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USC can thank Oregon
Oregon certainly didn’t go into Corvallis on Saturday with any other agenda other than to knock the rival Beavers around a bit in the state's Civil War. Of course, dethroning Oregon State from Pac-10 champion-elect in a 65-38 rout was just the glaze on top of the doughn...
5 years, 11 months ago   |   USC can thank Oregon ( 1 )
Oregon secondary must step up
Oregon entered this college football season with not one, not two but three Jim Thorpe Award nominees in Patrick Chung, Walter Thurmond III and Jairus Byrd. Somehow, though, the Ducks' pass defense is 105th in the nation, ranked last in the Pac-10. With all that suppos...
5 years, 12 months ago   |   Oregon secondary must step up ( 1 )
Oregon’s new habit - letting opponents back in the game
Two weeks ago, it took running back LeGarrette Blount to seal the deal for Oregon against Stanford in the closing seconds. This past weekend against Arizona was no different. For the second consecutive week, the team had to claw its way back to win after becoming conse...
6 years ago   |   Oregon’s new habit - letting opponents back in the game ( 1 )
Like him or not, Bellotti proves he’s a risk-taker
Saturday's game was a tough one for Oregon, which scored the game-winning touchdown with six seconds left and left Autzen Stadium with a 35-28 victory over supposedly lowly Stanford. Make no mistake, the Oregon offense was uglier than the icky weather it had to play in...
6 years ago   |   Like him or not, Bellotti proves he’s a risk-taker ( 0 )
Oregon’s inability to pass is baffling
On one hand, you have to ask how Oregon lost to Cal, 26-16, over the weekend. Sure, the Bears are always difficult in Berkeley, but they also had a glaring weak spot that the Ducks could have exploited. The stress point was there; all Oregon had to do was squeeze. Ala...
6 years ago   |   Oregon’s inability to pass is baffling ( 1 )
Oregon matches up well with Cal
It’s difficult to segregate various levels of total ineptitude. Last week we knew Arizona State was going to be Oregon’s easiest opponent for the rest of the season, but no one knew the Sun Devils would be that easy. You have to credit Arizona State more for Oregon’s 54...
6 years ago   |   Oregon matches up well with Cal ( 2 )
Oregon midseason report: It’s ugly, but it’s not over
OK, so it’s really just past the midway point of the Oregon Ducks’ season. But the bye week, which came after seven games instead of six, is the best time for a review. With the quarterback carousel, injuries and poor pass defense, things haven't been pretty in Eugene....
6 years, 1 month ago   |   Oregon midseason report: It’s ugly, but it’s not over ( 1 )
Dropped passes, unopen receivers force Masoli to run wild
On the surface, when you have two NFL-caliber halfbacks in LeGarrette Blount and Jeremiah Johnson, you really don’t need dual-threat quarterbacks like sophomore Jeremiah Masoli and freshman Chris Harper to do a bunch of running. But when your quarterback (Masoli) rushes...
6 years, 1 month ago   |   Dropped passes, unopen receivers force Masoli to run wild ( 1 )
No Thorpe winners for Oregon this season
It’s hard to believe a player will win any sort of college football award when his team is abysmal in the general stat categories for which the honor is given. Look at Oregon, which has three players nominated for the Jim Thorpe Award (given to the nation's top defensiv...
6 years, 1 month ago   |   No Thorpe winners for Oregon this season ( 0 )
Ball control, first-half burst will give Oregon fighting chance against USC
Now that the warm-ups are over, it’s time for the Oregon Ducks to swim or get out of the pond. In spite of a 4-1 mark, Oregon has only looked grand against far inferior opponents. The Ducks' 2-0 mark in the Pac-10 appears impressive on the surface, but those wins wer...
6 years, 1 month ago   |   Ball control, first-half burst will give Oregon fighting chance against USC ( 0 )
Ducks find future in Thomas amid ugly loss
On Saturday, for the second week in a row, the Oregon Ducks came out flat in the first half; unlike two weekends ago, though, it cost them big this time. The Ducks, who entered last Saturday’s game against Boise State as the fourth-ranked rushing squad in the nation,...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Ducks find future in Thomas amid ugly loss ( 0 )
Oregon’s offense rolling early
For the second straight weekend, Oregon starting quarterback Nate Costa -- said to be the perfect fit for coordinator Chip Kelly’s spread offense -- was out because of an injury. As they did two weekends ago, Kelly and head coach Mike Bellotti played the same three ba...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Oregon’s offense rolling early ( 0 )
Newfound offensive depth should allow Oregon to exceed expectations
If Saturday’s 44-10 rout over Washington is any indication of what’s to come for Oregon this year, the Ducks will be right back in the Pac-10 race; at some point in 2008, they might even turn into a front-runner to win a conference title. The Ducks' 44-point output...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Newfound offensive depth should allow Oregon to exceed expectations ( 0 )
Oregon preview: Any Pac-10 title chance in ’08?
The Oregon Ducks were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 after the conference’s recent Media Days wrapped. Others are choosing them third, behind Arizona State and -- surprise -- USC. If Oregon does finish third, it’ll be hard for fans to be upset when you consid...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Oregon preview: Any Pac-10 title chance in ’08? ( 0 )
Ducks need to worry about Locker’s legs
Because Washington quarterback Jake Locker led the Huskies to a 34-point showing against Oregon last season, the Ducks -- who put up 55 and won rather handily -- surely know how talented the signal-caller is. Only two other teams -- Oregon State and Arizona -- amasse...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   Ducks need to worry about Locker’s legs ( 0 )
Stevens’ move to center should only be temporary
It’s commonplace for college football coaches to play musical chairs with players to find the right fit. But when coaches move a highly rated recruit from the position that he made his name at to begin with, it's obviously a big risk. That was the case with Oregon...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   Stevens’ move to center should only be temporary ( 1 )
RF365 exclusive: Man-to-man coverage with Oregon’s Steve Greatwood
RealFootball365 would like to thank Oregon offensive line coach and assistant head coach Steve Greatwood for taking time with us and discussing his thoughts on this year’s offensive line and his expectations for 2008 in this exclusive interview. *** Q: Entering fall...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   RF365 exclusive: Man-to-man coverage with Oregon’s Steve Greatwood ( 0 )
Dual-QB system could be temporary salve for Oregon
If Oregon’s quarterback situation is as grim as many have stated, perhaps one solution is to use a pair of signal-callers. Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has clearly stated that rising junior Nate Costa is the front-runner to become the starter; however, the fact i...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   Dual-QB system could be temporary salve for Oregon ( 3 )
MLB position key to Oregon’s defense
Other than Oregon, six of the remaining nine Pac-10 teams return no fewer than three starters to their offensive lines from last season. Of those 20 total linemen, 12 are on the interior (four centers, eight guards). What that means for the Ducks is trouble if the defen...
6 years, 4 months ago   |   MLB position key to Oregon’s defense ( 1 )
Quackers pick up kicker commitment in Bowlin
Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) kicker Mike Bowlin gave his pledge to the Oregon Ducks on Friday for the 2009 class. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder reportedly was highly consistent at field goals last year inside 50 yards and has the leg to regularly boom it 55 yards and...
6 years, 4 months ago   |   Quackers pick up kicker commitment in Bowlin ( 1 )