Oregon 66-3 over Nicholls State: Week one game balls

Mariota was once again dominant. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson dishes out his game balls from Oregon’s triumphant and blowout victory over the Nicholls State Colonels. A route everybody expected to occur, the Ducks soared over the Colonels and dominated all facets of the game. Marcus Mariota led the way on offense while Tony Washington played big on defense and Keanon Lowe looked impressive on special teams.

Oregon Ducks Playmakers to watch this season

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks Blogger previews the upcoming college football season by giving us five playmakers to watch for in 2013. De’Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner will star in the backfield, although Byron Marshall could become the team’s every-down back. Marcus Mariota is another obvious choice. On defense, keep an eye on Arik Armstead and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

The Oregon Ducks 2013 NFL draft recap + UDFA’s

Jordan's huge hit on Prince in 2011. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps where the Oregon Ducks went in the NFL Draft this year. Five players were drafted from the University of Oregon in 2013, marking the most players in four years that were previously Ducks. Headlining the crew of drafted players was Dion Jordan, who was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. Kyle Long also went in the first round, being the 20th pick overall and going to the Chicago Bears.

What could Oregon’s weaknesses be in 2013?

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the weaknesses on Oregon’s 2013 college football roster that could see them fall from the ranks of the college football elite. While the talent is already on the team and there is quite a lot of potential surrounding the Duck athletes, Oregon is lacking proven players on the defensive line and at linebacker.

Five NFL combine prospects the Seahawks could use in 2013

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

NWSB insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brandon Choate brings us his version of armchair GM. The 2013 NFL Combine took place over the weekend and Brandon got to play John Schneider. After scouting the prospects over the 4 day event, he things Tavon Austin, Vance McDonald, Dion Jordan, DeVonte Holloman and Jonathan Cooper could help the Seahawks in a big way.

Five fearless Seahawks 2013 draft predictions

Pete Carroll, John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brandon Choate brings us his 5 fearless 2013 Seattle Seahawks draft predicitions. The Seahawks will be drafting another quarterback according to Brandon. They will also trade down with their first pick and won’t reach for anybody, either. Desmond Trufant, Marquess Wilson, Kenjon Barner? Who will it be drafted to the Northwest’s Seahawks.

Oregon Ducks finish No. 2 in AP & Coaches Poll

The Ducks were the only one's celebrating after the game on Saturday (photo Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s final ranking in both the AP and Coaches Poll. After the embarrassment was over and the dust had settled (which mainly came from Notre Dame fans sprinting out of the stadium in the third quarter), Alabama stood in the No. 1 position for the second straight year while the Oregon Ducks, who took care of the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2013 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl, finished the year at No. 2.

Oregon beats Kansas State, wins second straight BCS game

Kelly recently led the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl win. (Photo: Oregonlive.com/Thomas Boyd

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s big victory in the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats. While there were more than enough things that could have distracted the Ducks against Kansas State, they burst out to a quick lead and never looked back as they defeated the Wildcats by a score of 35-17 to win their second straight BCS bowl game.

Week 8 proves Oregon Ducks are most exciting team in college football

Chip Kelly Head Coach Ducks

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox breaks down why week 8 proved that the Oregon Ducks are the most exciting team in college football. UO fell one spot in the BCS following their 43-21 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils, but with a 7-0 record, they’re still the No. 4 team at this point in the year. However, the BCS doesn’t account for an 86-yard run by Marcus Mariota, a 71-yard run by Kenjon Barner and the flare that a Chip Kelly team brings in each week.

Ducks vs. Arizona St. Sun Devils week 8 game balls & stats

Kenjon Barner Week 8

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox after each week of the regular season, and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Ducks be so lucky, will stop by and bring you his UO game balls. Balls are awarded to the Ducks offensive MVP Kenjon Barner, and on defense this week Boseko Lokombo. On Special Teams Jackson Rice and Rob Beard converted a two-point conversion.

Players to watch for the Ducks against WSU Saturday

Kenjon Barner will be anchoring an Oregon offense that looks to continue its dominance of opposing defenses. Photo: Register Guard

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about five players to watch for the Oregon Ducks when they take on the Washington State Cougars on Saturday night in Seattle, Washington. Not only are the Ducks ranked number two in the nation, the Cougars are coming off a demoralizing loss to a Colorado Buffaloes. Watch for Kenjon Barner, Dion Jordan, Marquess Wilson, and De’Anthony Thomas to have big nights.

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Ducks Week 2 game balls & stats

Oregon

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox after each week of the regular season and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Ducks be so lucky will stop by and bring you his UO game balls. Balls are awarded to the Ducks offensive MVP Kenjon Barner, and on defense this week Dion Jordan. On the Teams punter Jackson Rice doesn’t typically receive the credit he deserves.

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