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Oregon redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena and senior Jake Fisher are both taking LT snaps during preseason camp.

Projected starter Tyler Johnstone went down with a second major knee injury, and Yruretagoyena's name was one of the first to be mentioned as a replacement. We are fans of Fisher as a second day talent and would not mind seeing him get a chanc eon the left side. "The key there is if you lose someone who is your second tackle then you don't want to put in your tenth offensive lineman, you want to put in your sixth," head coach Mark Helfrich said.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 10:18 AM

Oregon freshman DL Henry Mondeaux earned praise from HC Mark Helfrich.

"He's done a great job," Helfrich said. "He's got really natural low leverage, low hip, powerful guy. He's flying around everywhere giving tremendous effort." We are big fans of junior defensive tackle Arik Armstead's upside, but the team could use some more edge pressure.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 10:02 AM

Oregon junior RB Bryan Marshall is being "overshadowed" by the younger ball carriers on the team.

Marshall is "adjusting to a bigger workload slowly," according to beat writer Andrew Greif. Apparently head coach Mark Helfrich has said Oregon wants to expand Marshall's blocking and receiving. Sophomore Thomas Tyner and freshman Royce Freeman have impressed during preseason work.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 9:53 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota went No. 1 to the Raiders in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft.

"Yes, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, but if Oakland is picking No. 1 overall in 2015, that probably means the Raiders will have a new general manager, head coach and braintrust in the front office, which puts Mariota in play," Brugler wrote. "The Oregon passer has all the tools, physically and mentally, that NFL teams are searching for at the position." Brugler slotted USC DL Leonard Williams to the Vikings at No. 2, followed, in order, by Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the Browns, Florida State QB Jameis Winston to the Texans, and Nebraska DE Randy Gregory to the Jags.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:56 PM

Oregon will pay for the injury insurance policies of QB Marcus Mariota, C Hroniss Grasu, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and DE Arik Armstead.

"The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year." CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported earlier this week that the Ducks would not be paying for the insurance policies, so this is a reverse in course. The Ducks said they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:38 AM

Starting Oregon redshirt junior LT Tyler Johnstone re-tore the ACL in his right knee and will miss the 2014 season, according to Brianna Amaranthus.

Johnstone added he will have surgery on Friday. The first injury occurred last December in the school's bowl game against Texas. Johnstone was planning to play in the season opener and had been eased back into practice. The left tackle heard popping in his knee during a non-contact drill. All indications point to redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena taking over as the starting left tackle, however we are big fans of senior right tackle Jake Fisher.
Aug 11 - 2:54 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will "eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center."

"He'll also eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center -- I don't think he'll get the opportunity to do that much during the season because Oregon's offensive system doesn't call for it," Davis wrote. Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 8 - 1:26 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said junior WR Bralon Addison has a goal of returning to the field against Michigan State on September 6.

Addison tore his ACL during a non-contact drill in April, so this might be a bit of a longshot. "Addison continues to rehab and recently started jogging, according to Mariota," Sports Illustrated writes. Addison is a legitimate NFL talent. Michigan State is Oregon's third game of the season.
Aug 5 - 11:10 AM

Los Angeles is "looking like a solid front-runner" for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Brandt is very connected to the actual event and helps them decide which prospects should be invited to attend every year. The league has previously stated the event will be held in either Chicago or L.A. in 2015, and some have even speculated the draft could be split into two cities and extended another day, totaling four.
Aug 1 - 5:06 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu "will be downgraded because of poor measurables," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst says "many" believe a stock drop is coming due to the concern, but added this: "A west coast scout told me it's not a concern as the Ducks offensive lineman will measure over 6-feet/3-inches and right around 300-pounds." The 2013 All-American surprisingly decided to return to school over the winter along with redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 1 senior center.
Jul 27 - 11:48 PM

A film study by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed in his mind that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota would have been the first QB taken in the 2014 draft.

"Mariota is an exciting prospect in every way; physically, intellectually, instinctively," Pauline wrote. "I’m told one of the primary reasons Maroita stayed for another college season was his age; he would’ve been a 20 year old rookie if he entered the draft and the feeling in his inner circle was that’s too young for a signal caller in the NFL." Another reason he reportedly stayed was his lithe frame. Mariota has labored to add 40 pounds and still clocks a 4.45 forty. He's the early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would have been the first corner taken in the 2014 draft had he declared early.

Pauline grades Ekpre-Olomu as a preseason top-10 prospect. "After watching the film and talking to scouts the feeling is forty time/speed will be the only outstanding question on Ekpre-Olomu’s game," he wrote. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound IEO has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two years and has the ability to be a shutdown corner at the next level.
Jul 27 - 9:30 PM

Former Georgia Tech sophomore QB Ty Griffin transferred to Oregon.

After sitting out the 2014 season, Griffin will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015. Griffin was a two-star recruit last year who will have a heck of a time supplanting Oregon's elite QB recruits for playing time even after Marcus Mariota heads to the pros. So why did he make this decision? Griffin's younger brother Taj, ranked by Rivals as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country in 2015, verbally committed to Oregon in April.
Jul 24 - 2:59 PM


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