Oregon Ducks linebacker Torrodney Prevot (86) celebrates his sack of Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4). The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot under investigation for criminal offense, Prevot suspended

Update at 6:48 p.m.: Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of the university and Department of Athletics codes of conduct, head coach Mark Helfrich said. His status as a student-athlete will be further evaluated. Oregon senior linebacker Torrodney Prevot, a key player for the Ducks …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on April 11, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon depth chart: Prukop earns starting QB spot, Herbert named as backup

Oregon football announced today on Twitter that senior transfer Dakota Prukop will start at quarterback when the Ducks open their season against UC Davis on Sept 3 at Autzen Stadium. True freshman — and Eugene native — Justin Herbert was named his backup. Depth chart for Week 1 vs. @UCDfootball #GoDucks #UCDvsUO pic.twitter.com/iDfxo9NaL1 …

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Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke speaks to the media on April 22, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Hoke not happy with defense in final scrimmage, Helfrich likely to name starting QB later this week

When Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke was asked if Oregon’s defense had improved how he’d hoped in Oregon’s third week of fall camp, he gave a stark and candid answer. “No, not at all,” Hoke told reporters after Oregon’s final fall scrimmage. “We’re a long way from being any kind …

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Devon Allen talks with reporters on August 25, 2016. (Kylee O'Connor/Emerald)
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There’s ‘not much more’ for Devon Allen to do in collegiate track and field

Although wide receiver Devon Allen went to the Olympics to represent the United States, NBC’s television coverage showed him, more often than not, as a University of Oregon representative. Whenever Allen was spotlighted throughout the coverage, much of the talk centered around his role on the Oregon football team, as …

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Dakota Prukop and Travis Jonsen each provide a different solution to Oregon’s quarterback question

Freshman quarterback Travis Jonsen sits at a table by himself and fields seemingly endless  questions at Oregon’s media day on Aug. 8. Does he see himself as a dual-threat quarterback? Is he completely healthy? If he were a Pokemon, which one would he be? Jonsen sheepishly smiles and answers all …

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Webfoots' Darren Carrington (7) runs to the endzone. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Ducks hold physical practice as UC Davis looms

Monday’s practice was cut short with Tuesday’s in mind. Head coach Mark Helfrich stated that today would be the most physical practice of camp with one-on-one special teams and a variety of other drills. “It was physical, and a bunch of competitive situations in every phase,” Helfrich said after practice. …

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Practice Report: Prukop appears to be solid at No. 1; Herbert challenging Jonsen for backup

With Oregon less than a week away from preparing for its season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 3, the jockeying for spots on the quarterback depth chart is still up for grabs — at least the spot most fans didn’t expect. Entering fall camp, it was widely expected that incoming …

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Oregon defensive back Chris Seisay (12) salutes the Oregon crowd during the second half. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon cornerback Chris Seisay reportedly leaves team

Oregon’s secondary unit was looking to bounce back this year after struggling tremendously last season. On Sunday, the Ducks’ hopes of rebuilding on defense took a slight hit when it was reported that junior cornerback Chris Seisay has left the team. The story was first reported by 247 Sports.  Seisay was …

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The Oregon flag is brought out before the game. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon comes in at No. 24 in AP preseason poll

With college football just around the corner, the Associated Press has released its preseason top 25 teams in the country, with Oregon coming in at No. 24. Reigning National Champion Alabama comes in at No.1 on this list, as they added the top recruiting class in the nation to an already …

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Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke speaks to the media on April 8, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Linebacker battle still a toss-up but Hotchkins ‘playing at a little higher level’

As the second week of fall camp approaches it’s final days there, are still many question marks regarding what Oregon’s depth chart  will look like come the start of the season. Yet some questions are beginning to get answers. Dakota Prukop has begun to separate himself in the competition for …

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Report: Oregon offensive linemen Zach Okun suffers injury, taken to ER

Oregon offensive linemen Zach Okun was transported to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend after suffering an injury in practice on Wednesday. Andrew Greif of The Oregonian initially reported the story. An ambulance was requested to Oregon atheltic department at 11:29 a.m. A nursing supervisor in the emergency department told …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks host an open practice on April 25, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Ducks hold first scrimmage of fall camp, Prukop beginning to separate in quarterback race

Oregon football held its first scrimmage of fall camp today at Autzen Stadium, and like any first attempt, it had rough moments. “The scrimmage was very inconsistent,” head coach Mark Helfrich told reporters after practice. “We held out a bunch of skill guys…[so] there was an opportunity for backup skill …

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Practice Report: First day in pads has Oregon attacking at a more aggressive pace

One of the main improvements Oregon wanted to see entering this upcoming season was to play faster and more physical on defense. It’s been three and a half months since the Ducks really hit each other and after the first day of full pads, improvement was definitely seen. “The intensity level …

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Head Coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on April 11, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Helfrich: Oregon secondary ‘mixed bag’ as first week of fall camp winds down

As anyone who followed Oregon football last year knows, its secondary was abysmal. Nationally, in 2015, the Ducks’ 301.2 passing yards allowed per game were the third worst in the country, surpassed only by conference foe Arizona State (321.7) and Indiana (326.3). Oregon’s secondary last year was the cause of many …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks host an open practice on April 25, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon quarterbacks beginning to find rhythm after third day of fall camp

Oregon’s Wednesday afternoon practice marked the first workout of the year in which players were allowed to wear shells. With shoulder pads and helmets, players were allowed to hit, but not tackle to the ground. “First three days of camp have gone pretty well,” quarterback Travis Jonsen said. “Obviously there’s …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich heads back to the locker room at the end of the spring game. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon opens 2016 season with Media Day

The wait is finally over. After stewing over last season’s 47-41 triple overtime loss for the previous eight months, the Ducks can now officially put that game behind as they have begun preparations for the upcoming season by beginning camp on Monday. While most of the talk surrounding the next …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Torrodney Prevot (86) celebrates his sack of Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4). The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon defensive line preview: Hoke looks to revamp pass rush with switch to 4-3 scheme

With the departure of second team All-American DeForest Buckner, Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke will turn to a deep group of young players to step up on the defensive line as he implements a new 4-3 scheme. At times last season, Buckner played like a one-man army, obliterating opposing double teams while lining …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) pumps up the defenses before they warm up. The No. 15 Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl at The Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016.
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Oregon linebackers preview: all new starters will be key for success next season

2015 was a year that the Duck’s defense probably wants to put behind them. Oregon ranked either at the bottom or close to it in almost every important defensive category in the conference. It was last in scoring defense and total defense as well as second-worst in passing defense, trailing …

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Oregon's offensive line took a hit in the offseason when Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hroniss Grasu and Andre Yruretagoyena all left the team.
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Oregon offensive line preview: Line must be rebuilt, but talent is there

It does not matter who Oregon’s quarterback is if they are constantly on their back. The Oregon offensive line will be rebuilding around two experienced upperclassmen: Tyrell Crosby and Cameron Hunt. With Tyler Johnstone, Matt Hegarty and Matt Pierson departing from the line this offseason, Crosby and Hunt will be the leaders …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington (22) reaches out to catch the first touchdown pass of the half. The No. 15 Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl at The Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon wide receiver preview: Ducks boast one of deepest pass-catching groups in the nation

With five wideouts returning, as well as a promising freshman and a handful of running backs who can step in and play slot receiver, Oregon has one of the deepest receiving units in all of college football. Redshirt junior and 2015 second team All-Pac 12 selection Darren Carrington will be lead a …

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Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) pulls out of the tackle of California Golden Bears linebacker Hardy Nickerson (47). The Oregon Ducks host Cal at Autzen Stadium on Nov 7, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon running back preview: Freeman leads deep stable of athletic backs

The 2016 group of Oregon running backs will continue to be an unyielding powerhouse with the return of the nation’s fourth-leading rusher, junior Royce Freeman, along with Taj Griffin, Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit. Freeman will be eligible for the NFL draft following this season, and could be in the …

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Webfoot quarter back Travis Jonsen (11) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon Quarterback Preview: Prukop and Jonsen too close to call heading into fall camp

The biggest question mark heading into the 2016 season is a lot like the question heading into 2015: who will be taking the snaps at the quarterback position? Despite there being five signal-callers on the roster, the quarterback competition appears to be narrowed down to either Dakota Prukop or Travis Jonsen heading …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Kirk Merritt (11) breaks into open space while running with the ball. Oregon Ducks linebacker Justin Hollins (11) The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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All-purpose athlete Kirk Merritt will transfer from Oregon

Oregon all-purpose standout Kirk Merritt will transfer from Oregon, according to a report from DuckTerritory. According to the report, Duck head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed the news through an Oregon Sports Information Director. Merritt also confirmed the news via his Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/o4TEUxZmeG — Kwik™ ⚡️ (@kirkmerritt33) June 21, 2016 …

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Former Oregon offensive lineman sues NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions

Lawyers representing Daniel Cook, who was an Oregon offensive lineman from 1971-73 , are suing the NCAA and Pac-12 for concealing information about long-term effects of concussions, according to The Oregonian. The suit alleges that Cook sustained multiple concussions and was knocked out between 15 and 30 times while playing …

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The Webfoot and Mighty Ducks offensive and defensive lines set during the fourth quarter. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Brady Hoke’s shift in scheme has Oregon defense headed in right direction

All spring, Brady Hoke has stated that he wants to hear football. He wants to hear the collisions; the clashing of pads; the tackles. He wants to see Oregon play a more physical brand of football than it did last season, when the Ducks gave up more points than any team …

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Pro-style quarterback Ryan Kelley de-commits from Oregon

Ryan Kelley, an Oregon class of 2017 commit and top quarterback recruit, announced Tuesday night that he has de-committed from the UO. Kelley thanked the university on Twitter but cited “some changes” as the reason for his withdrawal. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound prospect out of Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona was …

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Travis Jonsen (11) makes a pass for the Webfoots. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Still no clear front-runner in Oregon quarterback competition

Midway through the second quarter of Oregon’s spring game, redshirt freshman quarterback Travis Jonsen broke free for a 20-yard scamper before stepping out of bounds – half caused by a shove, half by his own will. It was a sequence that adequately summarized the afternoon for Oregon’s quarterback group. Jonsen’s Webfoots …

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Mighty Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (1) catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Dillon Mitchell lives up to high expectations in Oregon’s spring game

Few players garnered as much praise from teammates and coachers as freshman wide receiver Dillon Mitchell during Oregon’s spring practices the past four weeks. In the Ducks’ annual spring game at Autzen Stadium Saturday, Mitchell lived up to his lofty reputation. He caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Dakota Prukop and led Mighty Oregon to a …

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