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Q&A: Willie Taggart talks about the upcoming spring game

In preparation for next week’s spring game, the Oregon football team played a scrimmage for its practice on Saturday. Head coach Willie Taggart addressed the media before practice kicked off and said that it would be played like an actual game, with coaches in the press box and on the sidelines. …

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Practice Report: Spotlight on 1-on-1 with spring game 8 days away

From the media’s 30-minute window into Oregon’s Friday practice, individualistic focus was part of the plan as the spring game sits just eight days away. Quarterback Justin Herbert appeared to be the No. 1 again with Travis Jonsen as the No. 2. Position groups worked with their counterparts as offensive lineman …

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Colt Lyerla sentenced to six months in jail

Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was sentenced to six months in jail on Wednesday, court records show. Lyerla pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery after he was accused of using counterfeit $50 bills at stores in March. Washington County prosecutors added the forgery charges after Lyerla was arrested …

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Practice Report: Royce Freeman getting his ‘groove’ back, Cristobal says offensive line ‘progressing well’

As Oregon passed the halfway point in its spring practice schedule this week, players have continued to put their best foot forward in an effort to stand out and learn new schemes as quickly as possible. On Wednesday, co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal said the team has progressed in his area of …

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Practice Report: Veterans return in the secondary, but everyone faces the challenges of a new scheme

One season ago, Oregon’s pass defense ranked 10 in the Pac-12 and allowed opponents to complete close to 65 percent of their passes. This season, though, the Ducks return veteran cornerbacks Arrion Springs, Tyree Robinson and Ugo Amadi as well as safeties Brenden Schooler, Khalil Oliver and Juwaan Williams who …

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QB Terry Wilson Jr. to transfer from Ducks program: ‘Thank you and farewell UO’

In a crowded stable of quarterbacks, Oregon redshirt freshman Terry Wilson Jr. has decided to transfer, The Oregonian reported Friday morning. Wilson confirmed his decision via social media on Friday afternoon. Wilson, who no longer appears on the school’s online football roster, wasn’t at Oregon’s Friday practice. Wilson posted on Instagram to confirm …

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Practice Report: Moving depth chart affecting every player on Oregon football

Oregon football players are competing for every starting position this spring, even the quarterbacks. Head coach Willie Taggart’s ever-changing depth chart is in full effect. Every day, the players learn how they performed in the previous practice based on where they stand on the practice’s individual depth chart. “It motivates us …

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Ducks land Clemson DT transfer Scott Pagano

Scott Pagano, one of the most sought after graduate transfers of the offseason, announced on Friday that he will enroll at Oregon for next season. Pagano took visits to Notre Dame and Oklahoma but ultimately selected the Ducks over the Sooners. Pagano will likely have an instant impact for the …

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New coaching staff continues to plug same up-tempo mentality

The Oregon football team will still go fast. At least that much is for certain. A new coaching staff brings change in multiple ways, but the offense will remain up-tempo. The Ducks ran from drill to drill in Wednesday’s practice, as they have done in the four others. They started with …

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With Freeman forgoing the NFL, Oregon football strives forward

Week two of Oregon football spring practice began on Monday and there is one thing that both coaches and players can agree on: They are happy that athletes like Royce Freeman and Darren Carrington, who were on the edge of declaring for the NFL, are back and ready to get the …

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Practice Report: Oregon opens its doors to the general public for first open practice in years

The scene at the Ducks’ spring practice on Saturday afternoon was somewhat historic. Spectators lined the sidelines of Oregon open practice as the program opened its doors to the general public for the first time in years as part of a new policy spearheaded by new head coach Willie Taggart. …

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Practice Report: Oregon football trains at high tempo with a positive spring outlook

In Oregon football’s second spring practice, tempo was fast, spirits were high and players looked eager to get going. The Ducks were going in and out of drills at a quick pace at high intensity given that it is only the first week of spring practices. As head coach Willie Taggart …

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Reporters pleased as Oregon’s new open football practice policy goes into effect

Head coach Willie Taggart is changing the way the Oregon football program interacts with the media, and reporters seem happy about the changes. On Wednesday, Taggart opened the Ducks’ first spring practice to the media. It’s a major diversion from policies of previous head coaches Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly, …

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Willie Taggart talks quarterback depth and team goals ahead of spring practices

Willie Taggart spoke to the media for about 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the team’s start to spring practices. Taggart discussed topics ranging from GPA to senior leadership to whether Justin Herbert will be the starting quarterback again next season. The former South Florida head coach appeared thrilled to …

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Former Duck Colt Lyerla arrested for heroin possesion one month after felony drug conviction

Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla was arrested for heroin possession and forgery Monday. He is currently being held at the Washington County Jail. Two weeks ago, Lyerla was sentenced to 18 months probation after his conviction in a 2016 heroin possession case in Washington County. Conditions of his probation include …

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UO releases findings of athletic department free speech investigation

***This story has been updated to include comments from athletic department spokesman Craig Pintens. The University of Oregon concluded its investigation of potential free speech policy violations by the athletic department this week. The investigation found that the athletic department did nothing illegal, but could improve its media relations in …

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Pro Day: Pharaoh Brown calls Emerald report “BS,” former Ducks perform for scouts

Scouts representing numerous NFL teams descended on the Moshofsky Center Thursday for Oregon’s annual Pro Day. In total, fourteen Oregon players had their measurements taken and performed drills in front of coaches, media members and scouts in hopes of being drafted in late April. Among the players in attendance were TEs Pharaoh Brown …

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Taggart completes staff with hiring of Johnson as WR coach

Willie Taggart’s staff is officially complete — for the second time since he was hired. After the departures of Jimmie Dougherty and David Reaves, Taggart had to fill two slots. The Ducks officially named Michael Johnson as wide receivers coach on Wednesday morning to finalize Taggart’s assistant coaching staff. Johnson …

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Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla convicted of felony heroin possession

Colt Lyerla, the former Oregon Ducks standout tight end, was convicted of heroin possession in Washington County court last week, court records show. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 14. Lyerla was arrested in a Portland suburb in August 2016 when police allegedly found him lighting and smoking a …

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Why Willie Taggart is not talking to The Oregonian’s lead Ducks beat reporter

Oregon’s new football coach is still upset over a Jan. 16 news report about an early season workout that sent three of his players to the hospital. The report resulted in the suspension of strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde for one month without pay. Head coach Willie Taggart, whom Oregon …

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