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Former Oregon players weigh in on state of Oregon football program

With the Ducks (2-4) having lost four straight games, several current and former Oregon players have been weighing in on Oregon’s struggles on Twitter. Head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the chatter during his press conference on Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams in the country right now that were expected …

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Q&A: Mark Helfrich discusses Justin Herbert, bye week and the state of the program

The Ducks have fallen to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play following a 70-21 rout on Saturday by Washington that snapped a 12-game win streak against the Huskies. Freshman quarterback Justin Herbert made his first career start to provide a “spark” in the place of fifth-year quarterback Dakota Prukop. …

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Ducks ditch Dakota Prukop, usher in Justin Herbert era

The Ducks fed their fresh meat to the dogs, and the hungry Huskies ate it up. Washington thrashed Oregon 70-21 Saturday night, putting its 12-year losing streak to an end in front of a disillusioned Autzen crowd. It was a bad litmus test for true freshman Justin Herbert, who lacked pizzazz …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon falls to Washington 70-21, drops to 0-3 in Pac-12

The streak is over. After losing their past 12 meetings, the Washington Huskies trounced the Oregon Ducks 70-21 at Autzen Stadium Saturday night. Justin Herbert threw an interception on the first play of his first career start, and it was all downhill from there. The Huskies scored 28 points before the Ducks finally answered …

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Breaking: Justin Herbert projected to start against Washington

A true freshman from Eugene will make his first career start against the No. 5 team in the country. Justin Herbert is listed as the projected starter at quarterback for Saturday evening’s home match-up with Washington, the Oregon football team tweeted an hour and 15 minutes prior to kickoff. Projected starters on …

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Oregon football’s fall from grace

You can’t knock Mark Helfrich on accountability. Oregon has lost back-to-back games in a season for the first time in almost a decade, and Helfrich wants the credit. Sure, if Dakota Prukop’s final pass to Darren Carrington in the corner of the end zone travels three feet further, the Ducks …

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Q&A: Dwayne Stanford says Washington State ‘smells blood’

Coming off an upset loss to Colorado, the Ducks (2-2) are preparing to take on Washington State (1-2) at a tough road environment in Pullman. Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford talked about the state of the team and his experience playing the Cougars after practice Tuesday. Emerald: As a veteran player, is the mindset …

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Quick Hits: Oregon shifts focus to Washington State after back-to-back losses

– Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal said after practice Monday the Ducks aren’t going to change their formula after consecutive losses to Nebraska and Colorado. Oregon faces a tall task in defending Washington State’s Air Raid attack Saturday. – Pass defense could decide Oregon’s road contest with Washington State …

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Oregon baseball season falls well short of lofty expectations

2016 was supposed to be the year the Ducks made the College World Series — at least, that’s what starting pitcher Cole Irvin guaranteed before the season began. “We are going to Omaha this year,” Irvin said. “I want to make that statement clear.” Instead, Oregon’s season fell wildly short of his …

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Survey shows Oregon football uniforms are important recruiting tool; Brooks and Dorsey withdraw from NBA Draft

— Oregon football uniforms have become an important tool for recruiting, according to an informal survey by picksixpreviews.com. 72 out of 100 high school recruits answered ‘moderately true’ or ‘very true’ when asked whether uniforms have a great impact on their perception of a team. The prospects overwhelmingly agreed the Ducks had …

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Golden Spikes nominee Stephen Nogosek brings toughness, intensity to role as Oregon closer

Oregon’s baseball season hasn’t gone as planned. Despite a preseason ranking as high as No. 12 by Perfect Game, the Ducks have put together their worst overall record (29-23) since 2009, and will likely miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Closer Stephen Nogosek, however, has modeled …

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UO Rowing looks to continue upward trend of success at ACRA national championships

The University of Oregon rowing club is coming off a strong finish at the Pac-12 Championships, in which the men’s varsity 4 took bronze and men’s novice 8 finished second in the club division and fifth overall. Now, the team’s sights are set on the 2016 American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships, held …

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Oregon keeps postseason hopes alive with shutout win over Arizona

The Oregon Ducks kept their postseason hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Arizona Friday at PK Park. Starting pitcher Cole Irvin kept the Wildcats off balance with an effective mix of fastballs and change-ups. He threw 7.1 innings, allowed four hits and struck out six en route to his sixth win of …

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UO’s legal battle over insuring coaches’ bonuses ends in $242,000 settlement

The University of Oregon has reached a settlement agreement of $242,000 with two insurance brokers over bonuses it paid to former head football coach Chip Kelly and his coaching staff for their on-field success during the 2012-13 season, the Register-Guard first reported. The UO athletic department had paid a $490,000 premium to the insurers, under …

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Matt Krook bumped in starting rotation after tumultuous return from injury

Starting pitcher Matt Krook was expected to dominate in his return to Oregon baseball in 2016, following a freshman All-American season and successful Tommy John surgery. He was one of 50 players named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, given to the best amateur baseball player in the …

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Oregon gets nonconference win over San Diego in Hillsboro

Freshman left-handed pitcher Cole Stringer allowed two runs over seven-plus innings, en route to the Ducks’ 5-2 win over San Diego in Hillsboro Monday. The Toreros mustered just seven hits and two walks against Stringer, who earned his second win in six days; he threw two scoreless innings in Oregon’s 7-6 win …

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Dillon Mitchell lives up to high expectations in Oregon’s spring game

Few players garnered as much praise from teammates and coachers as freshman wide receiver Dillon Mitchell during Oregon’s spring practices the past four weeks. In the Ducks’ annual spring game at Autzen Stadium Saturday, Mitchell lived up to his lofty reputation. He caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Dakota Prukop and led Mighty Oregon to a …

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Matt Krook’s struggles continue in Ducks’ shutout loss to Washington State

Matt Krook’s teammates greeted him with a line of lukewarm low-fives as the starting pitcher plodded his way into Oregon’s dugout after 2.0+ rough innings Friday night. They tried not to make eye contact with Krook as he spiked his glove into the dugout’s back wall, openly frustrated over the five hits, four runs, …

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Pharaoh Brown makes strides in his return to football this spring

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown couldn’t walk a year ago, months after he suffered a leg injury so gruesome that ESPN elected not to air it during a national TV broadcast. During fall camp last season, a reporter asked Brown why he still played football. Brown responded, “The same reason you’re a journalist — it’s what …

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Ducks survive late scare, beat Oregon State 7-6

Days after UCLA swept them in Los Angeles, the Ducks redeemed themselves with a win over Oregon State at PK Park Wednesday night. Oregon got off to a blistering start, scoring seven runs in the second inning, but slowed down and nearly allowed to Beavers to catch up. Oregon State totaled five runs …

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Mark Helfrich talks NFL Draft prospects DeForest Buckner and Vernon Adams

Several ex-Ducks are projected to be picked in the 2016 NFL Draft beginning Thursday. Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, however, probably won’t be watching when their names are called. Helfrich doesn’t fancy himself as a “draft-watcher.” “My agent said that I’m not going to get drafted again,” Helfrich joked. “So I’ll probably …

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Football’s concussion problem, and how Oregon’s handling it

The University of Oregon Public Relations Student Society of America’s chapter meeting in early April certainly had a unique appeal. Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich was there to talk about media relations, but when he began taking questions, the conversation shifted to perhaps the biggest issue facing the sport: …

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UCLA beats Oregon 13-1 to complete three-game sweep

Oregon’s season appeared to have turned the corner after it took two out of three against conference leader Cal and swept USC at home. Then the Ducks ran into UCLA. The Bruins (19-18, 9-9 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of the Ducks (17-16, 7-8 Pac-12) in Los Angeles with a 13-1 victory Saturday that …

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Oregon has yet to find a leader at quarterback, Mark Helfrich says

Entering Saturday’s spring football game, the frontrunner of the quarterback competition is about as clear-cut as it was the first week: Not very. After the team’s scrimmage April 25, head coach Mark Helfrich said the quarterbacks “just didn’t come out with any kind of urgency or leadership.” He described the quarterbacks’ play as …

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Clutch plays from freshmen Travis Moniot and Jake Bennett lead Oregon to 4-3 win over USC

Before USC faced Oregon Friday, 16 of the Trojans’ 32 games this season were decided by a single run. They were 8-8 in those games. Now, they have a losing record in one-run games. The Oregon Ducks (15-12, 5-5 Pac-12) emerged victorious, 4-3, in a back-and-forth battle with USC Friday at …

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The Ducks are moving away from ‘small ball,’ but is the approach working?

Oregon baseball manager George Horton’s teams have embraced “small ball” throughout his long and prosperous coaching career. But in his 19th season as head coach, he and his coaching staff made the decision to move away from that strategy. “It’s an intentional thing — we’re not trying to sacrifice as …

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Mark Helfrich shares his opinion on NCAA’s new rule changes

The NCAA Division I Council approved new rules at its April meeting on Friday, one of which requires schools to only conduct football camps and clinics at their own facilities, essentially banning “satellite camps.” At the Ducks’ spring football practice on Friday, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said he was surprised by the …

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11-5 win over Pac-12 leader Cal may be ‘defining moment’ in Oregon’s season

An onslaught of crushed gappers and perfectly-placed bloop hits supplied the Ducks with six runs in the fifth inning, a lead they did not give back against Cal Sunday at PK Park. Despite a late surge from the Bears, Oregon added insurance runs in the sixth and went on to take the game, and …

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Oregon gives up record 21 hits in blowout loss to Cal

The No. 9 California Golden Bears hit safely 21 times Friday at PK Park, marking the most hits Oregon has given up to an opponent since the baseball program’s reinstatement in 2009. Starting pitcher Cole Irvin threw the majority of his pitches for strikes, but Cal came out swinging early and often. By the sixth …

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Undersized Kyle Kasser goes from overlooked to Oregon’s best hitter

Oregon second baseman Kyle Kasser has flown under the radar for much of his baseball career. At 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, he is routinely one of the smallest players on the diamond. But since getting an opportunity to start, he has been the Ducks’ most reliable hitter. On March 19 against Utah, …

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