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Pac-12's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The 2015 Pac-12 season is shaping up to be another year filled of intrigue in both division races. Oregon is the favorite in the North, but the Ducks have question marks on both sides of the ball. And the expected replacement for quarterback Marcus Mariota – Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams – won’t arrive until this summer. In the South Division, five out of the six...

Oregon Designers Pay Tribute to Marcus Mariota with Visualized Trophy Case

By David Fox, 3 weeks 4 days ago
What does the trophy case look like for one of the most accomplished college football players of the last few years? Digital journalists Matt Walks and Carli Krueger visualized such a trophy case for former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won a Heisman trophy, two Pac-12 titles and more in his three seasons as a starter. “He’s bound for the NFL now, but Carli...

Pac-12 North 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. After claiming a Heisman Trophy and reaching the national championship game, the Oregon Ducks likely enter the season as the Pac-12 North Division favorites. But it's not nearly as clear-cut as years...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 4 days ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Pac-12 Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Pac-12 consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Continued growth out WestAfter the hire of Larry Scott to be commissioner, the Pac-12 has experienced remarkable growth and success. The hiring of elite coaches...

Oregon gives Helfrich 5-year extension

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Oregon has rewarded Mark Helfrich with a five-year contract extension worth at least $17.5 million after the most successful two-year start for a football coach in school history. Helfrich, whose Ducks were upset by Ohio State in last month's national title game, will be guaranteed $3.15 million next season, with his salary increasing to a maximum of $3.8...

Eastern Washington QB Adams to transfer to Oregon

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The complexion of the 2015 FCS season changed greatly on Monday. Perhaps the FBS season did as well. Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., the runner-up each of the past two seasons for the Walter Payton Award which honors the FCS player of the year, announced on social media his plan to accept a scholarship from the University of Oregon later...

Eastern Washington QB Adams to transfer to Oregon

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The complexion of the 2015 FCS season changed greatly on Monday. Perhaps the FBS season did as well. Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., the runner-up each of the past two seasons for the Walter Payton Award which honors the FCS player of the year, announced on Twitter his plan to accept a scholarship from the University of Oregon later this...

Oregon Finds its Replacement for Marcus Mariota in Transfer Vernon Adams

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The battle at Oregon to replace quarterback Marcus Mariota was one of the biggest storylines set to unfold in college football’s spring practice, but coach Mark Helfrich found his answer on Monday with the announcement Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams would transfer to Eugene. Adams has been a prolific quarterback at Eastern Washington for the last three seasons and was a...

Eastern Washington QB's tweet seeks Wilson's advice

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Could Russell Wilson help Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams make up his mind? Adams' size and playing style has been compared in recent years to the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has even attended Wilson's summer camp. Now Adams is contemplating a transfer from EWU to the University of Oregon, which has offered a...