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Oregon redshirt junior DE Jalen Jelks finished with eight batted passes in 2017, the most of any lineman in college football according to Pro Football Focus.

In addition to the eight passes defensed, Jelks also had seven sacks, 10 hits and 30 hurries, which all ranked near the top of the Pac-12. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defender announced he was coming back for his junior year, and will have a chance to be a first-round candidate if he repeats his numbers in 2018.
Jan 4 - 9:58 PM

Oregon hired Nebraska DB coach Donte Williams to serve as outside linebackers coach.

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif is reporting that while Williams has been initially tabbed as OLB coach, he could potentially see a shift to his job title and responsibilities with Ducks DB coach Charles Clark reportedly joining Matt Luke's staff at Ole Miss. Williams had been with Nebraska for the past two seasons, with stops at Arizona and San Jose State previously. He'll bring a strong set of recruiting skills to HC Mario Cristobal's staff.
Jan 4 - 5:27 PM

Oregon S coach Keith Heyward signed an extension that will keep him with the program through the 2020 season.

Heyward will receive a raise from $375,000 to $450,000 as part of this extension. This past season was his first in Eugene. He had most recently worked on the staffs of Louisville (2016) and USC (2014-15) prior to coming over to the Ducks over the offseason.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Oregon WR coach Michael Johnson signed a contract extension through the 2020 season.

This little extension also comes with a raise, as Johnson is now set to make $335,000 annually, $60,000 more per year than on his previous deal. The former 49ers offensive coordinator was initially hired on staff in Eugene this past February.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 11:09:00 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2018 G Steven Jones.

Jones (6'6/360) also had offers from Washington, TCU, Louisville and several other Power Five schools. ESPN rates him as the tenth best guard in the class, and the scouting reports glow about his power and ability to maul. Conditioning with a player of this size will always be something to watch, but it sounds like Oregon got a high-ceiling player at the guard position in the 2018 class.
Source: Oregon Live
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 02:37:00 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2018 QB Tyler Shough, who had previously been verbally committed to UNC.

Shough was committed to the Tar Heels since June, but made the switch after a visit to Oregon. He's rated the sixth best quarterback in the class by 247 Sports, and made ESPN's list of the top 300 prospects. Scouting reports note that the release is a bit long, but that he's an accurate passer with good arm strength that can make plays with his legs, as well. Shough could be the heir apparent in Eugene when Justin Herbert leaves the Ducks. He plans to enroll early in January.
Source: Oregon Live
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 12:32:00 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2018 S Steve Stephens.

Stephens has been committed to Oregon since April, and made it official with his signing in December. He's ranked as the 11th best safety by 247 Sports, and eighth best in the ESPN version. He receives positive reports on his instincts and closing speed, but reportedly will need to do a better job of not overrunning routes and hip movement. If he can fix those issues, he could be a candidate to play early for the Ducks in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 07:34:00 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2018 T Dawson Jaramillo.

Jaramillo (6'5/297) signs on with the Ducks over offers from several Pac-12 schools, including UCLA, Washington and Oregon State. Oregon struggled to protect its hometown talent this year, but do keep one of the better offensive lineman in the state. Reports rave about his potential because of his length and ability to get to the second level, but do note that he needs to fill out and get better in pass protection.
Source: 247 Sports
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 06:35:00 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2018 ATH Jevon Holland.

Holland (6'1/180) had been committed to Oregon since early May and did not budge off that in the intervening months. He's an incredibly versatile prospect who has upside as a corner, safety or wideout in the collegiate ranks. ESPN ranks him as the No. 141 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 04:01:00 PM

Oregon signed DC Jim Leavitt to a four-year, $6.8 million contract.

Leavitt was reportedly in line for a possible job on Florida State's staff alongside new HC Willie Taggart. He won't be following Taggart to Tallahassee, now, though. His new deal in Eugene is worth $1.7 million annually, a mark on par with the yearly salaries of big-dog defensive coordinators Dave Aranda and Brent Venables. Oregon showed marked improvement under Leavitt's watch this past season after the Ducks flamed out defensively at the end of the Mark Helfrich era. They jumped from 126th in total FBS defense in 2016 to 46th for the current campaign, Leavitt's first on the job after coming over from Colorado this past winter.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Oregon sophomore WR Dillon Mitchell caught nine passes for 143 yards in Saturday's 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Mitchell (6'1/195) was Oregon's most consistent offensive performer in what was largely an uninspiring loss in Mario Cristobal's debut as head coach. The sophomore wideout wraps up the campaign having caught 42 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns. With fellow receiver Charles Nelson set to graduate, Mitchell is in line to see an even more expanded role next season.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:52:00 PM

Oregon sophomore QB Justin Herbert completed 26-of-36 passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Herbert came through with both of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but by that point, it was too little, too late. The gunslinger -- distressingly for Oregon -- led the team with just 16 yards rushing. The Ducks' ground game was essentially nonexistent with Royce Freeman sitting out to begin his draft process. This was something of a lost season for Herbert due to his missing a large chunk of time on the mend from a broken collarbone, but Oregon's offense (Saturday not withstanding) has shown plenty of flash and upside when he's right. We're excited to see what he might be able to do as a junior next year.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Oregon Senior T Tyrell Crosby will wear No. 58 in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on Saturday to honor the victims of the mass shooting in October.

Crosby normally wears No. 73, but will change it to 58 to honor the 58 victims who were killed at a concert event in the city in early October. Crosby is from Las Vegas, and has made mention that the game means a great deal to him personally. He's considered one of the best senior tackle prospects in the country, and had the highest rated pass-blocking grade of any Pac-12 lineman according to Pro Football Focus.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal announced that senior RB Royce Freeman will sit out Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl matchup against Boise State.

The tea leaves had been pointing this way over the past few days. "Am I disappointed in him? No. Do I want to see him play? Absolutely. But I stand by him," Cristobal said. The announcement ends Freeman's prolific collegiate career. He leaves as Oregon's leading all-time rusher with 5,621 yards, which ranks second all-time in Pac-12 history (Charles White) and sixth in FBS history. Freeman's 60 rushing touchdowns are a Pac-12 record. The 5-foot-11, 231-pounder is a versatile, bell-cow big back with receiving chops, slick footwork, plus-vision and great balance. He comes from a wide-open system that left fewer opposing defenders in the box. And since he's unlikely to test in the upper-echelon of RB athletes, evaluators could question whether he can be as effective at the next level, where he won't see the thinned-out boxes he did in college. That narrative may lead to Freeman being available at a discount. He's drawn Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) grades.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal declined to speculate on whether senior RB Royce Freeman would play against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

"No update yet," Cristobal said. Freeman is apparently mulling the possibility of skipping the game to begin preparing for the NFL Draft. This could go either way: While the rumors and Cristobal's evasive statements would seem to indicate that there's a decent chance Freeman will sit, the star running back did practice with the Ducks on Tuesday. Boise State HC Bryan Harsin said he's preparing as though he'll face Freeman, but Harsin did ask media members if they thought Freeman would play, an indication of just how serious this possibility is. Freeman ranks No. 9 in the FBS with 1,475 rushing yards this year. He's also scored 16 touchdowns. Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit -- who are both healthy, per Cristobal -- would get the bulk of RB touches on Saturday if Freeman is out.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:53:00 PM


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