Mark Helfrich ends spring with tools to succeed, high expectations

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previous the upcoming Oregon Ducks season for new head coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich enters the season with a talented roster, including Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas, on his side. He also has a favorable schedule and a top-5 standing to start the year. The problem is that success has been redefined at Oregon, meaning anything less than a championship will be a disappointment.

Oregon’s underrated players heading into 2013

Look for Johnstone to emerge in 2013. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about 5 underrated players on the Oregon Ducks’ football team heading into 2013. Now an annual college football powerhouse, the Ducks are once again loaded and primed for a run at the Pac-12 and BCS National Championship. Star players such as Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu give Oregon quite the potency on both offense and defense. Yet it is not just their efforts that will bring them to glory.

2013 Heisman odds: Ducks Thomas & Mariota among favorites

De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are Heisman hopefuls entering the 2013 season. (Photo/Don Ryan/AP)

NWSB Editor breaks down why the Oregon Ducks’ De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are Heisman Trophy hopefuls entering the 2013 college football season. According to Cappers Picks, Thomas is a 14/1 odds favorite while Mariota is 16/1. Both players are among the top 11 Heisman favorites, and the only other Pac-12 player to make the list is Marquis Lee out of USC.

Northwest stars primed to have massive seasons in 2013

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2013 college football season with five NW players who are primed to have massive years. Making the cut is Keith Price of the Washington Huskies, Scott Crichton of the Oregon State Beavers, Brett Bartolone of the Washington State Cougars, Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks and De’Anthony Thomas, also from UO.

Projecting Oregon’s 2013 offensive starters

Colt Lyerla is a beast. Photo: GoDucks.com

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his prediction of Oregon’s offensive starters in 2013. Though the Oregon Ducks’ 2013 college football campaign is still just about four months away, it’s time to start breaking down a team that could very well see themselves in the final BCS National Championship Game (thank the college football gods). Returning stars such as Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas obviously make it into the starting rotation but there are a few players who may be new to you.

What to watch for at Oregon’s 2013 spring game

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you three things to watch for at this year’s Oregon spring football game. Though we aren’t anticipating him to put everything out on the table in terms of scheme and design, watching the way Helfrich works with his players and coaches will be one of the main things to watch next Saturday. But that isn’t the only thing to pay attention to.

My five best Oregon Ducks’ De’Anthony Thomas memories

De'Anthony Thomas crosses the finish line on the opening kickoff of the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

NWSB Insider Bryant Knoxs shares his five best memories of his favorite Northwest athlete, De’Anthony Thomas. The Black Mamba may be more of a sixth man in Oregon’s offense than a consistent starter, but that hasn’t stopped him from making highlight-worthy plays week after week. He’s become one of the fastest, most exciting players in the country, and that was evident in showings such as the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, the 2012 Rose Bowl and his 2011 showing against the USC Trojans.

Pac 12 Northwest teams’ 2014 BCS gambling odds

Mariota is ready to claim what no other Oregon player has. (Photo: Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

NWSB Insider Brant Knox breaks down the odds for NW Pac-12 team to make a run at a BCS National Championship. Bovada.lv has given the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers and Washington Huskies odds to win. The Washington State Cougars were left off the list, which isn’t too surprising if you watched them play in 2012—sorry Cougs fans.

PAC 12 Northwest teams’ players with early 2014 Heisman odds

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NWSB Insider Brant Knox breaks down which NW Pac-12 players will enter the 2013 college football season with a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. Keith Price of the Washington Huskies and Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas of the Oregon Ducks are the pre-season favorites out of the Northwest. Thomas Tyner of the Ducks is an honorable mention, as the Heisman Pundit has listed him as a future candidate from the 2013 recruiting class.

What to expect from new head coach Mark Helfrich

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about what fans can expect to see from Mark Helfrich in 2013. While most of the elements of Oregon’s football team will remain the same, there are two key things that will likely change: how open practices are and how much Oregon throws the ball.

Oregon Ducks’ top 5 commitments on 2013 National Signing Day

Tyree and Tyrell Robinson. Twinsies! (Photo Courtesy of fishduck.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the top-5 players that comprised Oregon’s 2013 recruiting class. While the Ducks could have seen a fallout in recruiting due to Chip Kelly’s departure, Oregon put together a very impressive class that was highlighted by Thomas Tyner and Torrodney Prevot, both who make this list.

Best and worst games on Oregon’s 2013 college football schedule

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the best and worst games on Oregon’s 2013 college football schedule. Already looking ahead to what could be one of the most anticipated seasons in Ducks football history, let’s take a gander at the best and worst games that the schedule has to offer while filling our void of Oregon football news.

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