Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Jacob Capra (71), Oregon Ducks wide receiver Connor Berggren (80) and Oregon Ducks linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. (34) kneel with other players at the end of the game. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

With several injuries at linebacker, Lamar Winston Jr. could play key role on Saturday

When Oregon and Nebraska collide on Saturday, it will be a battle of pride. Whichever team wins will give its conference a big victory and signify that they are ready to compete for a conference championship. Likewise, the loser will further sink into college football’s graveyard of mediocrity. Here are the players to watch: OREGON …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) carries the ball for a touchdown. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
DuckSeasonFootballSports

Always a hopeful, never a finalist; is this the year for Freeman?

Oregon running back Royce Freeman has been one the most consistent players on the Ducks’ team since he first stepped foot on Rich Brooks Field as a freshman in late August 2014. In that game against South Dakota, Freeman rushed for a modest 75 yards on ten carries behind Byron …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks wide receiver Dwayne Stanford (88) is lifted up after a touchdown. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Battle between Oregon receivers and Nebraska secondary will be pivotal in week 3 matchup

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and Nebraska head coach Mike Riley are old friends. The coaches competed against one another for years in the Pac-12 before Riley bolted from Oregon State to Nebraska in 2015. Now in his second year at the helm of the Cornhuskers, Riley will once again face …

READ MORE →
Emeralds third baseman Wladimir Galindo (41) sits in the dug out after striking out. The Eugene Emeralds play the Everett AquaSox in game two of the Northwest League Championship series in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 12, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Emeralds fall to AquaSox 7-1, will play for championship on Tuesday

The Eugene Emeralds retuned home Monday night after getting the road victory Sunday in Everett, looking to win their first outright Northwest League title since 1975. However, the Ems were instead defeated 7-1 by the Everett AquaSox at PK Park, forcing a deciding game three on Tuesday night. After Bryson …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) carries the ball for a touchdown. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Oregon beats Virginia, but doesn’t ‘slam the door shut’

No. 24-ranked Oregon defeated Virginia 44-26 in front of a not-quite-sold-out Autzen Stadium crowd on Saturday night. A win is a win. But tonight’s 44-26 win over Virginia, as well as Oregon’s win against UC Davis, have been different. In recent seasons, Oregon has been known to trounce its preseason opponents. …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) throws downfield. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 9, 2016. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)
FootballSports

Prukop playing point guard in Oregon’s high-flying offense

Four and a half months ago, Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop got to showcase his knowledge and command of the Oregon offense for the first time. It was the Ducks’ 2016 spring game and Prukop, a senior transfer from FCS Montana State, finished the game by going 20-of-29 for 190 yards …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen (13) walks with the ball during warm ups. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Rapid Reaction: Oregon defeats Virginia 44-26

The No. 24 Ducks defeated Virginia 44-26 at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night. The Ducks got off to a slow start offensively in the first quarter, but kicked it up a notch in the second quarter and finished off the half leading 30-6. The second half, the Ducks were all about big …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Jake Hanson (55) and Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner (57) run out of the tunnel for warm ups. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Redshirt freshmen offensive linemen will be crucial to Oregon’s success

Legally, they can’t rent a car or drink a beer, but Oregon’s 2015 offensive line recruiting class has the weight of a division one offense on its shoulders. Left tackle Brady Aiello, left guard Shane Lemieux, center Jake Hanson and right tackle Calvin Throckmorton were four redshirt freshmen starters against …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) hands the ball off to Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21). The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Players to watch: Freeman, Mizzell could play decisive roles in week 2 matchup

Two different teams with different styles will enter Autzen Stadium on Saturday night but only one will leave with a win. The Ducks will be looking to get to 2-0 and gain some momentum before next week’s showdown with Big-10 power Nebraska. Meanwhile, Virginia is looking to notch its first …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) celebrates after bringing down a back behind the line. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
DuckSeasonFootballSports

Former Ducks continue to fly in the NFL

Over the past few years, Oregon has produced some of the top prospects in the National Football League. Just last year, two Ducks were selected in the NFL draft, but that is just the beginning of a long list of Ducks who have made NFL rosters. A veteran running back …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks place kicker Aidan Schneider (41) kicks the ball during warm ups. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

From walk-on to kickoff: Aidan Schneider is the most accurate kicker in Oregon history

As Oregon wrapped up practice shortly ahead of its encounter with TCU in the Alamo Bowl last season, head coach Mark Helfrich addressed his team. “We don’t usually do this,” he said, “But anyone who was an All-American this year, come to the front.” The Ducks’ three All-Americans, defensive end …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington II (7) catches the ball before running it in for a touchdown. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
FootballSports

Matchups To Watch: Oregon vs. Virginia

Does Oregon get the win over Virginia, making a statement that the Ducks are ready to go? Is this the week Royce Freeman gets his Heisman campaign going? Does Oregon’s defense stiffen up and make the day rough on the Cavaliers? There is so much to look forward to in …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) runs towards the end zone in the first half. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Eric Cech/Emerald)
FootballSports

Royce Freeman, the ‘quiet beast,’ mentally ready for 2016

Coming off an impressive 2015 campaign, Oregon junior running back Royce Freeman is set for another break-out season. He finds himself on countless preseason award watch lists – including the Heisman and Doak Walker – and his 3,201 yards rushing the last two years are the most by any player …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington II (7) celebrates with his teammates after his touchdown catch in the second half. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Eric Cech/Emerald)
FootballSports

AP Poll: Ducks remain at No. 24 after win over UC Davis

Oregon football’s 53-28 win over UC Davis in the opening game of the 2016 season wasn’t enough for a jump in the AP Top 25 Poll, which was released on Tuesday morning. The Ducks debuted at No. 24 in the preseason poll and remain ranked No. 24 in the second …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) laughs during warmups. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Eric Cech/Emerald)
FootballSports

Ducks look back on UC Davis, Justin Herbert speaks to media for first time

After a 53-28 victory over the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, the No. 24-ranked Oregon Ducks used Monday’s post-practice media to answer questions about their season-opening performance. Of the many storylines to emerge from game one, the performance of freshman linebacker Troy Dye stands out. His 11 total tackles and nation-leading …

READ MORE →
2016.09.03.EMG.EC.UO.FB.Vs.UC Davis006
FootballSports

Pac-12 roundup: first weekend brings mixed bag of results

College football is finally here, and there was plenty of action to fill the hearts of fans who had been starving for months. After weeks of fall camp, teams were finally able to hit someone else in games that counted. As coaches across the nation would tell you — in …

READ MORE →
The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Troy Dye delivers breakout performance for Oregon in first collegiate game

After Oregon’s final practice of the week on Thursday, defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said that the handful of freshmen who were slated to take the field for the Ducks in their season-opener on Saturday should expectedly be a little nervous. “If you’re not a little tight then I don’t know if …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks defensive back Arrion Springs (1), Oregon Ducks linebacker A.J. Hotchkins (55) and Oregon Ducks linebacker Jonah Moi (3) bring down UC Davis Aggies tight end Wesley Preece (45). The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Oregon defense offers mixed results as Brady Hoke unveils 4-3 scheme

At this point last season, Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke was out of football, one year removed from a stint as head coach at University of Michigan. Last Saturday Hoke returned to the sideline as Oregon’s defensive coordinator and watched as his revamped Duck defense delivered a mixed performance in …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks tight end Johnny Mundt (83) avoids the tackle of UC Davis Aggies defensive back Darryl Graham (21). The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Game recap: Ducks start slow, but pull away in second quarter in 53-28 win against UC Davis

The No. 24-ranked Oregon Ducks defeated the UC Davis Aggies 53-28 on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in the opening game of the 2016 season. The Ducks got off to a rocky start. After forcing a defensive stop, Oregon punt returner Charles Nelson muffed the catch, and the Aggies recovered in …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown (85) celebrates after Oregon scored a two point conversion. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Rapid Reaction: Oregon tops UC Davis 53-28 to notch season-opening victory

The No. 24 Oregon Ducks captured a 53-28 win over the UC Davis Aggies in their first game of the season at Autzen Stadium Saturday afternoon. After a 25-point effort in the first half, Oregon wasted no time getting on the scoreboard after halftime. Royce Freeman broke off a 49-yard …

READ MORE →
Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) escapes the tackle of UC Davis Aggies defensive lineman Anthony Baumgart (92). The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
FootballSports

Rapid Reaction: Ducks lead UC Davis 25-7 at halftime

The No. 24-ranked Oregon Ducks got off to a slow start while the UC Davis Aggies capitalized on early Duck mistakes in the season opening game for both teams. The defense allowed an early touchdown but tightened its play and held the Aggies to 108 total yards of offense in the …

READ MORE →
The Oregon Ducks host Cal at Autzen Stadium  on Nov. 7, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
FootballSports

What to watch for in Oregon’s season-opener with UC Davis

It’s been 245 days since Oregon found itself on the wrong end of one of the more devastating late-game collapses in recent memory. Much has changed for the Ducks since that loss. Standout quarterback Vernon Adams is gone, replaced by fellow graduate-transfer Dakota Prukop. Don Pellum was ousted as Oregon’s …

READ MORE →
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)
FootballSports

Kostecka: Is Justin Herbert right for backup quarterback role?

He entered fall camp as the relative unknown. He left as the star of it. The past four weeks have been a whirlwind for Oregon freshman quarterback Justin Herbert, but in the best way possible. Herbert began Oregon’s fall football camp as the expected fourth-string quarterback. It was expected he would …

READ MORE →
unnamed
FootballSports

Tight end trio: three seniors lead deepest unit in years

Oregon football is fast. Oregon football is quick. Oregon football is explosive. Speed kills and Oregon football has lived by it. Fans and the media like to focus on Oregon’s quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs — and for good reason; Oregon has always been stocked in those high-profile positions …

READ MORE →