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Practice recap: Week two starts “sluggish,” Vernon Adams Jr. is in town

According to Oregon football head coach Mark helfrich, week one of practices went well. After reviewing film, Helfrich highlighted quarterback Jeff Lockie among other positions. But week two started in a “sluggish” manner. “We tried to do an extra tempo setter to get Easter gravy out of our system,” Helfrich …

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Practice Wrap up: Banged up veterans ease into spring practices

Spring practices are in full swing for Oregon football. With a May 2 date set for the annual spring game, the Ducks are trying to maximize their 15 allotted practices. As usual, the main objective of these practices is to get new players acclimated quickly as well as getting returning …

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Oregon freshman Charles Nelson (6) racked up 428 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in 2014, including a  performance in the Pac-12 Championship game in which he caught seven passes for 104 yards and carried the ball four times for 44 yards. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Charles Nelson makes unexpected switch to defense

After the first game of the 2014 season against South Dakota, it already looked as if Charles Nelson would mold into a similar version of former Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas. The comparison was too hard to resist. He graced No. 6 and had wowed an Autzen Stadium crowd on a …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich talks to a scout while watching drills. Oregon’s 2015 class of draft-eligible athletes look to impress NFL scouts during Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice wrap up: Oregon football ventures into life after Marcus Mariota

On Tuesday, the first day of spring practices, the Oregon football team started life after Marcus Mariota. The only issue with that venture? Mariota, along with former center Hroniss Grasu, was at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex to watch his former team’s first day of practice. “It was weird to see them without pads …

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Oregon Ducks quarterbacks Morgan Mahalak (16) and  Taylor Alie (12) while warming up. The No. 9 Oregon Ducks played the University of Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on October 18, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Spring football preview: The all-important question – Who’s at quarterback?

Oregon football is expected to undergo many transitional changes this spring.

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Oregon football’s B.J. Kelley and Jamal Prater forgo senior seasons

Offensive lineman Jamal Prater and receiver B.J. Kelley won’t return for their senior seasons with the Ducks.

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Four-star wide receiver Theo Howard verbally commits to Oregon

Theo Howard didn’t waste any time following his official visit to Oregon this weekend. The four-star wide receiver, according to Rivals, announced his commitment to the University of Oregon on Sunday via his Twitter account. Howard chose the Ducks over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, …

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Oregon Ducks defensive back Erick Dargan (4) amongst other players listen to a Titans scout prior to beginning drills. Oregon’s 2015 class of draft-eligible athletes look to impress NFL scouts during Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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A first and final display for Erick Dargan at Oregon’s Pro Day

Dior Mathis and Tony Washington said they were shocked. It was likely the exact elicited response from every member of the 2014 Oregon football team. The reason: On Feb. 6 when the NFL announced the full list of players invited to the Scouting Combine, defensive back Erick Dargan, Oregon’s leading tackler (95) …

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Draft-eligible players congratulate each other after the offensive drills are over. Oregon’s 2015 class of draft-eligible athletes look to impress NFL scouts during Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Mariota, Grasu, former teammates reunite at Oregon’s Pro Day

Over 10 Oregon football players impressed NFL Scouts at the 2015 Pro Day.

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Ayele Forde creates original show for Duck TV

After his departure from football, former Oregon running back Ayele Forde has spent his time writing and creating an original show for Duck TV.

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Oregon, Hawaii agree to three-game football series

Oregon and Hawaii have agreed to a three-game football series, according to Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Ducks will play host to Hawaii in 2020 and 2023 before heading to Aloha Stadium in 2024. “With so many players on our roster coming from Hawaii, it makes a lot of …

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Oregon offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena will not return for senior season

Oregon offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena has decided to not return for his senior season, according to Duck Territory.  Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com confirmed the news via his Twitter account on Thursday. With his final year of eligibility coming up, Yruretagoyena said he will "focus on getting my body healthy and …

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On the Oregon Trail: Pac-12 Recruiting Recap

It’s just like old times. Steve Sarkisian is back in Los Angeles and with the NCAA scholarship limits behind him, brought USC back to the top of the recruiting rankings. Teams like UCLA and Arizona State did their best to keep up, but the Trojans ran away with the 2015 …

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Marcus Mariota displays athleticism, footwork at NFL Combine

Marcus Mariota, as many expected, showcased his athletic ability at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday in Indianapolis. The Heisman winner ran the quickest 40-yard dash (4.52) of any of the 15 quarterbacks. His time ranked higher than 10 of the wide receivers who participated in the event. Mariota tied …

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Oregon Ducks offensive linesman Jake Fisher (75) reacts to the Oregon crowd's cheers after the end of the game. The No. 12 Oregon Ducks play the No. 18 UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on October 11, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Jake Fisher impresses at NFL Combine, Grasu does not participate

Jake Fisher worked out at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Fisher bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times and scored the fastest time among offensive linemen for the three-cone drill (7.25 seconds) and twenty-yard shuttle (4.33 seconds). NFL.com projects his draft grade at 5.69, which indicates …

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Report: Marcus Mariota to throw at NFL scouting combine

Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will throw at the National Scouting Combine on Saturday in Indianapolis, sources told ESPN. Mariota’s status for the throwing portion of the combine was uncertain after the quarterback sprained his AC Joint in the Ducks’ national title game loss to Ohio State. On Jan. 26th, Mariota …

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Q&A with Scout’s Brandon Huffman on Ducks’ football recruiting

With signing day now in the books, it’s time to wrap up the class of 2015 and look ahead to 2016. The Emerald caught up with Scout.com’s National Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman to go over some of the key recruiting storylines on the Oregon trail.

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Oregon football’s Mark Helfrich receives five-year contract extension

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has been given a five-year contract extension, according to a press release from the athletic department Monday afternoon. The extension is for $17.5 million with the annual average at $3.5 million per year. Incentives tied to the on-field performance and academic success of the team …

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Cost of attendance set to factor into NCAA recruiting

With the prospect of playing football no longer an option, in 2014 senior Carlyle Garrick was faced with a choice. He could leave the Oregon football program behind and become a regular student, or he could assume a different role. He chose to stay with the team and contribute however …

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Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams announces he'll transfer to Oregon

His nickname is “Big play V.A.,” and he’s coming to Oregon to compete for the starting quarterback spot. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams announced via his personal Twitter account Monday morning that he’s transferring to Oregon. Oregon it is! First off, I want to thank God for this amazing opportunity. I …

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National Signing Day: How Oregon football's departures looked on signing day?

Travis Waller is a lot different than former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in one regard. For starters, he was one of the most heavily sought-out quarterback recruits in the class of 2015. He was a U.S. Army All-American, participated in the Elite 11 Camp –the nation’s premier quarterback competition for …

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National Signing Day: 16 commits sign LOI to Oregon, PJ Locke Flips to Texas

The paperwork started coming in quickly Wednesday morning. Not even before 8 a.m. arrived, ten high school athletes, who had verbally committed to Oregon, signed their letter of intent to make it official. The ten includes Malik Lovette, Shane Lemieux, Gary Baker, Jake Hanson, Jake Breeland, Calvin Throckmorton, Fotu Leiato, Kirk Merritt, …

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National Signing Day: Longtime Ducks commit PJ Locke flips to Texas

Longtime three-star Oregon commit PJ Locke announced his decision to sign with Texas on Wednesday morning. I’ve decided to sign to #Texas ! #LetsRide pic.twitter.com/UGZCjCnSid — James PJ Locke III#4 (@PjLocke4) February 4, 2015 Locke, a 5-10 defensive back from Beaumont, Texas, showed promise as a prototypical Oregon safety. Before losing Locke, …

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National Signing Day: Oregon set to land another top-20 class (live updates)

It’s a day that is now garnering as much attention as the regular season. National Signing Day is taking place and a large quantity of high school seniors are signing off their commitment to play college football at a certain university. For Oregon, Mark Helfrich and his coaching staff expect …

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Four-star recruit Kirk Merritt commits to Oregon

Four-star Destrehan High School running back Kirk Merritt verbally committed to the University of Oregon on Monday. Merritt, the No. 4 ranked all-purpose running back from Destrehan, Louisiana, committed at a gathering in his hometown. Merritt has already had success in Oregon. At the Opening in Beaverton, Merritt wowed scouts by …

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Emerald Quick Hits: Kyler Murray sticks with Texas A&M, Tampa Bay "sets sights" on Marcus Mariota

– Five-star quarterback Kyler Murray reaffirmed his commitment to Texas A&M on Thursday. Following my heart… #GigEm — Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 30, 2015 Murray told Gerry Hamilton of ESPN that his “heart is with Texas A&M.” Murray, the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the country, finished his career at …

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Five-star quarterback recruit Kyler Murray to receive in-home visit from Oregon

Five-star quarterback Kyler Murray, current Texas A&M commit, will receive a visit tonight from Oregon, according ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton. #ESPN300 No. 1 QB & #Gigem commit Kyler Murray in home visits: #Oregon tonight, #Gigem HC Kevin Sumlin Thurs & #Texas HC Charlie Strong Fri — Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 28, 2015 …

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Report: Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams to visit Oregon this weekend

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams will visit Oregon this weekend as a possible graduate transfer, according to multiple reports. The Oregonian’s Jen Beyrle was first to report the news. Sources: Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams to visit Oregon this weekend. — Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle) January 28, 2015 “They told me …

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Oregon football's Sam Kamp leaving program

Oregon defensive lineman Sam Kamp is graduating from the University of Oregon in the spring and leaving the program, the redshirt junior announced on his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon. Kamp said the 2014-2015 Oregon football season was “an unforgettable finish to my athletic career” in the caption. “I’ll graduate this …

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