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Oregon senior DT Alex Balducci is a "classic two-gap run-stuffer capable of anchoring against double-teams and creating a pile," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"He comes off the ball low and hard, often winning the leverage battle. He shows good core strength and balance to wrench himself free from opponents and latch on to ball-carriers nearby. Balducci lacks the agility and burst to chase down ball-carriers and requires a clear lane to make much of an impact on the quarterback," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound prospect recorded 18 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries in 2014. Balducci's 621 snaps ranks second among the Duck's defensive linemen.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 2:27 PM

Eastern Washington QB transfer Vernon Adams "is sure to draw plenty of comparisons to Seattle Seahawks' star Russell Wilson," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"Despite his less-than-ideal size and level of competition to this point, Adams is an ideal fit in Oregon's up-tempo offense as a dual-threat quarterback. More importantly, he's a legitimate NFL talent with a combination of mobility and accuracy in and out of the pocket that is sure to draw plenty of comparisons to Seattle Seahawks' star Russell Wilson," Rang wrote. In his three seasons at Eastern Washington, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Adams passed for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns, 31 interceptions, while completing 64.8 percent of his passes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 2:00 PM

Eastern Washington QB transfer Vernon Adams will join Oregon on August 13, three days into fall practice.

Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich noted Jeff Lockie will take first team quarterback reps "until proven otherwise." Neither are Marcus Mariota, but Adam's transfer from EWU got fans excited after he posted quality performances against FBS opponents, like Washington. Adam's mobility in and outside of structure stresses a defense.
Jul 30 - 9:57 AM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich said redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie has "earned the right" to take all of the first team reps "until proven otherwise."

Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams has yet to join the team, but many jumped to proclaim him the starter because of his mobility and success against FBS programs. Lockie played sparingly last season and only saw action in blowout wins. Oregon's receivers were injured in 2014, and the ones on the field failed to consistently separate one on one. Lockie has skill position players to work with, but expect a heavy dose of the running game in 2015.
Jul 30 - 9:49 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone "offers a rare blend of length, agility and initial quickness which makes him a formidable blindside pass protector."

"He springs out of his stance and latches on to corral speed rushers and is surprisingly effective against bull rushers due to good core strength, balance and technique to maintain leverage. Johnstone's athleticism makes him very effective blocking on the move in Oregon's zone attack, frequently beating opponents at the line of scrimmage or the second level with quickness to turn and seal them from the play," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-6, 283-pound Johnstone hasn't seen action since tearing his ACL versus Texas in December of 2013. Unfortunately for the Oregon prospect, he re-tore the same knee in 2014. Prior to injury, Johnstone started in 26 games at LT between 2012-13, earning freshman All-America honors in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 3:40 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt junior WR Bralon Addison could "become the first Oregon receiver this century to hear his name called within the top 64."

"Given the value teams place on speedy playmakers in today's up-tempo game, it wouldn't be surprising to see Addison become the first Oregon receiver this century to hear his name called within the top 64," Rang wrote. The Oregon prospect tore an ACL last spring, and was unable return for the 2014 season. The Brandin Cooks clone should be in line for a productive season in 2015, if fully healthy. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Addison has 83 receptions for 1,110 yards and 10 touchdowns on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 2:49 PM

Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner could hear "his name called even earlier than Armstead, whom the 49ers took 17th overall," CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

"If Buckner continues the steady development as a senior that he's shown throughout his first three seasons as a starter for the Ducks, he could wind up hearing his name called even earlier than Armstead, whom the 49ers took 17th overall," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the defensive front in tackles (81) and pass breakups (4), while leading the team in tackles for loss (13), earning second-team Pac-12 all-conference honors in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 2:04 PM

Oregon sophomore WR/CB/KR Charles Nelson "has the all-world athleticism to quickly develop into a top playmaker on defense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Nelson made the switch from WR to CB this offseason to help Oregon replace CBs Troy Hill and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and S Erick Dargan. Even so, we expect Nelson to occasionally play out of the slot on offense, where he's extremely dangerous. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder is also Phil Steele's pre-season first-team punt returner. He had 23 catches for five scores, 11 rushes for 101 yards and 589 kick return yards last year.
Jul 23 - 6:30 PM

Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner "was easily the better player [than Arik Armstead] on tape in 2014 and will land in Round 1 if he continues to progress this season," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He has great length and thus has to stay mindful of maximizing leverage, but he both holds the point and gets off single blocks well, often disrupting plays in the backfield," Kiper wrote. The draft expert grades the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner as the No. 2 senior defensive end prospect in the nation, behind only Shawn Oakman. Buckner led the Ducks' in TFL with 13 last year and added 81 tackles and four sacks. Kiper ranks him as the No. 23 overall prospect.
Jul 20 - 9:32 PM

Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone "is an agile 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle whose athleticism fits well into the Oregon scheme," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder hasn't played since suffering an ACL injury against Texas back in December 2013, but now he'll take over left tackle with Jake Fisher off to the pros. At least before the injuries, the Oregon staff considered him a better fit for the position; Johnstone started 26 games at LT between 2012-13. He earned freshman All-America honors in 2012.
Jul 17 - 7:39 PM

Oregon senior OW Byron Marshall was named to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, given to College Football's best receiver.

Before Marshall became a star wideout for the Ducks, Marshall was starring in Oregon's backfield as a running back. As a sophomore, the 5-foot-9, 201-pound Marshall rushed for 1,038 yards, with 14 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, the versatile play maker hauled in 74 receptions for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns as a WR, while adding in 52 carries for 392 yards and a score as a RB. The Oregon prospect could make a living, playing in the slot at the next level.
Jul 15 - 3:50 PM

Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner is a "perfect fit as an end in Oregon's 3-4 scheme," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, "showing off his impressive quickness and range for a man of his size."

"The towering 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner opted to return for his senior season after an impressive 2014 breakout in which he finished with a team-high 13 tackles for loss," Brown wrote. "Fellow Ducks end Arik Armstead was the more hyped player and ended up getting picked 15th overall in the draft, but Buckner's production has been better." Brown pegs Buckner as the No. 7 defensive end in the country. Buckner led the Ducks' in TFL with 13 last year and added 81 tackles and four sacks. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 23 overall draft prospect.
Jul 14 - 11:42 PM

Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding defensive player.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner recorded 81 tackles in 2014, with 13 tackles for loss which were the most by a Ducks' defensive lineman in four years. Heading into the season, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper ranks him as his No. 23 overall draft prospect.
Jul 14 - 3:37 PM

The Outland Trophy named Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone to their watch list for the nation's outstanding interior lineman.

The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder hasn't seen action since sustaining an ACL injury against Texas back in December of 2013. Last season, Johnstone re-injured the same knee in 2014, forcing him to miss the entire season for the Ducks. Hopefully, Johnstone can improve his draft stock with a injury-free season in 2015. Johnstone took part in spring drills, however, he was limited in drills but was able to run without pain in his knee. The Oregon prospect is expected to be the Ducks starting left tackle, where he earned freshman All-America honors in 2012.
Jul 14 - 3:12 PM

Oregon senior OW Byron Marshall "isn't tall, but he's an exceptional open-field runner and wins after the catch," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper ranks the 5-foot-9, 201-pounder as the No. 4 senior wide receiver draft prospect in the country. Marshall rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 2013 before shifting to receiver last year. He caught 74 passes for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, adding 52 carries for 392 yards and a score.
Jul 9 - 7:52 PM


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