The Oregon Ducks host Cal at Autzen Stadium  on Nov. 7, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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What to watch for in Oregon’s season-opener with UC Davis

It’s been 245 days since Oregon found itself on the wrong end of one of the more devastating late-game collapses in recent memory. Much has changed for the Ducks since that loss. Standout quarterback Vernon Adams is gone, replaced by fellow graduate-transfer Dakota Prukop. Don Pellum was ousted as Oregon’s …

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The Oregon flag is brought out before the game. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Kostecka: Is Justin Herbert right for backup quarterback role?

He entered fall camp as the relative unknown. He left as the star of it. The past four weeks have been a whirlwind for Oregon freshman quarterback Justin Herbert, but in the best way possible. Herbert began Oregon’s fall football camp as the expected fourth-string quarterback. It was expected he would …

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Tight end trio: three seniors lead deepest unit in years

Oregon football is fast. Oregon football is quick. Oregon football is explosive. Speed kills and Oregon football has lived by it. Fans and the media like to focus on Oregon’s quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs — and for good reason; Oregon has always been stocked in those high-profile positions …

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Oregon Ducks running back Taj Griffin (5) flys down field. 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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Stack-Up: Senior starters will be key for UC Davis in season-opener

The 2016 college football season has finally arrived for Oregon. While the Ducks will be trying to break in a multitude of new players — most notably quarterback Dakota Prukop, three freshmen offensive linemen and a brand new defensive scheme — the Aggies return many of their offensive and defensive weapons from …

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Players To Watch: Oregon vs. UC Davis

When Oregon kicks off against UC Davis on Sept. 3 to begin the 2016 college football season, the Ducks will officially move forward from last year’s disappointing season. Here are the players to watch in Saturday’s season opener. OREGON Dakota Prukop, QB: After playing in the FCS for the previous three …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (92) sacks Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3). The unranked Oregon Ducks travel north in hopes of extending their 11 game win streak against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 17, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Henry Mondeaux emerges as leader in evolving Oregon defense

Fall camp is a time for Oregon football players to knock off the rust and get back into physical form in advance of the upcoming games. For junior defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux, it is his time to become the leader. The Portland native was a fixture along the defensive line …

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Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick gets ready to be interviewed after practice on April 13, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon isn’t planning to pare down playbook for matchup with UC Davis

After two weeks of going head-to-head each day in fall camp, Oregon’s players finally get to focus on facing an opponent instead of competing against one another. Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said the Ducks’ players are playing with even more energy now that it’s game week. With Oregon’s season-opener against …

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Coach Mark Helfrich talks with reporters on August 30, 2016. (Kylee O'Connor/Emerald)
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Helfrich looking to see how players ‘react’ against UC Davis on Saturday

As the opening kickoff of the 2016 Oregon football season draws closer, fans, coaches and players are becoming more and more anxious to get going. As quarterback coach David Yost mentioned earlier this week, the upcoming game against UC Davis is going to be “like Christmas morning.” For head coach …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Torrodney Prevot (86) celebrates his sack of Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4). The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot under investigation for criminal offense, Prevot suspended

Update at 6:48 p.m.: Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of the university and Department of Athletics codes of conduct, head coach Mark Helfrich said. His status as a student-athlete will be further evaluated. Oregon senior linebacker Torrodney Prevot, a key player for the Ducks …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) speaks to the media on April 11, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon depth chart: Prukop earns starting QB spot, Herbert named as backup

Oregon football announced on Friday Aug. 26, on Twitter that senior-transfer Dakota Prukop will start at quarterback when the Ducks open their season against UC Davis on Sept. 3 at Autzen Stadium. True freshman — and Eugene native — Justin Herbert was named his backup. Depth chart for Week 1 vs. @UCDfootball #GoDucks #UCDvsUO …

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Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke speaks to the media on April 22, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Hoke not happy with defense in final scrimmage, Helfrich likely to name starting QB later this week

When Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke was asked if Oregon’s defense had improved how he’d hoped in Oregon’s third week of fall camp, he gave a stark and candid answer. “No, not at all,” Hoke told reporters after Oregon’s final fall scrimmage. “We’re a long way from being any kind …

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Devon Allen talks with reporters on August 25, 2016. (Kylee O'Connor/Emerald)
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There’s ‘not much more’ for Devon Allen to do in collegiate track and field

Although wide receiver Devon Allen went to the Olympics to represent the United States, NBC’s television coverage showed him, more often than not, as a University of Oregon representative. Whenever Allen was spotlighted throughout the coverage, much of the talk centered around his role on the Oregon football team, as …

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Dakota Prukop and Travis Jonsen each provide a different solution to Oregon’s quarterback question

Freshman quarterback Travis Jonsen sits at a table by himself and fields seemingly endless  questions at Oregon’s media day on Aug. 8. Does he see himself as a dual-threat quarterback? Is he completely healthy? If he were a Pokemon, which one would he be? Jonsen sheepishly smiles and answers all …

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Webfoots' Darren Carrington (7) runs to the endzone. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Ducks hold physical practice as UC Davis looms

Monday’s practice was cut short with Tuesday’s in mind. Head coach Mark Helfrich stated that today would be the most physical practice of camp with one-on-one special teams and a variety of other drills. “It was physical, and a bunch of competitive situations in every phase,” Helfrich said after practice. …

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Practice Report: Prukop appears to be solid at No. 1; Herbert challenging Jonsen for backup

With Oregon less than a week away from preparing for its season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 3, the jockeying for spots on the quarterback depth chart is still up for grabs — at least the spot most fans didn’t expect. Entering fall camp, it was widely expected that incoming …

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Oregon defensive back Chris Seisay (12) salutes the Oregon crowd during the second half. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon cornerback Chris Seisay reportedly leaves team

Oregon’s secondary unit was looking to bounce back this year after struggling tremendously last season. On Sunday, the Ducks’ hopes of rebuilding on defense took a slight hit when it was reported that junior cornerback Chris Seisay has left the team. The story was first reported by 247 Sports.  Seisay was …

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The Oregon flag is brought out before the game. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon comes in at No. 24 in AP preseason poll

With college football just around the corner, the Associated Press has released its preseason top 25 teams in the country, with Oregon coming in at No. 24. Reigning National Champion Alabama comes in at No.1 on this list, as they added the top recruiting class in the nation to an already …

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Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke speaks to the media on April 8, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Linebacker battle still a toss-up but Hotchkins ‘playing at a little higher level’

As the second week of fall camp approaches it’s final days there, are still many question marks regarding what Oregon’s depth chart  will look like come the start of the season. Yet some questions are beginning to get answers. Dakota Prukop has begun to separate himself in the competition for …

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Report: Oregon offensive linemen Zach Okun suffers injury, taken to ER

Oregon offensive linemen Zach Okun was transported to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend after suffering an injury in practice on Wednesday. Andrew Greif of The Oregonian initially reported the story. An ambulance was requested to Oregon atheltic department at 11:29 a.m. A nursing supervisor in the emergency department told …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks host an open practice on April 25, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Ducks hold first scrimmage of fall camp, Prukop beginning to separate in quarterback race

Oregon football held its first scrimmage of fall camp today at Autzen Stadium, and like any first attempt, it had rough moments. “The scrimmage was very inconsistent,” head coach Mark Helfrich told reporters after practice. “We held out a bunch of skill guys…[so] there was an opportunity for backup skill …

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Practice Report: First day in pads has Oregon attacking at a more aggressive pace

One of the main improvements Oregon wanted to see entering this upcoming season was to play faster and more physical on defense. It’s been three and a half months since the Ducks really hit each other and after the first day of full pads, improvement was definitely seen. “The intensity level …

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Head Coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on April 11, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Helfrich: Oregon secondary ‘mixed bag’ as first week of fall camp winds down

As anyone who followed Oregon football last year knows, its secondary was abysmal. Nationally, in 2015, the Ducks’ 301.2 passing yards allowed per game were the third worst in the country, surpassed only by conference foe Arizona State (321.7) and Indiana (326.3). Oregon’s secondary last year was the cause of many …

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Quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks host an open practice on April 25, 2016 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon quarterbacks beginning to find rhythm after third day of fall camp

Oregon’s Wednesday afternoon practice marked the first workout of the year in which players were allowed to wear shells. With shoulder pads and helmets, players were allowed to hit, but not tackle to the ground. “First three days of camp have gone pretty well,” quarterback Travis Jonsen said. “Obviously there’s …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich heads back to the locker room at the end of the spring game. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon opens 2016 season with Media Day

The wait is finally over. After stewing over last season’s 47-41 triple overtime loss for the previous eight months, the Ducks can now officially put that game behind as they have begun preparations for the upcoming season by beginning camp on Monday. While most of the talk surrounding the next …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Torrodney Prevot (86) celebrates his sack of Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4). The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon defensive line preview: Hoke looks to revamp pass rush with switch to 4-3 scheme

With the departure of second team All-American DeForest Buckner, Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke will turn to a deep group of young players to step up on the defensive line as he implements a new 4-3 scheme. At times last season, Buckner played like a one-man army, obliterating opposing double teams while lining …

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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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Oregon linebackers preview: all new starters will be key for success next season

2015 was a year that the Duck’s defense probably wants to put behind them. Oregon ranked either at the bottom or close to it in almost every important defensive category in the conference. It was last in scoring defense and total defense as well as second-worst in passing defense, trailing …

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Oregon's offensive line took a hit in the offseason when Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hroniss Grasu and Andre Yruretagoyena all left the team.
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Oregon offensive line preview: Line must be rebuilt, but talent is there

It does not matter who Oregon’s quarterback is if they are constantly on their back. The Oregon offensive line will be rebuilding around two experienced upperclassmen: Tyrell Crosby and Cameron Hunt. With Tyler Johnstone, Matt Hegarty and Matt Pierson departing from the line this offseason, Crosby and Hunt will be the leaders …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington (22) reaches out to catch the first touchdown pass of the half. 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 wide receiver preview: Ducks boast one of deepest pass-catching groups in the nation

With five wideouts returning, as well as a promising freshman and a handful of running backs who can step in and play slot receiver, Oregon has one of the deepest receiving units in all of college football. Redshirt junior and 2015 second team All-Pac 12 selection Darren Carrington will be lead a …

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Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) pulls out of the tackle of California Golden Bears linebacker Hardy Nickerson (47). The Oregon Ducks host Cal at Autzen Stadium on Nov 7, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon running back preview: Freeman leads deep stable of athletic backs

The 2016 group of Oregon running backs will continue to be an unyielding powerhouse with the return of the nation’s fourth-leading rusher, junior Royce Freeman, along with Taj Griffin, Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit. Freeman will be eligible for the NFL draft following this season, and could be in the …

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Webfoot quarter back Travis Jonsen (11) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon Quarterback Preview: Prukop and Jonsen too close to call heading into fall camp

The biggest question mark heading into the 2016 season is a lot like the question heading into 2015: who will be taking the snaps at the quarterback position? Despite there being five signal-callers on the roster, the quarterback competition appears to be narrowed down to either Dakota Prukop or Travis Jonsen heading …

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