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Pro Football Focus lists Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman No. 7 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

The 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns last year and ranked third in the FBS with 80 forced missed tackles. "Often overlooked in the running back conversation, Freeman brings a tough, downhill style to an Oregon offense that gets pigeonholed as a finesse system," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Oregon’s spread offense does a good job of creating space for running backs and Freeman took advantage to finish with the fourth-best rushing grade in the nation while averaging 3.8 yards after contact per rush to tie for 12th."
Jun 24 - 7:48 PM

Oregon senior QB Dakota Prukop is facing a daunting learning curve in acclimating to the Ducks' offense, per an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach.

"One year in the system is never as good as the third year in the system," he said. "Regardless of skill set, regardless of talent level, it's very difficult in a year's time to master an offense." To the coach's point, Vernon Adams didn't look like himself until around the mid-point last season. Prukop will fight with redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen for Adams' old job this summer.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 7:32 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach said Oregon junior WR/DB/KR Charles Nelson effects the game whenever he's on the field.

"What separates him from others is just his physical toughness," the coach said. "It's very rare for a receiver or DB, or whatever you call him, to go out and be their best tackler. He can be extremely physical, but then he's also very good with the ball in his hands." Nelson is also tremendously athletic, owning a sub-4.4 forty and a spot on the Ducks' track team. Last season, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound caught 17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on offense while logging 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. He also accumulated 876 yards and a touchdown on 33 kick returns.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:22 PM

When asked why Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman is so hard to stop, an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach responded, "How do you tackle him?"

Only 12 percent of Freeman's 283 runs last season were stuffed behind the line of scrimmage, the No. 1 rate among the FBS' top 10 runners. "How do you tackle him? I don't know," the coach said. "It's almost impossible to tackle that guy unless you gang-tackle him because he keeps his legs moving. For as big as he is [5-foot-11, 230 pounds], he's such a patient runner. He lets things develop. He's powerful, but he doesn't just say, 'Hey, I'll lower the boom.' He kind of feels his way in and out of traffic." The 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 8:05 PM

Oregon sophomore WR Kirk Merritt will transfer.

In a Twitter post, Merritt cited "family situations back home" as his main reason for transferring out of Eugene. A former four-star recruit, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder caught five passes for 61 yards in 2015. Outside of the limited offensive action, he saw his fair share of special teams work. Merritt didn't immediately announce where he might be transferring, but he hails from Destrehan, Louisiana, and if he wants to be closer to family, a school down south would make logical sense.
Jun 21 - 12:24 PM

Four-star 2018 QB Colson Yankoff committed to Oregon.

Yankoff hails from the fertile football hotbed of Cour D'Alene, Idaho. After participating in an on-campus throwing session in Eugene on June 15, he locked in his commitment to Oregon on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has at least one notable fan -- 247Sports recruiting director Barton Simmons. He referred to Yankoff as having "a ton of arm talent." Noted Simmons, "He's been tucked away in Idaho. If he was from Houston or Miami or Los Angeles, he'd have as many offers as any quarterback in the 2018 class. I think this is a big pickup for Oregon because I think he'll emerge as a top quarterback in the 2018 class."
Source: 247Sports
Jun 19 - 1:05 PM

Oregon QB coach David Yost indicated that senior QB Dakota Prukop needs to continue to work on his signals and communication.

"Dakota needs to constantly go through signal practice because it has to become second nature. We have to speed up the process," Yost said. The QB coach sees communication as an area where redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen holds something of an advantage, just because he is already accustomed to Oregon's system, while Prukop is still learning after transferring over from Montana State. "[Prukop] did a good job in January when he got here to learn it so he was able to compete right away in spring ball," Yost explained, "but now he needs to take it even farther so that when we start two-a-days he’s at Travis’ level."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 6:38 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen won the NCAA title with a 7.60-second 60-meter indoor hurdle.

Allen finished in the top-four in the Pac-12 in the 100, 200, 110-meter hurdle -- his 13.32 seconds won the NCAA title -- and 400-meter hurdle outside. "His No. 1 goal right now is to go to the Olympics," offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said. "I would never bet against that guy to not only make the Olympics but to do something there. Whenever we can get him back, we'll be jacked, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." The 6-foot, 190-pounder caught 41 passes for 684 yards and seven touchdowns on the Marcus Mariota-led 2014 squad that played in the title. Last season was ravaged by injuries.
Source: USA Today
Jun 14 - 4:45 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen won the NCAA title in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.50 seconds.

Allen also won the event in 2014. The 6-foot, 190-pounder will be a participant in the U.S. Olympic Trials in July, where the top three finishers will qualify to compete against the best in the world in Rio. He played in just six games last season due to a knee injury, but his work in the hurdles shows that he is feeling pretty healthy as we hurtle toward the 2016 campaign.
Jun 11 - 2:05 PM

Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman is a "big-play threat due to his speed and elusiveness who also has underrated power as a runner," according to Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley.

Freeman dominated PFF's metrics last year, grading out third overall, first in breakaway runs (36), third in elusive rating (how effective a back is independent of blocking), third in broken tackles as a runner and seventh in yards after contact average. Overall, the 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Jun 8 - 5:33 PM

Oregon senior QB Dakota Prukop said that he will focus on improving his footwork this summer.

HC Mark Helfrich teaches his quarterbacks to sync their footwork to receiver routes differently than Prukop was accustomed to at Montana State. So, a summer of transition. Said the 6-foot-2, 200-pound gunslinger, "I can work not only harder, but smarter as well. I know what I need to work on in terms of footwork, in terms of which routes I need to work on." Prukop faced a tough spring fight from redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen and will try to win the starting job in August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 2:37 PM

Oregon junior DB Charles Nelson made NFL.com's list of best athletes in college football.

Nelson ran a sub-4.4 forty in high school and is now on the Ducks' track team. On the football field, there isn't a lot that he can't do. Nelson ended last season at corner, between which and safety he started eight games after starting three at receiver earlier in the year. In addition, Nelson is one of the best kickoff returners in the game. The only downer as far as an NFL projection goes is his frail 5-foot-8, 170-pound frame.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 7:03 PM

Oregon redshirt senior TE Pharaoh Brown caught three passes for 43 yards in the program spring game.

Brown's return should warm the hearts of even the most cynical Internet beings. He suffered a catastrophic non-contact injury to his right leg against Utah in 2014. The 6-foot-6, 234-pounder was in danger of a partial amputation. Three surgeries and a lengthy recovery later, Brown is now poised to be a contributor in what figures to be a stacked receiving corp in 2016. OC Matt Lubick referred to Brown's recovery as "a miracle."
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 1:44 PM

Oregon redshirt junior RB Kani Benoit had 14 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown in the spring game.

Benoit was one of 14 Ducks to record a carry in the game as star running back Royce Freeman and backup Taj Griffin were both held out. Of those 14, Benoit was easily the most impressive, including a highlight reel 48-yard run in which he shook off two would-be tacklers. A mere three-star recruit out of the prep ranks, Benoit climbed to No. 3 on the depth chart last year (364 rushing yards) and will be in line for more carries this fall.
May 22 - 4:04 PM

According to the Pac-12 federal tax return, conference commissioner Larry Scott made in excess of $4 million for the 2014 calendar year.

Scott was compensated $4.05 million in 2014, the first conference commissioner to draw such a hefty salary. Revenue has been on the rise for the Pac-12 -- up 17% from the 2014 fiscal year ($374 million) to the 2015 fiscal year ($439 million) -- though they still drew in around $88 million less than the SEC ($527 million) did in for the last fiscal year.
Source: USA Today
May 21 - 2:49 PM


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