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The Oregonian's Andrew Greif observed that during spring practice, Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman was putting in work out wide.

"Throughout practice 11-on-11 periods in spring, sure-handed backs Kani Benoit and Royce Freeman often were split wide behind a trips formation of receivers who turned into blockers upon a quick screen pass to the running back," Greif writes. Freeman has caught 65 passes during his Oregon career, including at least 20 in each of the last two seasons. He is looking to bounce back from a lost 2016 season in which he rushed for 945 yards in 11 games -- the first season in his career in which he failed to surpass 1,350 yards on the ground.
May 26 - 8:23 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore CB Malik Lovette transitioned to wide receiver this spring.

Lovette is not completely green to receiver, having entered the collegiate ranks at that position as a four-star recruit before the Ducks made his initial shift to corner. Back to wideout, now. Oregon HC Willie Taggart likes what he has seen from the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder in his new capacity, saying, "I’ve been very impressed with him, especially when he catches the ball and his burst after the catch. He’s been very impressive with the ball in his hands." Lovette caught one pass for 31 yards during the team's spring game.
May 26 - 7:36 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore LB Matt Mariota transitioned to tight end this spring.

Mariota is the younger brother of former Oregon star Marcus Mariota. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder took a redshirt in 2015 after walking on at Oregon and did not see the field during a game in 2016. Making the switch to tight end this offseason, he caught one pass for 11 yards during the Ducks' spring game. Oregon is out three tight ends in Pharaoh Brown, Evan Baylis and Johnny Mundt, which should afford Mariota opportunities in August camp as he tries to work his way into a backup role behind expected starter Jacob Breeland.
May 26 - 5:29 PM

ESPN hired former Oregon HC Chip Kelly to serve as a college football studio analyst.

"Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations," Kelly said in a statement. It will be interesting to see whether Kelly simply uses the 2017 season as a one-off for television before circling back around to coaching. We have seen Urban Meyer -- who worked at ESPN between his gigs at Florida and Ohio State -- and Rich Rodriguez -- who worked at CBS Sports Network between his jobs at Michigan and Arizona -- both use television as a sort of one-year buffer before jumping back into the fray.
May 26 - 5:14 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart said that freshman DL Jordon Scott is "going to be special."

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif passes along that Scott was one of the "breakout stars of spring football," adding that "those who know him best say his success has less [to do with] his raw power than how he combines it with other gifts." The 6-foot-1, 335-pounder ranked as Scout.com's No. 44 defensive tackle prospect for the 2017 cycle.
May 26 - 5:00 PM

Oregon redshirt senior CB Tyree Robinson said that freshman CB Thomas Graham "just set himself apart from everyone else" during spring practice.

"He’s just a competitor from day one. He hasn’t backed down from nobody. We just love that toughness," Robinson said. "That brings something different from our defense that we haven’t had in a long time; just coming with that swag." Over at FanRag Sports, Kyle Kensing believes that we should "[l]ook for the [Graham] to bookend veteran Arrion Springs in the Duck secondary." The 5-foot-10, 173-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, ranking as Rivals' No. 127 overall prospect. ESPN's Billy Tucker has compared Graham to former Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller due to their similar abilities to close out on wideouts, as well as their general intangibles in reading the field.
May 25 - 4:14 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called Oregon four-star 2018 verbal LB commit Adrian Jackson the "biggest surprise" in Pac-12 recruiting this cycle.

Jackson pulled something of a rope-a-dope on the general consensus when he pledged his services to Oregon two weekends ago. Farrell notes that USC and Ohio State were looking like strong favorites for the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder prior to his jump to the Ducks. Rivals ranks him as the No. 151 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 11 - 9:26 PM

Raiders signed Oregon TE Pharaoh Brown.

Brown (6’5/246) suffered a traumatic knee injury in 2014 that nearly resulted in the amputation of his right leg. After undergoing three surgeries and missing all of 2015, Brown returned to post a 33-426-5 (12.9 YPR) receiving line as a fifth-year senior, appearing in nine games. Brown was accused of multiple acts of violence at Oregon, two against teammates and one against a woman involving alleged strangulation. On the field, Brown was plagued by drops and lost athleticism after the leg injury. He ran 4.83 at Oregon’s Pro Day. Brown is a long shot to become a meaningful NFL contributor.
May 8 - 12:43 PM

Oregon redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington caught four passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Count HC Willie Taggart as a huge fan of Carrington. Said Taggart following the spring game, "If we can have a team full of Darren Carringtons who compete and love the game, we'll have a hell of a football team." This past season, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound wideout notched a 43-606-5 receiving line. Despite his tantalizing speed and upside, Carrington has yet to record more than 705 receiving yards in a campaign. While Oregon imploded to the tune of a 4-8 record last season, we are intrigued by the possibilities that Taggart might be able to coax out of the offense -- all three of Carrington, QB Justin Herbert and RB Royce Freeman have the potential to turn in some of the better work in the conference during the coming season. Reasonably, less should be expected from a defense which ranked as one of the worst in the country in 2016.
Source: NCAA.com
May 6 - 3:58 PM

Oregon sophomore QB Justin Herbert completed 16-of-26 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Splendid spring work from Herbert, who hooked up with WR Darren Carrington on all three touchdown tosses. While the competition is still ostensibly open at quarterback, with Herbert jostling with Travis Jonson and Braxton Burmeister to retain his starting gig, all signs point toward him as the likely starter when all is said and done in August camp. Carrington said as much after the game, noting that, "Our chemistry has definitely improved this spring, and it'll improve more by the time fall comes, but Herbert, I mean, that's the guy right now to beat." The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder threw for 1,936 yards and a 19/4 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman in 2016 after taking over for ineffective graduate transfer Dakota Prukop.
Source: NCAA.com
May 6 - 3:33 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Oregon TE Pharaoh Brown to Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook.

"Cook has never been the primary receiving option for an offense but he’s been a reliable one with the ability to stretch the middle of the field;" writes the outlet. "Brown was capable of stretching the middle of the field prior to suffering his injury, if he’s able to get back toward that form he should be able to fulfill a similar role." In reference to Brown's injury history, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder missed the entirety of the 2015 season after suffering a severe leg injury in November of 2014, one which required three surgeries and almost led to an amputation. Brown returned after a lengthy rehab to record a 33-426-5 receiving line for the past season. PFF believes that he "makes for an intriguing late-round or undrafted option for a team willing to show him some patience."
Apr 20 - 8:11 PM

Clemson redshirt senior DT Scott Pagano transferred to Oregon as a graduate.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle picked the Ducks over a host of potential suitors that included Notre Dame, Arkansas, Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. A former four-star who went on to be a valuable rotational piece for Clemson, Pagano figures to start immediately for an Oregon defense that desperately needed him.
Apr 14 - 12:49 PM

Oregon TE Johnny Mundt met with the 49ers and Rams.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder posted a 4.74s 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump at his pro day workout. He's coming off a career-high receiving line of 23-334-4. Odds are that he'll go undrafted.
Apr 13 - 1:39 PM

The Seattle Seahawks will put Oregon TE Johnny Mundt through a private workout.

Mundt measured into pro day festivities at 6-foot-4, 243 pounds. He went on to record athletic testing marks which included a 4.74s 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. His final season at Oregon proved to be his most productive, as he logged 23 catches for 334 yards and four touchdowns during the 2016 campaign. He will likely have to try for an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent.
Apr 11 - 8:20 PM

Oregon junior RB Taj Griffin (knee) has been limited in the early going of spring practice.

Griffin suffered a knee injury late in the 2016 campaign and is still working his way back from that injury concern. Count this as a temporary depth blow for the Ducks. Royce Freeman and Tony Brooks-James are going to be RB1 and RB2, respectively, in what should be one of the best rushing attacks in the Pac-12 during the coming season.
Apr 6 - 7:52 PM


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