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Creating a brand new chemistry

For the Oregon women’s soccer team, the process of building chemistry began this summer with the early arrival of the large freshman class. Before most seasons, the team is only given a couple weeks to get to know one another before it takes the field for the first game. But with 10 new faces joining the squad, fifth-year head coach Tara Erickson knew something would have to be done differently.

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Freshmen, senior filling Blount’s shoes just fine

Heading into Oregon’s home opener against Purdue, there was no telling just what kind of reception running back LeGarrette Blount was going to get from the rowdy Autzen Stadium student section. After Blount was suspended for the remainder of the 2009 season for his actions following the loss to Boise State, first-year head coach Chip Kelly allowed Blount down on the field — wearing shorts and his jersey — for the entire game.

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Women ready for national prestige

Do you hate the Washington Huskies?
 

Are you looking for Oregon to face them in a heated competition, a teeth-baring test of endurance to prove athletic superiority? Looking to support your Duck athletes as they push themselves to their limits to gain critical bragging rights?

Step away from Autzen Stadium and avoid McArthur Court.

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Ducks look in mirror and see Utes

Oregon Daily Emerald After seeing an unanticipated dismal offensive performance at Boise State and a slightly better one against Purdue, Oregon players and coaches say it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to expect that the offense is due for a big game this week against No. 18 Utah.  …

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Future bright for Oregon sports teams

Last year was an absolutely remarkable year in Oregon sports history, yet as I sat down to write my first column for the 2009-10 school year I couldn’t help but think the next few years could be even more exciting.

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Thurmond III puts special in special teams with returns

Ivar Vong Over the course of Oregon’s first two games of the season, it’s been tough to tell exactly which unit has performed the best: offense, defense or special teams. While the offense will likely catch up to the defense before long, the special teams play has been the most …

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Ducks rush forward in home opener

 It took two possessions, but the Ducks finally got that elusive first down they needed in the first quarter.

After that, they got 16 more — 11 of them coming on the ground — en route to their 38-36 thriller victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. It still wasn’t easy, as the Boilermakers out gained the Ducks 451 yards to 356 and had more first downs than Oregon (24-17).

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Tough loss for Boilermakers reveals resilience

 Purdue sophomore running back Ralph Bolden showed no signs of being injured Saturday night as he ran for 134 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, and made three receptions for 52 yards and a third score in the 38-36 loss to Oregon.

“We executed but they just stopped us,” Bolden said. “That’s football. It was a tough loss. It was pretty loud but it wasn’t bad.”

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Ducks score first victory of season over Purdue

 Chip Kelly’s home directorial debut of the Oregon football team revealed the offense to be a work still in progress. Oregon’s defense stepped up to cover for the offense, and good fortune swayed the outcome into the Ducks’ favor.

Though the Purdue Boilermakers scored a critical touchdown on fourth and 12 from the Oregon 15 through a gadget wide receiver-pass play, the two-point conversion attempt to tie the game was caught out of bounds, and Oregon recovered the ensuing onside kickoff attempt to secure a 38-36 win.

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Oregon’s offense changing style with shift in backfield

Leslie Montgomery The number stands out like a sore thumb. Those who remember Oregon’s vaunted rushing attack last year might scratch their heads and wonder if it’s right. Did Oregon really rush for 31 yards when last year they averaged 280 every game? The answer is yes, of course, and …

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Points of debate

Strongside linebacker Jason Werner will be in the thick of things this week against Oregon. He led the Boilermakers in tackles last week against Toledo with 13, including one tackle for a loss and a broken-up pass. The following is an excerpt from an e-mail debate between Emerald sports editor …

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As offensive leaders emerge, Ducks tell fans to keep faith

When Oregon trailed Purdue 20-6 going into halftime last season, the Ducks managed to rally behind running back LeGarrette Blount to pick up the come-from-behind 32-26 victory in double overtime. This year, Oregon will have no such luxury now that Blount has been suspended for the remainder of the season. …

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A rock-solid anchor

Leslie Montgomery It’s hard to describe how big Ed Dickson is. When you stand next to him, his height and chiseled mass loom above you, making you seem insignificant. His hands are like oven mitts and his broad shoulders stretch from a frame that boasts just six-percent body fat. Dickson …

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Getting to know Spencer Paysinger

When not playing football, junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger ? putt-putt golf extraordinaire ? enjoys hanging out with his roommate, cornerback Brian Butterfield, and fellow linebackers Riley Showalter and Casey Matthews.   Oregon Daily Emerald: What’s your major?   Paysinger: Econ, with a minor in business management. I only have two …

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Boilermakers’ running game explosive

Sophomore Ralph Bolden ran for 234 yards last week against Toledo in his debut at running back. He looks to do more of the same this week against a Duck defense that allowed 164 rushing yards to Boise State. In only his second game at the helm of the Purdue …

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Rallying around responsibility

Leslie Montgomery The Oregon football team has a first-year head coach. If the fan base hasn’t tired of hearing this fact as justification for a possible downturn in performance after last year’s 10-win season, last Thursday night brought that fact to the forefront, and then some. To call what happened …

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Did you hear? USC is playing Ohio State

There is little doubt that the game of the year is No. 3 USC at No. 8 Ohio State. USC is led by true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, who was 15-for-19 for 233 yards and a TD against San Jose State last week. Northern Arizona at Arizona(6 p.m. Saturday)After a …

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Ducks take beating in Boise; Blount throws punches

 In five ugly minutes, No. 16 Oregon’s 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State went from a statement win for the Broncos to a blemish for Oregon.

After the final horn, as players and coaches mingled on the blue turf, senior running back LeGarrette Blount got into an altercation with a Boise State player, punching Bronco defensive end Byron Hout in the mouth. Footage also shows Blount hitting one of his own players during the confrontation.

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Blount suspended for season

Daniel Bachhuber Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly announced today that senior running back LaGarrette Blount is suspended from the team for the remainder of the 2009 season for his involvement in the post-game incident last night in Boise, Idaho. Kelly said Blount will stay with the Duck football team …

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Points of debate

Taylor Rutledge | The Arbiter ODE: Although the Broncos are close to unbeatable at home, the Ducks bring a completely different type of game to Boise than most do. The team is three deep at running back, and Ed Dickson is arguably the best tight end/athlete in the Pac-10 Conference. …

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Let the games begin

Central Michigan at Arizona(6 p.m. Saturday)The Arizona Wildcats will begin their 2009 campaign with a respectable matchup against the Central Michigan Chippewas, in what will be the first meeting between the two schools. With the departure of Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama to graduation, the Wildcats will use their first few …

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Finding a long-term dynamic

Without question, the head coach transition from Mike Bellotti to Chip Kelly has required a leap of faith and trust. Without incident, a new regime has taken shape, and its earliest actions have been carried out judiciously, with long-term and short-term consequences considered.

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Getting to know Ed Dickson

 Oregon Daily Emerald: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

Ed Dickson: I’m not really a video game guy.

ODE: Then what do you do around Eugene when you’re not playing football?

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Young wide receiving corps must step up for Ducks to succeed

  The buzz going into fall camp for Oregon was whether the offensive line could replace two NFL draftees and continue to churn out 1,000-yard rushers.   However, another big concern was the relative inexperience at wide receiver for the Ducks. With no seniors slotted to start tonight (excluding Ed …

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One-two running back punch showcases different styles

Everyone remembers the 2006 game when Boise State running back Ian Johnson scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. He romped into the end zone, and in the celebration, he asked his cheerleader girlfriend to marry him. But now Johnson has graduated, and highly touted juniors Jeremy …

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Leading the charge

Leslie Montgomery The hit came without warning. Jeremiah Masoli rolled to his left, all the time looking down the field to wide receiver Jaison Williams. Masoli reached back and threw across his body, and just as he released the ball (which Williams caught for an 11-yard gain), a white blur …

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Ready to run wild on the Smurf Turf

Kelli Curtis | Freelance Photographer It can’t get much bigger than this. Two ranked teams under the lights, on a Thursday night in front of a national audience. Expectations are high for No. 16 Oregon’s season opener in Idaho against the No.14 Boise State Broncos tonight, with tickets going for …

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Former Duck contemplating law, business school

Oregon Daily Emerald There are 590 people in the town of Tenmile, Ore., just south of Roseburg off of I-5. It’s one of those places, former Ducks baseball player Caleb Tommasini says, where if you blink, you’ll miss the town. The biggest store is the Chevron gas station and your …

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Fab five hit hard

Leslie Montgomery The Aug. 22 volleyball media day at McArthur Court provided media outlets with a glimpse of the future, as freshmen teamed up with their veteran teammates in the first public inter-squad scrimmage of the season. Described as a bookend team, much of Duck volleyball’s success depends on the …

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Set for revenge on the Smurf Turf

The countdown has begun. 

Players and coaches still won’t dare mention it, but it looms like a rain cloud. Local radio shows discuss Boise State every day. The blogosphere is afire with talk of the biggest college football opening day in recent memory: a Thursday night on the blue turf where a non-BCS conference team will attempt to falter a Pacific-10 Conference team and earn another BCS bowl bid.

The stage is set and with less than two weeks until the first kickoff of the 2009 football season, things are coming to a head. But try as one might, you won’t get the No. 16 Ducks to bite when you ask them about their mega-season opener against the No. 14 Broncos.

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