Defensive coordinator Don Pellum on Aug. 18, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon secondary prepares for “dynamic” Eastern Washington offense

Even without quarterback Vernon Adams leading Eastern Washington’s offense, Oregon’s defense recognizes the challenge of facing Adams’s former team, led by quarterback Jordan West. “They have a very good (offensive) system,” Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum said after Wednesday’s practice. “I think their system allows them to compete with anyone …

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Mark Helfrich previews Oregon football’s matchup with EWU

Four days prior to Oregon’s first game of the season against Eastern Washington, head coach Mark Helfrich provided a scouting report of the Eagles and addressed some of the upcoming game’s most talked-about story lines: On EWU’S special teams:  From a special teams standpoint, these guys do a fantastic job. It’s a great …

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Gameday: Emerald staff predictions for the 2015-2016 Oregon football season

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Gameday” edition, which was released on Aug. 27. Copies are available on stands throughout Eugene.  Towards the end of fall camp, four Emerald writers predicted Oregon football’s record, who they’d lose to and the outcome of their final game in the 2015-2016 …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich talks to the media about preparing for the Ducks first game of the season against Eastern Washington University. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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VIDEO: Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks prepared for Saturday’s season-opener

Head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the media on Tuesday regarding the Ducks’ preparation for their first game of the season against Eastern Washington University, Saturday. Coach Helfrich commends the defense for its energy and effort, and is confident Vernon Adams will play against his former team at a high level. Watch and listen below.

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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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Gameday: Chris Seisay enters sophomore season with different approach

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Gameday” edition, which was released on Aug. 27. Copies are available on stands throughout Eugene.  With only one true starting defensive back returning for the Ducks this year, it’s no wonder that many analysts around the country predict this unit to …

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Oregon commits eight secondary violations during the 2014-15 school year

The University of Oregon has self-reported eight secondary violations to the NCAA that were committed by the athletic programs during the 2014-15 school year — news that was first reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Most of the violations, which span across multiple sports, seem innocent enough to the casual fan, though …

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Quarterback Vernon Adams leaving the field on his first day of practice on Aug. 14. (Samuel Marshall/Daily Emerald)
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Quick Hits: Vernon Adams named starter against Eastern Washington

-It took Vernon Adams a little over two weeks to win Oregon football’s starting quarterback job. Head coach Mark Helfrich explained on Saturday why they chose Adams over Jeff Lockie: “He’s just done a lot of good things, as have the other guys. The quarterback position is a lot better certainly …

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Video: Scott Frost discusses quarterbacks, EWU gameplan

Game week is upon us, as Oregon prepares for the season opener against Eastern Washington University this Saturday at 5 p.m.. Vernon Adams was named the starting quarterback for the Ducks over Jeff Lockie, Taylor Alie, Morgan Mahalak and Travis Jonsen. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost said he is confident in …

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Take a knee: Secondary coach John Neal calls Eastern Washington wideout ‘Superman’

Oregon secondary coach John Neal had more than a few nice things to say about Eastern Washington. Neal, who has been tasked with preparing for one of the best air attacks in the FCS’s recent history, wasn’t shy about praising the Eagles’ offensive talent. Here is what he had to …

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Running back Royce Freeman speaking to the media on Aug. 28, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Gameday: The uncertain face of Oregon football

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Gameday” edition, which was released on Aug. 27. Copies are available on stands throughout Eugene.  As the Oregon football program’s high-octane offense took the nation by storm over the past 10 years, there was never a question as to who the …

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Junior tight end Johnny Mundt being interviewed on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Gameday: Experience breeds confidence for Oregon football tight ends

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Gameday” edition, which was released on Aug. 27. Copies are available on stands throughout Eugene.  Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis are growing increasingly confident. The Oregon tight end duo, each in their third fall camp, experienced success early in their collegiate …

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Running back Royce Freeman speaking to the media on Aug. 28, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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VIDEO: Mark Helfrich explains why he chose Vernon Adams Jr. over Jeff Lockie at quarterback

Mark Helfrich explains why he chose Vernon Adams Jr. over Jeff Lockie for the starting quarterback position, and Royce Freeman expresses excitement for the first game of the 2015-2016 season. Follow Samuel Marshall on Twitter @samwow55

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Head coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on Aug. 29, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Practice recap: Oregon and Vernon Adams prepare for Eastern Washington

Saturday was Oregon’s annual fan day. It was also the one week mark for the Ducks’ season opener against FCS opponent Eastern Washington. “We’re going to watch their film —  which we already have — and look at their schemes,” Mark Helfrich said. “Then, it’s all about us.” Since naming …

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Lineman Doug Brenner after practice on Aug. 26, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Gameday: New-look Oregon offensive line builds camaraderie over summer

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Gameday” edition, which was released on Aug. 27. Copies are available on stands throughout Eugene.  Doug Brenner and Jake Pisarcik stood on a deck and watched as the rays from a mid-July sun adorned Triangle Lake in Western Oregon. The Oregon …

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Vernon Adams named starting quarterback for week one matchup against Eastern Washington

When Vernon Adams was without a team this offseason, training on his own in Cheney, Wash., his goal was to start against Eastern Washington – the school where he starred at quarterback for the last three seasons. On Friday afternoon, Adams’ new head coach, Mark Helfrich, made that a reality. Oregon released …

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Quick Hits: Oregon recruiting class slides in rankings after two four-star de-commitments

Eight months removed from a knee injury he suffered in the Rose Bowl, wide receiver Devon Allen’s short-term goals have changed. One long-term goal of his hasn’t. The Emerald’s Hayden Kim has the profile of the two-sport star athlete. Two 2016 recruits de-committed from Oregon in the past two weeks, causing …

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Jeff Lockie speaking to the media on Aug. 27, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Jeff Lockie sees too many penalties in scrimmage

The Ducks scrimmaged on Thursday, and Jeff Lockie said wants to improve upon the many penalties called. He also praised running back Taj Griffin, saying he looked “scary” Scott Frost talks about Vernon Adams, saying his head was spinning for a couple days during fall camp. Watch below:

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Jeff Lockie speaking to the media on Aug. 27, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Practice recap: Second scrimmage results in more question marks than answers

Walking out of the second scrimmage of the fall camp on Thursday, quarterback Jeff Lockie was left with mixed emotions as to how the offense looked. “As a team we did a good job of moving the ball, but still way too many penalties,” Lockie said. “Obviously, my number one …

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Devon Allen grows from life experiences outside of sports during rehab

Magnetized on the top right-hand corner of a white General Electric refrigerator is an 8×11 sheet of laminated paper. Look a little closer and you’ll see the title: DEVON’S GOALS. Take an even closer look and you’ll find three self-explanatory categories spread across the paper from left to right: short …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on Saturday Aug. 15, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Mark Helfrich discusses storylines heading into final scrimmage of fall camp

Oregon football will hold its final scrimmage of the fall camp on Thursday before taking a day off on Friday. After that, Saturday will be the only day the Ducks will practice before beginning preparations for Eastern Washington next Monday. During that time, Oregon coaches will finalize a depth chart, …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich surrounded by media after practice on Aug. 26, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Mark Helfrich discusses the team’s depth chart with defining scrimmage ahead

Head coach Mark Helfrich talks about depth chart positioning and who he may redshirt as an important scrimmage lies ahead tomorrow. Follow Samuel Marshall on Twitter @samwow55

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Defensive coordinator Don Pellum on Aug. 18, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Take a knee: Don Pellum wants to see defensive execution in last fall scrimmage

Less than a week of fall camp remains for the Oregon Ducks. In a couple days, Oregon will hold its final scrimmage before the season begins, which will allow the Ducks one more opportunity to evaluate both sides of the ball. Defensive coordinator Don Pellum spoke to a group of …

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Offensive coordinator Scott Frost speaks to the media after practice on Aug. 17, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Take a knee: Scott Frost on naming a starting quarterback, determining redshirts

With less than two weeks between Oregon football and its season opener against FCS opponent Eastern Washington, fall camp is quickly coming to a close. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost shared his thoughts for the final week of training camp with the media Monday afternoon. Do you think you’ll have enough …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich applauds after Oregon made a touchdown during the third quarter. The No. 6 Oregon Ducks play the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 16, 2013. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon football debuts at No. 7 in preseason AP Top 25 Poll

Oregon football debuted at No. 7 nationally in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 Poll, which was released Sunday morning. Ohio State was unanimously voted on at No. 1, followed by TCU, Alabama, Baylor, Michigan State and Auburn. Five other Pac-12 teams appear in the preseason poll, which is voted on weekly …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on Aug. 19, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Practice Recap: Oregon football’s depth chart expected to take shape next week

With the first game of the season exactly two weeks away, Oregon football’s focus at practice is transitioning from installing its overall system to evaluating potential starters. “We’re done installing, for the most part, in every phase,” head coach Mark Helfrich said after the final practice of the week on …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich ponders a question from a reporter on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Mark Helfrich addresses the media after week two of practice

Head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the media on Saturday, answering many depth chart questions. He expects the quarterback battle to “shake itself out” next week, and a depth chart should begin to take shape in 3-4 days. Follow Samuel Marsall on Twitter @samwow55

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Defensive coordinator Don Pellum on Aug. 18, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Practice Recap: Don Pellum on the defense’s progression in week two of camp

With the depth chart likely a week away from being finalized, defensive coordinator Don Pellum is almost done teaching his system. Once he finishes, the Ducks can begin preparing for their first game against EWU on Sept. 5. Pellum said the defensive scheme is “roughly 90 percent installed” and that …

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Oregon football to host North Dakota State in 2020

Oregon football will face off against North Dakota State at Autzen Stadium during the 2020 season, according to an announcement Friday morning. The game will be played on Sept. 5. The game will feature two of the most successful college football teams in recent years, as the Bison are the …

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Head coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on Saturday Aug. 15, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Quick Hits: Mark Helfrich calls DeForest Buckner Oregon football’s “X-factor”

– Much has been said about Oregon’s depth at its offensive skill positions. But head coach Mark Helfrich applied the “X-factor” label to a defensive player — defensive lineman DeForest Buckner — on Wednesday. Helfrich also revealed his plan to groom freshman players for the season. – On Thursday, running …

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Running Back Tony Brooks-James  is all smiles after practice on Thursday Aug. 20, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Discussing competition between Oregon running backs

Running backs coach Gary Campbell talked to the media on Thursday, dressed in all white per usual. He discusses competition and filling the void left by Thomas Tyner. Watch below.

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