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Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen, who qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles, hasn't decided what his football future holds.

"Our plan right now is go win a gold medal. ... We're doing some team development things, some stuff with football, and he's there every single day," HC Mark Helfrich said. Allen won the 110-meter hurdle event at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 13.03 seconds.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 6:16 PM

At Pac-12 Media Days, Oregon HC Mark Helfrich would not name a starter between senior QB Dakota Prukop and redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen.

No surprise here. Prukop -- who transferred over from Montana State this winter -- was tested by Jonsen this spring and still has work remaining before he completely acclimates to the Ducks' system. Jonsen took a redshirt last season, but his familiarity with the program almost certainly helped him in March and April practices. "[With Prukop] [y]ou could see the wheels turning of, 'OK, we called that a red and we called that a white' or whatever it is. And those gears stuck a few times," Helfrich said. "Sometimes they're all trying to win the job with the next throw, and that's the worst kind of perspective to take into it."
Jul 16 - 8:22 PM

Last season, Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman was the only player in college football to record 100-plus yards from scrimmage in every game.

Freeman finished the season with simply dynamite numbers, rushing for 1,838 yards (6.5 YPC) and 17 touchdowns. This after rushing for 1,365 yards (5.4 YPC) and 18 scores as a freshman. The 6-foot, 229-pounder logged at least 100 yards rushing in each of Oregon's last nine contests. That he did this despite a sometimes tumultuous quarterbacking situation makes it all the more impressive. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 7 Heisman contender for 2016. While Freeman's talents are undeniable, Oregon -- picked by the Pac-12 media to finish third in the Pac-12 North this season -- will probably need to surprise record-wise if he is to receive legitimate award love.
Jul 16 - 5:19 PM

Oregon sophomore RB Tony Brooks-James runs a 6.79 second 60-meter dash.

On only 32 carries last year, Brooks-James ran for 288 and three scores, good for a 9.0 average. Brooks-James is in line for more carries this fall, and it's worth noting that Oregon did not bring in a running back in the last recruiting cycle. "Brooks-James will get a share of the carries after star Royce Freeman and will try to provide lightning speed off the bench," Cameron Rogers of 247Sports wrote.
Jul 11 - 7:42 PM

Oregon earned a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 TE Tre' McKitty.

ESPN's Craig Haubert wrote that McKitty "[d]isplays good hands with some ability to make first tackler miss as well as be able to break tackles" and believes that the 6-foot-4 240-pounder "has the tools to be strong contributor as run blocker." He checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 246. While Oregon has secured 10 commitments for the 2017 cycle, McKitty is just their third off of the ESPN 300 at this juncture.
Jul 11 - 2:48 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles.

Awesome. This isn't just a fringe qualification either -- Allen flat-out won the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 13.03 seconds. That is almost a full half-second faster than the 13.32-second mark he recorded in the event to win the NCAA championship last month. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has a ready-made puff piece for Bob Costas to sink his teeth into, too, as Allen tore his ACL in the 2015 Rose Bowl. The only real downside of his trip is that he won't be rejoining the Ducks until the Games conclude on August 21 (they start on August 5). Regardless, this is a grand opportunity for the speedster. Cue the majestic John Williams theme.
Jul 10 - 8:00 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo says Oregon junior T Tyrell Crosby is "one of the nation’s best run-blocking offensive tackles."

Crosby ranked No. 3 in the FBS with a +26.8 run blocking grade as a sophomore. "He still has some work to do in pass protection as he surrendered 19 pressures for a slightly-above average pass blocking grade, but his overall body of work was impressive for a true sophomore," Palazzolo wrote. Pro Football Focus ranks Crosby as the No. 77 player in college football.
Jul 9 - 11:06 AM

Four-star 2017 TE Tre' McKitty will announce his commitment at The Opening.

You can expect plenty of commitments to roll in this week as the nation's premier summer camp gets underway in Beaverton, Oregon, on Tuesday. McKitty's will be among that lot. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is considering Florida State, Oregon, Auburn and Florida as potential collegiate landing strips. His coach at IMG Academy (Florida), Kevin Wright, believes his skill-set would fit in snugly with Auburn. "When they have a guy like Tre’, they utilize that guy without changing personnel groups because they can use him as an H-back," Wright explained, "they can use him as an attached tight end or they can flex him out and use him as a wide receiver." He ranks as ESPN's No. 246 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He de-committed from Miami in December.
Source: oanow.com
Jul 4 - 2:42 PM

Three-star 2017 TE Moses Robinson-Carr committed to Oregon.

Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC were the other four schools who managed to crack Robinson-Carr's list of finalists. The 6-foot-5, 239-pounder "[c]an seem little like a 'bull in a china shop' at times and can work to be more sharp in his play and better maximize his ability," according to ESPN's scouting breakdown. They note that Robinson-Carr "flashes enough straight-line speed with size to slip downfield versus zone or exploit if LB's bite on play action." Given his lack of polish, a redshirt could be in play here.
Jul 3 - 1:57 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman No. 7 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

The 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns last year and ranked third in the FBS with 80 forced missed tackles. "Often overlooked in the running back conversation, Freeman brings a tough, downhill style to an Oregon offense that gets pigeonholed as a finesse system," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Oregon’s spread offense does a good job of creating space for running backs and Freeman took advantage to finish with the fourth-best rushing grade in the nation while averaging 3.8 yards after contact per rush to tie for 12th."
Jun 24 - 7:48 PM

Oregon senior QB Dakota Prukop is facing a daunting learning curve in acclimating to the Ducks' offense, per an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach.

"One year in the system is never as good as the third year in the system," he said. "Regardless of skill set, regardless of talent level, it's very difficult in a year's time to master an offense." To the coach's point, Vernon Adams didn't look like himself until around the mid-point last season. Prukop will fight with redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen for Adams' old job this summer.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 7:32 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach said Oregon junior WR/DB/KR Charles Nelson effects the game whenever he's on the field.

"What separates him from others is just his physical toughness," the coach said. "It's very rare for a receiver or DB, or whatever you call him, to go out and be their best tackler. He can be extremely physical, but then he's also very good with the ball in his hands." Nelson is also tremendously athletic, owning a sub-4.4 forty and a spot on the Ducks' track team. Last season, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound caught 17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on offense while logging 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. He also accumulated 876 yards and a touchdown on 33 kick returns.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:22 PM

When asked why Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman is so hard to stop, an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach responded, "How do you tackle him?"

Only 12 percent of Freeman's 283 runs last season were stuffed behind the line of scrimmage, the No. 1 rate among the FBS' top 10 runners. "How do you tackle him? I don't know," the coach said. "It's almost impossible to tackle that guy unless you gang-tackle him because he keeps his legs moving. For as big as he is [5-foot-11, 230 pounds], he's such a patient runner. He lets things develop. He's powerful, but he doesn't just say, 'Hey, I'll lower the boom.' He kind of feels his way in and out of traffic." The 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 8:05 PM

Four-star 2018 QB Colson Yankoff committed to Oregon.

Yankoff hails from the fertile football hotbed of Cour D'Alene, Idaho. After participating in an on-campus throwing session in Eugene on June 15, he locked in his commitment to Oregon on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has at least one notable fan -- 247Sports recruiting director Barton Simmons. He referred to Yankoff as having "a ton of arm talent." Noted Simmons, "He's been tucked away in Idaho. If he was from Houston or Miami or Los Angeles, he'd have as many offers as any quarterback in the 2018 class. I think this is a big pickup for Oregon because I think he'll emerge as a top quarterback in the 2018 class."
Source: 247Sports
Jun 19 - 1:05 PM

Oregon QB coach David Yost indicated that senior QB Dakota Prukop needs to continue to work on his signals and communication.

"Dakota needs to constantly go through signal practice because it has to become second nature. We have to speed up the process," Yost said. The QB coach sees communication as an area where redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen holds something of an advantage, just because he is already accustomed to Oregon's system, while Prukop is still learning after transferring over from Montana State. "[Prukop] did a good job in January when he got here to learn it so he was able to compete right away in spring ball," Yost explained, "but now he needs to take it even farther so that when we start two-a-days he’s at Travis’ level."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 6:38 PM


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