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.

What to expect when the Ducks face Nicholls State

Rodrigues should earn the backup spot to Mariota (Scott Olmos/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his 5 expectations for Oregon’s first college football game of the season against Nicholls State. Ideally, the NCAA will do something in the future to prevent this from happening. However, as it stands right now, these small programs seem more than willing to take a pounding from some of the best teams in the nation for some extra cash to improve their facilities and exposure. Here’s what Chris sees happening

Under-the-radar Oregon Ducks entering 2013

Terrance Mitchell is flying under Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's radar.

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us Oregon Ducks who are flying under the radar entering fall camp and the 2013 college football season. Although not traditional under-the-radar candidates, Byron Marshall and Terrance Mitchell have yet to garner the kind of hype Thomas Tyner, De’Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have. Josh Huff is also under the radar, along with Tony Washington and Hroniss Grasu.

Pac-12 Media Day: Oregon Ducks football

Oregon Ducks, Mark Helfrich

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s time on the podium at the 2013 Pac-12 Media Day. Picked to win the conference yet again, many see Oregon as national title contenders as well despite Helfrich coming in as the new head coach. Now that the allegations surrounding Oregon have been resolved and the skies are once again clear in Eugene, the Ducks are gearing up for another great season while cementing themselves as a national powerhouse.

Oregon football is just getting started

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

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about greatness in relation to the University of Oregon’s football program. While many believe the Ducks are peaking right now, Chris argues that the best years in Eugene are yet to come. Analyzing the success of the football program with its foundations laid by Mike Bellotti, Chris takes you down memory lane and makes you realize just how strong the Oregon football foundation is. Strap in, Oregon fans, you’re in for one heck of a ride.

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.

Projecting Oregon’s 2013 defensive starters

Oregon's defensive backfield is ready to rock (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson details who he thinks will be the 2013 defensive starters for the Oregon Ducks football team. Losing seniors is tough, but when some of the top talent on your team, it gets even tougher. The absences of Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso, Dion Jordan, and Isaac Remington will surely be felt next year, especially with the four of them taking two valuable players from the defensive line and linebacking corps.

Important notes heading into Oregon spring camp

Oregon's uniforms might be a bit out there, but if you're a fan, you love them all.

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the upcoming Oregon football spring camp that will begin on April 2. Coming off a year that saw them narrowly miss an opportunity to appear in the BCS National Championship game for the second time in three years–after suffering a loss to Stanford in overtime after the Cardinal tied it up on a controversial touchdown–and their second-straight BCS Bowl win, many may believe that the Oregon football program would be in a state of flux without Kelly.

Oregon Ducks 2012 football season rewind

Kenjon Barner Heisman

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps what was Oregon’s 2012 college football regular season. The Ducks made their way to an 11-1 record fairly easily. They vanquished most of their opponents by the third quarter and only had close contests against USC and Stanford, one of which they lost. Their offense did not skip a beat with Marcus Mariota at the helm and De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner in the backfield.

Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers Week 13 game balls & stats

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

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 De’Anthony Thomas, on defense this week Brian Jackson earns recognition and in the special teams it’s Keanon Lowe.

Ducks vs. USC Trojans Week 10 game balls & stats

Kenjon Barner Heisman

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 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Barner set a school record with 321 yards rushing and Ekpre-Olomu intercepted Matt Barkley in the end zone in the first quarter.

Getting it done? Oregon Ducks football overachievers & underachievers

Ifo Addison

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the overachievers and underachievers (as of this point in the season) on the Oregon Ducks football team. Coming off of their first Rose Bowl victory since 1917, many expected the Ducks to be one of the best teams in college football as they returned a slough of players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Some guys mentioned include Ricky Heimuli, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and Bralon Addison.

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