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Oregon freshman WR Darrian McNeal has taken first-team reps during camp.

Oregon HC Willie Taggart has said that at this juncture, he has no plans to redshirt any of his fledgling freshman ducklings. During the team's spring game, McNeal caught four passes for 54 yards. He was a three-star recruit in the most recent class.
Aug 16 - 5:38 PM

Oregon senior WR Charles Nelson has been limited by an undisclosed injury in camp.

No word as to the specific injury Nelson is dealing with. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior is expected to work as Oregon's No. 1 wideout for the coming season and is also a lethal weapon in the return game. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Aug 16 - 4:46 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart indicated that he might not redshirt any of his freshmen this season.

"These kids are so much more developed compared to back in the day," Taggart said, later adding that "right now, there is no intention of redshirting anyone." Oregon has at least two freshmen who are likely to see starts this season in DT Jordan Scott and CB Thomas Graham.
Source: goducks.com
Aug 16 - 2:00 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart said that senior RB Royce Freeman is "faster now than he was in the spring."

"Great to have someone who can run over people and also run away from them," Taggart said. He compared Freeman (6'0/229) to former Stanford RB Toby Gerhart. Freeman rushed for 945 yards in 11 games last season while battling injury and occasional inconsistency. He had rushed for at least 1,350 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Ducks. Expect him to land closer to that latter mark during the coming campaign.
Aug 14 - 3:31 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart's father has passed away at age 70.

Taggart's father, John, was a father of six. The Ducks coach might understandably need to take a short leave of absence from the team in the coming days to attend to the grieving process, though no announcement has been made on that front.
Aug 11 - 5:45 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart said that sophomore QB Justin Herbert has been "awesome" in terms of his confidence this month.

"It seemed like Justin went to bed one night and woke up and said, 'OK, it's time to go,'" Taggart said, later adding that "[h]e leads by example but this team needs more than just that from that position." The 6-foot-6, 225-pound sophomore took over for Dakota Prukop as starter last October and went on to throw for 1,936 yards with a 19/4 TD/INT ratio. Taggart has referred to Herbert as a "star in the making."
Aug 7 - 2:55 PM

Oregon did not make the Top-25 cut in the Preseason Amway Coaches Poll.

This is the first time in the last nine seasons that Oregon has not the top-25 in the Coaches Poll. Understandable given the state that Mark Helfrich left the program in. New HC Willie Taggart should be able to work his outfit in Eugene into fighting shape in relatively short order, but there is still work to do before the Ducks are able to quack their way back to national relevance.
Aug 4 - 7:35 PM

Oregon junior RB/WR Taj Griffin (knee) has "spent most of his practice time at slot receiver," according to the Register-Guard.

Griffin, currently limited in practice, missed the last three games of 2016 following knee surgery. He thinks he'll be ready for the opener against Southern Utah on Sept. 2. "I’m pretty sure I will be ready," he said. "We will play it by how I am feeling, but as of now I feel pretty good where I am at. I am definitely trying to make it back for the first game." Oregon is loaded at running back but extremely thin and inexperienced at receiver. If Griffin proves he can hack it in the slot, he may be able to win a starting gig. Griffin ran 114 times for 753 yards and six touchdowns and has 17 catches across his first two seasons.
Aug 4 - 3:51 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart indicated that sophomore DB Brenden Schooler will see some work as a wide receiver in camp.

Taggart and staff have not decided for certain whether Schooler -- who played wideout in high school -- will be making a permanent switch, but at the very least, they are keeping their options open. Playing as a true freshman last season, Schooler (6'2/190) was a 10-game starter at safety, recording a healthy 74 tackles while picking off four passes.
Source: Diehards
Aug 3 - 7:37 PM

Oregon sophomore C Zach Okun has retired to focus on his struggles with depression and anxiety.

Okun (6'3/337) was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and ranked as Rivals' No. 235 overall prospect in the class. He saw just limited action as a freshman during the past campaign. Consider this a depth drain for the Ducks. Okun had been expected to work in a backup capacity during the coming season.
Aug 1 - 9:34 PM

Oregon coach Willie Taggart mentioned that freshman ATH Bruce Judson could be an emergency quarterback option.

Something to file away in the deep recesses of your brain, as the Ducks are perilously thin on quarterback depth this fall. Behind starter Justin Herbert, Oregon has only two other scholarship quarterbacks in the returning Taylor Alie and true freshman Braxton Burmeister. Judson is listed as an athlete on the roster. The four-star recruit will end up at either wideout or cornerback.
Aug 1 - 3:35 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore WR Malik Lovette practiced with the starters on Monday.

Lovette opens camp as the Ducks' No. 3 receiver behind Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell. Lovette, who shifted to receiver from corner this spring, is going to have to fend off speedy freshman Darrian McNeal to stay in the starting lineup. We'd give McNeal the slight edge in that race. Those players owe the opportunity to Darren Carrington's dismissal.
Aug 1 - 12:48 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart declared redshirt senior DT Scott Pagano (foot) was ahead of schedule in his recovery.

After transferring from Clemson to Oregon in mid-April, the Ducks' medical staff found that Pagano needed to undergo foot surgery for the break he suffered in November while a member of the Tigers. "He’s ahead of schedule right now. I don’t like putting certain weeks on guys because everybody heals differently," Taggart said. Taggart could not guarantee that Pagano would be able to play in the 2017 opener.
Jul 28 - 2:25 PM

Oregon true freshman DT Rutger Reitmaier will transfer.

The 6-foot-3 former U.S. Army All-American and four-star recruit leaves Eugene without ever having played a down. One of the top prospects in Willie Taggart's first recruiting class, Reitmaier was penciled in as a key Duck reserve this fall. Instead, we assume he'll transfer closer to his home in Nashville. Two things on that: 1.) Hometown Vanderbilt recruited him and also rosters one of his best friends, and, 2.) Tennessee also recruited him, as did new Volunteers DL coach Brady Hoke when he was the Ducks’ defensive coordinator. Reitmaier was the No. 10 defensive tackle in the country in this past cycle, according to 247Sports.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 19 - 1:20 PM

Oregon sophomore WR Dillon Mitchell figures to gain the most from the dismissal of Darren Carrington.

Mitchell is set to start across from Charles Nelson. "He's one of the most talented guys I've been around and he's got all those skills. Him and Charles Nelson are really exceptional athletes. I'm going to try to get them the ball as much as I can," QB Justin Herbert said of Mitchell. Speedy three-star freshman Darrian McNeal is also in a far better position to play early following Carrington's dismissal.
Jul 17 - 4:39 PM


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