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Rapid Reaction: Despite injuries, the Ducks hold on to win 45-24

The Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) took down the California Golden Bears (3-2, 0-2) 45-24. Despite losing Justin Herbert, Royce Freeman, Dillon Mitchell, Kaulana Apelu, Jake Pisarcik and Taylor Alie due to injuries and Tyree Robinson after ejection, the Ducks were able to pull out a win against the Golden …

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Halftime rapid reaction: Ducks lead 17-7, Herbert and Freeman among Ducks’ to exit with injuries

The Oregon Ducks (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) lead the California Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1) 17-7 at halftime. Although Oregon has jumped out to the early lead, a slew of injuries bit the Ducks in the first half. Justin Herbert, Royce Freeman, Dillon Mitchell, Kaulana Apelu and Jake Pisarcik have all exited …

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Oregon’s defense looks for bounce back against Cal

On Wednesday, Oregon’s defensive players and coaches spoke to the media ahead of the Ducks’ game against Cal on Saturday night. “We’re just getting back to what we do,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “…We just talked about ‘don’t forget to have fun.’ Coaches, players, managers, everyone don’t forget to …

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AP Poll: Ducks ranked No. 24, UCLA and Stanford drop out of top 25

In week four’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, Oregon earned its first top 25 spot of the season, ranked No. 24 following its 49-13 win over Wyoming on Saturday. Along with the Ducks, four other Pac-12 schools are ranked in the top 25. USC fell from fourth to fifth after …

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Oregon defeats Wyoming 49-13 with strong rushing attack, stout defense

The elevation didn’t slow down Oregon in Laramie, Wyoming, as the Ducks trounced the Cowboys 49-13 to improve their record to 3-0. Oregon scored 42 points in the first half for the third straight game, but the Ducks only managed seven points in the second half while limiting Wyoming to …

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Rapid reaction: Ducks’ defense controls second half, defeat Wyoming 49-13

Oregon goes undefeated in nonconference play with a 49-13 victory over Wyoming. The Ducks controlled the game from the start, including Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Key Plays — Wyoming added a 42-yard field goal after an 11-play, 42-yard drive at the end of the third quarter to put the score …

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AP Poll: Oregon five spots out, UCLA breaks into ranking

The week three Associated Press Top 25 poll was released on Sunday, and there was lots of action among Pac-12 teams. Oregon, not yet ranked in the top 25, received 61 votes after its 42-35 win over Nebraska, placing them five spots outside the top 25. The Ducks were six …

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Practice Report: Defensive coaches review Southern Utah, preview Nebraska

Four days removed from Oregon’s season-opening 77-21 win over Southern Utah, the focus has now turned to Nebraska, which visits Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Still, Oregon’s defensive coaches spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time since that record-setting win. Defensive line coach Joe Salave’a thought that his players …

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Takeaways and quotes from Taggart’s press conference

The Ducks did about as well as any coach or fan would’ve hoped in the 77-21 decimation of Southern Utah. Fixing a few things here and there, and they just about had a perfect game. “I think all the problems we did have, they’re all coachable,” head coach Willie Taggart …

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Oregon’s offense explodes in record 77-21 win over Southern Utah

Head coach Willie Taggart could not have asked for a better start from his offense in his first career game at Oregon. The Ducks scored the most points in a game in 101 years, breaking the Autzen Stadium record, which stood at 72. On a hot and smoky Saturday in …

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For Troy Dye, the 2017 season brings a transitions from freshman to leader

In Oregon’s 2016 season opener, as a freshman linebacker, Troy Dye broke onto the collegiate scene with his 11 tackle and one sack performance in Oregon’s win 53-28 UC Davis. Now he has emerged as a leader on the Ducks’ defense, shifting from outside linebacker to inside linebacker under new …

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Practice Report: Excitement builds as season approaches, offense getting ready to roll

The Ducks’ season countdown clock is in single digits, and with each day that passes, the anticipation grows larger. “Everyone is so excited to be back out there, especially after last year,” quarterback Justin Herbert said. Herbert’s first game of 2016, and his career, was against Washington’s top-5 defense with …

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Taggart discusses depth chart, expectations ahead of season opener

It’s finally game week for Oregon football. During Monday’s press conference, head coach Willie Taggart previewed the 2017 season opener set for Saturday at Autzen Stadium against Southern Utah. Taggart appeared positive ahead of his first season in charge, and he is weary about the Ducks’ first opponents. “Southern Utah …

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JUCO transfer Malik Young practices for the first time as a Duck

Oregon needed depth at the defensive line heading into fall camp, and they added an extra body today. Malik Young, a recent transfer from Eastern Arizona College, participated in his first practice as a Duck on Thursday. “He’s a good defensive lineman,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “He’s a kid …

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Oregon offense on the fast track

If there is one thing that Oregon football is nationally known for, besides its flashy jerseys, it’s the team’s speedy offense. With a new coaching staff, players have to adjust to different coaching styles and philosophies. However, one thing that seems certain to remain with this new regime is the …

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Practice Report: Coordinators and assistants react to Oregon’s scrimmage

On Wednesday, Oregon football’s coordinators and assistant coaches spoke to the media for the first time since Tuesday’s scrimmage. Defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Jim Leavitt said he and his staff examined film from the scrimmage for “about four or five hours.” “Had a good scrimmage yesterday, got a …

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Taggart believes Royce Freeman compares to another Pac-12 great he coached at Stanford

The Ducks enter week three of training camp ready to build from a scrimmage on Saturday. By head coach Willie Taggart’s account it was good, but there were some things that needed to be fixed before the season starts. “We had a lot of penalties with the refs being out …

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Practice report: Players address Taggart’s loss, veterans praise freshmen

Willie Taggart’s father, John, passes away at 70  While originally scheduled to address the media before Friday’s practice, head coach Willie Taggart was instead absent — and understandably so. He tweeted last night that his father, John Taggart, had passed away. John Taggart was 70. “I know coach Taggart — …

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Practice report: Arroyo talks QB growth, and lack of wide receiver depth

Another day, another fall practice in the books. As is routine on Wednesdays, it was Oregon’s coordinators and assistant coaches turn to face the media. QB growth, Burch staying at QB for now  First up, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who discussed Justin Herbert’s progression and the depth …

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Schooler switches from safety to wide receiver on day four of fall camp

The Ducks got closer to full pads and full contact on day four of fall training camp by wearing shoulder pads for the first time. Now the practices get more physical as the dog days of camp loom. “We’re going to thud it up a little bit, not take anybody …

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Pac-12 media days: Return to Autzen looms as Carrington transfers to Utah

HOLLYWOOD — When Oregon plays Utah on October 23 at Autzen Stadium, there will be an underlying storyline: Darren Carrington’s return. Carrington, a star wide receiver for Oregon over the past three seasons, was dismissed by head coach Willie Taggart following a DUII arrest in the early hours of July …

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Takeaways and top quotes from Ducks at Pac-12 football media days

HOLLYWOOD — With so many questions heading into the 2017 season for Oregon football, head coach Willie Taggart, quarterback Justin Herbert and linebacker Troy Dye had lots of time in front of a microphone at Pac-12 media days in Hollywood. It is a city famed for its glamour and showmanship, …

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Herbert, Dye highlight changes within Oregon football at Pac-12 media day

HOLLYWOOD — A lot is changing for Oregon football, and it was all the buzz at Pac-12 media day on Thursday. The team is led by young talent in sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert and sophomore linebacker Troy Dye. Star wide receiver Darren Carrington was dismissed and has since transferred to …

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O-line preview: Ducks return group that could be the Pac-12’s best

Oregon’s new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal comes from Alabama, a program that produces NFL caliber lineman annually. He doesn’t have a roster full of 5-star recruits to work with, but Oregon boasts a talented and experienced group that could become one of the best in the country under Cristobal’s …

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Practice Report: Moving depth chart affecting every player on Oregon football

Oregon football players are competing for every starting position this spring, even the quarterbacks. Head coach Willie Taggart’s ever-changing depth chart is in full effect. Every day, the players learn how they performed in the previous practice based on where they stand on the practice’s individual depth chart. “It motivates us …

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Practice Report: Oregon football trains at high tempo with a positive spring outlook

In Oregon football’s second spring practice, tempo was fast, spirits were high and players looked eager to get going. The Ducks were going in and out of drills at a quick pace at high intensity given that it is only the first week of spring practices. As head coach Willie Taggart …

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Willie Taggart talks quarterback depth and team goals ahead of spring practices

Willie Taggart spoke to the media for about 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the team’s start to spring practices. Taggart discussed topics ranging from GPA to senior leadership to whether Justin Herbert will be the starting quarterback again next season. The former South Florida head coach appeared thrilled to …

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Quick Hits: Oregon football hires new head coach, women’s basketball annihilates Portland

Despite not making a postseason bowl game, the Oregon football team continues to lead the headlines with the hire of a new head coach. — Oregon athletic Director Rob Mullens announced on Wednesday that University of South Florida’s Willie Taggart was hired as the Duck’s head football coach. Taggart held …

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Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown accused of three acts of violence since October 2014

Oregon senior tight end Pharaoh Brown has been accused of three acts of violence off the field since October 2014, an investigation by the Emerald has revealed. Brown is one of the most well-known figures on the Ducks football team and University of Oregon campus. A redshirt senior and NFL …

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Devon Allen will forgo remaining college eligibility and begin professional track and field career

Devon Allen announced Wednesday in a press conference that he will forgo his remaining athletic eligibility at the University of Oregon and fully focus on a professional track and field career.   @DevonAllen13 to focus on professional track career. Press conference coming up. #TeamUSA @OregonTF @WinTheDay pic.twitter.com/pea60FIih8 — Shawn Medow …

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