FootballSports

New coaching staff hits the virtual recruiting trail

If you follow almost any member of Oregon’s new coaching staff on Twitter, their tweets probably light up your timeline when a new recruit commits or a player makes a highlight play in practice. Don’t forget Willie Taggart’s ringing recruit phone, Marcus Arroyo’s seemingly infinite amount of hashtags or Jim …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

It will take time to improve the defense, but the Ducks feel ahead of schedule

Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt answers questions from the media with speed and efficiency. He stands in the scrum looking ancy, clearly wanting to be on the field. He even ends media himself by announcing he only has time for one more question. Then he runs to the practice field. I …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice Report: Ducks continue to grind as fall camp hits halfway point

Oregon football is now halfway through fall camp. With two and a half weeks until the Ducks play Southern Utah, the team enters an important stage of development. It’s either “push through” and improve or stay complacent with the status quo. “Three weeks now and we’re kind of in hump …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Taggart, coaching staff building trust throughout fall camp

The Ducks are in the dog days of fall camp now. Entering week three, with the first game just over two weeks away, Willie Taggart and Oregon’s coaching staff want to make sure their Ducks are in a row. “I want the execution to be second nature for our guys,” …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Taggart believes Royce Freeman compares to another Pac-12 great he coached at Stanford

The Ducks enter week three of training camp ready to build from a scrimmage on Saturday. By head coach Willie Taggart’s account it was good, but there were some things that needed to be fixed before the season starts. “We had a lot of penalties with the refs being out …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Players to watch in 2017: Freeman, Griffin can be explosive weapons for Taggart’s offense

In 2016, the Oregon Ducks might have been the most talented 4-8 team in the country. The athletic potential of the Ducks was, and still is, tantalizing. Willie Taggart has some talented players to work with this season. Here are four players to watch in 2017. Taj Griffin: Griffin was …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Players address Taggart’s loss, veterans praise freshmen

Willie Taggart’s father, John, passes away at 70  While originally scheduled to address the media before Friday’s practice, head coach Willie Taggart was instead absent — and understandably so. He tweeted last night that his father, John Taggart, had passed away. John Taggart was 70. “I know coach Taggart — …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Brenden Schooler is ready to take on the challenges of a new position

Head coach Willie Taggart asked sophomore Brenden Schooler to transition from defensive back to wide receiver during last week’s practice. Schooler’s response? “Alright, bring on the challenge.” Schooler finished last season as third on the team in tackles with 74 total tackles, which ranked in the top-10 in the nation …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Ducks working on special teams, getting physical in week two

The Ducks focused on special teams during the midday heat of Thursday’s fall practice. In the 20-minute open period, the entire team began with an Oklahoma-like drill that featured layers of one-on-one blocking. It may be week two of fall camp, but there is no time like the present to …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

With Carrington gone, it’s next man up for Oregon’s young receivers

Going into the 2017 season, Darren Carrington was supposed to be the Ducks’ star receiver. The athletic wideout led the Ducks in 2016 with 606 yards and built a reputation for incredible catches. Unfortunately, he also had become known for his frequent run-ins with law enforcement, which culminated in his …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Arroyo talks QB growth, and lack of wide receiver depth

Another day, another fall practice in the books. As is routine on Wednesdays, it was Oregon’s coordinators and assistant coaches turn to face the media. QB growth, Burch staying at QB for now  First up, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who discussed Justin Herbert’s progression and the depth …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Evening practice brings back memories of high school for some Ducks

For most of its fall camp, Oregon held its practices earlier in the day. The start of practices during the first week of camp ranged anywhere from 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. But head coach Willie Taggart wants to keep his players sharp and ready for anything. That’s why week …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

If the Ducks’ dominant offense is to return, it starts with the O-line, and they have the pieces

The Oregon offensive line is soft. At least, that’s the stereotype. Like most stereotypes, it’s wrong. The Ducks have dominated in the running game for over a decade now. Notable Oregon running backs Jonathan Stewart, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and now Royce Freeman—all talented in their own right—benefit from generations …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

“Do something” drill makes its first public appearance of fall

The first week of fall training camp is over, and there are now just four weeks to go until the Ducks line the tunnels and take the field at Autzen Stadium against Southern Utah on September 2. They’re inching closer, but still no full pads for the Ducks. That didn’t …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Schooler switches from safety to wide receiver on day four of fall camp

The Ducks got closer to full pads and full contact on day four of fall training camp by wearing shoulder pads for the first time. Now the practices get more physical as the dog days of camp loom. “We’re going to thud it up a little bit, not take anybody …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Ducks combine practice for first time this camp, assistant coaches speak to media

The Ducks practiced with their full squad for the first time this season during Wednesday’s practice. Freshmen and select underclassmen joined the full squad after practices the first two days were broken into two sections to maximize reps. The first two practices were open to fans and media for their …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Practice report: Defensive backs shine in day two of fall camp

Head coach Willie Taggart told his team to “embrace the suck” of fall camp. On the second day of training camp, the dog days and “the suck” haven’t yet hit full throttle, but staying focused and bringing energy is still vital to making a good impression on the coaching staff. …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Zach Okun retiring for medical reasons

Sophomore offensive lineman Zach Okun is medically retiring from football, as first reported by 247sports. Okun, a former 4-star recruit played sparingly in his two seasons with the Ducks. He suffered a possible spinal injury during fall camp last year and was taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Report: Mark Helfrich joining Fox Sports as college football analyst

Former Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich is returning to college football, although not in the capacity one might assume. On Tuesday, the Big Lead reported that Helfrich would be joining Fox Sports as an in-booth college football analyst for the upcoming season. The report comes via an anonymous source …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Football season begins as Ducks take the field for first fall practice

The 2017 Oregon football team held the first practice of the season as fans and media watched its every move. There were no pads, just helmets, and it was primarily individual drills focusing on fundamentals. The freshman, with some exceptions, were split into a separate practice before the rest of …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Linebacker Preview: A now experienced unit could be Oregon’s most improved

Oregon’s linebackers will be worth watching throughout the fall, especially with Jim Leavitt’s defensive expertise. Leading in tackles and sacks as a freshman in the 2016 season, sophomore Troy Dye seems to align well with the coaching staff and their drive for success this season. Dye already has a strong …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

DB Preview: Ducks need contributions from young and old to play well in pass happy Pac-12

During the 2016 season, Oregon’s defense struggled. The Ducks ranked 126 in the nation in total defense, and allowed an average of 518.4 yards per game. In particular, the play of the Oregon secondary was erratic. The team often seemed unable to defend the pass, which in the pass-happy Pac-12 …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Pac-12 media days: Return to Autzen looms as Carrington transfers to Utah

HOLLYWOOD — When Oregon plays Utah on October 23 at Autzen Stadium, there will be an underlying storyline: Darren Carrington’s return. Carrington, a star wide receiver for Oregon over the past three seasons, was dismissed by head coach Willie Taggart following a DUII arrest in the early hours of July …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Takeaways and top quotes from Ducks at Pac-12 football media days

HOLLYWOOD — With so many questions heading into the 2017 season for Oregon football, head coach Willie Taggart, quarterback Justin Herbert and linebacker Troy Dye had lots of time in front of a microphone at Pac-12 media days in Hollywood. It is a city famed for its glamour and showmanship, …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Herbert, Dye highlight changes within Oregon football at Pac-12 media day

HOLLYWOOD — A lot is changing for Oregon football, and it was all the buzz at Pac-12 media day on Thursday. The team is led by young talent in sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert and sophomore linebacker Troy Dye. Star wide receiver Darren Carrington was dismissed and has since transferred to …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

O-line preview: Ducks return group that could be the Pac-12’s best

Oregon’s new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal comes from Alabama, a program that produces NFL caliber lineman annually. He doesn’t have a roster full of 5-star recruits to work with, but Oregon boasts a talented and experienced group that could become one of the best in the country under Cristobal’s …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

D-Line Preview: Ducks hope for stability after a turbulent 2016 season

Oregon’s 2017 defensive line has a high level of uncertainty as the Ducks just hope for stability. The 2016 season was a rough one for the defensive line. By the end of the year, the Ducks had a hard time filling out a starting lineup. Before the season started Torrodney …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Preview: Be ready to see plenty of new names for this season’s receivers and tight ends

There will be lots of fresh faces on the Oregon receiving units in 2017. Key players are gone from last year’s team with wide receivers Devon Allen pursuing a professional track career, Dwayne Stanford graduating and Darren Carrington recently being released from team and reportedly transferring to Utah. The Ducks …

READ MORE →
FootballNewsSports

Report: Darren Carrington transferring to Utah

Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is transferring to the University of Utah, according to a report on UteZone.com. Neither Carrington or the university have officially confirmed the report but Carrington reportedly visited the Utah campus earlier in July. The move comes less than two weeks after new head coach Willie Taggart …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Running Backs Preview: Freeman leads an elite unit looking to trample opposing defenses

If Oregon football is going to improve on last year’s four-win season, the team will need to rely on an experienced group of running backs. The 2017 unit is led by senior Royce Freeman, who decided to put the NFL on hold and return for his senior season. Despite underwhelming …

READ MORE →