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Underclassmen shine at Oregon’s spring game

Not only does Oregon’s annual spring game give the team a chance to regroup from the fall, it helps foreshadow for the upcoming season. It’s the first chance the coaches, the team and the fans get to see the new and recently developed underclassmen talent. And in today’s spring game, …

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Top takeaways from the 2018 Oregon football spring game

The Oregon football spring season is over, and it concluded with a with a 59-34 victory for the offense (Team Thunder) against the defense (Team Lighting) at the 2018 spring game. Nobody knows what that means, but there were some strong individual performances that opened and answered questions as the …

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Tyler Shough stayed committed to the Ducks, now he’s battling for key backup quarterback position

Back in early December, Willie Taggart visited Oregon quarterback commit Tyler Shough at Shough’s home in Chandler, Arizona. The two, along with Oregon’s quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, discussed everything Oregon, an obvious subject on a visit like this one. But Shough said the meeting had a “weird vibe to it.” …

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Former Duck kicker Aidan Schneider faces steep odds as he chases an NFL kicking job

Not two months removed from graduating, former Oregon kicker Aidan Schneider has already secured his first job —  he just hopes it’s not the one he’ll have after April 28, the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Schneider wants that to be the last day he’ll have to worry …

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Players to watch in the 2018 Oregon football spring game

Here are some players to watch in the 2018 Oregon spring game: Offense: Brenden Schooler / Wide Receiver After switching from safety to wide receiver last year, Brenden Schooler caught 20 passes for 274 yards. Now, as a junior, Schooler has more experience under his belt and has developed more …

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Thomas Graham Jr. and Jaylon Redd’s connection runs deep

A little over seven minutes into his first Civil War as an Oregon Duck, freshman wide receiver Jaylon Redd snagged a pass from quarterback Justin Herbert. His Oregon teammates knocked down the Oregon State defenders in his path. Redd ran 19 yards straight to the end zone, scoring his first …

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O-line coach Alex Mirabal talks spring game expectations, working with Cristobal

Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal and head coach Mario Cristobal go way back. They’ve known each other since freshman year of high school in Florida, with Mirabal estimating that to be around 34 years. The two appear to have a good, competitive working relationship, which has helped them prepare for …

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From Thanksgiving games to Autzen, the Dye brothers battle together as Ducks

Like many American families on Thanksgiving, the Dye family gathered outside their house in Norco, California, for a game of touch football. It was the annual Dye family Turkey Bowl. All the siblings joined: Anthony (Tony), Jordan, Troy, Travis and little sister Jamie. Even Grandma grabbed a whistle and played …

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For Oregon’s offense to thrive, the young wide receivers need to step up

Quarterback Justin Herbert is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy this season. In order to do that, he needs to make big, flashy plays. That also means he needs highlight-reel plays by wide receivers, which have been hard to find the last couple seasons. Oregon needs to …

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Oregon football implements new offense just in time for spring game

Oregon football began its final week of preparation before Saturday’s spring game with a focus on a new versatile offense. Head coach Mario Cristobal thinks the offense will run mostly out of shotgun and pistol formation, but hinted at the possibility of going under center as well. He even mentioned …

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Inside Oregon football’s Fortnite addiction

An addiction is spreading throughout the Oregon football program. For hours most nights, dozens of players shut themselves away in their rooms, ignoring calls and texts from family, friends and significant others. Everyone affected says the same: Once introduced, it’s a tough habit to kick. “Started getting into it around …

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Special teams coach Bobby Williams’ intrigue in Oregon goes back to 90s, now he gets to coach the Ducks

Oregon football’s special teams coordinator, Bobby Williams, first came to Eugene in 1998 during his time as a coach at Michigan State. It didn’t go according to plan for the Spartans as the Ducks beat them 48-14, but Oregon caught Williams’ eye. “I’ve always been intrigued by Oregon,” Williams said. …

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Outside linebacker coach Cort Dennison talks first spring at Oregon, using youth to his advantage

Outside linebackers coach Cort Dennison spoke to the media Thursday. The coach is in his first season as a Duck after coaching at Louisville since 2014. His youth — he graduated from Washington in 2011 after playing football for four seasons — is an asset as the Ducks continue to …

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Oregon football returns to Eugene after Portland scrimmage

Oregon football returned to Eugene for its first practice since Saturday’s scrimmage in Portland. Head coach Mario Cristobal was happy with the overall performance in the scrimmage, but was not pleased with the penalties and mental mistakes. One player that stood out was redshirt sophomore safety Brady Breeze. “Brady has …

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Oregon’s young secondary grows during spring practice

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is the undisputed leader of the offense. He is the man. He runs the show. Leadership at the quarterback position is built-in and part of the job description. But for a defensive safety, that’s extra. That’s the role that senior Ugo Amadi fills, a role that …

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Sophomore Darrian McNeal leaves Oregon football program

Sophomore wide receiver Darrian McNeal has left the Oregon program for undisclosed reason, first reported by the Register Guard’s Steve Mims. McNeal is no longer enrolled at the University of Oregon. BREAKING: Oregon sophomore wide receiver Darrian McNeal has left the program. He was not at practice yesterday and school …

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Oregon football resumes practice with new receiver roles

After a brief break for finals and spring break, the Ducks returned to practice in preparation for the April 21 spring game. “We kind of want to pick up where we left off,” head coach Mario Cristobal said. “Again, that temperature is going to be turned up a little bit …

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Oregon’s young backfield has big shoes to fill

For the third straight year, Oregon football will have a new running backs coach. Former Washington State coach and new Oregon coach Jim Mastro will not get the same luxury that Donte Pimpleton got last year. Mastro has to replace Oregon’s all-time rushing leader Royce Freeman and powerback Kani Benoit; …

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Benoit, Springs impress at Oregon’s Pro Day

With just over a month until the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s coming down to the wire for college players to showcase their skills. On Wednesday, 19 former Ducks got their chance at Oregon’s Pro Day. Here are a few who stood out. Benoit’s big day  Like many Ducks who performed …

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Q&A with new Oregon strength and conditioning coach Aaron Feld

  Oregon football held its fifth practice of spring, the last one before a two-week break, on Wednesday. Oregon’s new strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Feld, who’s known for his incredible mustache, spoke to the media for the first time since arriving on campus. Here are some of the questions …

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Oregon football has busy week as spring break approaches

Spring is a time to learn from mistakes and get better. Head coach and self-described “football doctor” Mario Cristobal is determined to meet with every player to evaluate them “from an academic standpoint, a strength and conditioning standpoint, an off-the-field standpoint and a football standpoint.” “We give them an evaluation, …

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Ducks focus on discipline during Saturday’s spring practice

For the past two seasons, the Oregon football team has been ranked within the bottom three in penalties. Last season, the Ducks ranked second to last, No. 129, averaging 9.1 penalties per game, according to teamrankings.com. “The emphasis of the entire offseason has been discipline, due to the fact that …

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Upperclassmen lead a young Oregon defense in spring practice

Senior defensive lineman Jalen Jelks could’ve been preparing for the NFL draft right now, but instead he suited up for day two of his final spring practice season for Oregon football. “It’s my last one so I have to put into it everything that I have,” Jelks said. Jelks is …

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Finished with the offseason, Ducks are ready to knock off rust on first day of spring practice

Spring football is underway, and as always it brings a mix of new and familiar faces. There are some new coaches and freshman on campus, but for star quarterback Justin Herbert, it’s business as usual. “I’m just glad to be back, to be back out with the guys,” he said. …

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Cristobal highlights culture in first press conference of spring practice

“There is a culture that makes or breaks a team.” Those initial words from Mario Cristobal at his first press conference in the spring football period were echoed throughout his press conference. He stated that by preaching better culture around the team it would improve the team’s play on the …

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Oregon hires Alex Mirabal to coach guards, centers

Oregon will hire Marshall University’s offensive line coach Alex Mirabal to work with the Ducks’ guards and centers, first reported by Grant Taylor of the Herald-Dispatch last week, and announced by Oregon on Wednesday. “I’m excited to welcome Alex and his family to the Oregon family,” head coach Mario Cristobal …

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Live: Oregon football signing day

High school seniors from across the country are signing their national letter of intent on Wednesday as they choose where they will play college football. The Ducks are adding new faces to the team, ones that they hope will lead them to success over the next four years. They already …

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Report: Cort Dennison to be Oregon’s outside linebacker coach

Oregon is set to hire former Washington linebacker Cort Dennison to coach the outside linebackers, according to Cardinal Authority. Per multiple sources, Louisville LB coach and recruiting coordinator Cort Dennison expected to leave and take a position on Mario Critobal’s staff at Oregon. — Jody Demling (@jdemling) January 21, 2018 …

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