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Troy Dye - LB - Ducks

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Oregon junior LB Troy Dye fifth among his top linebackers for 2018.

The inside linebacker position is loaded in 2018, and Dye is one of the best of the group. "Dye really separates himself from some of the other linebackers who are not on this list with his athletic talent and ability to range in pass coverage," he writes. "He has the lateral quickness to stay ahead of climbing blockers as well as the burst to shoot gaps and make tackles in the backfield." Dye has two years left, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in the NFL if he puts up another solid season for the Ducks this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 2:15 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein ranks Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert as the top quarterback to watch in the 2018 season.

This quarterback class is chalk-full of volatility, but Herbert has come out as the top signal-caller to many top analysts, and with good reason. As Zierlein mentions, the 6-foot-6, 231-pound signal-caller is a "natural thrower" who repeats his delivery and (generally) gets the football out on time. "Herbert is also a mobile quarterback who can escape pressure and move the sticks with his feet," he writes. "He still needs to learn to throw with more consistent touch." If he does do that -- and he shows he can stay healthy -- he has a real chance of being the first quarterback off the board next spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 5:47 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert posted a passer rating of 120.3 on passes of 20 or more yards last season.

Marvelous work from the then-sophomore gunslinger, who nailed 19-of-44 passes for 723 yards and an 8/1 TD/INT ratio when flinging the ball downfield. Hat tip to Pro Football Focus for that statistical fun. Herbert is viewed in most corners to be the top draft-eligible quarterback on the CFB landscape. If he can maintain his health, Oregon cannot be discounted from Pac-12 or even Playoff contention, though the latter would require a pristine record and likely some wobbles elsewhere.
Jul 7 - 1:07 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James as the most underrated player on Oregon's roster.

As Aschoff notes, Brooks-James took a backseat in 2017 to Royce Freeman, but in the disaster that was 2016 for the Ducks, Brooks-James was the rare positive; winning the team MVP award. "Health has always been an issue with him," Aschoff writes, "but the 185-pound Brooks-James rushed for nearly 500 yards last year and will be the head of the Ducks' running back committee this fall." If Brooks-James can stay healthy, it could be a massive season for the diminutive tailback.
Source: ESPN
Jul 1 - 11:43 AM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Lance Wilhoite.

Wilhoite (6'2/180) made his pledge during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge on Thursday. Louisville, Miami and Ohio State were the other finalists for his commitment. In mid-May, Rivals analyst Woody Wommack predicted that Florida State would be the lucky program to gain Wilhoite's pledge, but the Seminoles faded down the stretch. Over the weekend, he took an unofficial visit to Eugene, one which no doubt helped to cement his decision, here. ESPN ranks Wilhoite as the No. 66 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He has upside at both receiver and corner. His body control -- regardless of ultimate position -- is impeccable when the ball's thrown in his vicinity.
Jun 28 - 3:24 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that they are "terrified" of the 2019 quarterback class.

The scout ticked off Oregon's Justin Herbert, Missouri's Drew Lock and Auburn's Jarrett Stidham as signal-callers who "look like dudes," before immediately tempering that praise by saying that there are "a lot of issues" with the 2019 class. Another scout said that "you'd rather (have) trade[d] up for an [Josh] Allen or [Josh] Rosen than bet on one of these guys." In terms of who is most likely to land as a potential top-five selection, we like Herbert, though there's no consensus agreement on when he might slide off the board next spring. We'll have a better idea of just how this class is shaking out in a few months.
Jun 27 - 12:49 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Josh Delgado.

Delgado was considered a lean towards Washington this spring, but Oregon came on strong with the talented receiver, and he pledges to the Ducks. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout ranks 27th at the position in 247 Sports Composite rankings, and 31st among prospects from the state of Florida. Reports indicate he's a natural catcher of the football, and he's also shifty once the ball is in those strong hands. Oregon continues to impressive in the early goings in recruiting, and their class ranks sixth overall in the 247 Sports rankings.
Jun 25 - 12:57 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO T prospect Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu.

Aaumavae-Laulu is a massive 6-foot-7, 345-pound tackle prospect, and he ranks as the top junior college player -- regardless of position -- in 247 Sports composite rankings. His top three schools also included USC and Ole Miss, and he had several other high-profile schools trying to procure his services. This is a huge get -- literally and figuratively -- for the Ducks, who are having an exceptional beginning to the 2019 recruiting class. Oregon now ranks as the top class in 247 Sports rankings for Pac-12 schools, and eighth overall.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 2:06 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert had a passer rating of 105.9 on standard passes last season.

Best mark in the Pac-12 among returning passers, according to Pro Football Focus. The outlet earlier passed along an additional juicy nugget, in that Herbert posted a passer rating of 121.6 on plays which lasted longer than 2.6 seconds. On the whole, the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder threw for 1,983 yards with a 15/5 TD/INT ratio in eight games last season. His numbers would have been more robust had he not been waylaid by a broken collarbone for a chunk of the campaign. Herbert has the potential to be drafted first overall next spring.
Jun 23 - 12:28 PM

On Tuesday, Pedro Chavarin Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter in relation to the car accident which killed former Oregon LB Fotu Leiato.

Chavarin, 22, had already been charged with DUII for the tragic accident last Friday which took the life of Leiato. This new charge of first-degree manslaughter carries with it a minimum of 10 years in prison if conviction is reached. Leiato saw the field in 38 games during his time in Eugene, but had been dismissed from the football team this spring following a pair of arrests this offseason.
Jun 21 - 12:42 PM

CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso lists Oregon C Jake Hanson as one of the underclassman eligible for the 2019 draft to watch.

Much of the attention went to analytical darling Tyrell Crosby in 2018, but Hanson was also a big part of rejuvenating the Ducks run game in 2017, and scouts reportedly took notice. " At center, the sophomore displayed plus athleticism on combo blocks to the second level and was adequately strong at the point of attack when dealing with bull rushes," writes Trapasso. "At times he can be a little overzealous when approaching his blocks, which leads to him getting off-balance with his shoulders in front of his feet." If Hanson takes a step forward in 2018 -- something we often see juniors do -- he could become one of the top interior lineman in the class.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 12:00 PM

Former Oregon LB Fotu Leiato was killed in a car accident near Autzen Stadium early on Friday morning.

The tragedy was a single-car accident that occurred around 5:30 a.m. ET Friday. This is where the story gets strange. The driver was identified as 22-year-old Pedro Chavarin Jr. Chavarin told officers that he was alone in the vehicle and wasn't carrying any passengers. But hours after the crash, a woman walking around the area of the crash "spotted a hand and brush over a person down a gravel path." An investigation into the matter is underway. Leiato, 21, played in 38 games over the past three years for the Ducks. Leiato was a star of the spring game and was expected to compete for a starting OLB job prior to getting booted off the team in late May following his second arrest in four months. Charges from those arrests included theft, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and misdemeanor trespassing.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 12:54 PM

ESPN's Chris Low lists Oregon as the school that has the easiest non-conference schedule in 2018.

Let's just say that new Ducks coach Mario Cristobal is breaking in easy. Oregon opens with Bowling Green, and then faces Portland State and San Jose state to finish their non-conference schedule; all at home. "And among them, Bowling Green, San Jose State and Portland State won four games last season," writes Low. "So not exactly a murderers' row out of conference for Mario Cristobal in his first season as the Ducks' coach."
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 7:35 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James was clocked running 22 miles per hour during a game.

Brooks-James is considered the second-fastest player in college football and for good reason. His pace of 22 MPH would have been tied with Leonard Fournette for the fastest recorded speed as a ball-carrier in the NFL last season. Despite his insane speed, Brooks-James isn't utilized all too often and recorded only 86 carries for 485 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. With Royce Freeman out of the picture, Brooks-James has an opportunity to receive a significant uptick in touches this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 12:31 PM

Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert recorded the best passer rating in the PAC-12 on plays lasting 2.6 seconds or longer with 121.6.

Herbert blew his competition out of the water in this category as the next closest was Washington's Jake Browning with a 109.3 passer rating. Herbert is one of the top quarterback prospects eligible to declare for the 2019 draft and will have the opportunity to control his own destiny this season. Depending on his performance in 2018, he has the upside to be selected within the top 10 picks come next April.
Jun 14 - 2:39 PM


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