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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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Oregon officially announces hiring of Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator

Oregon has officially hired Marcus Arroyo as its co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach, the school announced in a press release on Tuesday. Reports broke on Feb. 9 that the Ducks were working to hire Arroyo in order to fill the void left by David Reaves, who was …

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Report: Marcus Arroyo expected to be hired by Oregon as new QBs coach

After a few months of uncertainty with his coaching staff, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has reportedly settled on his new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo will join Taggart’s staff. SOURCE: #OkState asst Marcus Arroyo is returning …

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Report: Oregon WR coach Jimmie Dougherty takes job at UCLA

UPDATE: UCLA has announced Dougherty’s hire. Oregon head coach Willie Taggart now has two open spots to fill on his coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty has reportedly left Taggart’s staff to become the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at UCLA, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Wednesday morning. “Knowing Jimmie …

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Oregon football assistant David Reaves resigns amid termination process

Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator, David Reaves, who was in the process of being fired following his early morning arrest for DUII on Jan. 22, resigned on Friday, a school spokesman said. The news, which was first reported by The Register-Guard, comes after Reaves, formerly an assistant under coach Willie Taggart at …

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Taggart aiming to bring the ‘swagger back at Oregon’ with 2017 recruiting class

As Willie Taggart sat in front of multiple members of the media on Wednesday afternoon, he couldn’t help but smile. Taggart, Oregon’s new head coach, was addressing the media after putting together his first recruiting class for the Ducks. “There are a lot of messages out there but more it’s about getting …

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Deommodore Lenoir, rated the nation’s No. 1 athlete, chooses Ducks on National Signing Day

Oregon football’s 2017 recruiting class got its biggest commitment late Wednesday on National Signing Day. Deommodore Lenoir, a four-star cornerback from Los Angeles, California, has decided to sign with Oregon. He is the seventh ranked cornerback in the nation and will be Oregon’s highest rated recruit of the 2017 class, according …

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State of Florida makes its mark on Oregon’s recruiting class

Most Duck fans were asleep when Oregon commits faxed their National Letters of Intent from the East Coast. For Oregon, seven of eight from the eastern time zone came from Florida. It makes sense. New head coach Willie Taggart and much of his staff coached in the state for a number of …

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Sheldon HS offensive lineman Cody Shear pledges to Ducks on National Signing Day

The Sheldon High School pipeline to Oregon football isn’t stopping anytime soon. Cody Shear, an offensive lineman from Eugene, tweeted on National Signing Day that he will sign with the Ducks. Shear had previously pledged to Arizona. He had offers from Washington State, Oregon State, BYU and and Virginia. Shear, a 6-foot-4, …

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National Signing Day: Oregon signs first class under head coach Willie Taggart (live updates)

The day he was hired, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart promised to “attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” So far, he’s been good on his promise. When Taggart arrived at Oregon in early December, the Oregon recruiting class was ranked in the mid-40’s nationally; entering Wednesday, they …

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