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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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Oregon football ranked 24th in AP top-25 preseason poll

The Oregon Ducks football team will begin the season inside the AP top-25 poll at No. 24. This is the 10th time in the last 11 years that Oregon is ranked in the preseason top-25. Oregon is the fourth-ranked Pac-12 school, behind No. 6 Washington, No. 13 Stanford and No. …

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Fall camp showing how developing wide receiver depth will be crucial for Oregon this season

Oregon football’s wide receivers might be a little inexperienced, but wide receivers coach Michael Johnson has used fall camp to get them ready for the season. With Oregon’s top receivers are Brenden Schooler, Dillon Mitchell and Johnny Johnson III, but those behind them face a gap in experience they have …

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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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Center Jake Hanson speaks on offensive line chemistry, coming back from injury

As the Ducks roll into the second week of fall camp, the full pads come on and bodies start to hurt, but it is a vital time for a team to come together. Chemistry is crucial for an offensive line, and the Ducks should already have it. Junior center Jake …

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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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Chip Kelly praises Oregon football fans and Autzen Stadium during Pac-12 media day

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — November 3, 2018 is a date circled on many Oregon football fans’ calendars. Chip Kelly, who led Oregon football to a Rose Bowl title in two appearances and a national championship game as head coach, will return to Autzen Stadium in charge of UCLA. He’s not sure …

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After a year at the position, Brenden Schooler could lead Oregon’s young wide receivers this fall

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Last fall, Brenden Schooler transitioned from defensive back to wide receiver in an effort to aid sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert. That switch led to Schooler grabbing the fourth-most receptions (20) and collecting the fifth-most receiving yards (274) on the team. That was just a transition season for …

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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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Four Oregon football players named to award watch lists

Every year, numerous college football committees release watch lists for the awards they hand out at the conclusion of the college football season. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was named to both the Maxwell Award list and the Davey O’Brien watch list. The Maxwell award is for Maxwell’s college football player …

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Eugene City Council extends pre-game tailgating hours at Autzen Stadium

On July 9, the Eugene City Council voted in a unanimous decision to extend legal tailgating hours at Autzen Stadium before University of Oregon football games. Traditionally, Oregon football fans park in lots near Autzen Stadium before games, where they can socialize and legally drink alcohol for several hours. The …

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Fotu Leiato dismissed from Oregon football after April arrest

Following his arrest in late April, senior linebacker Fotu Leiato has been dismissed from the Oregon football team, as first reported by 247sports.com. 247sports.com confirmed the removal Thursday afternoon by Oregon’s senior associate athletic director of communications Jimmy Stanton, stating that Leiato was removed a day after his arrest on …

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Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby drafted No. 153 overall by the Detroit Lions

Former Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby was drafted in the fifth round, No. 153 overall, by the Detroit Lions on Saturday in the 2018 NFL Draft. The four-year tackle was the 14th tackle drafted and the second Duck, behind running back Royce Freeman. He is the first Oregon offensive lineman …

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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’s Fotu Leiato arrested on misdemeanor charges

Senior outside linebacker Fotu Leiato was arrested by University of Oregon police on Wednesday night for misdemeanor trespassing and theft charges, first reported by the Register-Guard. Leiato, 21, was booked at 7:29 p.m. on Wednesday night at Lane County Jail. According to Tyson Alger of the Oregonian, a UOPD statement …

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jalen Jelks to pass on NFL and stay for final season

Ahead of the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday against Boise State, Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks told reporters that he will remain with the Ducks for final year of eligibility, passing on the NFL. “I’m back for sure,” Jelks said to reporters in Las Vegas. “I talked to my parents …

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