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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

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich praised redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's practice habits.

"He cares more about practice rep 13, period 12 than any guy I've been around," Helfrich said. Mariota has been described as a quiet leader in the past, but he really is the face of Oregon football at the moment. The quarterback is a great talent and enters the season as 2014/2015's top prospect. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Mariota added 40 pounds and clocks around a 4.45 forty.
Jul 24 - 9:52 AM

NFL.com named Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory, and UCLA LB Myles Jack as the three preseason frontrunners for the Bednarik Award.

The honor is given annually to the nation's best defender. It features a stacked list of candidates this fall. The website calls Ekpre-Olomu the country's "most hyped corner," Jack the nation's "best-known linebacker," and predicts Gregory will post double-digit sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 5:54 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Los Angeles or Chicago.

"We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now," Goodell said Thursday. "I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we’re not going to be bound by that." The commissioner added the NFL is still considering expanding the draft from three to four days. Previous reports suggested different days of the event could be held in different locations.
Source: LA Times
Jul 18 - 10:55 AM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead earned a Round 7 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Armstead has two seasons of eligibility left to transcend this projection, and he has more than enough talent to do so. For starters, he's a 6-foot-8, 280-pound monster with basketball athleticism and light feet. Armstead had a productive freshman campaign as a rotational player, but he turned off scouts with a disappearing act as a sophomore in 2013. If he's productive as an every-down player this fall, Armstead will have the opportunity to opt into the draft early.
Jul 13 - 11:03 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu headlined a list of 66 players named to the preseason Rimington Award watch list.

Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Kansas State's Thomas Finney are two other notable names on the award's watch list. The Rimington is given annually to the nation's best center.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 7:51 PM

The Jim Thorpe Award released its 39 player watch list on Friday.

The honor is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Alabama’s Landon Collins, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves and Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt, all semifinalists for the award last year, were included. Five schools had two players named: Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida State, Michigan State and UCF. The award's three 2013 finalists -- winner Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State -- were all drafted in May.
Jul 11 - 6:38 PM

While spending the weekend at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said he's learned "a lot of under-center stuff" from the Manning brothers.

"They've taught me a lot of under-center stuff, and making sure my base is my foundation," Mariota said. "They've helped me understand that I have to throw with my feet, and that will help me a lot with accuracy and different things like that. Hopefully I can apply that." 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
Jul 11 - 5:08 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and USC junior DL Leonard Williams "are in a tier of their own" among Pac-12 prospects.

After these two, Weidl lists Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and UCLA redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively. We would agree, as Mariota enters the season as the top quarterback prospect with Williams as a possible top ten selection.
Jul 8 - 11:35 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "is as good as advertised as a shutdown corner."

"He is one of the most polished cover corners that I've evaluated since I started evaluating prospects 14 years ago," Brooks added, going on to note Ifo is a better "technician" than Patrick Peterson and Joe Haden were as prospects. In fact, Brooks made a comparison between Ifo and Darrelle Revis. We have heard rumblings that some in the Oregon program considered Terrance Mitchell a better corner than Ifo, but the latter is certainly receiving first-round buzz.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 10:15 AM

Four-star 2015 QB recruit Travis Waller committed to Oregon.

Waller is labeled as a "dual-threat" quarterback, and many who closely follow high school recruiting believe this is a perfect fit. 2014 Will be Marcus Mariota's last season, and redshirt sophomore Jeff Lockie does not have a large amount of experience after two other quarterback transferred out of the program.
Jul 1 - 1:19 PM

ESPN's Phil Steele named Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota the No. 1 preseason Heisman contender.

Steele ranked him one slot above defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. "Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just four interceptions," Steele wrote of the QB's 2013 campaign. "He accomplished this despite wearing a knee brace for much of the second half of the season, which limited his mobility. With added rest for the bowl game against Texas, he ran for a season-high 133 yards. Now 100 percent healthy, he has a solid shot to top last year's remarkable statistical totals while leading a Ducks team that figures to play a huge role in the first College Football Playoff." Mariota is an early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jun 28 - 4:14 PM

WR Alex Ofodile, the No. 42 overall in the 2015 ESPN 300, verbally committed to Oregon earlier this week.

Ofodile picked the Ducks over offers from Missouri, Penn State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and a host of other programs. The nation's No. 5-ranked WR is the son of former Ravens TE O.J. Ofodile. "I loved the coaching staff and players," Ofodile said. "I felt really comfortable." Ofodile had 92 catches for almist 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013. He reminds ESPN's Tom Luginbill of Alabama's Amari Cooper.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 2:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt senior Derrick Malone projects best as an OLB in the NFL.

Malone earned Most Improved player honors last year by leading the Ducks with 105 tackles as ILB Kiko Alonso's replacement. However, the wiry 6-foot-3, 220-pounder doesn't pack enough beef to play on the inside in the pros. "[Malone] projects best outside at the next level due to his slim frame and reliance on his athleticism to make plays," Rang wrote. Malone runs a 4.68 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 22 - 7:49 PM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu is "one of the more athletic linemen you'll ever see," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The 2013 All-American surprisingly decided to return to school over the winter. "It's not rare to see him out front on a screen or bubble blocking 30 or 40 yards down the field," wrote Kiper. "He has been a starter since he arrived on campus and, in my opinion, had a chance to be the first center taken in the 2014 NFL draft if he had come out." The 6-foot-3, 297-pounder has already been named first-team All Pac-12 twice and made 40 career starts. Kiper ranks him as the No. 1 senior center.
Jun 22 - 7:16 PM


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