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Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 14-of-20 passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in Saturday's 62-13 romp over South Dakota.

Mariota added 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on six attempts (7.2 average). The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had a glorified bye week to kick off the season, but now the serious work begins: The Ducks host Michigan State and its vaunted defense this weekend. Along with Stanford and UCLA, it will be one of the three most important games of the season for Mariota's evaluation. Mariota is Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect, and went No. 1 in Dane Brugler's recent mock draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him No. 2, behind Jameis Winston.
Sep 1 - 7:25 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to return punts.

Ifo is listed as the top punt returner on the Ducks' two-deep, with redshirt senior receiver Keanon Lowe and redshirt freshman receiver Darren Carrington behind him. Many consider Ifo the top draft-eligible corner prospect in college football (don't sleep on Marcus Peters), so adding some return ability would not be the worst thing for his evaluation.
Source: Go Ducks
Aug 27 - 9:48 AM

NFL.com ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the second-best player in college football.

"Were it not for a knee injury, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota might have been toting around the Heisman Trophy heading into this season instead of Jameis Winston," the site noted. "A frequent comparison for him is Colin Kaepernick, but Mariota is a more polished passer than he's given credit for and has a strong enough arm to make all the throws." The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota was recently named Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect. "He's still very raw, but he's a playmaking machine. He is often the fastest player on the field," Daniel Jeremiah said. Added Charles Davis: "Has added weight, strength with no loss of his blazing 4.4 speed." Gil Brandt says Mariota has "all the tools," and Bucky Brooks says it's "hard to find a more impressive playmaker in the college game."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 7:57 PM

Former California sophomore linebacker Johnny Ragin has been granted immediately eligible by the NCAA to play for Oregon in 2014.

Ragin transferred north shortly after the 2013 season. Most thought he would have to sit out in the fall, but NCAA issued a reprieve. "We got a great piece of news yesterday, Johnny Ragin’s initial eligibility waivers was granted," head coach Mark Helfrich said. "He’s had a great camp." The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Ragin is a former three-star recruit.
Aug 24 - 10:27 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota checks in as Todd McShay's No.1 overall prospect.

"He is a dynamic athlete who puts stress on a defense with his mobility both as a runner and a thrower," McShay wrote. "He has above-average elusiveness and rare straight-line speed, reminding of Colin Kaepernick with his long stride. Mariota has a quick, compact, over-the-shoulder release with well-above-average arm strength, so he can make all the NFL throws." The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota was recently named Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect, and went No. 1 in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft. "While he needs to become more consistently accurate, he has made big improvements in that department since showing up on campus in Eugene," McShay wrote. "Continued progress with his footwork and balance will be important for scouts to see in 2014. And yes, Mariota benefits from the Ducks' up-tempo spread offense, which simplifies reads and creates bigger throwing windows, but he still rates very highly in terms of his decision-making."
Aug 23 - 11:09 PM

NFL.com ranks Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 8 player in college football.

"There aren't many corners in college who can create a Revis Island-like presence, but Ifo Ekpre-Olomu certainly does," the site noted. "He's fast enough to keep up with speedy wide receivers but his quickness and smarts are what make him an All-American. With quick hips and nice recovery speed, Ekpre-Olomu rarely gets caught out of position on double moves and can keep No. 1 receivers in check no matter how much they try to get away from him." IEO was listed on all seven panelists' top-20 player list. Nobody ranked him lower than No. 16 overall. "He's a little undersized but has excellent quickness and ball skills," said Daniel Jeremiah. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound prospect has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors. "The premier cover corner in college football displays a game that reminds some of Darrelle Revis," added Bucky Brooks.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 10:57 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that, like 2014 No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "is blessed with rare athletic tools for his position," and has named him his No.1 rated prospect.

The 6-foot-4, 219 pound Mariota "has a strong, accurate arm and staggering straight-line speed, and possesses "good awareness and instincts for the position," according to Rang. While Mariota is blessed with rare athleticism, his pocket patience and poise is one aspect to his game that is underappreciated. The Duck's dual-threat QB has the ability to win inside and outside of the pocket, which could help him on his journey to being selected as the No. 1 overall pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 11:20 AM

Oregon redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena and senior Jake Fisher are both taking LT snaps during preseason camp.

Projected starter Tyler Johnstone went down with a second major knee injury, and Yruretagoyena's name was one of the first to be mentioned as a replacement. We are fans of Fisher as a second day talent and would not mind seeing him get a chance on the left side. "The key there is if you lose someone who is your second tackle then you don't want to put in your tenth offensive lineman, you want to put in your sixth," head coach Mark Helfrich said.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 10:18 AM

Oregon freshman DL Henry Mondeaux earned praise from HC Mark Helfrich.

"He's done a great job," Helfrich said. "He's got really natural low leverage, low hip, powerful guy. He's flying around everywhere giving tremendous effort." We are big fans of junior defensive tackle Arik Armstead's upside, but the team could use some more edge pressure.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 10:02 AM

Oregon junior RB Bryan Marshall is being "overshadowed" by the younger ball carriers on the team.

Marshall is "adjusting to a bigger workload slowly," according to beat writer Andrew Greif. Apparently head coach Mark Helfrich has said Oregon wants to expand Marshall's blocking and receiving. Sophomore Thomas Tyner and freshman Royce Freeman have impressed during preseason work.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 20 - 9:53 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota went No. 1 to the Raiders in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft.

"Yes, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, but if Oakland is picking No. 1 overall in 2015, that probably means the Raiders will have a new general manager, head coach and braintrust in the front office, which puts Mariota in play," Brugler wrote. "The Oregon passer has all the tools, physically and mentally, that NFL teams are searching for at the position." Brugler slotted USC DL Leonard Williams to the Vikings at No. 2, followed, in order, by Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the Browns, Florida State QB Jameis Winston to the Texans, and Nebraska DE Randy Gregory to the Jags.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:56 PM

Oregon will pay for the injury insurance policies of QB Marcus Mariota, C Hroniss Grasu, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and DE Arik Armstead.

"The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year." CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported earlier this week that the Ducks would not be paying for the insurance policies, so this is a reverse in course. The Ducks said they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:38 AM

Starting Oregon redshirt junior LT Tyler Johnstone re-tore the ACL in his right knee and will miss the 2014 season, according to Brianna Amaranthus.

Johnstone added he will have surgery on Friday. The first injury occurred last December in the school's bowl game against Texas. Johnstone was planning to play in the season opener and had been eased back into practice. The left tackle heard popping in his knee during a non-contact drill. All indications point to redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena taking over as the starting left tackle, however we are big fans of senior right tackle Jake Fisher.
Aug 11 - 2:54 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will "eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center."

"He'll also eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center -- I don't think he'll get the opportunity to do that much during the season because Oregon's offensive system doesn't call for it," Davis wrote. 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
Aug 8 - 1:26 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said junior WR Bralon Addison has a goal of returning to the field against Michigan State on September 6.

Addison tore his ACL during a non-contact drill in April, so this might be a bit of a longshot. "Addison continues to rehab and recently started jogging, according to Mariota," Sports Illustrated writes. Addison is a legitimate NFL talent. Michigan State is Oregon's third game of the season.
Aug 5 - 11:10 AM


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