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Turnovers haunt No. 20 Oregon in 38-31 collapse to No. 7 Stanford

Oregon had many options with the clock winding down. Ahead 31-28, the Ducks could kneel three times and punt the ball with roughly 15 seconds left in the game. They could also run the ball and try get another first down and subsequently run out the clock. Oregon chose the …

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No. 20 Oregon shakes off offensive struggles to beat San Jose State 35-22

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said he walked into the locker room and asked his players, “Is anyone really fired up right now?” His team responded, “No.” No. 20 Oregon (3-0) was expected to sweep its nonconference schedule, but a 13-point final score difference against San Jose State (0-3) was …

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Jalen Hall arrested, no longer on Oregon football team

Jalen Hall, an Oregon football recruit who was set to be a freshman in Eugene this year, was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 10 in connection to a reported home invasion robbery. Hall, 19-years-old, was arrested along with another suspect in Compton, California. They were booked on suspicion …

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No. 23 Oregon football defeats Portland State 62-14 with diverse offensive display

Most people knew the result before the game was played, but Oregon still needed to go out and dominate the game in order to feel good about the result. The No. 23-ranked Oregon football team defeated Portland State 62-14 Saturday, improving to 2-0 on the season. “I thought we did …

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Opponent Preview: Oregon will host Portland State with big win expectations

The Oregon football team should win big on Saturday against Portland State. The Vikings are a Football Championship Subdivision team — the subdivision below the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which Oregon is part of. Without a single win in 2017, Portland State has struggled week in and week out. This …

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Cristobal’s crackdown on penalties paying off for Oregon football

The Autzen Stadium crowd groaned a lot in 2017. Not for interceptions. Not because of opposing touchdowns. And no, not because “Shout” was cut off early. It was the sight of another penalty flag against the Oregon Ducks. Oregon finished the year with 122 penalties, averaging 9.38 per game — …

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Oregon football’s defense survives shaky start

It was nearly a nightmare start to the season for Oregon football’s defense. The Ducks were missing tackles and misreading plays, as Bowling Green got off to an early 10-0 lead. Then, Oregon safeties coach Keith Heyward huddled the defense on the sideline. “He wanted us to play tighter coverage, …

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Behind Herbert’s record breaking performance, Ducks’ offense soars over Bowling Green 58-24

Players and fans had been waiting since the Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State in December. Oregon football is finally back, and the Ducks gave their fans 58 reasons to cheer. Despite a few mishaps scattered throughout the game, Justin Herbert and Oregon’s offense unleashed on the Bowling Green …

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Deep Dive: Get to know the Bowling Green Falcons

Bowling Green and Oregon football will meet for the first time to open the 2018 season. The programs have no history against each, but some of the coaches do. Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal and new Bowling Green defensive coordinator Carl Pelini battled when the two were head coaches …

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Oregon’s emphasis on special teams should see the unit become a major strength.

Heavy expectations were placed upon the 2017 Oregon Ducks football team after missing a bowl game for the first time in over 10 seasons. The team’s coaches and Twitter account preached “Do Something,” as a way to win some fans back in the offseason. Once the season started, it was …

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Oregon football’s offense expecting anything from Bowling Green’s defense in season opener

With Oregon heavy favorites against Bowling Green on Saturday, the Ducks refuse to take their opponents lightly. “They’ve got a lot of guys on the defensive side who can play football,” quarterback Justin Herbert said. “They’re gonna be well coached and they’re gonna be a good team and they deserve …

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Oregon football offensive preview

Oregon’s offense was flying. They were undefeated after nonconference play in 2017, in which the Ducks outscored opponents 168-69, leaving a positive feeling around the team going into conference play. But a loss to Arizona State gave Oregon its first stutter of the season. However, it got much worse one …

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Oregon football defensive preview

The Ducks finished as the No. 126 ranked defense in 2016. That offseason, Oregon hired defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt to turn the program’s defense around. Last year, Leavitt’s squad became the nation’s No. 46 ranked defense, but the team isn’t satisfied. This season, Oregon will look to build the defense …

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With an influx of freshmen and transfers, the Ducks’ offensive line depth is a new strength for the 2018 season

Oregon’s 2015 offensive line recruiting class entered the program and quickly became inseparable. Calvin Throckmorton, Shane Lemieux, Jake Hanson and Brady Aiello continued to grow as they led the line their sophomore season, spending time with each other on and off the field. “We just move like a herd,” Throckmorton …

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Cristobal, Herbert talk offensive line depth and player versatility

On Tuesday, Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal appeared happy with his team on both sides of the ball following practice. “Overall, pretty balanced in camp,” he said. Oregon’s offensive linemen all got chances in No. 1 spots in their positions during practice on Tuesday to experiment with combinations that …

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At Oregon football media day, it’s clear how staff continuity creates hope for the 2018 season

Senior linebacker Kaulana Apelu is entering his fourth and final season as a Duck. Yet this season is the only one where Apelu is playing for the same defensive coordinator as the prior season. So back in the winter, when rumors swirled that Jim Leavitt would leave Oregon, Apelu was …

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Ducks finish day one of fall camp with some veteran names standing out

Oregon football opened fall training camp on Friday, competing in its first practice with a full roster under new head coach Mario Cristobal. Contact is limited — players can only compete in a helmet, jersey and shorts — but some players still performed above the rest. Cristobal named offensive lineman …

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Justin Herbert stays humble despite Heisman hype

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert never expected to be on Heisman Trophy watchlists. He never expected NFL scouts to be licking their lips at the chance of picking the local kid with the big head of hair and boyish smile in the NFL Draft. He never expected to …

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With Mario Cristobal and Jim Leavitt, Oregon football is believing again

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Willie Taggart left for Florida State, Oregon football players took a vote and decided they wanted offensive line and co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to take over. They got their wish. “First time [Cristobal] came in the room, I could see the smile on everyone’s faces,” redshirt …

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Royce Freeman drafted by Denver Broncos in third round

Oregon running back Royce Freeman was drafted in the third round, No. 71 overall, by the Denver Broncos on Friday at the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Duck finished his career as not only Oregon’s all-time rush-leader with 5,621 yards, but as the Pac-12 leader as well. Freeman leaves Eugene …

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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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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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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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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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Ducks wrap up preparation ahead of Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS — This time last year, Oregon football was focused on getting back to winning ways with a brand new coaching staff. This year, with Mario Cristobal at the helm following the exit of Willie Taggart, the feeling has some familiarity to it. “Coaching changes are always kind of …

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Oregon to promote Mario Cristobal to head coach

Mario Cristobal was named Oregon football’s interim head coach after Willie Taggart decided to leave the Ducks for Florida State on Tuesday. Oregon confirmed Cristobal’s promotion on Friday afternoon after it was first reported by NBC Sports Northwest in the morning. As Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Taggart, Cristobal …

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Report: Oregon to hire Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and o-line coach

Willie Taggart is one step closer to completing his staff. Alabama’s Mario Cristobal will be named as Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, according to 247Sports.com. USA TODAY also reported the hiring, though University of Oregon has not confirmed. ESPN reported that Cristobal will share the offensive coordinator position with former …

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