Oregon Ducks Articles

A new era in Oregon football began tumultuously. Willie Taggart was introduced in December, the first Ducks head coaching hire without prior UO experience in 40 years. Taggart came on to replace Mark Helfrich, who had coached Oregon in the national...
Kyle Kensing
3 months ago
Less than 23 months after the Oregon Ducks played for the inaugural College Football Playoff championship, university athletic brass decided the time had come for a change in Eugene. And what a change.   The dismissal of former head coach...
Kyle Kensing
4 months ago
There is no easy way around this, so let's address it up front: The Pac-12 Conference's collective non-conference schedule in 2017 isn't exactly awe-inspiring.   The conference's nine-game league schedule has been a repeated...
Kyle Kensing
4 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament championship in 1939. The Ducks have not been back to the semifinal round since then, but seek to remedy that drought Saturday in the Midwest Region final. In their way stands arguably the hottest team in the...
Kyle Kensing
5 months ago
Perhaps the most unlikely story of this March, including the 2017 NCAA Tournament, is the suddenly inspired play out of John Beilein's Michigan Wolverines. A loss at Northwestern to open the month of Madness dealt a serious blow to Michigan...
Kyle Kensing
5 months ago
Sam Darnold
USC and Washington are the early favorites to claim the top spots in the Pac-12 next fall, so it should be no surprise both teams feature a good chunk of the conference’s individual talent. The Trojans take four spots in Athlon’s spring...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
NCAA Tournament appearances are old hat for the Oregon Ducks, since head coach Dana Altman's arrival in 2010. The 2017 Tournament marks five straight for the program, and Friday's win over Iona makes it five consecutive with at least one...
Kyle Kensing
5 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Clay Helton
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Kyle Whittingham
The Pac-12’s depth in the coaching ranks has increased in recent years, as this conference has made stellar hires on the gridiron, including Washington’s Chris Petersen, Oregon’s Willie Taggart and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Change is an inevitability of college football. Players spend four years in a program; sometimes five, and in other instances, just three. Add the game's increasingly high stakes for coaches, and the inevitability of roster turnaround extends...
Kyle Kensing
6 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
There's no way around it: Winning takes talent. In college football, talent is cultivated on the recruiting trail.    Plenty of factors beyond recruiting class rankings determine the success of a program. Developing athletes...
Kyle Kensing
6 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Ed Orgeron
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Nick Saban
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Urban Meyer
National Signing Day is the most anticipated day of the year for high school and college football fans who track the recruiting process. All are eager to see which school earned their favorite player’s commitment and how respective collegiate...
Ryan Wright
6 months ago
Jalen Hurts
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has...
Matt Fortuna
6 months ago
College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
There are surprise teams every college football season, on both the good and the bad end of things. The 2016 season seemed particularly heavy on the bad end, with a number of highly-touted teams in the preseason — or teams that were coming...
Matt Fortuna
6 months ago
Justin Fuente
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago

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