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Like I said to Kmax, I better see you make use of all those alternate unis this year! Lol.
Oh don't worry-the chrome helmets will be out and about early and often!
2012 Season PreviewOffense:
QB: What started to look like a QB competition in the spring, has now settled down and Coach Jeremy Cap has decided to go with the more experienced (but barely) Bryan Bennett. Bennett brings a little more speed along with being more accurate than Marcus Mariota. That's not to say that Mariota is a slouch by no means. The 3-star recruit from last year looks to be a gem of Chip Kelly's last class. If Bennett goes down the Ducks will be fine with Mariota at the helm as well. Junior Dustin Haines provides a stopgap at 3rd string if the other two QBs go down while Freshman Jake Rodrigues will redshirt.
RB: Definately one of Oregon's best positions if not the best. 2nd team All-American HB Kenjon Barner will start in the backfield, and will look to carry the load for the season. True-Sophomore DeAnthony Thomas will get some carries as well and be moving around in the offense to get him involved. Thomas will be the big playmaker and could decide the outcome of some games with his speed. Sophomore Ayele Ford will only see action if Barner or Thomas get hurt and Freshman Byron Marshall will redshirt.
FB: Junior Brian Teague is a top-10 fullback in the country and will provide a power element in the backfield, but will rarely be called upon and will be mostly used to open up holes for the studs lineing up behind him.
WR: Junior Josh Huff will usually line up at split end and sometimes move into the slot. Senior Rahsaan Vaughn provides enough height at the flanker spot and fellow Senior Justin Hoffman will be the main slot guy. Junior Daryle Hawkins provides depth behind them. Following him is a 3-way Fresman race between Devon Blackmon, Tacoi Sumler, and BJ Kelly. Blackmon is the favorite to win the spot. Freshman Bralon Addison will redshirt and Freshman Dwayne Stanford may find the field in jumpball situations.
TE: TE/LB hybrid Colt Lyerla will step into a starting role in his second season and be a threat down the middle of the field. Sophomore Christian French will play in two TE sets. The two Freshmen Pharaoh Brown and Evan Bayliss will redshirt.
OL: The starters will be JR Everett Benyard, SR 1st team All-American Carson York, SO Hroniss Grasu, SR Ryan Clanton, and SR 2nd team All-American Nick Cody. This line averages 6'5" 302 lbs and will be looking to open up holes for the stars in the backfield.
DL: The other side of the trenches will look like SO Tony Washington, JR Wade Keliikipi, and JR Taylor Hart. SR Dion Jordan will also rotate in depending on if he has his hand on the ground or not.
LB: The LOLB position will be split by hybrid Dion Jordan and more of a true linebacker in JR Boseko Lokombo. Anchoring the middle will be SR Kiko Alonzo. The ROLB will be SR 1st team All-American Michael Clay who excells in coverage and rushing the passer.
CB: The corners are locked down by Sophomores Terrance Mitchell and Troy Hill. Two other Sophomores Ifo Ekpre Olomu and Dior Mathis will sub in for Nickel and Dime packages respectively. Junior Avery Patterson may factor into a "Big Nickel" package having had previous experience at safety.
FS: The secondary is anchored by Senior team captain John Boyett who will be patrolling the middle of the field looking to snatch up any floating ducks that come his way.
SS: This will be a competition between JRs Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson, with Jackson being the favorite at the time.
Special Teams: [COLOR=#ffffff]Junior Alejandro Maldonado will be handling the placekicking duties while Senior Jackson Rice does the punting. DeAnthony Thomas will look to be the X-factor by returning big kicks.[/COLOR]
Key Games:Week 6 vs Washington: Keith Price and co. come to Autzen looking to show the Pac-12 that they are back in contention with new coach Tyler Rogoff.Week 10 @ #2 USC: Matt Barkley and Robert Woods look to get their new coach Rob Roberson a signiture win in a matchup that will be sure to garner a large amount of national attention.Week 12 vs #20 Stanford: The Cardinal will be looking to avenge last season's 23 point loss, which new coach Marc Boda has sworn will not happen again. Projected Conference Finish:2nd in the Pac-12(first in the North Divison) with a 10-2 record.
Week 1 2012
The Oregon Ducks wanted to get Bryan Bennett's feet wet. That's the reason Oregon scheduled Arkansas State. Bennett got his first W 41-7 as Oregon's main guy, and got his feet wet, he did. His arm...well not so much. He only passed for 22 yards, completing 2 of his 4 attempts.
The Ducks imposed their will in the trenches. The offense opened up holes for Barner who went for 195 yards and 3 TDs on 21 carries. The big boys also allowed Bennett to go for 70 yards and a TD on 11 carries.
Oregon had it in for Arkansas State's QB all day. Dion Jordan had 3 sacks and Taylor Hart added 3 of his own.
The Ducks had a couple scares in the game. Bennett had to leave after a hard hit, but returned a few plays later. Another star, DeAnthony Thomas went down a couple plays after returning a punt for a TD, and was out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
Duck offense stat of the day: Bennett had more rushing yards(70) than Arkansas State's QB had passing(66).
Duck defense stat of the day: The Ducks held the Red Wolves to 24 yards on 29 carries-an average of 0.8 ypc.
Week 2 2012
Uniform-Chrome dome with Fighting Ducks jersey.
Oregon came out dominating right from the start...on defense anyway. Fresno State never got inside the Duck's 30 yard line as the front 7 had an impressive day. With so much attention going to Dion Jordan, DE Taylor Hart continues to shine. He forced the QB into throwing a lame duck right to MLB Kiko Alonzo. The Ducks held the Bulldogs to 3 yards on 21 carries which would have been negative had it not been for a 34 yard run in garbage time.
Barner was his usual workhorse self-getting his carries plus some of DeAnthony Thomas' as Thomas sat out for a quarter with a broken toe. Thomas did return in the 4th to go for a 68 yard scamper on an option play in which he somehow dodged 3 defenders and was off to the races. Bennett didn't have the greatest game on the ground, but did get in for a TD. What he didn't do on the ground, he made up for in the air going for 206 yards.
Duck offense stat of the day: DeAnthony Thomas had more yards on one carry than the Bulldog's HB did all game.
Duck defense stat of the day: The Ducks recorded their first safety of the year when Taylor Hart recorded 1 of his 3 sacks.
Week 3, 2012
Uniform- Carbon 1 Helmet with Yellow Jersey and white pants. Oregon was spectacular. They had their highest scoring total since last season's dubbing of Nevada 69-20. The crazy thing is it could have been worse. The Duck's defense dropped many potential picks and had Chip Kelly still have been coaching, the offense would have continued to score. North Texas looked like they were going to score on the opening drive, but were held to a FG attempt, which came up short and DAT returned 104 yards for a TD. Barner then added a couple TDs on the ground to end the 1st quarter. He then started the 2nd quarter off by scoring off of a pass from Bryan Bennett. Bennett continued his dominance in the 2nd quarter by running for a 65 yard score and tossing a 7 yard TD to DAT. 8 seconds later Terrance Mitchell picked off Derek Thompson and returned it for a TD to end the half. The second string came in, and DAT carried them with a TD run and a 78 yard punt return for a TD. Coach Jeremy Cap pulled some of the second string stars to prevent injury and told the third string to run out the clock, and not to score anymore. The offense obeyed the command, but North Texas gave them a safety when Thompson pitched to Byrd on an option play out of the endzone. It reminded Oregon fans of Dan Orlovsky's bone-headed play.
The Ducks went on to win 65-3 and look to face off against Arizona in their first Pac-12 game of the season next week. Duck offense stat of the day: DeAnthony Thomas had more all-purpose yards (238) than North Texas did as a team (147). Duck defense stat of the day: The defense had their first pick 6 when Terrance Mitchell took his INT back right before the 1st half ended.
Week 4, 2012
Uniform-All white with steel pants. In their first Pac-12 game Oregon was not as sharp as they would have liked. The 52-23 score certainly tells a different story than how the game really played out. On the opening drive Troy Mitchell returned a INT for a TD, but QB Matt Scott bounced back and led his team back down the field to tie it up. Arizona tried to take the lead but DAT returned their FG attempt for a 106 yard TD. Bryan Bennett then added 1 TD on the ground and 1 in the air before the half. Arizona's defense was agressive and shut down Kenjon Barner all day. When just trying to run out the clock, Bryan Bennett got lucky as the UA defense still had everyone focused on Barner and got in for two easy TD runs. Bennett didn't have the greatest game through the air-throwing 3 picks, but he was pressured all day-sakced 4 times. Had Arizona been able to capitalize on the countless times they made it into Duck territory the scoreboard might have told a different story. The Ducks will have to shore up their pass defense as they take on Mike Leach's offense when they travel to Washington State next week. Duck offense stat of the day: Kenjon Barner was held under 100 yards for the first time this season. Duck defense stat of the day: 2nd straight game the Duck's defense has had a pick 6.
Week 5, 2012
It looked like it was going to be a long game for the Duck defense as on the first play of the game they gave up a 46 yard pass to put WSU in the redzone. They went on to hold the Cougars to 3 and were stout for the rest of the game. They gave up a total of 6 points and had 5 sacks. The only complaint the fans have with the defense is that they can't catch the ball to save their life. The team dropped over 10 passes that fell right into their hands, and they will need to start catching them in order to beat an elite team. Kenjon Barner got back on track going for 200 yards and 3 TDs. Bennett started very slowly throwing picks on the first two offensive drives and then fumbling on the next. He bounced back with 2 TDs through the air. The offense will need to get off to better starts in order to compete with top competiton. Oregon ended up winning 43-6 and next week host QB Keith Price and the Washington Huskies. Duck offense stat of the day: Barner went for more yards on the ground than the entire WSU team. Duck defense stat of the day: John Boyett scored 1/3 of what WSU did when he smashed HB Ricky Galvin in the endzone for a safety.
Week 6, 2012
Uniforms- Chrome helmet, with Nike Pro Combats.
As good of a game it was, gameday should have been there, however in hindsight it is good they didn't. The 17-10 win in OT for Oregon was the lowest rated college football game on TV in history. Most fans turned the game off after Washington took up a majority of the first quarter and then the one's that hadn't yet, changed the channel when Oregon did the same with the second quarter. Stats were few and far between in this one, but Barner got his yards and had the go-ahead TD in OT. Quote from coach Roggie "It was one of the most fun games, yet boring." Duck offense stat of the day: The Ducks scored on their first offensive OT drive of the season. Duck defense stat of the day: The Ducks didn't allow a score on their first defensive OT drive of the season.
Don't forget Barner almost being beheaded by Sean Parker.
Week 8, 2012
Uniforms- Carbon Helmet, Black Jersey, Steel Pants
Coming into the game many wondered if Oregon could keep up with ASU's Air Raid attack. They answered that with a resounding yes. It was Oregon who looked more like the air raid team today as Oregon was outrushed for the first time this season. Bryan Bennett came alive going 15/20 for 385 yards and 4 TDs. The Ducks tried to get something going on the ground but constantly faced 8 if not 9 man fronts, which made them have to switch up their offense. Bennett proved teams can't just defend the run and will slice the defense with his arm as well. Oregon's defense also looked fantastic this week with 7 sacks, but most came on screens with a few mixed in because of great coverage, which caused 3 picks. Coach chopper said this is the best game the entire team has put together so far and they are really coming into their own. Just to think all of this was done without Oregon's most dynamic player DeAnthony Thomas, who is scheduled to return for the game against USC. With the complete effort by the entire team Oregon defeated Arizona State 58-14. Next week they face off against the Colorado Buffs in Eugene. Duck Offense Stat of the Day: This was the first game the passing game had over 300 yards. Duck Defense Stat of the Day: First time the defense had multiple forced fumbles and interceptions in a game.
Week 9, 2012
Uniforms- Chrome helmet, Yellow jersey, steel pants
Oregon has shown that it can deploy its dangerous offense in many ways. They went back to the ground game and never faced more than 7 men in the box. Bryan Bennett continued his hot streak going 7/10 for 158 yards and a TD. Otherwise he just handed it to Barner who ran for 118 yards and 3 TDs on 19 carries. The 2nd team came in to start the 2nd half and nothing changed. Backup QB Marcus Mariota ran wild for 159 yards and 3 TDs on only 11 attempts. The Ducks special teams are missing DAT who should be back next week. Backup returner Rashan Vaughn muffed a punt and then picked it up to return it for 49 yards. Oregon's defense picked off QB Connor Wood 5 times and CB Ifo Ekpre Olomu returned his for a TD. Oregon put together a dominating perfomance, defending Autzen Stadium 66-3. After the game, coach chopper was asked about Mariota's performance. "It was a great game for him, but Bryan is still our QB. Bryan played just as great of a game and you nosey media have already forgotton what he did last week! Marcus is a very capable starter, but will have to wait for his time. With our offense QB depth is important as anyone could go down at anytime." Rumors around Eugene have Mariota transfering. We will have more news on this developing story in the coming weeks. Oregon travels to Los Angeles to take on Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans. Duck Offense Stat of the Day: Second string players scored more points than the first string did. Duck Defense Stat of the Day: First time the defense intercepted 5 passes in a game this season.
Week 10, 2012
Uniforms-(selected all black-game didn't let me)
Oregon came out of Los Angeles unblemished on the season, but not without a tough fight from USC. Oregon got off to two quick scores in the first quarter, both 25 yard TD passes from Bryan Bennett. They then extended their lead to 17 with a FG by Mladanado. So. Cal got the wheels turning when Robert Woods made two spectacular grabs, one that sealed the drive for a TD. Oregon tried to score, but Bennet threw a costly INT and TJ McDonald returned it for a TD with only 2 seconds to go in the half. Going into half it was 17-14. Oregon added two TDs on the ground in the second half, one by Barner, and one by Bennett that sealed the game. Matt Barkley threw two picks and completed only 36% of his passes, but his recievers dropped alot of balls. Final score out of LA was 31-14 and it was a good game. Oregon heads to Berkley next week to fac Cal. Duck Offense stat of the day: First week of the season Oregon was held under 50 yards rushing. Duck Defense stat of the day: Oregon held USC's rushing attack to -19 yards.
Week 11, 2012
People were worried that Oregon would be caught looking ahead to next week against Stanford and get caught by surprise by Cal, but Oregon focused on the task at hand and beat Cal 48-7. Barner went for 103 yards on 19 carries and 4 TDs and then was shut down for the day in the second quarter. Bryan Bennett was 5/6, the one incompletion being a drop, with a TD.This game was in the bag at halftime and Oregon's starters were pulled. On Mariota's first snap of the second half, he went for a 48 yard TD run, proving once again he could start. The second string defense held Cal scoreless until there were only 31 seconds left in the game. At the time, there were 3rd and 4th string players on the field, including some WRs that were on the field due to fatigue. Oregon has their biggest game of the year next week, against a mighty Stanford team that is also undefeated, for rights to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship, and possibly a shot at the National championship. Duck Offense stat of the day: This was the earliest the starters were pulled-2:00 min left in the 2nd quarter. Duck Defense stat of the day: (Above) and this is the longest the defense has held a team scoreless in a game. (31 sec left in the game.)
Week 12, 2012
Uniforms-Silver helmet, all black
Oregon is undefeated no more. The Ducks played a solid game, but had 2 uncharacteristic fumbles that eneded up being the difference. They missed DeAnthony Thomas who could have had an impact on both special teams and in the slot. Oregon and Stanford went back and forth all day until on a 3rd and 18 somehow a Cardinal reciever got behind the entire defense and then the safety and corner both dove instead of chasing him down. That was the game clincher as Stanford won 27-24. The Ducks now are in the same situation as Alabama was last year. They are on the outside looking in on the NC, and will not be able to control their own destiny, but a rematch of this game would be better than last years national championship. Duck Offense stat of the day: Bennett had his most efficient day of the year-15/21 for 243 yards and a TD. Duck Defense stat of the day: The Ducks allowed 206 yards on only 6 catches.
Week 13, 2012
Uniforms-Carbon helmet, yellow jersey and steel pants.
The big story in this game was how Sophomore CB Troy Hill had a limp all game long that prevented him from covering his reciever, but he refused to come off of the field. In staying on the field, he allowed almost 400 yards on the recievers he was supposed to be covering. The other story was of course HB Kenjon Barner, who looks to have solidified his spot as #1 in the run for the Heisman as he was an all-around back this game and this year. The team is happy for him, but Barner still wants another shot at Stanford in the NC rather than the Heisman. If everything falls right he could have both. The Ducks just kept on scoring, but the Beavers just kept on coming back and so the see-saw ended in a 53-32 victory for Oregon. The Ducks will now just wait to see where they will be playing-they are hoping it will be the NC. Duck Offense stat of the day: Barner had his most all-purpose yardage all season long. Duck Defense stat of the day: The Ducks allowed the most points they had all year long.
2013 Season Preview QB: Junior Bryan Bennett will get the nod again this season, after coming on strong to end the season. Sophomore Marcus Mariota performed well when he played, but concerns about fumbling will keep him on the 2nd string. Senior Dustin Haines will be used only in an absolute emergency this season. Freshman stud, Greg Lacy will redshirt. HB: Gone is Heisman winner Kenjon Barner, so in steps DeAnthony Thomas, who looks to top Barner's numbers. RS Freshman Byron Marshall could start on most other teams and will get carries while DAT is playing WR. Ayele Ford will be used rarely, while true freshman Josh Gardner will redshirt. FB: Not a glorious postition, especially in the Oregon spread, but Brian Teague is top notch when it comes to opening up holes for whoever runs behind him. WR: Senior Josh Huff is back and looks to be the leading reciever for Oregon. 6'4" Daryle Hawkins will start on the opposite side, while a shifty Devon Blackmon will operate in the slot. DAT will get his opportunities here in certain packages. B.J. Kelly, Tacoi Sumler, and Bralon Addison will fight for the final WR spot. Terry Boone will redshirt. TE: Colt Lyerla comes off being the leading reciever and will be thrown to early and often again. Christian French will be the 2nd TE and has breakaway speed if he gets out in the open. Freshman T.J. Powers will redshirt. OL: Jake Fisher will start at LT after waiting his turn, and looked great in spring practices. Mana Greig will "man"a the LG spot. Hroniss Grasu looks to be one of the top centers in the country. Andre Yruretagoyena will be at RG and is All-Pac-12 without ever having a start. Everett Benyard will move to RT after playing LT last season. Tyler Johnstone and Karrington Armstrong will be the top backups while Kevin Jenkins and Jeremy Robertson will redshirt. DL: Dion Jordan is gone, so LE Tony Washington will be called upon to fill his shoes. All-American Taylor Hart will be opposite him, while Senior Wad Keliikipi mans the NT postition. Top recruits from 2 years ago Arik Armstead and Alex Balducci will service nicely should anyone go down this season. LB: Senior Boseko Lokombo comes back as the only returning starter from the LB core and will look to mentor MLB Anthony Wallace and ROLB Derrick Malone. This is a speedy group who will need to replicate last year's results. Sophomores Tyson Coleman and Rodney Hardrick will give a breather should anybody need one. Freshmen Derek McKenzie and Dennis Warren will redshirt. CB: All starters are back all the way down to the quarters package, as this will be the strength of the Duck defense. Terrance Mitchell and Troy Hill will start, with Ifo Ekpre Olomu manning the slot recieiver, and Avery Patterson coming in on dime packages. Dior Mathis will be inserted into the lineup should anyone suffer an injury. New recruits Brian Waller and Thomas Cooke will redshirt. S: Erick Dargan is just a stopgap this season at FS as the Ducks will groom freshman Chad Ingram into another John Boyett. Reggie Danials will help out if needed. Brian Jackson is back with a year under his belt at SS, and looks to be a much better tackler than a year ago. Eric Amoako will be servicable should either safety bow out. ST: Alejandro Maldonado is arguably the best kicker in the country, as he can kick it or punt the ball a country mile. DAT will be returning kicks unless he proves to be injury prone, which then he will be replaced by Devon Blackmon.
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