Five positions Oregon needs to upgrade in 2013

Boseko Lokombo will look to step into an even bigger role in 2013 for the Ducks.

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the positions the Ducks need to upgrade in 2013 for an even better season than their last. All of the players that needed to have big years had impressive statistics, and Oregon looks as though it is built to contend for a Pac-12 and National Title in the coming years. That does not mean, however, that there are not a few positions that the Ducks must improve…

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 Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Fiesta Bowl game balls & stats

Mariota is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback. (Photo: Oregon 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 Marcus Mariota, as well as defensive MVP Michael Clay. De’Anthony Thomas also earned special teams MVP.

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.

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.

Oregon Ducks Football: Top 5 plays from the 2011 Season

Chip Kelly

NWSB Writer and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox brings us his top 2011 Ducks moments in time and the best plays from last year. Number 1 you ask? The Rose Bowl fumble recovery vs. Wisconsin. The sheer outburst of emotion from Chip Kelly explains this play without any words necessary. Number 2. Same game. De’Anthony Thomas 91-yard run was totally electric.

Ducks Football: Reasons the D will propel team to success in 2012

Michael Clay

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox reports on the Ducks defense and what they bring to the 2012 Pac 12 football table. If 2012 is the year that the blur offense is contained, Oregon will have to rely on its defense to propel them to success. What do Michael Clay, Dion Jordan and John Boyett all have in common? Senior leadership in Eugene.

NCAA Projections: Five Oregon Ducks 2012 football stats predictions

Kenjon Barner, Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson predicts the statistics for the top Duck football performers in 2012. Though some schools have kicked off their fall camps, the Oregon Ducks will be kicking off camp on August 6th with big things planned for 2012. Ranked 5th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Ducks will be looking to compete for their fourth straight Pac-10/12 title. Stats for Kenjon Barner, Marcus Mariota, & De’Anthony Thomas.

Oregon Ducks on NCAA football preaseason award lists

Kenjon Barner

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox reports on the Ducks NCAA football preaseason award lists as released by various committee’s. Possible Heisman trophy candidates? Jackson Rice, Hroniss Grasu, Michael Clay, John Boyett, Dion Jordan, De’Anthony Thomas, and Kenjon Barner are the Ducks nominated in 2012. Here’s a breakdown of the players, and what their awards chances are.

Oregon coaches Chip Kelly and Scott Frost run with the bulls

Chip Kelly

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson brings you the news about Oregon coaches Chip Kelly and Scott Frost running with the bulls during their time in Spain. Taking time out of their busy schedules to enjoy life a little before football really kicks into gear, Kelly and Frost reportedly took a “short” 8 day trip to Europe. And what better way to relax than running with a set of 2,000 – 3,000 bulls charging at your heals?

Five defensive impact players for the Oregon Ducks in 2012

Boyett will be one of the best defensive backs in the nation. Photo credit: duckspride

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about his five defensive impact players on the Oregon Ducks. With a reloaded roster coupled with impressive young talent, the 2012 Oregon Ducks defensive unit will be looking to make their own imprint within the Oregon football history books. Included on this list are Kiko Alonso, John Boyett, Michael Clay, and Dion Jordan. Big plays are on the horizon.

Predicting the Oregon Ducks’ 2012 strengths & weaknesses

Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson details the strengths and weaknesses of what is to be the 2012 Oregon football program. As high as expectations are once again for the Oregon Ducks, this does not mean that they are not without fault. As mentioned earlier, although the Ducks do have talented depth at RB and QB, the departure of both LaMichael James and Darron Thomas are quite significant.