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Former Oregon football player, Issac Dixon, arrested on assault charges

Former Oregon defensive back, Issac Dixon, was arrested Saturday morning by the Eugene Police, according to The Register Guard. Dixon, 23, is facing a fourth-degree assault charge, after being involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend at an apartment at the Chase Village complex. Dixon is currently in Lane County …

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"In honor of the holiday, a few of our Ducks football players spoke about their favorite memories with their moms, and why their moms are the best."  (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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A Mother’s Day tribute from Oregon football players

In honor of mother’s day, Oregon football players describe their favorite memories of their moms and why they are the best.

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Video: 2015 Spring Football Game

The University of Oregon hosted the 2015 spring football game on May 2. Fans were let in for free if they brought three non-perishable food items to the game. A special video tribute was played at halftime for star quarterback Marcus Mariota who was in attendance. Attendance for the game …

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu taken in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns

Former Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of Sunday’s NFL Draft. Ekpre-Olomu, a 5-foot-10 corner from Chino Hills, California, was selected with the 241st overall selection. Ekpre-Olomu finished his Oregon career with 161 tackles and nine interceptions. Ekpre-Olomu suffered a season-ending injury …

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Tui Talia (55) lifts teammate Charles Nelson (6) after Nelson scored a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks hold the spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Natalie Hardwicke/Emerald)
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Charles Nelson shows off as a two-way threat during Oregon spring game

What is Oregon going to do with Charles Nelson? After a freshman year in which he caught 23 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, the coaching staff decided to move Nelson to defense for the upcoming season. “Where he plays for the upcoming season will be based upon depth on …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Ty Griffin (10) prepares to launch the ball down the field. The Oregon Ducks hold the spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Team Pathway defeats Team Oregon 35-29 in Oregon spring game

On a bright, windy day, the Oregon football team played its 2015 season with its annual spring game. While much of the game was centered around the quarterbacks and who would replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, defensive back/wide receiver Charles Nelson stole the show. Nelson was electrifying in his 2015 …

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Former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu selected by the Chicago Bears

Hroniss Grasu is reuniting with former Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long in Chicago. Grasu was selected with the 71st overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Chicago Bears. Grasu started all 52 games he played in a Ducks uniform. He was named second-team All-American, first- team All-Pac 12 and was …

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Oregon Ducks offensive linesman Jake Fisher (75) reacts to the Oregon crowd's cheers after the end of the game. The No. 12 Oregon Ducks play the No. 18 UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on October 11, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Jake Fisher selected in second round by Cincinnati Bengals

Jake Fisher is heading to Cincinnati. With the  53rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cincinnai Bengals selected Fisher, an offensive tackle from Oregon. Fisher is now the third Oregon player to be chosen in the draft, behind Marcus Mariota (No. 2, Tennessee Titans) and Arik Armstead (No. 17, San Francisco …

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Oregon offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone speaks to the media after practice. Johnstone tore his ACL on December 30, 2013 and has not played football since. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Injuries at a cost, the inherent risks that come with football

“If we’re sitting here and I had to choose, would I take a concussion right now or would I want my knee blown out?” New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski asked on Showtime’s Jim Rome Show on April  2. “I’m going to say a concussion.” Despite growing knowledge of the long …

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Oregon’s Arik Armstead taken 17th by the San Francisco 49ers

Arik Armstead is heading to San Francisco, California. With the 17th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected Armstead, a defensive end from Oregon. Armstead is now the second Oregon player to be chosen in the first round of this year’s draft. Originally from Pleasant Grove High …

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Marcus Mariota selected second overall by the Tennessee Titans

In October, a Tennessee Titans fan started a “Suck for the Duck” campaign on Twitter. Now, Marcus Mariota is heading to Nashville. The former Oregon quarterback was selected Thursday night by the Tennessee Titans with the second overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. …

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Oregon's Tony Brooks-James is currently balancing spring football with the stress of being a full-time sprinter on the school's track and field team. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Dual-sport athlete Tony Brooks-James trying to make a name for himself

Redshirt freshman Tony Brooks-James has a competitive streak. Here at Oregon, he hopes to use that competitive nature to make a name for himself.

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"In honor of the holiday, a few of our Ducks football players spoke about their favorite memories with their moms, and why their moms are the best."  (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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The truth behind Oregon’s offensive “system”

Redshirt junior Jeff Lockie laughed and then smirked before answering the question – his first sign of emotion in a crowded media huddle. Normally, the brown eyed quarterback with the slightly coifed brown hair is relaxed, smiling as he answers questions about the competition for the starting quarterback position. His hands, holding …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said that the team will "exhaust every path to find the right guy, the right fit,” to replace former quarterback Marcus Mariota. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Hoyt: “Next man up” to be tested when Vernon Adams arrives in Eugene

A cliche will be tested by the Oregon football team when summer turns to fall. In football, the motto “next man up” is used often. Last season, Oregon constantly used the phrase, citing the importance of backup players replacing injured starters. When Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was injured before the start of …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Tyson Coleman (33) walks through defensive plays during practice. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Tyson Coleman is emerging from the shadows to become a leader of the defense

His job isn’t to make tackles. His job isn’t to sack the quarterback. His job isn’t to dominate the statistics sheet. His job is to be a stone wall. His job is to take on double teams and stand strong. That’s what Oregon outside linebacker Tyson Coleman does, and it’s just …

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Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) yells the play at the offensive line during the game. Halliday is graduating this year and redshirt sophomore Luke Falk will most likely replace him. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Spring football: Storylines around the Pac-12

Pac-12 North:  Oregon State University The Mike Riley era is over in Corvallis, Oregon and the Gary Andersen era begins. The former Wisconsin head coach will have his hands full coping with the depleted OSU roster. The Beavers have to replace Sean Mannion, the Pac-12’s all-time leader in career passing yards, …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeff Lockie (17) warms up his throwing arm. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks played the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington on Sept. 20, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice wrap up: Jeff Lockie discusses final week of practice, anticipation of spring game

Last year’s backup quarterback, Jeff Lockie is excited to show the coaches what he can do with the ball in his hands at the 2015 spring game.

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Practice wrap-up: Don Pellum believes defense may be further along than last spring

Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum believes that the Oregon defense has improved greatly since last year.

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Practice wrap up: Mark Helfrich says Chip Kelly ‘has a plan, has a method’ following Tebow news

Monday’s practice centered on the optimism for the post-Marcus Mariota era, a common theme for the Ducks this spring. Nearing the 2015 Spring Game, which is set for May 2, Mark Helfrich and Co. have embraced their potential depth at the quarterback position while they wait for Vernon Adams’ arrival. Jeff …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws the ball to a receiver during drills. Oregon’s 2015 class of draft-eligible athletes look to impress NFL scouts during Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice wrap up: Oregon football ends third week of practice, Marcus Mariota signs with Nike

The third week of Oregon spring football came to a close with a day of competitive scrimmages. Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum spoke after practice, saying his defense looked really good. Pellum said that his defense showed aggression, good communication and really good tackling. “And those are the things we have to …

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Frost, who believes the program has dealt with departures as well as anyone, remained optimistic about the handful of quarterback prospects who are patiently waiting in line. He is looking forward to seeing how his offense will try and fill the undeniable void that is Mariota. Oregon football held media availability after practice outside the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice wrap up: Scott Frost remembers Mariota, Charles Nelson continues to acclimate to secondary

The buzz surrounding Marcus Mariota’s departure has naturally begun to fizzle down. The 2015 NFL draft, which is set for an April 30 start, is a couple weeks away. Mariota has been projected to go in the top five by most. But that doesn’t mean reminiscing Mariota’s accomplishments have halted. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost …

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Oregon Ducks quarterbacks Morgan Mahalak (16) and  Taylor Alie (12) while warming up. The No. 9 Oregon Ducks played the University of Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on October 18, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Q&A: Morgan Mahalak discusses the quarterback position at Oregon

Oregon freshman Morgan Mahalak met with the media Friday morning to discuss his redshirt season and his relationship with fellow quarterback Jeff Lockie.

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Practice recap: Week two starts “sluggish,” Vernon Adams Jr. is in town

According to Oregon football head coach Mark helfrich, week one of practices went well. After reviewing film, Helfrich highlighted quarterback Jeff Lockie among other positions. But week two started in a “sluggish” manner. “We tried to do an extra tempo setter to get Easter gravy out of our system,” Helfrich …

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Practice Wrap up: Banged up veterans ease into spring practices

Spring practices are in full swing for Oregon football. With a May 2 date set for the annual spring game, the Ducks are trying to maximize their 15 allotted practices. As usual, the main objective of these practices is to get new players acclimated quickly as well as getting returning …

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Oregon freshman Charles Nelson (6) racked up 428 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in 2014, including a  performance in the Pac-12 Championship game in which he caught seven passes for 104 yards and carried the ball four times for 44 yards. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Charles Nelson makes unexpected switch to defense

After the first game of the 2014 season against South Dakota, it already looked as if Charles Nelson would mold into a similar version of former Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas. The comparison was too hard to resist. He graced No. 6 and had wowed an Autzen Stadium crowd on a …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich talks to a scout while watching drills. Oregon’s 2015 class of draft-eligible athletes look to impress NFL scouts during Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice wrap up: Oregon football ventures into life after Marcus Mariota

On Tuesday, the first day of spring practices, the Oregon football team started life after Marcus Mariota. The only issue with that venture? Mariota, along with former center Hroniss Grasu, was at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex to watch his former team’s first day of practice. “It was weird to see them without pads …

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Oregon Ducks quarterbacks Morgan Mahalak (16) and  Taylor Alie (12) while warming up. The No. 9 Oregon Ducks played the University of Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on October 18, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Spring football preview: The all-important question – Who’s at quarterback?

Oregon football is expected to undergo many transitional changes this spring.

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Oregon football’s B.J. Kelley and Jamal Prater forgo senior seasons

Offensive lineman Jamal Prater and receiver B.J. Kelley won’t return for their senior seasons with the Ducks.

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