniss Grasu went down with a devastating knee injury late in the game. However, the most serious injury that occurred was that to tight end Pharaoh Brown, who was eventually …