GameDay: Drawing Oregon football players has bonded Chris Snusz with his son C.J.

By on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4:06 pm.

C.J. Snusz was frustrated with football. C.J., an eight-year-old Florida Gators fan from Buffalo, New York, had just watched Miami upset the Gators 21-16 and decided he was finished with the sport. “He told me he hated football,” Chris Snusz, his father, recalled. Chris urged his son to give football one more chance. The next […]

Gameday: Plagued by an ACL, Tyler Johnstone’s injury reveals larger issue regarding athletes returning from knee reconstruction

By on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5:00 pm.

Nine months of rehabilitation with the Oregon athletic staff all of a sudden meant nothing for Tyler Johnstone. After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on December 30, 2013 in the Valero Alamo Bowl, the redshirt junior was well on his way to what he phrased as “easing” his way into practice as Fall Camp began. […]

Gameday: Troy Hill’s path to redemption started in a jail cell and continues on the football field

By on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5:01 pm.

Sitting in a dimly lit jail cell, Troy Hill saw everything he’d ever worked for slipping away. With only two options, he was faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Hill could either drift into obscurity and make that cell his new home, or pick himself up and fight for what he wanted, […]

Emerald Roundtable: Preseason predictions bring questions and excitement to Ducks football

By on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 3:42 pm.

If you were a fan, what would be the best Oregon home game to attend this season? Ryan Kostecka — My first choice is the Michigan State game because it’s very rare to witness a Pac-12/Big-10 game that will feature two teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. I’m going to go with the Washington game […]

GameDay: Oregon looking to carry on excitement in return game

By on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4:18 pm.

In the past few years, the Oregon football team has enjoyed the luxury of having some versatile return men. From Kenjon Barner to De’Anthony Thomas, the Ducks have not only experienced consistently good field position, they have also been the benefactors of their occasional highlight reels. Now that both of them have moved on to the […]

GameDay: Tyree Robinson set to succeed after beneficial redshirt year

By on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 3:56 pm.

As a redshirt last season, Oregon safety Tyree Robinson became accustomed to wearing a different jersey every week. His role: A scout team player used to benefit the starting offense by portraying the defense they would be facing that week. In other words, Robinson was an afterthought. But he was never far from the mind […]

Oregon, behind Florida St. and Alabama, will start season ranked third in AP top 25

By on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 11:27 am.

Just under two weeks away from its season opener against South Dakota St., Oregon received its positioning atop the Associated Press top 25, sitting at No. 3 in the country. Receiving 1,334 points, the Ducks come in behind No. 1 Florida St. and No. 2 Alabama. Oregon, who was ranked fourth in the Amway Coaches […]

GameDay: New generation of defensive lineman takes over for Oregon

By on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:38 pm.

116 appearances, 210 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. Those are the combined career totals of the departed seniors Taylor Hart, Ricky Havili-Heimuli and Wade Keliikipi, staples in Oregon’s defensive line in the past four years. “We learned how hard they (the departed seniors) work mainly, and how to do the right things,” […]

Gameday: Chance Allen and Bralon Addison exemplify brotherhood

By on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 11:15 am.

The beginning In the third grade, a lifelong friendship was born through an AAU basketball team. After unknowingly battling each other on the football field, Oregon football’s Chance Allen and Bralon Addison first met when they were recruited to play for the same summer league basketball team. From the gridiron to the hardwood, the two were […]

GameDay: Defensive backs battling for play time won’t be short on opportunities this season

By on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:56 pm.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu may be the best defensive back in all of college football. That fact is known about the All-American cornerback who forewent the opportunity to enter the 2014 NFL Draft for his final year in an Oregon uniform. Yet its the secondary he returns to where the majority of Oregon’s uncertainties lie. With the loss of three […]

GAMEDAY Q&A: Tyler Johnstone

By on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:53 pm.

Personality. Charisma. Leadership. Tyler Johnstone has it all, not to mention an unprecedented skill set. The redshirt junior,  who started 26 games in a row leading up to this season, had become a focal part of Oregon’s offensive line and molded into one of the more veteran savvy players the Ducks possessed on their roster. That and his […]

Q&A: Andre Yruretagoyena ‘ready for the challenge’ of filling void that Tyler Johnstone leaves

By on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 10:48 am.

As a redshirt junior, Andre Yruretagoyena didn’t want this to be the way for him to win a starting job. Since he arrived in Eugene in 2011, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman has been progressing in almost every facet towards becoming a successful football player. Whether it was a matter of confidence or acquainting himself with […]