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Oregon has been cited by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions for using impermissible personalized recruiting aids in 2016.

It's just a slap on the wrist for the program, as they used an electric reader to put up names, stats and more for 36 prospects, which is against the rules. There's no punishment for the football team, but the basketball programs were put on probation through the 2020 season.
Dec 5 - 5:49 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert will play in the Redbox Bowl against Michigan State.

Herbert was declared healthy by Ducks coach Mario Cristobal, so the junior signal-caller will go against the Spartans on New Year's Eve. It could be Herbert's last game for the Ducks, but recent reports suggest that the junior signal-caller will be heading back to Oregon for one more year.
Dec 3 - 11:25 AM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert hasn't interviewed any sports agents yet.

While running through some draft eligible quarterbacks on NFL Countdown, ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that neither Herbert, nor his parents, have interviewed agents and have told agents to hold back. Players headed to the draft obviously interview agents to get guidance throughout the draft process, so this is more evidence that Herbert could be staying for his senior season despite being a candidate for the first overall pick. Until Herbert makes a public decision, these reports are all we can go off. Hopefully a decision is made shortly.
Dec 2 - 10:43 AM

Oregon junior T Calvin Throckmorton is Pro Football Focus' No. 5 graded offensive tackle through the first 13 weeks of the season.

PFF hands Throckmorton a 92.3 grade for his pass blocking, which is fourth best among offensive tackles, but he's also a capable run blocker checking in at No. 7 in the country. It's high honors for the junior who was tasked in protected potential top-five pick QB Justin Herbert this season. Throckmorton (6'6/318) is draft eligible, but there is no word on if he will leave after a quality junior season. The other offensive tackles in PFF's top-five are: 1) Alabama's Jonah Williams, 2) Ohio's Joe Lowery, 3) Wisconsin's Cole Van Lanen, and 4) Kansas State's Dalton Risner.
Dec 2 - 9:30 AM

247Sports' Matt Prehm reports that Oregon DC Jim Leavitt interviewed with Texas Tech regarding their open head-coaching position this week.

Leavitt may have interviewed for the Red Raiders gig, but it sounds as though he might have his hands in multiple cookie jars in addition at this juncture. Prehm colleague Steve Wiltfong is hearing that Leavitt has at the very least had informal discussions with Colorado and would be a palatable candidate for Kansas State should Bill Snyder step down in retirement this offseason. Given just how heavy these rumors are, it would be a minor surprise at this juncture if Leavitt remained in Eugene for the 2019 season.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 29 - 4:31 PM

An NFL Draft scout told The Athletic's Dane Brugler that he believes Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert returns to school for his senior season.

The full quote: "They don’t talk about it, but the vibe around that Oregon football palace is he’s staying. We’re treating it like he’s coming out, but my guess, and that’s all it is, I’ll say 70/30 he stays." Brugler lays out the reasons why he should and shouldn't return to school, noting that he's likely to be QB1 on boards but also mentioning that another year in Autzen in the Oregon offense could be beneficial to the 6-foot-6, 235-pound signal-caller. While it does sound like Herbert would come back to school right now, let's keep in mind that we were hearing similar things about Sam Darnold last year at this time. We all know how that turned out, too.
Nov 28 - 2:23 PM

Oregon redshirt senior TE Kano Dillon accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Dillon (6'5/256) has operated mostly as a blocker for the Ducks, and has made just eight catches. He certainly has the size to potentially be a threat in the red-zone, and tight ends block in the NFL, too. He's a potential late-round target for a team looking for someone to help in the run game.
Nov 28 - 2:12 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert (shoulder) suffered a bruised right shoulder against Oregon State, but The Oregonian's James Crepea reports that the injury isn't serious.

The Ducks expect Herbert to play in the team's upcoming (as-yet unscheduled) bowl game. Herbert hit the showers early in Friday's 55-15 win over Oregon State after he was sacked by Shemar Smith and Doug Taumoelau late in the first half. The injury is "not expected to have any lasting implications on Herbert or impact on Oregon's bowl game," Crepea wrote.
Nov 27 - 11:38 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Oregon senior LB Justin Hollins as a potential draft sleeper.

As Pauline notes, Jalen Jelks is the "famous" linebacker for Oregon, but Hollins has outperformed him, at least statistically. He's picked up five sacks, 57 tackles and 12 tackles for loss, and he uses his length (6'5/238) to make plays as a rusher and run defender. "I gave him an early sixth-round grade over the summer," writes Pauline, "and believe Hollins will be a steal in the middle of Day 3."
Nov 26 - 9:13 PM

According to reports, Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt has interest in Oregon DC Jim Leavitt and Utah State coach Matt Wells for the open head coaching position.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams has three sources on the report -- one from last year and two from this year -- linking Leavitt to the Texas Tech head coaching job. Hiring a defensive coordinator would be a complete 180-degree spin from the last coaching staff led by offensive master mind Kliff Kingsbury. Under Leavitt's leadership, the Oregon defense ranks 60th in points allowed per game and 29th in turnovers created. There is a $500,000 buyout should Leavitt decide leave for Oregon prior to January 31, 2018 but that will have little impact on Leavitt's decision if he is ultimately offered the job. For Wells, he has brought Utah State (10-2) into the top-25 and he has a lot of respect throughout the coaching community. The "second tier" of coaches are Clemson DC Brent Venables, Hocutt's KSU teammate, and Memphis coach Mike Norvell, according to Don Williams.
Nov 25 - 1:19 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert (shoulder) will be reevaluated in Eugene.

Herbert injured his shoulder taking a sack late in the second quarter of Friday's Civil War showdown with Oregon State. He would not return to the contest. Ducks HC Mario Cristobal had no immediate update on his status following the blowout win. Look for an update on his outlook in the coming days. With Oregon out of contention for the Pac-12 North berth in the conference title game, Herbert will have a month or so to get right before the team's to-be-determined bowl game. It's always possible that he could opt out of the bowl to prep for the NFL Draft -- should he declare -- but one step at a time.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 8:40 PM

Oregon junior WR Dillon Mitchell only caught one pass for nine yards in Friday's 55-15 win over Oregon State.

Mitchell didn't play the first quarter, but he came in right at the beginning of the second quarter, so he may have been serving a team suspension. Even after he entered, the star receiver had his quietest game of the season. Some of that can be explained by Justin Herbert (upper-body) leaving at half time, but it was an odd game for the junior receiver regardless. Mitchell gets a couple weeks before Oregon's bowl game.
Nov 23 - 7:54 PM

Oregon freshman RB Travis Dye rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in Friday's 55-15 win over Oregon State.

This game got out of hand quickly despite Justin Herbert (upper-body) leaving at half time, and it was a whole lot of Dye in the second half. The freshman back easily set career-highs in carries, yards, and touchdowns after scoring from 15 and 39 yards out. Oregon is developing a powerful rushing attack with redshirt freshman C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye, and they will get one more chance to showcase it in 2018 before learning if Herbert will declare for the NFL Draft. Oregon will have a bowl game in about one month.
Nov 23 - 7:47 PM

Oregon redshirt freshman RB C.J. Verdell rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in Friday's 55-15 win over Oregon State.

With Justin Herbert (upper-body) leaving at the half, the Ducks turned to their run game, and it was extremely effective. Oregon averaged 6.4 yards per carry on the day, thanks to Verdell and Travis Dye's huge games. Verdell was able to convert two goal line carries into touchdowns, but he added 14 and 21-yard scores as well, which brings his season total to 10. The redshirt freshman is just 25 yards short of 1,000 but he gets the bowl game to get there.
Nov 23 - 7:40 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (knee) left Friday's game against Oregon State in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury.

After suffering the injury Brooks-James was taken to the locker room, eventually rejoining his teammates on the sideline on crutches with his left knee in a heavy brace. The senior running back suffered the injury on special teams, and he's one of two Oregon running backs to get injured during Friday's game. C.J. Verdell left briefly with a right foot injury but was able to return to action.
Nov 23 - 7:27 PM


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