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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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Ducks to hire Washington State’s Jim Mastro as new running backs coach

Mario Cristobal continues to build his coaching staff this week with the hiring of Jim Mastro as the Ducks’ new running backs coach and run-game coordinator. Per the Seattle Times, Mastro — who spent the past six seasons with Washington State — will join the Ducks on a three-year, $375,000 …

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Report: Oregon to add Georgia’s strength and conditioning coach Aaron Feld

Oregon is expected to hire  Aaron Feld, an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Georgia, as the Ducks new strength coach, according to Fox Sports1’s Bruce Feldman. Feld replaces Irele Oderinde as Oregon’s head strength and conditioning coach. Oderinde left the program on Sunday to join Willie Taggart’s staff at …

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Track and field, men’s and women’s basketball receive notice of infractions from NCAA

The University of Oregon received a Notice of Allegations this week from the NCAA for infractions in multiple programs, the university announced on Thursday. The programs are track and field, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football. “After careful review of the notice, the UO acknowledges that infractions occurred and takes …

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Oregon extends contracts of Leavitt, Salave’a and Arroyo

Oregon’s coaching staff of the future is starting to come together. The program officially announced on Monday that three assistant coaches signed contract extensions. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, offensive coordinator, quarterback and tight ends coach Marcus Arroyo and associate head coach and defensive run game coordinator Joe Salave’a all signed extensions. …

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Despite bright spots in defense, Oregon unable to stop Cedrick Wilson

LAS VEGAS — Before Oregon and Boise State took the field in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Broncos wide receiver Cedrick Wilson said that he was cautious of the Ducks’ secondary. “We see they have a lot of speed and their secondary is probably one of the biggest we’ve …

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Oregon offense struggles as Ducks lose 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS — As the first half wound down, Oregon behind Boise State 17-0, Justin Herbert took a snap and scrambled to his right as the Broncos defense closed in. He threw the ball to the right sideline and it was intercepted by Kekaula Kaniho, who returned it for a …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks fall to Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl

The Oregon Ducks fall to the No. 25 Boise State Broncos, 38-28, in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos suffocated the Oregon offense while the Ducks defense could not hold in the second half. Key Plays — Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien hit Alec Dhaenens for a 13-yard touchdown to give …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon climbing back against Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl

After an eventful first half, Boise State leads Oregon 24-14 with both Oregon touchdowns coming on interceptions. Key Plays — Oregon is forced to call timeout before the Ducks take their first snap of the game. Oregon goes three-and-out on its opening drive. — Boise State scored on its opening …

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