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Oregon true freshman RB Royce Freeman had 17 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Colorado.

Freeman became the first true freshman runner at Oregon to break the 1,000-yard mark. He's averaging 5.6 YPC and now has four games with 100+ yards on the ground. Freeman's obviously not draft-eligible as of yet, but NFL analysts like Bruce Feldman are already saying that his overall size (6-foot, 229 pounds) and style of running could translate better to the pros than that of more diminutive runners from previous Duck teams.
Nov 22 - 8:11 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 24-of-32 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 44-10 win over Colorado.

Mariota just keeps on truckin' along toward a Heisman and possible Top-3 draft selection. On Saturday, he broke the Pac-12 single-season record for total TDs with 42. It had previously been set by USC's Matt Barkley in 2011. In addition to his 323 yards through the air, Mariota also added 73 on the ground. He showed off his effortless speed on a 46-yard touchdown run off read-option at the end of the first quarter. Mariota simply took the ball, tucked it and ran past the secondary without being touched. Games like this remind why NFL.com's Charles Davis has compared Mariota to Robert Griffin III.
Nov 22 - 7:59 PM

The MMQB's Andy Staples ranks Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

"Though NFL teams are looking for taller corners these days, Ekpre-Olomu plays bigger than his listed 5-10, 195-pound size," Staples writes. "He can jam receivers at the line and smother them once they recover." We believe Ifo is squatting on routes more often in the hopes of baiting his opponent. That has resulted in allowing downfield completions when receivers run past him in his boundary corner spot. He is also getting caught in trash and allowing separation when working in the slot.
Source: The MMQB
Nov 21 - 10:56 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota was issued a speeding ticket on November 12.

Apparently Mariota's 40-time isn't the only thing that's fast. The quarterback was pulled over on November 12 for driving 80 mph in a 55-mph zone. He faces a presumptive fine of $260, which could be lowered after a judge reviews the case. He's due to appear in court on December 11. The presumptive Heisman winner was said to be "polite and respectful" when he was pulled over.
Nov 19 - 4:06 PM

Oregon C Hroniss Grasu has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Grasu was recently injury and a teammate said he would likely miss a couple of games, while a coach called him day-to-day. the center position is extremely important. In fact, there is an argument that it is the most important position along the offensive line. Factor in that young centers are getting to play sooner in the NFL, and it could be a big week for Grasu.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 18 - 11:17 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Oregon junior TE Pharaoh Brown's leg injury "may be career threatening."

"I’m told the injury suffered by Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown during the Utah game two Saturday’s ago may be career threatening. Brown was hospitalized through the late part of last week before returning home to Cleveland. Sources tell me Brown’s knee suffered significant damage," Pauline wrote. On the season, Brown caught 25 passes for 420 yards, and six touchdowns, while becoming one of Marcus Mariota's most dependable weapons.
Nov 17 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that if the Raiders landed the No. 1 pick, they might draft Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota even though they have Derek Carr on the roster.

Many analysts see the Raiders drafting a defensive player like Leonard Williams or Randy Gregory, but McShay cautions against setting that in stone. "I definitely don't think you can rule out the Raiders selecting Mariota." The ESPN analyst doesn't necessarily believe that current Raider starter Derek Carr is the quarterback of the future. "If you can get pressure in his face and lay some hits on him, [Carr] has a hard time handling it, and even though he has a strong arm, his deep accuracy isn't consistent enough. His performance has been getting worse as the season has gone on, not better."
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 13 - 8:16 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu "looks like he’ll miss a couple of games" according to teammate Hamani Stevens.

We have no clue what to make of this injury. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood called him day-to-day, Grasu's teammate is saying he'll miss several games and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said that "he's likely out for the rest of the year" according to what he was hearing. Brugler also said that Grasu's participation in pre-draft workouts was a question mark depending on the severity of the injury. All we really know for certain is that the senior was injured in the fourth quarter against Utah on November 8, and it appeared to be a knee injury. Though of course, even that hasn't been confirmed.
Nov 13 - 6:54 PM

An NFC scout told NFL.com that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota was athletically similar to former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.

"Love [Mariota's] poise and composure," the scout told NFL.com. The scout did say that the junior wasn't a great fit "for a traditional pro-style offense, but a team willing to build around his game will see him as a dynamic talent." NFL.com draft analyst Charles Davis actually thinks the Kaepernick comparison is a little off, as he sees Kaepernick as bulkier than Mariota. Davis compares the Oregon gunslinger to former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. As for who might select Mariota, the hypothetical of the Philadelphia Eagles was floated earlier this week.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 12 - 10:01 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said he would visit Oregon junior TE Pharaoh Brown in the hospital.

Brown suffered a non-contact leg injury in Saturday's win over Utah. Whittingham said he thought that the turf was "OK," but added that he wasn't a turf expert (if such things exist in the world). Several Utah players also suffered non-contact injuries in the game. Whittingham tried to visit Brown in the hospital after the game, but the junior was in surgery at the time. "I’ll get over there at some point, if not today, the next couple of days," said Whittingham. "[Injuries are the] most unfortunate part of the game, and I feel bad for these kids. They lay it all on the line."
Nov 11 - 5:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said that the possibility that Oregon senior S Hroniss Grasu takes part in pre-draft workouts is a "question mark."

Grasu was injured in the fourth quarter of Oregon's win over Utah on Saturday. Head coach Mark Helfrich has not given more information, so CBS analyst Brugler is floating in the dark about as much as the rest of us on this one. Brugler wrote that the severity of the injury would determine whether or not Grasu takes part in workouts. "He's likely out for the rest of the year," at the least, wrote Brugler. Grasu was recently compared to Browns' Pro Bowl center Alex Mack by an AFC scout.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 11 - 4:50 PM

One NFL general manager suggested that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and the Philadelphia Eagles would be "a seamless" fit.

"Moving up and mortgaging your future for a receiver does not make sense, but I'd do it for a quarterback," a general manager from another team told ESPN. "I don't know if Mariota would be worth it, but he might be for Chip (Kelly) because the hardest part at quarterback is the learning curve. Mariota would be seamless in Philadelphia." At the moment, Nick Foles future could be up in the air as the Eagles franchise quarterback, after an inconsistent start to his 2014 season. If Chip Kelly is looking for his franchise QB, than perhaps Mariota, would be the player the Eagles break the bank to move up for.
Nov 11 - 4:08 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist.

This news doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Mariota is going to be a finalist for pretty much every offensive award available to him, including the Heisman Trophy. Mariota is joined by fellow Pac-12 gunslingers Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Cody Kessler (USC), as well as Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Baylor's Bryce Petty. This season, Mariota has completed 67.1% of his passes and has thrown for 2,789 yards with a 29/2 TD:INT ratio.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 10 - 7:46 PM

Despite suffering a toe injury against Utah, Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu told reporters he will play versus Colorado.

Ifo hurt the big toe on his left foot in the first series against Utah. The corner dealt with a left foot injury earlier this season, but Ifo so the new ailment is unrelated. Oregon has an off week before facing the Buffaloes.
Nov 10 - 10:34 AM

It appears Oregon has "lost" senior S Hroniss Grasu to a knee injury, according to beat writer Ryan Thorburn.

Head coach Mark Helfrich only comments on injuries in extremely serious circumstances (see Pharaoh Brown), but Grasu went down in the fourth quarter and was replaced by redshirt freshman Doug Brenner. The Ducks have dealt with a ridiculous amount of offensive line injuries this season, and Marcus Mariota is having to compensate.
Nov 10 - 10:18 AM


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