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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Quarterback Preview: Herbert will be the starter, but depth is an issue

For the first time since Marcus Mariota wore green and yellow, Oregon football knows who its quarterback will be going into the fall. The new coaching staff hasn’t officially declared sophomore Justin Herbert the starter, but there is little reason to believe they will go with somebody else; partially because …

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Taggart dismisses Darren Carrington from football program

Darren Carrington is no longer a member of the Oregon football team, the university announced Friday afternoon. “I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program. We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we …

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Darren Carrington arrested for DUI after crashing into McDonald’s drive-through

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: This article has been updated with details of Carrington’s arrest and updated charges. Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington was arrested by Eugene police early Saturday morning on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, careless driving and an improper right turn. Head coach Willie Taggart has …

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In his first season, Willie Taggart is building what could be Oregon’s greatest recruiting class ever

Amidst a football season that was, to put it mildly, disappointing, November 12, 2016 carried a particular sting for the Oregon Ducks. The team suffered a crushing home loss to Stanford, and four-star legacy recruit Elijah Molden committed to Washington, the team that hung 70 points on the Ducks. Many were …

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Colt Lyerla has 30 days added to jail sentence after escape

Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla was sentenced to an additional 30 days in jail following his escape from custody on May 4. Lyerla was originally sentenced to six months in jail for first- and second-degree forgery after he admitted to using counterfeit $50 bills to pay for items in stores. …

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Report: QB Travis Jonsen to transfer

Sophomore quarterback Travis Jonsen is transferring from Oregon to Riverside City College, according to csnnw.com. Jonsen will be immediately eligible to play at Riverside City College, and an FBS program come 2018. The move leaves sophomore Justin Herbert and freshman Braxton Burmeister as the only quarterbacks on the roster. Redshirt freshman …

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ASUO pays athletic department $10,000 in effort to save student football and basketball tickets

While University of Oregon students protested against a 10.6 percent proposed tuition hike in March, the Associated Students of University of Oregon (ASUO) voted to transfer $10,000 to the UO athletic department. ASUO’s hope was that the one-time payment would help improve its relationship with the athletic department — which …

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Terry Wilson Jr. lands at Garden City Community College after transfer from Oregon

Former Oregon quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. has landed at Kansas’ Garden City Community College. Wilson in April announced he was transferring from the Ducks football program. At the time, wide receiver Darren Carrington called the quarterback battle “a good competition between Justin [Herbert] and Travis Jonsen.” The Broncbusters finished the 2016 reason ranked No. 1 …

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Quick Hits: Football snags 7 verbal commitments after spring game, baseball falls to No. 1 Oregon State

— Since the Oregon football spring game last Saturday, the Ducks have received seven verbal commitments in the 2018 class. Six of the seven commits are four stars, according to 247sports. — Oregon baseball fell to Oregon State in a midseason nonconference game. The Duck’s bats went cold against the No. 1 team in the …

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Following lackluster 2016 season, Darren Carrington’s spring game performance a welcome sign

Team Free and Team Brave flew around Autzen Stadium during the 2017 spring game to the joy of Oregon football fans starving for a taste of what is to come. But while everything felt new, wide receiver Darren Carrington reminded everyone of something from the past — his 2015 self. …

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Willie Taggart wants Justin Herbert to prove himself as a vocal leader in order to win starting job

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has a new rule for quarterback Justin Herbert: talk to a teammate after every play. As soon as every play is signaled dead in practice and during games, Herbert must talk to a teammate and either offer praise or a critique. Taggart wants his sophomore …

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Ducks bring ‘the juice’ as Team Free dominates 34-11 in Oregon’s spring game

In the first show of the Willie Taggart era, Team Free defeated Team Brave 34-11 in the 2017 Oregon football spring game. In front of a crowd of 36,821 at Autzen Stadium, the Oregon football team teased fans with what will come in the fall. Entering the game, the new coaching …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Team Free leads Team Brave 14-3

The first half of the 2017 Oregon Spring game is over, and Team Free leads Team Brave 14-3. Team Free dominated on both ends. It’s accumulated 189 passing yards while Team Brave is running the ball well with their 103 rushing yards. Overall, both quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Travis Jonsen …

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Carrington, quarterbacks top players to watch for the spring game

Oregon football is back — sort of. Duck fans will get a tease of the Willie Taggart era on Saturday for his first spring game. After a terrible 4-8 season, the spring game will allow players and fans the ability to move on, and ultimately, get excited again. Refrain from …

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Practice Report: Coaches are talking trash in preparation for spring game

The Oregon coaches want to see intensity and intelligence from the players during the spring game. It is no definite statement on who will become starters, and we won’t know the players who will be stars come fall. However, it is another opportunity for coaching. For the players, the spring …

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Leave it to Leavitt: The man behind Oregon’s defensive rebuild

Doug Brenner jokingly calls him a psycho. Troy Dye compares him to the Energizer Bunny. Juwaan Williams says his team’s new defensive coordinator is always loud. That is, when he’s had his daily dose of Pepsi, usually no less than three cans a day. But he only runs on original …

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Oregon’s offensive line fighting to get back with a vengeance

With four redshirt freshmen starting, Oregon’s offensive line last year was inexperienced to say the least. The unit took its knocks, allowing 24 sacks in conference play alone, and things only got worse after a season-ending injury to then-junior Tyrell Crosby. Oregon’s youthful offensive line was forced to step up on …

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Ducks coach Willie Taggart looked to connect with his seniors this spring

Before Willie Taggart bought a home and welcomed his family to Eugene, he made connections with Oregon’s 23 seniors. Taggart, who’s working to take the Ducks back to glory after last year’s 4-8 season, said the experienced Ducks will allow him to reset the tone. Plus, Taggart realizes he failed to …

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With spring practice winding down, Oregon’s freshmen have made their presence felt

In April, the Oregon athletic department declared that Duck football practices would be open to the media, which meant good news for local reporters. However, the newfound availability also came with a catch: UO also simultaneously stated that Oregon freshman would not be available for interviews throughout the year. Now, reporters …

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New coaches bring changes. Will there be a new quarterback?

The first time Willie Taggart spoke to the Oregon football team, he stressed that every position would be an open competition. A new coach brings a clean slate for every player at every position, including quarterback. Last season, Justin Herbert became the bright spot on what was an otherwise dark …

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Practice Report: With spring game in sight, Oregon football looks back on its first practices under Taggart

As spring practices wind down and Saturday’s spring game approaches, Oregon football reflected on its spring process before its Tuesday morning practice. More improvement For the first time in years, media have been able to watch portions of practice. And for the players, spring practices brought extra scrutiny with a moving depth …

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