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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California overcomes early season struggles to become scary opponent entering the postseason

The superlatives came flying in from every direction before the season began for Cal men’s basketball. Despite not reaching the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 1997, the Golden Bears were picked by four ESPN analysts to make the Final Four, projected to finish second in the Pac-12 and opened …

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Oregon redshirt sophomore forward Elgin Cook (23) blocks Arizona sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) from behind during the first half. The Oregon Ducks play the Arizona Wildcats at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., on March 8, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Arizona still appears to be the class of the conference entering the Pac-12 Tournament

Editor’s Note:Oregon men’s basketball enters the Pac-12 tournament as the conference regular season champion and No. 1 seed. Ezra Amacher, a sports editor at The Daily Wildcat, writes why Arizona’s reign is certainly not over. After Oregon defeated Arizona in McKale Center in late January, Ducks head coach Dana Altman needed a …

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Cal snaps Oregon’s six-game winning streak in 83-63 rout

Oregon came into its contest at the Haas Pavillon Thursday night riding a six-game winning streak and atop the Pac-12 standings. The team even was listed by ESPN’s Seth Greenberg as a sleeper to make the Final Four due to its consistent play as of late. But, all of that came crashing …

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Brady Hoke addressed the media for the first time as Oregon's defensive coordinator Thursday.
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Brady Hoke brings new alignment and fresh perspective to Oregon defense

The Oregon fanbase was eager for change at the conclusion of the 2015 football season — especially after the Ducks squandered a 31-0 halftime lead at the Alamo Bowl and fell to TCU in triple-overtime. Oregon’s defense struggled all season long, ranking 116th in total defense out of 127 FBS teams. …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich walks the team out of the Hatfield Dowlin Complex. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Recruit Pursuit: Oregon spent the sixth-most on football recruiting, and that’s probably going up

College football teams go to great lengths to draw elite high school athletes to their programs. On National Signing Day Feb. 3, the day that recruits sign binding agreements to play for a college, University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh raised the bar. Harbaugh turned the day into a …

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Oregon adds senior graduate transfer to offensive line

For the second straight season, Oregon football will add a graduate transfer on the offensive line, DuckTerritory.com first reported Tuesday afternoon. EXCLUSIVE: #GoDucks Sign Dayton University OT Transfer Zac Morgan – Full Interview ($) https://t.co/kSdgMqIQQR pic.twitter.com/ArazIyKUgB — Justin Hopkins (@JHopkins247) February 9, 2016 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle Zac Morgan from Dayton will …

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Oregon running back Thomas Tyner (24) rushes to the end zone during the second half. 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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Oregon running back Thomas Tyner will retire from football

Thomas Tyner has taken a medical retirement from football, the University of Oregon announced Friday.  Tyner sat out the entire 2015 season after undergoing shoulder surgery just before fall camp, and ultimately decided to say goodbye to the sport six months later. “We thank Thomas and wish him well,” Oregon …

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The Oregon Ducks make their way to the field with new yellow helmets before their season opener against Arkansas State at Autzen Stadium September 1, 2012. (Alex McDougall/The Emerald)
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National Signing Day: Oregon signs 19 players, Malepeai flips to USC

National Signing Day began as it always does for Oregon. Before 9 a.m. the Ducks had officially signed eight prospects, including versatile four-star athlete Tristen Wallace and three-star linebacker Keith Simms. The Ducks even gained a late commitment from three-star defensive tackle Wayne Kirby. Kirby signed his letter of intent …

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Report: Vavae Malepeai expected to sign with USC on National Signing Day

Four-star running back Vavae Malepeai, who had been an Oregon commit since June 2015, is expected to sign with USC on National Signing Day, according to KHON2 news.  A last-minute visit to Los Angeles reportedly swayed Malepeai’s decision. Scoring Live reported that Malepeai took an official recruiting visit to USC, and ultimately, had …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) pumps up the defenses before they warm up. The No. 15 Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl at The Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016.
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Live coverage: National Signing Day 2016

Oregon expects to sign another recruiting class that ranks in the Top 25 in the nation Wednesday. The group is highlighted by four-star recruits Tristen Wallace (ATH) and Terry Wilson (QB). The Ducks currently have 19 commitments, seven of which, including Wilson, have already signed and enrolled. Oregon is also in …

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Oregon backup quarterback Morgan Mahalak warming up his arm as it begins to rain in Autzen Stadium. The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015 (Kyle Sandler/ Emerald).
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Oregon quarterback Morgan Mahalak announces via Twitter that he will transfer

Oregon quarterback Morgan Mahalak announced via his Twitter account Tuesday that he will leave the University of Oregon football program. pic.twitter.com/5wXixfbOlW — Morgan Mahalak (@MorganMahalak) February 3, 2016 “After talking with my family and coaches, I’ve decided that it is time for me to move on from the University of Oregon,” …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich sprints onto the field. The No. 15 Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl at The Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016.
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Storylines to watch leading up to National Signing Day

With National Signing Day fast approaching, plenty of national headlines surround one of the most buzzed-about days on the college football calendar. Oregon is in the hunt for several top recruits and will look to add the finishing touches to a recruiting class ranked No. 20 in the nation according to Rivals. That …

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How Oregon looks heading into National Signing Day

Mark Helfrich and the Oregon football coaching staff have certainly created some interesting storylines on the recruiting trail since December — the most significant news bit coming when former Montana State quarterback Dakoto Prukop elected to take the same route as Vernon Adams Jr. and sign with Oregon for his final year …

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Oregon AD Rob Mullens added to College Football Playoff selection committee

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens was named to the College Football Playoff selection committee Thursday. Mullens will serve a three-year term on the committee. He’s now in his sixth year at Oregon and will fill one of four committee seats. “It is truly an honor to serve on the College …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) fires a pass to a teammate. The No. 15 Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl at The Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon NFL Draft prospects: Concerns, projections and potential suitors

The Emerald examined the Oregon Ducks’ top five 2016 NFL Draft prospects, analyzing each one’s strengths and weaknesses, draft stock and possible landing spots. The draft begins on April 28 and runs through April 30. DeForest Buckner (DE) – 6-foot-7, 300 pounds The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year will undoubtedly …

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Brady Hoke (right) talking to former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. Hoke, who was recently hired as Oregon's defensive coordinator, coached Michigan to a 31-20 record in his four-year stint as head coach of the Wolverines (Creative Commons).
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Brady Hoke hire signals change of ‘direction’ for Oregon defense

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich looked outside the box after the 2015 season concluded, and the Ducks are starting fresh on the defensive side of the ball with Brady Hoke as the newly appointed defensive coordinator. Hoke, who was most recently head coach at Michigan from 2011-14, was officially announced …

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Brady Hoke (right) talking to former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. Hoke, who was recently hired as Oregon's defensive coordinator, coached Michigan to a 31-20 record in his four-year stint as head coach of the Wolverines (Creative Commons).
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Ducks hire Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator, Social media reacts

Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is returning to the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday afternoon Oregon football announced it had hired Hoke as its defensive coordinator in a news release. Hoke compiled a 31-20 record in four seasons in Ann Arbor. Hoke, who had stints at Ball State and San Diego State …

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Brady Hoke (right) talking to former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. Hoke, who was recently hired as Oregon's defensive coordinator, coached Michigan to a 31-20 record in his four-year stint as head coach of the Wolverines (Creative Commons).
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Oregon announces Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator

Oregon has hired former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke as the new defensive coordinator, head coach Mark Helfrich announced via a press release Saturday. “We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” Helfrich said in the release. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of …

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Benson and Brooks combine for 36 and Oregon dominates Utah, 77-59

The last time Oregon faced Utah, the Ducks were saved by the late-game theatrics from former guard Joseph Young in the final seconds of the 2015 Pac-12 tournament semifinal. They wouldn’t need a buzzer-beater Thursday night. Behind 55 percent shooting, 21 points and 9 rebounds from Dillon Brooks and a …

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David Yost officially hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator

Mark Helfrich made his first official hire of the offseason Wednesday. Dave Yost was hired to become the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, according to a release from the Oregon athletic department. Yost, who has 21 years of coaching experience at the division I level, was most recently a wide …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich makes a call before the game. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Report: Oregon to hire Washington State’s Dave Yost as quarterbacks coach

Oregon will hire Washington State’s Dave Yost as its quarterbacks coach, according to a report by FootballScoop.com. FOX Sports also reported that Yost will join Oregon’s staff. Yost worked under Washington State coach Mike Leach for the last three seasons. During his time at Washington State, the Cougars caught the most …

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Brady Hoke coached Michigan to a 31-20 record in his four-year stint as head coach of the Wolverines (Creative Commons).
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Report: Ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke to interview for Oregon’s defensive coordinator job

Oregon football isn’t wasting any time in its search to fill the vacant defensive coordinator position. A report by Scout.com published on Wednesday afternoon says former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke will interview for the position. Hoke is accompanied on the Scout.com list by former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and current USC …

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Oregon backup quarterback Morgan Mahalak warming up his arm as it begins to rain in Autzen Stadium. The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015 (Kyle Sandler/ Emerald).
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Report: Morgan Mahalak has asked and received release from Oregon

In what has already been a full day of news for the Oregon football program,  sophomore quarterback Morgan Mahalak has asked for his release from the program, according to The Oregonian. The former four-star recruit has been granted his release and will now evaluate all options. A redshirt freshman, Mahalak spent the 2015 …

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