Topic: Don Pellum

Regardless of the coordinator, problems at defense persist leading up to Michigan State

By on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 6:43 pm.

Getting bigger and stronger seemed to be the first message that both Mark Helfrich and first-year defensive coordinator Don Pellum carried over into the offseason following last year’s interior defensive struggles. It was no secret that a blueprint was starting to be formed on how to beat Oregon and keep its offense – that is […]

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,” […]

Oregon lands JUCO outside linebacker Eddie Heard

By on Friday, Jun. 6 at 4:44 pm.

Laney Community College outside linebacker Eddie Heard, who originally committed to play at the University of Missouri, signed a financial aid agreement with the University of Oregon on Friday, the team announced through its Oregon Gridiron twitter account. Congratulations Eddie Heard! Welcome to the Oregon family. @TownNewton #YVY #GoDucks — OregonGridiron (@OregonGridiron) June 6, 2014 […]

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: 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: 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 […]

Walk-ons will benefit most from unlimited meals, Oregon football coaches and players say

By on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 3:36 pm.

The NCAA Legislative Council approved a rule on Tuesday that would allow student-athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. The rule can be finalized next Thursday when the Division I Board of Directors meets. After Oregon’s spring football practice Wednesday, coaches and players were asked about the new rule, and a common theme emerged. “That’s […]

Raw video: Don Pellum on linebackers and facing Oregon’s offense in practice

By on Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 1:33 pm.

After Wednesday’s spring practice, Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum spoke to the media about the linebackers and the defense facing Oregon’s dynamic offense in practice. Pellum specifically discussed inside linebackers Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone and the wide receivers, who he said are tough covers and solid blockers. Follow Victor Flores on Twitter @vflores415

Emerald sports quotes of the week: Kailee Cuico breaks Oregon softball career RBI record with three-run home run

By on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 7:02 pm.

Every Sunday, The Emerald sports staff will collect their favorite quotes from the previous seven days. Athletes, coaches, media or anybody with a quote pertaining to Oregon sports can be included. Below are The Emerald’s favorites from the week of March 31- April 6. Softball “I just had to wipe the slate. I just really […]

Take a Knee: Defensive back Troy Hill uses suspension from last season as motivation

By on Friday, Apr. 4 at 1:45 pm.

Redshirt Senior Troy Hill was suspended indefinitely — missing Oregon’s final games against Oregon State and Texas in the Alamo Bowl – after being arrested by the Eugene Police for menacing and fourth-degree assault, including strangulation allegations on Dec. 13. On Jan. 31, he would plead guilty to menacing with a court sentencing that included 36 […]

Oregon football: Ducks defense has a different swagger under Don Pellum

By on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 3:25 pm.

It’s only been two days of spring practices, but the defensive side of the ball for the Oregon football team is exuding a different swagger under new defensive coordinator Don Pellum. “We’re talking about playing with some confidence and a chip,” Pellum said following Tuesday’s practice. “In football, you’ve got to walk up with attitude […]

Oregon football: Learning and maturing are two of biggest spring keys for a successful season

By on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 6:43 pm.

Spring football can best be described as a tune-up for the Oregon football team. It’s a 15-practice period where players and coaches gear up for the slowly approaching start of the upcoming season. Regardless of stature and experience, this time frame is also used as a chance to learn and improve for everyone associated with […]

Spring football preview: Far more questions than answers, especially on defense, heading into camp

By on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 12:33 pm.

Spring football is often times the only period when it’s acceptable for a team to have more questions than answers. It’s the first sighting of what is absent, what is present and is generally a month focused on individual competition and experiencing that first taste of a new aura, which a new year brings. For […]

Through hair-cutting, Rodney Witherspoon has ingrained himself in Oregon athletics

By on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 8:23 am.

His walls are littered with Oregon posters. He wears an Oregon ‘O’ on his chest. But until this year, Rodney Witherspoon wasn’t associated with the University of Oregon. Well, not officially at least. This past football season, the Oregon football team opened its doors to the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, a football facility unparalleled by any university […]

‘Honored’ new defensive coordinator Don Pellum once thought about leaving Oregon

By on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11:17 pm.

Appearing in a black suit complimented by a white shirt and striped blue tie, Don Pellum held his first press conference as the defensive coordinator for the Oregon football team Tuesday afternoon. Pellum, who has been with the program for 23 years, opened the conference by thanking God, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and head […]

Don Pellum officially named Oregon’s defensive coordinator

By on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11:18 am.

Former Oregon linebackers’ coach Don Pellum was officially announced as the Ducks’ next defensive coordinator on Tuesday morning. Pellum takes over for the Nick Aliotti, who retired after 17 years with the program. “This is a challenge I welcome with open arms,” Pellum told “I have been fortunate to enjoy a long relationship at […]