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Oregon three-star 2018 verbal T commit Christopher Randazzo said that he was "blindsided" by Willie Taggart's decision to leave for Florida State.

"Everyone kept saying it’s all hype and I believed them and now that it’s official, I feel sick to my stomach," Randazzo said, explaining that Taggart paid him an in-home visit just last Friday without a mention of his impending departure. The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder remains committed to the Ducks, though, and did say that he "love[s] just-promoted HC Mario Cristobal. At this juncture, at least, it sounds like he'll try to stick it out in Eugene.
Source: Scout.com
Dec 8 - 10:26 PM

Oregon promoted co-OC Mario Cristobal to head coach.

Cristobal, also the school's run-game coordinator and OL coach, was named interim head coach for the Ducks' bowl game earlier this week after Willie Taggart left for Florida State. Cristobal's candidacy for the permanent job was aided by the overwhelming support he received from Ducks' players. Oregon senior LT Tyrell Crosby, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, tweeted on Thursday night that over 70 players had signed a petition to keep him on as head coach. Cristobal served as Florida International's coach from 2007-12, going 27-47 record. Prior to joining Oregon's staff, he spent four seasons as an assistant head coach at Alabama. The Ducks take on Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16.
Source: ESPN
Dec 8 - 12:17 PM

Oregon four-star 2018 verbal TE commit Michael Ezeike said that he is strongly considering reopening his recruitment.

If he does, indeed, put himself back out on the market, Ezeike would be the third four-star recruit to back off his Ducks pledge since Oregon HC Willie Taggart accepted the open position at Florida State earlier on Tuesday. Utah, Arizona State, UCLA, Michigan and USC were all under his consideration before he committed to Oregon this fall and should be considered prime programs to watch at this juncture. Ezeike ranks as the No. 178 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle on Rivals.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 5 - 10:06 PM

Oregonscoop.com's Justin Hopkins reports that Oregon DC Jim Leavitt would like to remain with the program.

It had been reported that Leavitt might join Willie Taggart's staff at Florida State, but perhaps not, perhaps not. He tweeted earlier on Tuesday that he has "great passion for the Ducks!," though we've seen that kind of sentiment from many a-coach who ultimately ends up leaving town. Leavitt initially signed on with Oregon as defensive coordinator in mid-December of 2016.
Dec 5 - 7:41 PM

Oregon co-OC and OL coach Mario Cristobal will serve as interim head coach.

Cristobal steps up for Willie Taggart, who just accepted the head-coaching position at Florida State. He initially joined Taggart's staff in Eugene last January after previously serving as tight ends coach with Alabama. Cristobal's task, now, will be to prep up the Ducks for their Las Vegas Bowl showdown with Boise State on Dec. 16 as Oregon goes about their coaching search.
Source: goducks.com
Dec 5 - 5:20 PM

Oregon senior T Tyrell Crosby was listed as one of Pro Football Focus's "top names to watch" in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Crosby (6'5/310) has a grade of 87.6 on the season according to PFF, which is well above-average. His pass-blocking rating is 99.2, which is tops among all offensive tackles that are draft-eligible this spring. He's also done a solid job against the run, grading positive in every game but Washington; who was easily the toughest defense they faced in 2017. Crosby is headed to the Senior Bowl, and could solidify his stock as one of the top tackles in the class with a quality showing there.
Nov 30 - 11:28 PM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts in Saturday's 69-10 victory against Oregon State.

Freeman had two of the team's five rushing scores in the rout of the rival Beavers as he set a new Pac-12 record for career rushing touchdowns (60). To add insult to injury for Oregon State, Freeman bumped former OSU RB Ken Simonton from the perch. Freeman will look to add to his total in the team's bowl game, up next.
Nov 26 - 12:13 AM

Oregon sophomore QB Justin Herbert completed 13-of-23 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 69-10 win against Oregon State.

Herbert also tacked on 10 yards on a pair of rush attempts while finding the end zone once with his legs. He has scored a rushing touchdown in each of his past five contests, and he has four passing scores over the past two games since returning from a collarbone injury. Next up for the Quack Attack is a bowl game.
Nov 26 - 12:10 AM

Oregon junior RB Tony Brooks-James was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury on Saturday against Oregon State.

His status to return to the game is questionable. Brooks-James is the main backup to Royce Freeman, but we'll see plenty of Jaylon Redd and Kani Benoit as the Ducks finish up this rout of Oregon State.
Nov 25 - 8:29 PM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman accepted an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Freeman is subtly one of the most productive running backs in NCAA history, recently passing LaDanian Tomlinson on the all-time rushing list. The 2018 crop will do its best to match the loaded 2017 running back draft class.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 21 - 10:10 AM

Oregon junior RB Tony Brooks-James ran for 124 yards on 19 carries in a 48-28 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

With Kani Benoit (ankle) out, Brooks-James (5'9/180) was the primary backup for Royce Freeman, and he had his biggest game of the season. The shifty tailback gave the Arizona defense fits, and helped set up all four of Freeman's rushing touchdowns. Brook-James could be a breakout star in 2018 if given the opportunity.
Nov 19 - 12:06 PM

Oregon sophomore QB Justin Herbert (collarbone) completed 14-of-21 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown and pick while also running for a touchdown in a 48-28 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

Herbert also added a touchdown, a 40-yard scamper where the entire side of the field disappeared and the sophomore took advantage. He started out red-hot, completing 9 of his first 11 passes, but struggled towards the end of the game. Still, it was obvious that Herbert gives the Ducks a much-needed boost in the offense, and one can't help but wonder how Oregon would have finished had he not missed five games with the broken collarbone. The Ducks have qualified for a bowl, and will look for win seven next week against Oregon State.
Nov 19 - 11:30 AM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman ran for four touchdowns and 135 yards on 19 carries in a 48-28 clobbering of Arizona on Saturday.

Freeman passed Ladanian Tomlinson in this one to become tenth all-time in rushing yards in NCAA history. That's pretty good, and Freeman was better than pretty good against the Wildcats. The 6-foot, 230-pound bruiser showed his impressive power along with his speed to run over and past the Arizona defense. He'll go over 1,500 yards on the season to go along with his 14 touchdowns next week when the Ducks take on the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War next week.
Nov 18 - 10:35 PM

Oregon redshirt senior DT Scott Pagano (foot) took reps with the second-team defense during Wednesday's practice.

Pagano hasn't played since suffering his shoulder injury on Oct. 14. Willie Taggart hasn't addressed his status, so Pagano's availability for Saturdy's game against Arizona remains unclear.
Nov 18 - 11:52 AM

Oregon junior RB Taj Griffin (ankle) was limited in practices this week.

Griffin was held out of drills to work with trainers on Tuesday and Thursday. Oregon hasn't officially addressed his availability for Saturday's night game against Arizona.
Nov 18 - 11:16 AM


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