Oregon Ducks wide receiver Kirk Merritt (11) get by Oregon State Beavers linebacker Sam Kuschnick (42) to score a touchdown. 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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Kirk Merritt could be the most intriguing player in Oregon’s offense this fall

In the last decade, Oregon has produced a long list of speedy playmakers at the receiver position. De’Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff and Bralon Addison are all former Ducks who thrived as undersized pass catchers. Kirk Merritt could be the next Oregon player of that mold, and he may be the most athletic …

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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)
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DeForest Buckner selected seventh overall by San Francisco 49ers in NFL Draft

The San Francisco 49ers  selected former Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner with the seventh overall pick Thursday in the 2016 NFL Draft. Buckner will reunite with newly hired 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, who coached Buckner in 2012 — Kelly’s last season at Oregon. Arik Armstead, who played on Oregon’s …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) escapes the pocket on the run in the first half. The No. 7 Oregon Ducks travel to East Lansing, Michigan to do battle with the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans on September 12, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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How does Vernon Adams stack up against Jared Goff?

Former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams is one of at least nine Ducks who could potentially be selected this weekend at the 2016 NFL Draft. Adams is the most intriguing prospect of the group. After dominating Pac-12 defenses during his lone, historically efficient season at Oregon, Adams is now attempting to erase the notion of what a prototypical …

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Oregon Offensive Lineman Jake Hanson speaks to the media on April 22, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Jake Hanson builds on redshirt season to compete for Oregon’s starting center job

Oregon appeared to be starting from scratch at center following the departure of fifth-year senior Matt Hegarty last season. Both Hegarty and quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. were injured in their last collegiate game – a 47-41, triple-overtime collapse to TCU in the Alamo Bowl last January. The two watched from the …

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Pharoah Brown (85) runs a route. The Oregon Ducks host an open practice on April 25, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore.
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Pharaoh Brown makes strides in his return to football this spring

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown couldn’t walk a year ago, months after he suffered a leg injury so gruesome that ESPN elected not to air it during a national TV broadcast. During fall camp last season, a reporter asked Brown why he still played football. Brown responded, “The same reason you’re a journalist — it’s what …

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Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3) throws for a first down. The unranked Oregon Ducks travel north in hopes of extending their 11 game win streak against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 17, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Pac-12 spring storylines: Question marks at quarterback for many teams

Football season is still months away, but the Pac-12 isn’t short on storylines. Spring – for much of the conference – has raised more questions than answers. Will Stanford continue to have success with a new quarterback? Will Washington be a surprise contender in the Pac-12 North? Can Anu Solomon have a bounce-back …

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Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot (86) chomps on a snack in the locker room after the game. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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The ‘eat, eat, eat’ plan, how some of Oregon’s converted defensive lineman are bulking up

Brady Hoke’s new 4-3 defense made a number of Oregon defenders feel like freshmen; everything was new and foreign again. There was a lot to learn too, considering several defenders this spring gave different analogies to illustrate how fat their new playbook is — most notably from defensive lineman Jalen …

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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 coaches draft teams for Saturday’s spring football game

The final spring practice for Oregon was also draft day for the Ducks’ coaches. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and defensive coordinator Brady Hoke will coach one team during this Saturday’s spring game. Unsurprisingly, Greatwood selected a group of offensive linemen with the first pick in the draft. Offensive coordinator …

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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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Mark Helfrich talks NFL Draft prospects DeForest Buckner and Vernon Adams

Several ex-Ducks are projected to be picked in the 2016 NFL Draft beginning Thursday. Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, however, probably won’t be watching when their names are called. Helfrich doesn’t fancy himself as a “draft-watcher.” “My agent said that I’m not going to get drafted again,” Helfrich joked. “So I’ll probably …

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Vernon Adams is helped off the field after a hit to the head in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Football’s concussion problem, and how Oregon’s handling it

The University of Oregon Public Relations Student Society of America’s chapter meeting in early April certainly had a unique appeal. Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich was there to talk about media relations, but when he began taking questions, the conversation shifted to perhaps the biggest issue facing the sport: …

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Oregon Ducks Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on April 4, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon has yet to find a leader at quarterback, Mark Helfrich says

Entering Saturday’s spring football game, the frontrunner of the quarterback competition is about as clear-cut as it was the first week: Not very. After the team’s scrimmage April 25, head coach Mark Helfrich said the quarterbacks “just didn’t come out with any kind of urgency or leadership.” He described the quarterbacks’ play as …

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Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick is interviewed after practice on April 13, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Matt Lubick says Dakota Prukop has “best day so far”

Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick discusses quarterback play after Wednesday’s scrimmage.

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Matt Lubick says Wednesday was Dakota Prukop’s best day of practice yet

After ending up on the losing end of Oregon’s first spring scrimmage last Friday, the Ducks’ offense evened the score and won Wednesday’s head-to-head battle. What is Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick’s assessment thus far? “We need to play a lot better,” Lubick said. “We didn’t execute as well as …

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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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Mark Helfrich shares his opinion on NCAA’s new rule changes

The NCAA Division I Council approved new rules at its April meeting on Friday, one of which requires schools to only conduct football camps and clinics at their own facilities, essentially banning “satellite camps.” At the Ducks’ spring football practice on Friday, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said he was surprised by the …

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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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Brady Hoke heightens energy, but Ducks still ‘a long way’ from being defense it imagines

Contrary to what defensive lineman Torrodney Prevot said about Brady Hoke, the new Oregon defensive coordinator deliberately stated he has “no swag” when talking to the media during spring practices. Regardless, Prevot’s comments seemed to indicate the new type of intensity that the former Michigan head coach has brought to spring practices …

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Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick speaks to the media on April 6, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Matt Lubick says Dwayne Benjamin’s future still ‘up in the air’

Dwayne Benjamin has participated in Oregon’s last two spring practices, but that doesn’t necessarily mean playing for the Ducks in the fall is his only option. The possibility of him doing so doesn’t sound nearly as set in stone as it did a week ago. While addressing the media Wednesday morning, Oregon offensive …

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Oregon Ducks Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on April 4, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Prukop accustoms to working with receivers, Benjamin present at practice

Dakota Prukop has never had weapons at his disposal like he does now. He managed to pass for 5,584 in two seasons as the starting quarterback for Montana State without any legitimate receiving threats to throw to. None of his pass catchers accumulated more than 632 yards or caught more than 52 passes in a season. …

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Oregon Ducks Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on April 4, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Dakota Prukop and Mark Helfrich post-practice

Coach Mark Helfrich and quarterback Dakota Prukop share their thoughts on day four of spring Practice.

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Oregon Ducks Defensive Lineman Torrodney Prevot speaks to the media on April 1, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Defensive Lineman Torrodney Prevot discusses changes coming for the upcoming season

Defensive Lineman Torrodney Prevot discusses the changes coming with new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke.

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Oregon Ducks Defensive Lineman Torrodney Prevot speaks to the media on April 1, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon jokes it will install LED football field, Prevot says Hoke brings ‘different swag’ to practice

The University of Oregon made an early mark on the widely celebrated holiday, April Fool’s Day. The University announced early Friday morning that it plans to create the first LED football field and that it would be ready for the Ducks’ home opener against UC Davis. The post also said that …

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Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) defends a Saint Joseph player as he goes to make a pass. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Dwayne Benjamin hints at a return to football on Twitter

It appeared Oregon basketball forward Dwayne Benjamin hinted at joining the Ducks football team in a tweet Thursday afternoon. Back to The Action 🏈🙏🏽#BlessUppic.twitter.com/iQHtYb8XEa — Dwayne Benjamin (@MadBuckets) March 31, 2016 The tweet comes about a week after Benjamin expressed interest in the idea of trading his sneakers for cleats. “It is …

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Oregon Ducks Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick speaks to the media on March, 30 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Video: Matt Lubick reviews second day of spring practice

Oregon football held its second practice of the spring season on Wednesday. New offensive coordinator Matt Lubick shared his thoughts on the quarterback position and the progress of the team.

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Oregon Ducks Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick speaks to the media on March, 30 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Q&A: Matt Lubick discusses distribution of quarterback reps, adjusting to new job

Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick met with reporters at Oregon’s second practice of the spring season Wednesday. He discussed the progress of graduate-transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop, the adjustment to his new role and the prospect of Oregon basketball player Dwayne Benjamin — an All-State wide receiver in high school — joining the football team. Now that …

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Marcus Mariota receives a snap as the line of scrimmage breaks, as seen from the elevated position of the press box during the second quarter of the game. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)
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Storylines to watch: Hoke, Prukop participate in first spring camp with Oregon

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said that Travis Jonsen was a red shirt sophomore.  Oregon football took the field Tuesday for the first of 15 spring practices allowed in preparation for its April 30 spring game. The Ducks will practice three times per week over the next five …

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Oregon Ducks Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on March, 30 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Dakota Prukop makes strong impression on first day of spring practice

Graduate transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop has been on Oregon’s campus taking classes since early January. Still, anytime he steps foot inside one of its world-class athletic facilities, he looks around and pinches himself. “Man, it’s such an amazing place,” he said following the Ducks’ first practice of the spring football season …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) throws the ball to a receiver during a drill. Oregon Football hosts its annual NFL Pro Day for scouts to view the talent of 2016 draft eligible players at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Ore. on March 10, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Vernon Adams, departing Ducks perform in front of scouts at Oregon’s Pro Day

Departing Oregon football players performed drills in front of professional scouts at the Moshofksy Center on Thursday during Oregon’s annual Pro Day. A handful of Ducks are expected to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is one of those “fringe” players: projected to be a middle-to-late …

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