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Linebacker AJ Hotchkins to medically redshirt, leave Oregon football program

Senior linebacker AJ Hotchkins announced via Twitter on Monday that he leaving the Oregon football program and will look to play elsewhere in 2018. Hotchkins, a starter to begin the season, suffered an injury the Arizona State game on Sept. 23 that has kept him out since. He transferred to …

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Dante Pettis’ record-setting return dooms Oregon

SEATTLE — Earlier this week, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart dismissed the idea of not punting to Dante Pettis, Washington’s star wide receiver who doubles as one of the best punt returners in the nation. He’s so dangerous on special teams that several other Pac-12 teams have elected not to …

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Washington’s big plays bury Oregon, 38-3

SEATTLE — Big plays. That was the theme of Saturday’s game at Husky Stadium as Oregon (5-5, 2-5) failed to hang with No. 12 Washington (8-1, 5-1), falling to their rivals from the north for the second straight year, 38-3. All five of the Huskies’ touchdowns came on plays of …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon fades during second half, falling to the Huskies 38-3

Last week against Utah, the Ducks ended their second-half woes, scoring 24 points in the second half alone. Tonight, against the northern-rival Washington Huskies, Oregon reverted back to its old ways, not scoring any points during the second half to lose, 38-3, in Seattle. Key Plays — Ducks convert three …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Ducks trail Huskies 17-3

Key Plays — Ducks convert three third downs on opening drive, capped off by a 30-yard field goal. Oregon leads 3-0. — 45-yard field goal is no good from Washington’s Tristan Vizcaino after Ducks defense holds Huskies following a 46-yard Jake Browning pass. — Vizcaino makes up for his earlier …

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Oregon’s offensive line is quietly dominating

We now know the key to Oregon winning a game if Braxton Burmeister is quarterback: utterly dominate in the running game. If you look at the stat sheet for Oregon’s 41-21 win over Utah, you’ll see a rushing attack that was unstoppable. It was an extremely impressive performance on the …

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Deep Dive: Get to know the Washington Huskies

Oregon avoided a winless October by beating the Utah Utes 41-20 last week, but the Ducks face their toughest road game of the season on Saturday against the No. 12 Washington Huskies. This will be Oregon’s biggest offensive test this season. Only Alabama has a higher ranked total defense; but …

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Players to watch as the Ducks play Washington

Taj Griffin / Wide Receiver / Oregon Head coach Willie Taggart mentioned that he wants to get Griffin more involved in the offense during his press conference on Monday. “We’ve got to continue to find ways to get him the ball,” Taggart said. “The kid is very talented and electrifying …

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After last season’s domination, Oregon is looking to get revenge on Washington

A Bitter Taste 70-21. It’s a scoreline that still haunts many Ducks. The players see it every day. “It definitely stuck with us,” running back Tony Brooks-James said. “It’s something that [the coaches] have talked about since they got here. The score is posted inside the weight room every day. …

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In Taggart’s first year, a bowl game would be a big step forward for Oregon

The Ducks not only ended their four-game losing streak with a win over the Utah on Saturday, but they also increased their chances of making a bowl game. The Ducks didn’t qualify for a bowl last season for the first time since 2004. Poor performances started during the Alamo Bowl …

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Oregon safety Brady Breeze is not afraid to be physical

In Oregon’s victory over Utah last week, a first-half drive from the Utes brought them near Oregon’s goal line with a chance to tie the game. Utah failed on its first two attempts at the end zone and faced a 3rd-and-5, and that’s when Oregon safety Brady Breeze blitzed. He …

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Mario Cristobal discusses Washington’s defense, Oregon’s dominant tackles

Oregon co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal met with the media on Tuesday. Here’s some of what he had to say: Happy Halloween, do you have a costume? “No. We’ve just got to work. It’s a good day with a good opportunity to get better and get prepared for …

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Taggart ‘committed’ to Oregon amid Florida rumors

Head coach Willie Taggart and the Ducks won their first game since quarterback Justin Herbert was on the sideline to start the game. The Ducks defeated Utah in a performance where they dominated on the ground, accumulating 347 rushing yards. However, some of the focus of Taggart’s press conference was …

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Ducks dampen Darren Carrington’s return to Autzen

Autzen Stadium is known for getting loud. The loudest it got on Saturday might have come when former Duck Darren Carrington II was hit and fumbled the ball, which Ducks’ cornerback Ugo Amadi scooped up and returned for a touchdown in Oregon’s 41-20 win over Utah. “That was big time …

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Oregon ends its second-half woes, beats Utah 41-20

Last season, Oregon football’s last-minute win against No. 12 Utah was a high point for a season that was going downhill. This year, it was a similar story, but with a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. The Ducks took down the Utah Utes 41-20 on Saturday to …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon scores 24 second-half points to complete 41-20 rout of Utah

Coming into its game against Utah, Oregon hadn’t scored in the second half in almost a month. That changed on Saturday, as Oregon scored 24 points in the second half to rout Utah, 41-20. True freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister threw only 12 passes, completing nine, for 47 yards, but Oregon …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Ducks defense steps up, Oregon leads 17-6

  RAPID REACTION: Oregon leads 17-6 at halftime. pic.twitter.com/yK9EzbRVqN — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) October 28, 2017 Key plays — Quarterback Braxton Burmeister connects with Cam McCormick on a 5-yard TD pass to put the Ducks up 7-0. — Burmeister fumbles as he tries to handoff to Royce Freeman. — Utah …

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Players to watch as Oregon faces Utah

Calvin Throckmorton / Offensive line / Oregon If Braxton Burmeister is at quarterback, the Ducks will continue to run the football with few pass attempts in between. Throckmorton has been steady at right tackle for the Ducks all season, but because right guard Jake Pisarcik was out against UCLA, Throckmorton …

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Deep Dive: Get to know the Utah Utes

Oregon’s game against Utah this Saturday has gotten a lot of attention due to the return of former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington II, who was dismissed in the offseason for his off-the-field troubles; however, this game has great significance on the field as well. Both teams will enter Saturday …

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Oregon’s passing attack has faded away

Oregon football’s passing game was lethal with sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert at the helm. But after he fractured his collarbone against Cal, the Ducks’ passing game plummeted. Now, with true freshman Braxton Burmeister starting, the Ducks are relying moreso on the ground game. “We don’t have the depth,” head coach …

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Oregon and Utah, two teams desperate for a win

For the past several seasons, Utah and Oregon have been very different teams. The Utes rely on a grind-it-out, physical style, while the Ducks use their flash and speed to leave teams in the dust. But Saturday’s matchup between Utah and Oregon will feature two teams that have taken very …

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Darren Carrington makes his return to Autzen Stadium, this time he will be on the other sideline

Last year, Darren Carrington was the Ducks’ leading receiver. This year, he is still the leading receiver on a Pac-12 team, but that team is the University of Utah. Head coach Willie Taggart dismissed Carrington from the football team early this summer after he was charged with a DUI. “You …

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Braxton Burmeister is struggling, but those around him believe he has what it takes

In the first game of his freshman year at La Jolla Country Day High School, Braxton Burmeister, who was starting on the varsity team, didn’t get off to a good start. He fumbled his first snap and threw an interception, resulting in a 42-0 loss. Four years later at Oregon, …

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Taggart doesn’t rule Herbert out of game against Utah, says ‘there’s always a chance’

It was the defense’s turn to speak to the media on Wednesday, but what head coach Willie Taggart had to say about quarterback Justin Herbert overshadowed everything about the defense. He answered the question Ducks fans have been asking since the end of the first quarter in the game against …

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