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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

Oregon sophomore DE Canton Kaumatule had a sack in the spring game.

That sack, along with Kaumatule's impressive work in practices, is the good news. The bad news is he struggled with more injuries during spring practices, just as he did last year. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound five-star prospect, battling redshirt sophomore Jalen Jelks for the starting spot vacated by DeForest Buckner, is excited about the defensive changes instituted by new DC Brady Hoke: "The 2-gapping from last year forced the d-lineman to be very technical in what they do, but with the 4-3 it allows us to be more natural and more fluid and just attack. ... I don't think the Ducks have run a defense like this, where they just send so many guys at once constantly throughout the game."
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 1:44 PM

A Power 5 coach who spoke with ESPN's Travis Haney expressed dismay when news broke that Oregon had earned a commitment from Montana State graduate QB Dakota Prukop.

"Are they just going to take one every year? What do they tell recruits?" the coach asked. Prokop's commitment, of course, comes on the heels of beautiful sparrow/quarterback Vernon Adams transferring over from Eastern Washington. Adams worked out well enough for them, but Haney writes that it actually might be best for the Ducks if redshirt freshman gunslinger Travis Jonsen won the job over Prukop in 2016 in order to provide a level of long-term stability. Jonsen played well in spring ball and HC Mark Helfrich has yet to name a starter for the coming season.
May 19 - 10:30 PM

Oregon junior CB Arrion Springs was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

A 12-game starter in 2015, Springs posted 53 tackles and finished as the team leader in passes broken up with 12. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was a top-50 recruit coming out of the prep ranks a few years ago.
May 19 - 6:11 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen finished third in the Pac-12 in the 100-meter dash (10.48 seconds).

Though he came up short in that event, Allen won both the 110-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. He was also on the Ducks' 4x100 relay team that finished third. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was limited in football last season due to injury. His return to health in 2016 will be a huge boon for the offense.
May 17 - 5:57 PM

Oregon sophomore DE Canton Kaumatule will compete with redshirt sophomore Jalen Jelks for the starting spot vacated by DeForest Buckner.

The 6-foot-7, 295-pound Kaumatule arrived in Eugene amid much fanfare. His size and five-star pedigree -- Kaumatule was ESPN 300's No. 15 overall recruit in the 2015 cycle -- brought premature comps to Duck stars Buckner and Arik Armstead. But Kaumatule wasn't able to crack into the lineup of a poor defense, registering just 64 snaps over eight games. Oregon needs him to take a big step forward this fall.
May 17 - 5:25 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted that the absences of several Oregon receivers in the spring game "opened up an opportunity for freshman receiver Dillon Mitchell to show off his abilities."

Mitchell caught touchdown passes of 31 and 32 yards from graduate QB Dakota Prukop. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound freshman finished the spring game with seven receptions for 104 yards. Afterward, Prukop said, "Not surprised at all by his performance today. If anything, I should have gotten the ball to him more." Mitchell's performance is made all the more impressive by the fact that he is a baby duckling at this point, having enrolled early after signing on as a four-star member of this most recent recruiting class.
May 17 - 3:28 PM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings noted that Oregon junior S Charles Nelson has "spent the spring focusing on offense for the Ducks, but the reality is that they could use him all over."

Nelson contributed to a legitimate degree on both offense and defense last season, catching 17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on the offensive side while logging 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions opposite. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound phenom also accumulated 876 yards and a touchdown on 33 kick returns. Predictably, Jennings named Nelson the most versatile Oregon player. She notes that he has focused on offense this spring, but August camp should help shine a light on just how HC Mark Helfrich plans on utilizing the dynamic athlete in the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 1:27 PM

Oregon redshirt Jalen Jelks will compete with sophomore DE Canton Kaumatule for the starting spot vacated by DeForest Buckner.

Jelks only received 80 pass-rushing snaps last year, but he converted them into five sacks, a quarterback hit and eight hurries. "He showed impressive length, pass rush repertoire, and relentlessness as a redshirt freshman and he has a chance to become one of the nation’s breakout stars," wrote Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus.
May 16 - 1:31 PM

Oregon graduate QB Dakota Prukop completed 20-of-29 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the Ducks' April spring game.

Prukop hooked up with freshman WR Dillon Mitchell on a 32-yard scoring pass near the end of the first half. He would find Mitchell again for a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. After the game, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Montana transfer said, "I'm feeling really comfortable, but there's definitely a lot of room for improvement on my part, because there's such amazing receivers here and I need to get them the ball and I can't have wasted opportunities of throwing a bad ball and taking away a touchdown from those guys." Prukop was widely expected to be named the starter for 2016, but that hasn't happened as of yet. Redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen has been pushing him hard in the spring. That he has a challenge on his hands should only help Prukop's developmental transition from the FCS to FBS.
May 14 - 7:54 PM

Oregon freshman WR Dillon Mitchell was "the star of the spring game," according to ESPN's Chantel Jennings.

Mitchell caught seven passes for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Duck spring game. A four-star member of this most recent recruiting class, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was one of Oregon's best gets back in February. He ranks as Rivals' No. 90 overall player for the cycle. Injuries to the receiving corps allowed Mitchell increased reps this spring and he looks like he is transitioning to collegiate competition smoothly enough in the early going.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 1:13 PM

Oregon QB Vernon Adams will participate in Redskins rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Adams declared himself the best quarterback in last month's draft but ultimately didn't get picked and remains on the street. He tried out for the Seahawks last week, but they didn't sign him, instead choosing TCU's Trevone Boykin.
May 13 - 4:26 PM

Oregon graduate QB Dakota Prukop failed to pull away from redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen this spring.

Back in January, ESPN ranked Prukop as the third-most important transfer player eligible for 2016. He is facing an unexpectedly tight quarterback battle with Jonsen, though, and the Ducks have yet to name their starter for the upcoming season. Said HC Mark Helfrich, "What we’ll do over this next phase, this next span is continue to push the envelope from a mental standpoint as much as they possibly can. And then in the fall, they’re going to be light years ahead of where they are next the first week of fall camp." Chantel Jennings of ESPN notes that from what she has heard within the program, Prukop would probably open at starter if the season began today.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 9:58 PM


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