GameDay: 2014 Oregon spring game presents another opportunity for newcomers to shine

By on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 9:21 pm.

As college football has grown, so has the attention and value of the spring game. All across the country, teams are broadcasting what is now an annual event. It has turned into a must-see spectacle for avid football fans. Oregon’s spring game is this Saturday at 11 a.m. The spring game stands as the premier […]

Gameday: Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall have established themselves in the backfield but still have room to grow

By on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 9:19 pm.

Oregon’s offensive players are versatile. They run, catch, block and drive the gears of one of the highest octane offenses in the nation. The running backs are no exception. Even with De’Anthony Thomas’ departure, the Ducks have plenty of firepower at the position with junior Byron Marshall and sophomore Thomas Tyner. Running backs coach Gary […]

Take a Knee: Taylor Alie discusses importance of the military in spring game

By on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 6:12 pm.

Last year, redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Alie was in the stands to watch Oregon’s spring game. This year, he’ll be on the field. After having a successful spring camp, Alie is trying to move his way up the quarterback depth chart. Following Wednesday’s practice, Alie caught up with the Emerald to discuss the spring game […]

Oregon football finishes final full spring practice and prepares for spring game

By on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 4:37 pm.

Oregon football’s final full spring practice on Wednesday was split up into two parts: offense vs. defense and split team — where the newly selected spring game teams had a preliminary competition before the real contest on Saturday. With so many newcomers receiving key spots on both spring game teams, it will be the coaching […]

Raw video: Don Pellum on Saturday’s spring game — ‘Let the games begin’

By on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 12:59 pm.

The Oregon football team spoke to the media for the last time before Saturday’s spring game after their Wednesday practice. Defensive coordinator Don Pellum discussed what he hopes to see on Saturday and his (limited) involvement with team “Twifo’s” offense. Follow Victor Flores on Twitter @vflores415

Take a Knee: Senior running back Kenny Bassett reflects on spring game past

By on Monday, Apr. 28 at 4:48 pm.

Senior running back Kenny Bassett has come a long way since joining the team as a walk-on four years ago. This Saturday, Bassett will compete in his final spring game at the University of Oregon. After Monday’s practice, Bassett talked with the Emerald about his spring game past and the current status of the Ducks […]

Oregon football prepares for spring game with intrasquad draft

By on Friday, Apr. 25 at 4:23 pm.

With 12 of 15 spring practices complete, the Oregon football team is getting ready for its annual spring game with an intrasquad draft to be held Friday afternoon. The coaching staff doesn’t want to put too much weight into the spring game, saying it’s truly just one of fifteen practices. “The entire spring is going […]

Take a Knee: Defensive back Juwaan Williams on excitement for spring game and coaches’ traits

By on Friday, Apr. 25 at 2:29 pm.

Redshirt freshman safety Juwaan Williams might currently be a backup, but he has a chance to earn some goodwill from coaches if he performs well in the spring game. After Friday’s practice, Williams talked to the Emerald about his excitement for the spring game, his performance in spring practice so far and defensive coaches, John […]

Raw video: Mark Helfrich talks about teams for upcoming spring game and NBA playoffs

By on Friday, Apr. 25 at 1:13 pm.

Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich answered questions from the media after practice on Friday about the way the teams will be chosen for the upcoming spring game using two team captains on each side of the ball: Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu on offense, Tony Washington and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on defense. He also talked […]

Raw video: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu talks about leadership skills and expectations for senior season

By on Friday, Apr. 25 at 1:15 pm.

After practice on Friday, senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu addressed the media to talk about this upcoming season on the defensive side of the ball. He also answered questions about some of the backup players who will receive more playing time in next weekend’s spring game. Follow Jonathan Hawthorne on Twitter @Jon_Hawthorne

Five-star running back Taj Griffin verbally commits to Oregon

By on Thursday, Apr. 24 at 6:16 pm.

Running back Taj Griffin, one of the nation’s top 100 recruits for the 2015 season, has verbally committed to play for the University of Oregon. Griffin shared the news via Twitter late Thursday evening. I've decided to take my talents to the west coast and officially commit to University of Oregon #GoDucks !! — Taj […]

NFL goal helps Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown push past tragedies

By on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 10:50 pm.

When Pharaoh Brown called his mother on graduation day, he sounded calm. Jeannetta Smith assumed her son was pulling another prank, but this one angered her. “This is not how you play,” Smith said. Brown wasn’t joking. His friend, Fred Zuber, had drowned hours earlier. He sounded calm because he was in shock. Brown, Zuber and three […]

Take a Knee: Evan Baylis talks about spring on the field and in the classroom

By on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 8:21 pm.

The tight end position for the Oregon Ducks is filled with young talent and potential. One of the players that expects to earn a substantial amount of reps is redshirt sophomore Evan Baylis. Standing at 6-foot-6, Baylis flashed potential last year and is looking to build on that through spring practices this year. The Emerald […]

Raw video: Don Pellum on Oregon linebackers and blitzing

By on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 4:15 pm.

After Wednesday’s football practice, Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum spoke to the media. He discussed his relationship with the linebackers now that he’s moved up from linebackers coach and how helpful it is to have a veteran group of players at that position. He also discussed the defense’s blitzing strategies. Follow Victor Flores on Twitter […]

Spring football game serves as showcase for Oregon backups

By on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 4:33 pm.

Oregon’s spring football game is a chance for fans to see the Ducks play during the offseason, but it’s also a rare opportunity for some of Oregon’s players – the backups. The Ducks, of course, have utilized their backups multiple times in recent seasons due to blowout wins, but many of their appearances don’t come […]

Marcus Mariota continues to work on leadership in Oregon football’s second spring scrimmage

By on Monday, Apr. 21 at 4:07 pm.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota didn’t spend much time on the field Monday morning for the football team’s second spring scrimmage, but that didn’t mean his impact wasn’t felt. “I looked over there (the sideline) several times today and he was talking with a couple offensive linemen, getting with some of our younger skill guys and […]