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Oregon safety Brady Breeze is not afraid to be physical

In Oregon’s victory over Utah last week, a first-half drive from the Utes brought them near Oregon’s goal line with a chance to tie the game. Utah failed on its first two attempts at the end zone and faced a 3rd-and-5, and that’s when Oregon safety Brady Breeze blitzed. He …

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Taggart ‘committed’ to Oregon amid Florida rumors

Head coach Willie Taggart and the Ducks won their first game since quarterback Justin Herbert was on the sideline to start the game. The Ducks defeated Utah in a performance where they dominated on the ground, accumulating 347 rushing yards. However, some of the focus of Taggart’s press conference was …

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Players to watch as Oregon faces Utah

Calvin Throckmorton / Offensive line / Oregon If Braxton Burmeister is at quarterback, the Ducks will continue to run the football with few pass attempts in between. Throckmorton has been steady at right tackle for the Ducks all season, but because right guard Jake Pisarcik was out against UCLA, Throckmorton …

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Taggart doesn’t rule Herbert out of game against Utah, says ‘there’s always a chance’

It was the defense’s turn to speak to the media on Wednesday, but what head coach Willie Taggart had to say about quarterback Justin Herbert overshadowed everything about the defense. He answered the question Ducks fans have been asking since the end of the first quarter in the game against …

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Podcast: Recap of UCLA and a preview of Utah

  On this episode of the newly named EFP (Emerald Football Podcast), Sports reporters Jack Butler, Gus Morris and Shawn Medow review Oregon’s 31-14 loss to UCLA. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against Utah with another review of injuries, some discussion on the return of Darren Carrington and …

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Coaches see improvement in offense, confidence building in Burmeister

The Ducks offense struggled against UCLA, and freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister was part of that. However, compared to the week before against Stanford, he showed improvement. So, Oregon coaches are trying to build on his improvement. “You can just see a little more confidence and (he is) a little more …

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Ducks didn’t have enough to overcome mistakes in 31-14 loss to UCLA

PASADENA, Calif. — The game was tied at 14-14 when Oregon received the ball for the second half. The Ducks had the momentum, and they were driving down the field. On 2nd-and-6, freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister kept the ball to pass on what should have been a run play. The …

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Injuries put extra pressure on offensive line to perform

Oregon’s O-line is the engine of the offense. It isn’t the flashiest part, but it makes it move. Oregon’s offense is stalling with freshman Braxton Burmeister at quarterback. His inability to make plays with his arm makes it easy for the opposing defense to game plan against the Ducks. They …

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Podcast: Recap of Stanford and a preview of UCLA

Sports reporters Jack Butler and Gus Morris review Oregon’s 49-7 loss to No. 23 Stanford. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against UCLA with another review of injuries, important matchups and some predictions. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan.

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Q/A with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, looking back at Stanford

Oregon offensive line coach Mario Cristobal spoke to the media Tuesday after Oregon’s loss to No. 23 Stanford. The Ducks’ offense struggled in the game, only scoring seven points, but the running game was efficient throughout. Offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and Jake Pisarcik suffered concussions during the game and are …

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Oregon’s offense is living its nightmare

STANFORD, Calif. — Sound the alarms: Oregon’s offense is in its worst-case scenario. Many fans and media members speculated that a Justin Herbert injury this season would be the worst-case scenario for Oregon, and now their fears have come true as the offense is ineffective with both Braxton Burmeister and …

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Rapid Reaction: Bryce Love shines, Ducks struggle to pass in first-half

No. 23 Stanford leads Oregon 28-7 after the first half. Oregon’s offense was stopped by penalties and turnovers while the Stanford offense and Bryce Love exploded to 28 points. Stanford’s Harrison Phillips and Peter Kalambayi return in the second-half, a big addition in the defensive front-seven. Halftime rapid reaction with …

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Deep Dive: Oregon football faces difficult Stanford run game

The No. 23 Stanford Cardinal present a challenge the Ducks haven’t seen before. That’s not to say Stanford is better than any team Oregon has faced. Rather, they have yet to face an offense like Stanford’s. The consistent multiple tight ends, multiple offensive lineman and power-run game is rare in …

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FBI investigation main topic of Pac-12 media day

SAN FRANCISCO — The usual pomp and circumstance of Pac-12 men’s basketball media day had a cloud hanging over it. Media days are usually a time for coaches to talk about how excited they are for the upcoming season, praise the improvement of players in the offseason and tell everybody …

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As just a sophomore, Oregon’s Payton Pritchard needs to become a leader

SAN FRANCISCO — After Oregon’s trip to the Final Four, there was a mass exodus of talented players. Most of it was expected, but losing four starters and eight total lettermen still hurts. Point guard Payton Pritchard is the only starter who returns for the 2017-18 season. While players were …

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Podcast: Recap of Washington State and a preview of Stanford

Sports reporters Jack Butler, Gus Morris and Shawn Medow review Oregon’s 33-10 loss to No. 11 WSU. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against No. 23 Stanford with a review of injuries, in-depth analysis and as always, some hot takes. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan.

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Ducks continue to discuss improving run game, talk Burmeister development

Oregon takes on No. 23 Stanford on Saturday, but the Ducks are still discussing their loss to No. 8 Washington State and how to improve from it. For one, a theme touched on after the game and at Taggart’s Monday press conference, the Ducks want to improve offensive line play. …

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Oregon’s 33-10 loss to No. 11 Washington State shows just how much Ducks need Herbert

On a night when the record for consecutive backflips on a pogo stick was broken with 21 — it was one of the better halftime shows — Oregon’s offense couldn’t muster enough to continue its streak of games with 20 points or more after a 33-10 loss to No. 11 …

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Rapid Reaction: Defense reigns as Washington State leads Oregon 13-10 at halftime

  Video rapid reaction with @kyleethemightee. Washington State leads Oregon 13-10 at half. pic.twitter.com/NZaRuS60er — Jack Butler (@Butler917) October 8, 2017 The No. 11 Washington State Cougars leads Oregon 13-10 at halftime. Both defenses are playing well as are held under 200 total yards. Key plays — The Ducks couldn’t …

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Players to watch: Taj Griffin’s explosiveness will need to boost offense

Hercules Mata’afa / Defensive Line / Washington State Besides having one of the best names in college football, Mata’afa is one of the best defensive linemen in college football. He leads the Pac-12 in sacks with 4.5, and he leads the conference in tackles-for-loss with 10. Mata’afa, who had one …

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Ryan Bay is making the most out of his dream of playing for the Ducks

When backup Oregon tight end Ryan Bay was recruited as a walk-on by the Ducks, he was told he may never play a snap. But last week against Cal, with starter Jacob Breeland sidelined with an injury, Bay started and made two receptions for 20 yards. They were his first …

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Practice report: Ducks ready to face defenses that are focused on the run

The Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) have a lot of injured players. Notably, quarterback Justin Herbert will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured collarbone. The Oregon offense, with Herbert out, will face defenses that are focused on the running game. Last week, Cal committed extra men to stopping the …

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Taggart addresses Oregon’s significant injuries

The Oregon Ducks defeated the California Golden Bears 45-24 on Saturday, but the Ducks lost some key players in the process. Quarterback Justin Herbert went out with a fractured collarbone in the first half, and it has been reported that he will be out for 4-6 weeks. “Justin will be …

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AP Top 25: Ducks one spot outside poll, Washington State approaching top 10

Oregon football (4-1, 1-1) is one spot outside the new AP Top 25 poll. The Ducks defeated California 45-24 but lost quarterback Justin Herbert for 4-6 weeks with a broken left collarbone. Washington State, Oregon’s next opponent, jumped five spots to No. 11 after defeating No. 5 USC 30-27 on …

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Podcast: Recap of Arizona State and a preview of Cal

Sports reporters Jack Butler, Gus Morris and Shawn Medow review Oregon’s 37-35 loss to ASU. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against Cal with analysis, sidebars and of course, hot take predictions. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan.

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The Ducks’ loss to ASU is a wake-up call to avoid the same outcome as last season

With 15 seconds to play in Tempe, Oregon football needed to get into field goal range in hopes of pulling off a comeback win against Arizona State. On 4th-and-10 on the Ducks side of the field, quarterback Justin Herbert took the snap, looked up and threw the ball up the …

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Ducks’ offense focused on fixing penalties, third down conversions

The Oregon Ducks’ self-inflicted wounds were a large reason why they lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils 37-35 on Saturday. The Ducks amassed 14 penalties for 99 yards, and they went 1-for-11 on third down. Those two stats are correlated, and as Oregon heads into its game against California, …

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Oregon comeback falls short as Arizona State wins in the desert

The Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2) defeated the No. 24 Oregon Ducks (3-1) 37-35 Saturday night in Tempe, AZ. The Ducks closed the Arizona State 17-point lead in the second half but were unable to finish in a game that came down to the wire. It is the first Sun …

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Rapid reaction: Arizona State defeats Oregon 37-35

Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the No. 24 Oregon Ducks 37-35 Saturday night in Tempe, Arizona. The Ducks fall to 3-1 and 0-1 in the Pac-12. Key plays — A 63-yard pass from Manny Wilkins to Jalen Harvey setup a 2-yard Wilkins rushing touchdown to start the second-half. ASU lead …

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Rapid reaction: Ducks trail Arizona State by three at the half

The No. 24 Oregon Ducks (3-0) trail the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) 17-14 at halftime. After scoring 42 points in the first half in three consecutive games, the Ducks’ offense was contained by the Sun Devils’ defense. Key plays — Arizona State scored first with an 8-yard touchdown run …

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