Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeff Lockie (17) warms up his throwing arm. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks played the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington on Sept. 20, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Duck Season: Quarterback competition is Jeff Lockie’s to lose

**Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s Duck Season magazine, a preview of the Oregon football team’s upcoming season that is currently available for free at all Duck Store locations in Eugene. We will post each story in the days leading up to the first day of fall …

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Oregon football players run onto the field for the start of a home game at Autzen Stadium. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Pac-12 football media days begin this week

– The 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with conference commissioner Larry Scott’s press conference.  Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich will answer questions Friday at 12:25 p.m., and running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Rodney Hardrick will follow at 12:38 p.m. The two-day event be held …

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GoDucks.com releases interactive video of players walking through Autzen tunnel

GoDucks.com, the official website of the Oregon athletic department, tweeted a link Tuesday morning to a YouTube video titled “360 Autzen Player Experience.” The video provides a 360-degree, interactive view of Oregon football players walking through the Autzen Stadium tunnel prior to their game against Michigan State last season. Viewers …

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Five-star guard added to Oregon basketball roster; Mariota signs with Titans

Marcus Mariota signed a four-year deal worth $24.2 million, including a $15.9 million signing bonus, with the Tennessee Titans Thursday. Negotiations between the Titans and their 2015 second-round draft pick were prolonged due to Mariota’s desire to include offset language in his contract, which he was eventually awarded. By comparison, …

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Ducks sign three-star safety; four-star cornerback announces official visit

Three-star safety Troy Dye out of Norco High School (Norco, California) announced his commitment to Oregon Ducks football Thursday. Dye, who turned down offers from Michigan and Oregon State, ranks 38 on Rivals.com 2016 safeties class. Four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen, a U.S. Army All-American from Pompano Beach, Florida, announced his official visit …

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates after scoring at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Marcus Mariota signs four-year deal with Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota has signed a four-year, $24.2 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Tuesday afternoon via Twitter. The #Titans have signed quarterback Marcus Mariota. MORE: http://t.co/KAUuxC6snvpic.twitter.com/T1fkNzYb87 — Tennessee Titans (@Titans) July 21, 2015 The deal also includes a $15.9 million signing bonus, according to Mike Garafolo of …

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Unsigned Mariota in contract disputes with Titans

Marcus Mariota is only 2015 first-round draft pick who has not signed with his NFL team. The Tennessee Titans reportedly refuse to exclude offset language in Mariota’s proposed contract, which would save the team money if it chooses to release the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. Allegedly the language had a clause preventing Mariota from …

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Oregon football grabs two four-star commitments at The Opening

The Ducks came away from Nike’s The Opening, a showcase featuring the nation’s top 162 high school football players, with two four-star defensive recruits — linebacker LaMar Winston of Central Catholic High School in Portland and cornerback Jared Mayden of Sachse, Texas. Winston, a U.S. Army All-American nominee, chose Oregon over Stanford, …

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Incoming graduate transfer quarterback Vernon Adams sticks around after practice while on his visit. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Reports: Vernon Adams fails to graduate from EWU, but transfer to UO remains on track

Vernon Adams did not graduate from Eastern Washington University this spring, according to a report by The Oregonian, causing some to speculate as to his status at the University of Oregon. However, a report by 247 Sports soon after explained that Adams’ situation with the UO has not changed and …

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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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Byron Marshall and Charles Nelson named to Hornung Award watch list

– Oregon receiver Byron Marshall and recently-converted cornerback Charles Nelson were two of 44 players named to the 2015 Paul Hornung award watch list on Monday. The award, given to college football’s most versatile player, has eight Pac-12 players on its watch list – the most of any conference. Marshall …

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Incoming graduate transfer quarterback Vernon Adams sticks around after practice while on his visit. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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UO admits graduate-transfer QB Vernon Adams, next chance to enroll is Aug. 5

Eastern Washington graduate-transfer quarterback Vernon Adams has been admitted to the University of Oregon and is officially able to enroll in classes, according to the Oregonian.

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Oregon basketball star Joesph Young (3) is projected to be second-round pick in Thursday's draft. (Eve Hess/Emerald)
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Quick Hits: Adams and Carrington still question marks; Ducks frontrunners to land five-star guard Murray; Young draft stock projected high

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and junior college linebacker Jonah Moi are the last of 22 Oregon football recruits still to enroll at the university. Adams, a graduate, must pass a math class before he can enroll at Oregon for his final year of eligibility, but Mark Helfrich “doesn’t anticipate …

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates after scoring at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon Senate honors Mariota, Mick Jagger follows suit in Nashville

The state Senate passed a resolution honoring Oregon’s Heisman winner. The next day, Mick Jagger name-dropped Mariota during a Rolling Stones concert in Nashville.

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Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich during a home game at Autzen Stadium. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon football adds Hawaiian running back Vavae Malepeai

Mililani High School (Hawaii) three-star running back Vavae Malepeai will join Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman in Oregon’s backfield, per multiple reports. 247Sports ranks Malepeai as the No. 34 running back in the 2016 class. Oregon men’s and women’s outdoor track and field each captured 2015 NCAA championships …

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Due to a stroke early in his career, Matt Hegarty did not see the field his freshman year. After recovering, Hegarty came back to play at ND in 2012 where he saw action in the first nine games of the season, mostly on special teams. (Creative Commons Archive)
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Former Notre Dame center Matt Hegarty to join Oregon football

Offensive lineman and former Irish Matt Hegarty will join Oregon football in 2015. The 6-foot-4½, 295 pound graduate from Notre Dame will take the place of Hroniss Grasu for the Ducks. His experience at center comes from his senior season for Notre Dame where he played center and guard for …

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Former Oregon football player, Issac Dixon, arrested on assault charges

Former Oregon defensive back, Issac Dixon, was arrested Saturday morning by the Eugene Police, according to The Register Guard. Dixon, 23, is facing a fourth-degree assault charge, after being involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend at an apartment at the Chase Village complex. Dixon is currently in Lane County …

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Oregon football players run onto the field for the start of a home game at Autzen Stadium. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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A Mother’s Day tribute from Oregon football players

In honor of mother’s day, Oregon football players describe their favorite memories of their moms and why they are the best.

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Video: 2015 Spring Football Game

The University of Oregon hosted the 2015 spring football game on May 2. Fans were let in for free if they brought three non-perishable food items to the game. A special video tribute was played at halftime for star quarterback Marcus Mariota who was in attendance. Attendance for the game …

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu taken in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns

Former Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of Sunday’s NFL Draft. Ekpre-Olomu, a 5-foot-10 corner from Chino Hills, California, was selected with the 241st overall selection. Ekpre-Olomu finished his Oregon career with 161 tackles and nine interceptions. Ekpre-Olomu suffered a season-ending injury …

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Tui Talia (55) lifts teammate Charles Nelson (6) after Nelson scored a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks hold the spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Natalie Hardwicke/Emerald)
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Charles Nelson shows off as a two-way threat during Oregon spring game

What is Oregon going to do with Charles Nelson? After a freshman year in which he caught 23 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, the coaching staff decided to move Nelson to defense for the upcoming season. “Where he plays for the upcoming season will be based upon depth on …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Ty Griffin (10) prepares to launch the ball down the field. The Oregon Ducks hold the spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Team Pathway defeats Team Oregon 35-29 in Oregon spring game

On a bright, windy day, the Oregon football team played its 2015 season with its annual spring game. While much of the game was centered around the quarterbacks and who would replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, defensive back/wide receiver Charles Nelson stole the show. Nelson was electrifying in his 2015 …

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Former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu selected by the Chicago Bears

Hroniss Grasu is reuniting with former Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long in Chicago. Grasu was selected with the 71st overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Chicago Bears. Grasu started all 52 games he played in a Ducks uniform. He was named second-team All-American, first- team All-Pac 12 and was …

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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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Oregon’s Jake Fisher selected in second round by Cincinnati Bengals

Jake Fisher is heading to Cincinnati. With the  53rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cincinnai Bengals selected Fisher, an offensive tackle from Oregon. Fisher is now the third Oregon player to be chosen in the draft, behind Marcus Mariota (No. 2, Tennessee Titans) and Arik Armstead (No. 17, San Francisco …

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Oregon offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone speaks to the media after practice. Johnstone tore his ACL on December 30, 2013 and has not played football since. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Injuries at a cost, the inherent risks that come with football

“If we’re sitting here and I had to choose, would I take a concussion right now or would I want my knee blown out?” New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski asked on Showtime’s Jim Rome Show on April  2. “I’m going to say a concussion.” Despite growing knowledge of the long …

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Oregon’s Arik Armstead taken 17th by the San Francisco 49ers

Arik Armstead is heading to San Francisco, California. With the 17th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected Armstead, a defensive end from Oregon. Armstead is now the second Oregon player to be chosen in the first round of this year’s draft. Originally from Pleasant Grove High …

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Marcus Mariota selected second overall by the Tennessee Titans

In October, a Tennessee Titans fan started a “Suck for the Duck” campaign on Twitter. Now, Marcus Mariota is heading to Nashville. The former Oregon quarterback was selected Thursday night by the Tennessee Titans with the second overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. …

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Oregon's Tony Brooks-James is currently balancing spring football with the stress of being a full-time sprinter on the school's track and field team. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Dual-sport athlete Tony Brooks-James trying to make a name for himself

Redshirt freshman Tony Brooks-James has a competitive streak. Here at Oregon, he hopes to use that competitive nature to make a name for himself.

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Oregon football players run onto the field for the start of a home game at Autzen Stadium. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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The truth behind Oregon’s offensive “system”

Redshirt junior Jeff Lockie laughed and then smirked before answering the question – his first sign of emotion in a crowded media huddle. Normally, the brown eyed quarterback with the slightly coifed brown hair is relaxed, smiling as he answers questions about the competition for the starting quarterback position. His hands, holding …

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