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Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon will hire Marshall OL coach Alex Mirabal to work with Duck centers and guards.

Mirabal will not be serving as offensive line coach straight up (that would be HC Mario Cristobal's territory), but will be assisting on that front. He's actually the second sub-offensive line coach, as graduate assistant Cody Woodiel will be helping to coach up the tackle group while Mirabal works with players on the interior. Mirabal is well acquainted with Cristobal, having previously worked with him at FIU from 2007-12.
Feb 20 - 6:32 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom writes that Oregon RB Royce Freeman's draft slot will be "heavily dependent" on his work at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Freeman is a big, bruising back who can do a lot of different things," Nystrom notes. "He gets dinged for having a lot of wear on his tires and for accruing his (monstrous) stats in Oregon’s wide-open offense against thin boxes, but the skill set is extremely intriguing." The analyst believes that with a strong showing at the combine, the 6-foot, 229-pounder's stock "will soar." We see him as a likely Day 2 pick this spring.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 17 - 3:50 PM

Oregon RB Royce Freeman is "better than people are going to give him credit for," according to one AFC personnel director.

The evaluator points out Freeman was hurt during the 2017 season and Oregon switched their running scheme. Freeman is No. 10 all time in rushing touchdowns. He did not participate in the Senior Bowl due to injury.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 9:42 AM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Oregon RB Royce Freeman fourth in his list of the top five running backs in the 2018 draft class.

To no one's surprise Penn State RB Saquon Barkley ranks first, and he's followed by LSU's Derrius Guice and USC's Ronald Jones. Freeman at four is a bit of a surprise, but Brooks has long been high on the former Duck star. "Freeman is a bruiser with the size, speed and power to thrive in a grind-it-out system," he writes. Some teams might be concerned with his health issues, but his ability to run between the tackles and also beat defenders to the outside is sure to intrigue teams.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 7:29 PM

Oregon signed uncommitted four-star 2018 T Penei Sewell.

This is a wheelhouse signing for Oregon HC Mario Cristobal, who had been the Ducks' offensive line coach before he was promoted to head coach following Willie Taggart's December exit for Florida State. Sewell (6'5/340) spurned the likes of USC, Alabama and Utah in opting to take his talents to Eugene. Unlike so many high school recruits, he's actually relatively polished on the technical fronts, particularly in terms of his footwork and his pull-blocking on runs. The 247Sports composite board sees him home at No. 57 overall in the 2018 class.
Feb 7 - 5:42 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Isaah Crocker.

Crocker (6'2/170) opted for the Ducks over in-state rival Oregon State. He visited both programs in January, with his trip to Eugene coming over this most recent weekend. Nebraska and UCLA were also hanging in the race for his pledge prior to his committing to Oregon. On the field, Crocker's physical nature immediately jumps out. He's a fearless receiver unfazed by working over the middle and in tight quarters. His routes are also quite sharp for this phase of his development. On the 247Sports composite board for the 2018 cycle, Crocker slots in at No. 179 overall.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 30 - 1:21 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Jalen Hall.

Here's something of an interesting one just in terms of how his recruitment shook out. Oregon was targeting Hall with HC Willie Taggart at the helm and after Taggart took over for Jimbo Fisher at FSU, he continued his courting of the 6-foot-3, 182-pounder. Hall took an official visit to Tallahassee just this past weekend. In the end, though, it was the crew in Eugene that earned his pledge. As a prospect, he possesses some of the same body control and sure hands that made Josh Reynolds one of our favorites to watch at Texas A&M. Hall slots into the 247Sports composite board at No. 127 overall. He's the most high-profile recruit Oregon has landed since Mario Cristobal took over for Taggart as head coach in December.
Jan 26 - 12:47 PM

Oregon hired Alabama special assistant Bobby Williams.

The Ducks have not specified Williams' role on staff, but per The Oregonian, he's expected to work with the special teams unit. Prior to this jump, he had been with Alabama serving in various capacities since 2008. Williams and Oregon HC Mario Cristobal are well-acquainted, as their paths crossed for four years (2013-16) when Cristobal served as Bama's offensive line coach. Williams' initial contract in Eugene is of the two-year variety and comes with an annual salary of $300,000.
Jan 26 - 11:15 AM

Oregon will hire Louisville ILB coach and recruiting coordinator Cort Dennison as its new outside linebackers coach.

Dennison, a recruiting ace, is returning to the area of the country he's most comfortable with. A Utah native, Dennison was a standout player in college at Washington. Dennison was named one of 247Sports’s hottest 30 Under 30 coaches in the country.
Source: SI
Jan 22 - 10:06 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang names Oregon T Tyrell Crosby as one of his potential breakout players in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Crosby was an analytical star in 2017; posting some of the highest ratings as both a pass and run-blocker for Oregon. Rang ranks him the 58th best prospect in the class, and sixth among tackles. Rang calls him "agile, powerful and tenacious," and if he shows those qualities in the loaded Senior Bowl roster, he could move into Day 1, early Day 2 conversations.
Jan 22 - 6:32 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon has hired Washington State RB Jim Mastro to serve in the same capacity.

According to the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh, Mastro decided to take the job earlier in the week, but was holding off on announcing out of respect for QB Tyler Hilinski, who was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday following an apparent suicide attempt. Mastro has been on staff with Washington State since 2012, when the program initially hired HC Mike Leach. He showed a creativity at getting his backs involved in Leach's pass-happy Air Raid, most notably during the 2016 season, when Wazzu running backs combined to total 1,660 yards on the ground and 1,034 yards receiving. With the Ducks, he'll be helping to usher in the post-Royce Freeman era. Tony Brooks-James remains in the fold in Eugene and is set to step up as starter for the 2018 season.
Jan 20 - 3:06 PM

Football Scoop reports that Oregon HC Mario Cristobal expects an answer from Washington State RB coach Jim Mastro within the next 24 hours as to whether he'll join the Oregon staff.

Tick tock. Mastro has been on the Whasington State staff since 2013, and he's helped develop players like Jamaal Morrow and James Williams into competent running backs who are excellent in the receiving game. The timeframe likely means that Cristobal has a backup plan if Mastro decides to stay with Mike Leach in Pullman.
Jan 13 - 4:59 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Isaah Crocker will make a commitment on January 29.

Crocker will choose between finalists Nebraska, Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA. He's one of the highest rated offensive players who has yet to make a pledge right now. This past weekend, he took an official visit to Oregon State, and he has ties with players and coaches at the school. He'll make his final official visit when he travels to Eugene to visit the Ducks on January 26.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 12 - 7:25 PM

Football Scoop reports that Oregon is making a strong push to hire Washington State RB coach Jim Mastro.

Mastro has been working with Wazzu's running backs since 2013. He's done a nice job since joining the program, especially given the restraints of working in an Air Raid under HC Mike Leach, who prefers to throw the ball more than most any other coach in the FBS. Mastro's work in 2016 was particularly notable, as Cougar running backs that season totaled 1,660 rushing yards and 1,034 receiving yards. His longest coaching stint came with Nevada from 2000-10, where he helped architect the Pistol offense. He's proven his versatility as a coach capable of working in different systems.
Jan 12 - 2:34 PM

Oregon redshirt junior DE Jalen Jelks finished with eight batted passes in 2017, the most of any lineman in college football according to Pro Football Focus.

In addition to the eight passes defensed, Jelks also had seven sacks, 10 hits and 30 hurries, which all ranked near the top of the Pac-12. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defender announced he was coming back for his junior year, and will have a chance to be a first-round candidate if he repeats his numbers in 2018.
Jan 4 - 9:58 PM


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