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ESPN's Tom Luginbill compares Oregon freshman DE Kayvon Thibodeaux to Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell.

High praise, but not surprising considering ESPN ranks Thibodeaux as the top player in this class. Luginbill notes that both gain a lot of traction with the first two steps, which is an obvious advantage when rushing the passer. "They both are also capable playing the run, given their length and long arms," Luginbill writes. "They can stack, shed and disengage because of their quickness, hands and arm length." Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Thibodeaux is an immediate star for the Ducks in 2019.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 9:19 PM

Oregon has hired Washington State LB coach Ken Wilson to serve in the same capacity.

Wilson came over to Washington State from Nevada after he spent 23 seasons on the Wolf Pack coaching staff. He spent six years with the Cougars, and helped Washington State to one of its most successful runs in the program's history. He'll replace Cort Dennison, who left Oregon for Louisville.
Jan 22 - 6:54 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon will hire former USF DB coach Blue Adams to serve in that capacity.

Adams spent the last two seasons as part of Charlie Strong's staff at South Florida, but following an embarrassing 2018 campaign by the Bulls, he was let go as part of the team's coaching shuffle. The former seventh-round selection carved out a five-year career in the NFL during the mid-2000's and joined the coaching fraternity in 2010, when he got his start at Purdue as a graduate assistant.
Jan 22 - 3:31 PM
DJ James - DB - Ducks

Oregon received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB DJ James, who had previously been committed to Mississippi State.

James had committed to the Bulldogs in February of last year, but the 6-foot, 175-pound corner didn't sign in December, and took an official visit to Oregon this weekend. James is rated the 69th best corner in this class by Rivals, and also had offers from Auburn, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.
Jan 21 - 1:34 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 S Jamal Hill.

Hill was one of the top safeties left on the board, and while he only has the three-star designation, he had offers from schools like Tennessee, USC, and Colorado on top of the Ducks. He took an official visit to Eugene last weekend, and that visit obviously went well. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Hill is ranked the 66th prospect in the state of Georgia, and the 45th best safety by 247 Sports.
Jan 21 - 1:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has dropped Oregon DE Jalen Jelks' draft grade down to the third-round.

At one point, Jelks (6'6/245) was a potential first-rounder but his length and quickness never translated to levels analysts' anticipated. Potential first-round lineman Andre Dillard "manhandled" Jelks in Oregon's matchup against Washington State in 2018, but Jelks may save his draft stock with big numbers at the NFL Combine.
Jan 20 - 4:31 PM
DJ James - DB - Ducks

Mississippi State three-star 2019 verbal CB commit DJ James will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend.

James (6'0/175) has been committed to the Bulldogs since last February. He has thus far taken official visits to Mississippi State and Nebraska. He'll be off on official visits each of the next two weekends, with Oregon first up and Ole Miss to follow. Iowa and Georgia Tech are among the programs that could potentially draw his last official visit on the final weekend before National Signing Day. On the 247Sports composite board, the Spanish Fort, Alabama, native ranks as the No. 69 cornerback prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 17 - 4:19 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 S Jamal Hill will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend.

Hill (6'1/192) had himself a fun little visit to Colorado this past weekend as he checked out the wares of new Buffs HC Mel Tucker. If CU is to land him, they're going to probably have to do it coming from behind. Rivals analyst Chad Simmons passes along that Oregon seems to have worked their way into the pole position for Hill's pledge. We'll see if the Ducks can seal the deal this weekend. Rivals ranks Hill as the No. 66 prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2019 cycle. He hails from Morrow.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 3:09 PM

Oregon sophomore QB Braxton Burmeister has entered the transfer portal.

Because he's a quarterback, that's why. Burmeister (6'1/206) likely would have had a chance to compete for the starting job in 2019 if Justin Herbert wasn't coming back, but Justin Herbert is coming back. He got a chance to play as a freshman when Herbert got hurt in 2017; throwing for 330 yards with a 2/6 TD/INT ratio, and he appeared sparingly for the Ducks again in 2018. He didn't appear in more than four games last season, so while he'll have to sit out this year per transfer rules, he'll still have two more years of eligibility left. If he transfers to the FCS level, however, Burmeister will be able to play immediately.
Jan 11 - 3:21 PM
Troy Dye - LB - Ducks

Oregon junior LB Troy Dye will return for the 2019 season.

Dye (6'4/224) was considered a Day 2 candidate in the 2019 NFL Draft, so this is more great news for the Ducks who learned that quarterback Justin Herbert was sticking around as well. In 2018, Dye made 64 solo tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and had one sack. The productive linebacker will be likely be one of the top linebackers taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jan 10 - 6:17 PM

In his too-early top-25 rankings for the 2019 season, The Athletic's Stewart Mandel launched Oregon all the way up to No. 9.

There is nothing that you can seriously reading into a rankings set released the day after the title game, but it's a fun thought experiment nonetheless, and Mandel certainly has some thoughts. His top-five (Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU) is bereft of real surprise, but look a few spots further down and you'll see Oregon at No. 9, with Mandel writing that the return of Justin Herbert should make the Ducks an early favorite to win the Pac-12 (we raise our eyebrow at that notion slightly out of respect for Washington) and noting that the team just landed its top recruiting class, ever.
Jan 8 - 1:04 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Adam Friedman and Chad Simmons note that five-star 2019 Oregon DE commit Kayvon Thibodeaux ranked third among players that stood out at the Under Armour All-American Game practices.

"What a freak athlete Thibodeaux is," Friedman and Simmons write. Many believe that this is the best high school player in the country, although Rivals has the 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end 10th on their list. They note his ability to explode, and the his ability to bend around the corner will be a nightmare for offensive tackles. It would be an upset if he wasn't rushing the quarterback for Oregon in the 2019 season.
Source: Rivals
Jan 2 - 6:59 PM

Oregon redshirt senior LB Justin Hollins accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Hollins has quietly been one of -- if not the -- most productive players on the Oregon defense, and finished his senior year with 14.5 tackles for loss with 6.5 sacks. He also showed some ability in coverage, as the 6-foot-5, 238-pound linebacker broke up six passes and picked a pass off. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes he's a potential steal in the "middle of Day 3," so he'll definitely be a linebacker to keep an eye on during the Shrine Game practices and game.
Jan 2 - 6:30 PM

Oregon junior WR Dillon Mitchell declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Justin Herbert is returning to quarterback for the Ducks in 2019, but he'll lose his top option to throw the ball to in Mitchell. He finished the regular season with a line of 75-1184-10, and Dane Brugler of The Athletic compared the 6-foot-2, 189-pound wideout to Eagles WR Nelson Agholor. We probably won't see Mitchell drafted as high as Agholor -- a first-round pick in the 2015 draft -- but he could be an early Day 2 pick because of his athleticism. It's worth noting, however, that Mitchell has had issues with drops, so that could hurt his draft stock.
Jan 2 - 6:06 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler wrote to Twitter that Oregon junior WR Dillon Mitchell "reminds [him] a ton of (Philadelphia Eagles WR) Nelson Agholor."

"Lean, speedy athlete who needs to eliminate the drops, but will make plays at every level," Brugler noted when responding to a social media question about Dillon's draft declaration from earlier on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Oregon product went off for a 75-1184-10 receiving line during the 2018 campaign. He's quite unlikely to be drafted as high as Agholor -- who went off the board at pick No. 20 in the 2015 draft -- but could potentially see some Day 2 love this spring.
Jan 2 - 4:12 PM


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