DUCK UPDATE

by Frank Baldwin August 19, 2015

 KICKOFF DINNER TOMORROW (THURSDAY) NIGHT - TETHEROW GOLF CLUB

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Mariota's game interceptions were not entirely his fault:

Mariota’s streak of not throwing an interception during training camp quickly ended when Atlanta linebacker Justin Durant jumped a slow-developing screen play and picked off Mariota’s pass. Mariota threw the ball to a spot and running back Bishop Sankey, the intended receiver, looked absolutely lost on the play and is partly to blame. Other than the interception, Mariota was 7-for-7 in the game.

Mariota’s turnovers were partly a result of weak play by the offensive line, which was overwhelmed at times by the Falcons’ first-team defense. Mariota was sacked after center Brian Schwenke was obliterated by Atlanta defensive tackle Paul Soliai and Titans guard Andy Levitre was beaten badly by defensive tackle Tyson Jackson. Levitre failed to block the linebacker.

But after 231 pass attempts, now Mariota's finally thrown an interception in practice!

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Let's take on the challenge -------------

College Football Future Odds

 

ODDS TO WIN 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (1/11/16)

 

Team

Odds

Ohio State

12/5

Alabama

7/1

TCU

15/2

Auburn 

12/1

Baylor

15/1

USC 

15/1

Notre Dame 

20/1

                     Oregon

22/1

Clemson

25/1

LSU 

25/1

Michigan State 

25/1

Florida State 

28/1

Georgia

33/1

Oklahoma

33/1

Stanford 

33/1

UCLA

33/1

Ole Miss 

35/1

Arkansas

45/1

Tennessee

55/1

Field (Any Other Team) 

65/1

Texas A&M 

80/1

Michigan

85/1

Arizona State 

100/1

Florida

100/1

Kansas State 

100/1

Nebraska 

100/1

Oklahoma State 

100/1

Virginia Tech

100/1

Wisconsin

100/1

Mississippi State 

110/1

Georgia Tech 

150/1

Boise State

175/1

Arizona 

200/1

Louisville

200/1

Miami, Fl. 

200/1

Missouri 

200/1

Penn State

200/1

South Carolina 

200/1

Texas 

200/1

Utah 

300/1

West Virginia 

300/1

BYU

500/1

California 

500/1

Iowa 

500/1

Kentucky

500/1

Minnesota

500/1

NC State

500/1

North Carolina 

500/1

                     Oregon State

500/1

Washington

500/1

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Recruiting Notes:

After an early summer of strong momentum on the recruiting trail, the Oregon Ducks took a hit this weekend, as their highest-rated pledge, Theo Howard, de-committed Sunday evening. Oregon still has one of the Pac-12's top classes, but Howard was the Ducks lone member of Scout's top 50 prospects. 

But just over a month ago, the Ducks picked up verbal commits from a pair of four-star athletes in linebacker LaMar Winston (Portland, Ore.) and defensive back Jared Mayden (Sachse, Texas). The Ducks currently have 14 verbal commits for the 2016 recruiting class. However, the class is far from complete, and there is much more to look forward to on the recruiting trail.

Question 1: With four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist verbally committing to Oklahoma in early August, what is Oregon’s plan for replacing the lost talent?

All things considered, linebacker is the biggest need for the Ducks in terms of depth for the future. Oregon will have to reevaluate its strategy for the position following Youngquist recanting on his verbal commitment. But what does this mean? The Ducks have existing offers extended to several elite linebackers from all across the nation — while some of those players are considered long-shot signings, things could change when those young men see the impeccable facilities Oregon has to offer. Youngquist would have been the third four-star linebacker to join the Ducks’ 2016 class, but now Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum must adjust accordingly.

According to Justin Hopkins of 247sports, “Elite players like Caleb KellyMique Juarez or Michael Divinity are no-brainers. If those guys want to commit, they have a spot.” This is true for a lot of Oregon targets as of right now; the Ducks have thrown their hat in the ring for several top-ranked players, and now they are waiting to see what happens. Just as De’Anthony Thomas changed his mind from USC to Oregon at the last second, nothing is official until enrollment papers are signed.

Aside from stealing a top linebacker prospect, Hopkins reports that several prospects “will now remain under review.” Also, it’s likely the staff will take some time to re-evaluate, and might even wait a few months before acting. As Hopkins states, “There tends to always be a late bloomer or two,” and there are certainly players who could catch the eyes of the Oregon staff as their seasons progress. The Ducks have two linebacker commits in 2016 as of right now in Winston and Darrian Franklin (Downey, Calif.), but will need to replace at least eight players at the position over the next two years. With linebacker being such a big need for the Ducks, stay tuned for any updates as the season gets underway.

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Basketball

Until official practice begins later this fall, the Oregon men's basketball coaching staff has relatively limited interaction with its players.  The staff gets two hours with the team during the week, meaning that any sort of grading or inferences made on the new players is based off a small amount of information.  That being said, Oregon coach Dana Altman sure does like what he's seen out of heralded recruit Tyler Dorsey.  It would seem that the five-star California high school player of the year has come as advertised.  "Talented," Altman said. "We got to get him to talk a little bit more, but he's talented." 

If it's a relief to hear that Dorsey has impressed, Oregon fans shouldn't be blamed. After losing Pac-12 player of the year Joseph Young to graduation and the NBA draft, the Ducks were looking to recoup a significant amount of that talent with Dorsey. On paper, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman seems to have the type of skills to immediately make an impact in the Pac-12. Dorsey averaged 33.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior at Maranatha High School in Pasadena to earn the Gatorade player of the year honors, then stood out this summer playing for Greece in the FIBA U19 tournament, averaging 15.9 points and being named to the all-tournament team. 

Dorsey is expected to provide Oregon with some scoring punch, teaming with Villanova transfer Dyaln Ennis, who will play the point and facilitate Oregon's shooters.  Obviously it's still early, but Dorsey and Ennis have the potential to give Oregon one of the stronger backcourts in the Pac-12.  "He needs to get this balance a little better on his shooting," Altman said, "but he can get to the basket, he handles the ball, he's a competitor and I think he's going to be an awfully good player for us." 

Coming off stints with Team Canada in the FIBA U-19 and Pan Am Games, Dillon Brooks was already playing with more experience than when he arrived at Oregon a year ago as an early-enrolled freshman.  But now, after a strong freshman year and an important summer, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has the body to match his growing talents. 

Working out in front of a select group of boosters and fans last week at Matthew Knight Arena, Brooks showcased a trim and fitter build. He was noticeably toned, showing quickness on the floor and more explosion when getting to the hoop.  "A year ago this time to where he is now, he's put a tremendous amount of work in," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "His diet, his weight workouts, his workouts on the floor, he's just put a lot of time in." 

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