Oregon Ducks safety Juwaan Williams (17) retuning his second half pick. The No. 7 Oregon Ducks open the season in a face-off with Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on September 5, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Juwaan Williams: An unnoticed playmaker and invaluable leader

Every fan notices when a star player scores a touchdown or makes an interception, but for every game-changing play, there are 11 players on the field that work together to make it happen. When Charles Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in Oregon’s game against Washington State, …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule (99) following a defensive play. The Oregon Ducks play the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. on Oct. 1, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Canton Kaumatule’s career at Oregon is over due to medical hardship

After weeks of speculation as to whether or not he was healthy, Oregon announced on Tuesday that defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule has accepted a medical hardship and his career with the Ducks is over. The former 5-star recruit missed multiple games with a concussion during the 2015 season and sat …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Jonah Moi (3) dives to tackle USC Trojans running back Dominic Davis (16). The Oregon Ducks play the University of Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 5, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Post-USC, Mark Helfrich says Ducks have their backs against the wall

Oregon’s 45-20 loss to USC on Saturday means the Ducks must win their three remaining games to become bowl-eligible. Head coach Mark Helfrich acknowledged the Ducks’ current situation during his weekly press conference with reporters on Sunday. “Is our back against the wall? Absolutely,” he said. “And hopefully they learn …

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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Kabion Ento (17) and Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Bryce Bobo (4) walk off the field after the win. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Baylor, Nebraska fall after blowout losses

There was no movement atop the college football world during week 11. Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State remain the top six teams nationally, according to the AP Top 25 poll. A few key contests sparked serious movement in the poll. Nebraska, which was routed by Ohio State 62-3, fell from …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington II (7) relaxes before the start of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the University of Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 5, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Darren Carrington, Royce Freeman take back seat in 45-20 loss to USC

LOS ANGELES — Moments before throwing his hands in the air, grabbing his belongings and briskly exiting the LA Coliseum, a Ducks fan in the sixth row yelled, “Come on, Oregon! Just wake up!” It was a little late for the Ducks to “wake up” down 25 points with less than six …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Jimmie Swain (18) knocks the ball out of the hands of Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (15). The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Players to Watch: USC still has plenty of NFL talent as Oregon prepares

There is a distinct possibility that for the first time since 1998, both Oregon and USC could finish outside the AP top-25 in the same season. Two programs that have dominated the conference for nearly two decades are each making a late-season scramble to save face as bowl season approaches. Oregon …

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USC Trojans running back Ronald Jones II (25) turns the corner and scores early in the second half. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Why USC will beat Oregon

** Editors Note: Each week during football season, we feature a column from the opponent’s student newspaper on why Oregon will lose. This week’s edition is from Eric He of the Daily Trojan at USC. ** A year ago, two ranked teams in USC and Oregon squared off at Autzen …

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Oregon Ducks Head Coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on April 4, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon coaches Helfrich, Hoke decline to expand on Eddie Heard’s arrest

Following Thursday’s football practice and the announcement that lineman Eddie Heard has been arrested and suspended indefinitely from the team, reporters met with Oregon coaches to talk about preparations for USC. Neither head coach Mark Helfrich nor defensive coordinator Brady Hoke elected to further comment on Heard. Hoke was asked what he …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback coach David Yost watches Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) warm up before the game. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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From cookies to hair, David Yost brings a new perspective to Oregon

Midway through an interview with David Yost after practice last week, my phone rang twice. It was the Philadelphia Eagles’ media relations team with Chase Daniel, Yost’s former quarterback at Missouri. Yost asked if it was Daniel on the line and if he could catch up with him briefly. I …

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Oregon offensive lineman Davis Miyashiro-Saipaia (63) warms up hutting the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the California Bears at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 21, 2016. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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Oregon’s offensive line has evolved through experience to protect Justin Herbert

The Ducks entered the 2016 season with questions on the offensive line. The unit had two returning starters and planned to start three redshirt freshmen. Junior tackle Tyrell Crosby injured his foot and was lost for the season, tossing in another redshirt freshman into a starting role. Crosby’s injury meant Oregon had to …

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Update: Oregon lineman Eddie Heard pleads ‘not guilty’ to assault and harassment charges

UPDATE: 1:41 p.m. Thursday — Eddie Heard pleaded “not guilty” to misdemeanor charges of harassment and assault in the fourth degree during his arraignment at Lane County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Heard is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 8. *** UPDATE: 11:09 a.m. Thursday — According to UO Police’s summary of the …

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Oregon Duck football players after huddle before they begin to warmup. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016 (Savannah Mendoza/Emerald)
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Justin Herbert shined against ASU, but coaches still see room for improvement

Against Arizona State, quarterback Justin Herbert was practically perfect. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound freshman is only one year removed from physically dominating a high school game, so when he scrambles from the pocket and lowers his shoulder against Pac-12 players he may feel it the following days. He is the present and …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Jalen Brown (15) tries to keep hold of the ball while making a jumping catch over Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Afolabi Laguda (1). The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Jalen Brown could emerge as Oregon’s next star receiver after breakout performance

After boasting one of the deepest wide receiver groups in the nation at the start of the year, Oregon’s depth at the wideout spot has been decimated by injuries. During the Ducks’ 52-49 loss to California on Oct. 21, quarterback Justin Herbert shredded the Bears’ defense in the second half …

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Oregon Ducks tight end Johnny Mundt (83) walks off of the field after running the ball for a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon offense humming with three healthy senior tight ends

Pharaoh Brown sat before a room full of reporters following Oregon’s 54-35 victory over Arizona State on Saturday and asked the first question. “Can we title all articles, ‘Tight End U?’” Brown was coming off arguably the best game of his career. His 72-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive …

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Casey Eugenio (26) as he scores 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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Saturday’s matchup in Los Angeles will be homecoming trip for a handful of Oregon players

Oregon wide receiver Casey Eugenio didn’t have any trouble picking a school when he made the decision to come to Oregon. His older brother was a Duck, and Eugenio said Eugene was “the best opportunity” for college. However, Eugenio also grew up in San Clemente, California, just a 90 minute …

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Oregon Ducks cornerback Ugo Amadi (14) dives to tackle USC Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9). The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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USC holds offensive and defensive edge against Ducks

For the first time in over a month, the Oregon football team will approach an upcoming game after a win the previous week. Last week, the Ducks broke their five-game losing streak with a 54-35 win in which true freshman quarterback Justin Herbert set a school record with 512 yards …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball mid-tackle. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Justin Herbert named Pac-12 Player of the Week following record-breaking performance

For the second time this season, an Oregon true freshman has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Justin Herbert became the first player in Oregon history to accumulate 500 yards of total offense during the Ducks’ 54-35 victory on Saturday and was named the conference’s outstanding offensive player for the …

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Arizona State Sun Devils defensive lineman Koron Crump (4) chases down Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) in the backfield. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Q&A: Quarterbacks coach David Yost says that Justin Herbert has ‘it-factor’

True freshman Justin Herbert has proved himself capable of leading Oregon’s offensive attack. After five straight losses, the Ducks finally were able to squeak out a win on Saturday, defeating ASU 54-35. During the game, Herbert threw for 489 passing yards, tying Bill Musgrave’s record for the most passing yards in school history. …

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Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich is interviewed on the field after the end of the game. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Helfrich impressed with Justin Herbert, wants ‘to throttle back’ on comparisons to former Oregon greats

Oregon football has a well-publicized “rule” that players have 24 hours after each loss to reflect before moving on and focusing on the next game. As of late, the Ducks’ players and coaches have had plenty to reflect upon in the midst of a five-game losing streak that Oregon finally snapped with a …

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Washington Huskies wide receiver Dante Pettis (8) hauls in a catch in the end zone over Oregon Ducks defensive back Malik Lovette (23). The Oregon Ducks host the No.5 Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct.8, 2016. (Eric Cech/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington remain at top

The top six teams in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll remain the same. Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State did not move in the latest release of the poll on  Sunday morning. Wisconsin moved up three spots to No. 8. The Badgers narrowly beat Nebraska 23-17. The win meanse …

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Young fans in the crowd cheered and threw a "dab" pose. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016 (Savannah Mendoza/Emerald)
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Oregon beats Arizona State, but many student fans leave before the ending

The Ducks broke their five-game losing streak with a 54-35 win over Arizona State Saturday at Autzen Stadium. By many accounts it was the most impressive game they’ve played all season: the Ducks outgained the Sun Devils by 266 yards, the defense forced three interceptions, and freshman quarterback Justin Herbert set …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Troy Dye (35) pretends to take photos of Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) as he walks off the field after the game. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Offensive attack leads Oregon past ASU 54-35 to stop five-game losing streak

Last week, Justin Herbert fell to the field after a game-ending interception. He was quickly consoled by teammates, but the reality of back-to-back losses appeared to weigh heavily on the true freshman. Saturday, Herbert departed the field under much different circumstances. The Sheldon High School graduate hugged fellow freshman Troy …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) runs with the ball for a first down. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Rapid Reaction: Ducks down ASU 54-35 to stop five-game skid

Oregon’s losing streak of five games is no more. The Ducks opened a 30-14 halftime lead and held off the visiting Sun Devils for their first Pac-12 win. With the victory, Oregon improves to 3-5 (1-4 Pac-12). True freshman quarterback Justin Herbert tied the school record for most passing yards (489) in …

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Oregon quarterbacks walk out onto the field. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Rapid Reaction: Ducks take 30-14 halftime lead against Arizona State

Oregon has its first halftime lead in Pac-12 play this season. The Ducks, who are looking to snap a five-game losing streak, own a 30-14 halftime lead over visiting Arizona State. Oregon benefited from a strong offensive showing from quarterback Justin Herbert and tight end Pharaoh Brown. The home team scored first on an impressive …

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