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.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down what some of the most impressive features are inside the Oregon Ducks’ new football facility. Head coach Mark Helfrich has a room that can turn his glass walls dark with a button. Players such as Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas now have two more practice fields, as well as two theatres to watch film. The locker room also looks like something straight out of Star Wars.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Northwest athlete Luke Ridnour. After a successful high school career in Washington, the point guard became a star with the Oregon Ducks. He went to the Elite 8, won Pac-10 Player of the Year and eventually returned to Washington when drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Ridnour has spent time in the NBA with the MInnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, but he will always be a product of the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about who has the upper-hand in the Heisman race: De’Anthony Thomas or Marcus Mariota. Though Thomas still looked to be a proven commodity at skill positions all along the offense, many wondered if the change in quarterback would be the downfall of the 2012 Ducks. Almost a year after people began to speculate about that team, we know that Super Mariota played one of the best seasons at the QB position in Oregon football history and looks poised to be even better in 2013.
NWSB Editor and Insider talks about the success Dana Altman has had in putting together great recruiting classes in his short time in Eugene. Taking the Ducks to the NIT in his second year, Altman and his group of top recruits found themselves near the top of the Pac-12 throughout the year and were even ranked as high as 10th in the nation. Chris says watch out for Mike Moser this year as well as possibly Joseph Young in 2013-14.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down what the Oregon Ducks’ options are at quarterback behind Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, the Ducks won’t need to use their other options. However, having Jake Rodrigues, Jeff Lockie, Damion Hobbs and Dustin Haines on the bench should make Mark Helfrich feel good entering the college football season.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the penalties levied against the Oregon Ducks football program this morning. While there are other penalties such as public reprimand and censure and other minor sanctions that have more to do with using the same recruiting services, the big news on Wednesday morning was that the Ducks will still be bowl eligible. That’s right, Oregon fans, you can take a nice deep breath, exhale, and realize that your team is destined for greatness.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson ranks the past five teams for the Oregon Ducks football program. Hiring a once unheralded offensive coordinator named Chip Kelly in 2007, Oregon burst onto scene with a spread offense that immediately became one of the most potent attacks in the nation. Continuing their path towards success in 2008, the Ducks began their streak of BCS Bowls in 2009 and have not looked back since. Clearly the last five years in Oregon football history have been some of its greatest.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his 5 can’t miss Pac-12 contests of the 2013 college football season. Here in Pac-12 land we are blessed to be able to witness some of the best teams go toe-to-toe year-in and year-out. Featuring some of the more storied programs in college football (USC, UCLA, and UW immediately come to mind), fans of the Conference of Champions really are given quite a treat every fall. Here are the five games you shouldn’t miss.
NWSB insider and OSU blogger Jon Irwin brings us his rundown of the Oregon State Beaver’s five biggest games in the upcoming 2013 college football season. Some of the games making the cut include Washington and Stanford, two revenge opportunities for the Beavers after 2012 upsets. And don’t forget the Civil War at the end of the year!