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Taggart announces David Reaves as co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator


Taggart announces David Reaves as co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart has named David Reaves the Ducks' co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator. He will also coach tight ends at Oregon.
Reaves spent the previous four seasons at USF under Taggart, starting in 2013 as wide receivers coach and working his way up to associate head coach and tight ends coach in 2016, when the Bulls posted a program-best 11-2 record with seven conference victories. Reaves was promoted to the role of offensive coordinator and primary play caller for the Bulls' appearance in the Birmingham Bowl, leading the Bulls to a 46-39 overtime win over South Carolina with 469 yards of total offense.
Reaves took over as quarterbacks coach in 2014, and was elevated again in 2015 to co-offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator. In that role, Reaves helped sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers set a USF record with 22 passing touchdowns to go along with a team-best 3,287 yards of total offense and 34 total touchdowns.
Prior to USF, Reaves spent a year as an instructor at the premier training facility at IMG Academy, working with top athletes at the professional, collegiate and prep levels. With 10 years of experience as a collegiate assistant coach, Reaves went to IMG after two years at New Mexico, working first in 2010 as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before adding offensive coordinator to his title in 2011.
Reaves got his break in college coaching in 2002 after spending a year as assistant head coach at Tampa Catholic High School, joining South Carolina as a graduate assistant in the first of seven seasons under head coaching legends Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier. After two years as a graduate assistant, Reaves was elevated to defensive backs coach in 2004 and then assistant quarterbacks coach in 2005. Reaves added recruiting coordinator to his title in 2006, and then was promoted to quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2007 and 2008. Reaves helped lead the Gamecocks to more than 3,000 yards passing and 258.2 passing yards per game in 2007.
Reaves then spent the 2009 season as quarterbacks coach at Tennessee before going to New Mexico in 2010. While in Knoxville, Reaves led a passing game that accounted for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns while mentoring Jonathan Crompton, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Reaves was a standout quarterback at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., graduating in 1997. He went on to become team captain and a three-year starter at quarterback for Appalachian State, where he helped lead the Mountaineers to three straight national playoff berths.

Official: Taggart adds Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator


Official: Taggart adds Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator

Oregon football has officially released the hiring of Alabama's Mario Cristobal. CSNNW reported last week that Cristobal was heading to Oregon.

Here is the official release. 

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart announced the addition Mario Cristobal as the Ducks' co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator on Tuesday. He will also coach the offensive line at Oregon.

Cristobal spent the last four seasons at Alabama as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, helping the Crimson Tide to the National Championship after the 2015 season, as well as a runner-up finish following this past season. Cristobal's offensive line ranked in the top 25 nationally in sacks allowed in each of his first two seasons, and in 2016 helped pave the way for the nation's 11th-best rushing attack (246.7 ypg) and produced SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts.

Alabama's offensive lines produced a plethora of standout players and NFL draft picks under Cristobal, including first-team All-American and 2015 first-round draft pick Ryan Kelly and 2014 freshman All-American Cam Robinson, who went on to win the Outland Trophy in Crisobal's final year with Alabama.

Cristobal came to Oregon with a reputation as a top recruiter. He was named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in the 2015 cycle, and was ranked as the nation's No. 2 recruiter in the country by 247Sports at the time of his hiring based on the final haul he brought to Alabama.
Prior to joining Nick Saban's staff at Alabama, Cristobal spent six seasons (2007-12) as the head coach at Florida International, solidifying his standing as one of the country's top young college football coaches and recruiters. Cristobal led the Panthers to the most successful year in program history in 2011, capturing a program-record eight wins, including a road win at eventual co-Big East Champion Louisville. Cristobal was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading FIU to its first Sun Belt Conference championship and a bowl victory over MAC champion Toledo, and he finished his FIU career having produced NFL talents such as T.Y. Hilton and Jonathan Cyprien.

Cristobal coached at Miami (Fla.), his alma mater, under Larry Coker for three years before accepting the head job at FIU, working as tight ends coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons and coaching multiple tight ends that turned into NFL draft picks, including first-round pick and All-Pro Greg Olsen. In 2006, Cristobal took over a Miami offensive line that featured four new starters and saw a 39 percent decrease in sacks allowed from the previous season (36 to 22).

Cristobal spent three years (2001-03) at Rutgers under head coach Greg Schiano, working with the offensive tackles and tight ends for the first two seasons before shifting his focus solely to the offensive line in 2003. Cristobal was a critical factor in Rutgers' resurgence to competitiveness and helped lay the foundation in recruiting and coaching for a program that went from obscurity to college football's upper echelon in a matter of five years. Cristobal helped Rutgers to a 5-7 mark in 2003, the school's best record since 1998. One of Cristobal's most accomplished pupils was tight end L.J. Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Cristobal began his coaching career in 1998 as a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the Hurricanes for three seasons under Butch Davis. He joined the Hurricanes' staff six years after finishing a four-year playing career at Miami as a standout offensive lineman under Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson. Cristobal was a first-team All-Big East selection in 1992 and helped the Hurricanes to a pair of national championships (1989, 1991).

A native of Miami and a prep standout at Christopher Columbus High School, Cristobal graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned a master's degree from Miami in 2001. Following his college career, Cristobal signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos in 1994 and then played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1995 and 1996.

Charles Clark joins Taggart's staff as a defensive backs coach

Charles Clark joins Taggart's staff as a defensive backs coach

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart added another member to his coaching staff when he announced the hiring of Charles Clark as a defensive backs coach on Thursday.

Clark comes to Oregon from Colorado along with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt after spending the previous four seasons with the Buffaloes. Clark coached Colorado’s safeties during his first two seasons in Boulder before moving to cornerbacks for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Clark’s secondary was instrumental in helping the Buffs to the 2016 Pac-12 Conference South Division title, finishing second in the league and 21st in the country in passing defense (193.6 ypg) and tied for third in the nation in passing yards allowed per attempt (5.7).

Prior to Colorado, Clark coached defensive backs at San Jose State from 2010 to 2012. Clark’s unit led the WAC in interceptions (15) and forced turnovers (31) in 2012, and he helped to mold Duke Ihenacho into an All-Western Athletic Conference selection and future NFL player.

Clark began his coaching career at Duke in 2008, starting as a defensive quality control intern while also assisting the special teams coordinator and defensive assistant coaches. In 2009, he was promoted to a graduate assistant position assigned to the defense.

A four-year letterman at Ole Miss, Clark played in 47 career games and started each of the last 34. He led the Rebels in tackles as a sophomore (76), totaling more than future Butkus Award winner and NFL All-Pro, Patrick Willis. He finished his career with 198 tackles, three interceptions, 12 passes broken up and five fumble recoveries.

Clark graduated from Mississippi in 2007 with a degree in business (banking and finance), and he worked briefly in private business before getting into coaching. A native of Eustis, Fla., Clark attended Clay High School where he played football, basketball and track and field.

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon today officially announced its second assistant under new coach Willie Taggart, naming Jimmie Dougherty as wide receivers coach.

Dougherty comes to Oregon after spending a year under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, serving as an offensive analyst for the nation's 12th-best scoring team (41.0 ppg).

Prior to joining Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, Mich., Dougherty worked for three seasons (2013-15) as assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at San Jose State. While with the Spartans, Dougherty helped run an offense that set 10 single-season team records and saw players establish more than 35 individual school marks.

Dougherty has experience coaching in the Pac-12 before going to San Jose State, coaching wide receivers at Washington from 2009-12. He first teamed up with Harbaugh in 2004 at San Diego, where he spent his first four seasons with the Torreros in
multiple capacities. Dougherty coached wide receivers in his first year before taking over as tight ends coach in 2005, and moved into the role of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006-07 where he groomed Josh Johnson, the school's all-time leading passer. In 2008, Dougherty was elevated to offensive coordinator and led an offense that averaged 35.3 points per game.

A quarterback at Missouri for four seasons during his playing days (1997-2001), Dougherty began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Illinois Wesleyan during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Oregon last week announced that Jim Leavitt will become the Ducks' new defensive coordinator. 

Jim Leavitt Named UO Defensive Coordinator

Jim Leavitt Named UO Defensive Coordinator

EUGENE, Ore. – Jim Leavitt, who dramatically turned around Colorado's defense in just two years with the Buffaloes, will be tasked with a similar job at Oregon after being hired this week as defensive coordinator under new UO head coach Willie Taggart.

Leavitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach this season. Entering the postseason, Colorado is eighth nationally in yards per play allowed (4.69) and No. 18 in scoring defense (20.5). The year before Leavitt arrived, 2014, the Buffs allowed 6.55 yards per play and 39.0 points per game.

Oregon's defense in 2016 allowed 6.41 yards per play and 41.4 points per game. Taggart said upon being hired that adding a top-flight defensive coordinator was among his first priorities.

Like Taggart, Leavitt is a former head coach at South Florida. He went 95-57 there from 1997-2009, including a loss to Oregon in the 2007 Sun Bowl. Leavitt then spent four seasons coaching linebackers with the San Francisco 49ers before returning to the collegiate ranks with Colorado.

At Oregon, Leavitt will take over a defense that was rebuilt around several new starters this past season. The Ducks have an emerging star in freshman all-American Troy Dye, the team's defensive MVP, and could return 12 of their top 13 tacklers from 2016.

Leavitt, 60, played safety at Missouri before beginning his coaching career there as a graduate assistant in 1978-79. He worked under Bill Snyder at Kansas State from 1990 to 1995, first as linebackers coach and then as co-defensive coordinator with current Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.


Ashton Eaton takes Olympic Decathlon lead

Ashton Eaton takes Olympic Decathlon lead

RIO DE JANEIRO – Ashton Eaton did something on Wednesday that he had not done since his junior year at Oregon in 2009. He trailed after the first event of the decathlon.

Eaton charged back over the course of the final four events of day one to take a 121 point lead heading into Thursday’s final day of the Olympic decathlon. Perhaps just as impressive as he looks to become the first American to repeat in the decathlon in more than half a century is that Eaton is on pace for an Olympic record.

Eaton scored 4,621 points through five events. Kai Kazmirek of Germany was second with 4,500 points, followed by Damian Warner of Canada (4,489), Kevin Mayer of France (4,435) and American Jeremy Taiwo (4,419).

The Olympic record of 8,893 points was set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004. The last American to win back-to-back decathlon titles was Bob Mathias in 1948 and 1952.

The start of the decathlon was anything but typical for the speedy Eaton.

He ran 10.46 to finish second in the 100 meters behind Warner who had a swift 10.30. That left Eaton in the rare position of being 48 points behind after an event that is one of Eaton’s strongest.

Fortunately, the rest of the day went well for Oregon’s five-time NCAA champion.

He reached 26-0.75 on his second attempt in the long jump to score 1,045 points and take the overall lead.

Eaton followed that with a solid effort in the shot put, 48-4, to maintain his slim lead.

He then had a season best clearance in the high jump of 6-7, just missing on his third attempt at 6-8.25.

Eaton then closed out day one in style by winning the 400 meters in 46.07 that was good for 1,005 points, pushing his lead to the widest margin of the competition.

Another competitor made history for Oregon on Wednesday. Sophomore Deajah Stevens finished seventh in the final of the women’s 200 meters in 22.65. She became the Duck woman to make an Olympic sprint final as an undergrad.

Neither Duck alum was able to advance to the final in the men’s javelin. 

Cyrus Hostetler had a best throw of 261-8, which was 20th overall. Sam Crouser, competing in the Olympics for the first time, was 34th with a best mark of 242-0.

The track and field portion of the 2016 Summer Olympics continues with a school-record 17 current and former Ducks in Rio (11 on Team USA, three for Canada, and one each for Australia, Greece and Guatemala). This is the 20th straight Olympiad in which the University of Oregon has been represented, a streak that dates to the 1932 Games in Los Angeles.

In addition to the 17 current and former Ducks competing in Rio, the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Track and Field team is UO associate athletic director Vin Lananna.

GoDucks.com will provide a daily Olympics version of “What to Watch,” as well as a recap of Ducks in competition through the remainder of the Games.

What to Watch – Thursday, August 18

Ashton Eaton looks to become the first American to win back-to-back Olympic decathlon titles in more than 60 years as the 10-event competition wraps up on Thursday. Meanwhile, Matthew Centrowitz hopes to make his second straight Olympic 1,500 meter final, and a trio of Ducks could help the U.S. make the final of the 4x100 meter relay.

Eaton’s quest for an historic gold medal in the decathlon continues Thursday. Eaton, a five-time NCAA champion for Oregon, is the world record-holder in the decathlon, having scored 9,045 points at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Not only could he become the first repeat American decathlon champion in a half a century, he could also threaten the Olympic record of 8,893 points set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004. The last American to win back-to-back decathlon titles was Bob Mathias in 1948 and 1952.

Eaton was the 2012 Olympic champion in London and has also won the last two IAAF World championships (2013, 2015).

The women’s 4x100 meters heats get underway Thursday with the United States among a half-dozen medal contenders along with Jamaica, Great Britain, China, France and Canada. Three runners with Oregon connections are in the relay pool. Freshman Ariana Washington was the 2016 NCAA champion at both 100 and 200 meters. Alum English Gardner placed seventh in the Olympic 100 meters earlier this week, while Jenna Prandini made the semifinals of the 200 meters.

Former Duck Matthew Centrowitz continues his bid to medal in the 1,500 meters. Centrowitz was fourth in the 1,500 at the 2012 London Olympics and won the IAAF World indoor title at 1,500 meters earlier this year in Portland, Ore.

Among the faster runners in his heat (heat two) are Elijah Manangoi of Kenya, Ryan Gregson of Australia and Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti.

The favorite in the 1,500, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, runs in heat one. Kiprop won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, before a shocking 12th place finish in London. Kiprop has also won the last three IAAF World outdoor 1,500 meter titles.

Schedule – Thursday, August 18

All times Pacific

5:30 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon 110 Meter Hurdles

6:25 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Discus

7:20 a.m. English Gardner/Jenna Prandini/Ariana Washington (USA) Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay - Heats

9:25 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Pole Vault

2:35 p.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Javelin

4:45 p.m. Matthew Centrowitz (USA) Men’s 1,500 Meters – Semifinals

5:45 p.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon 1,500 Meters

Alabama, Baylor, MWC highlight 2016-17 non-conference schedule


Alabama, Baylor, MWC highlight 2016-17 non-conference schedule

The SEC and the Mountain West will be coming to the State of Oregon this season. Alabama, UNLV, Boise State and Fresno State highlight the Ducks’ 2016-17 home non-conference schedule, which was announced Monday by head coach Dana Altman.

Oregon will also play at Baylor and travel to Hawaii for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The Ducks will continue their tradition of honoring the military with a very special season-opener on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Oregon will host Army and will salute America’s servicemen and women as both teams will wear unique military-themed uniforms and warmups designed by Nike.

Oregon will then travel to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor on Nov. 15 in a game that will be part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Ducks return home to host Valparaiso on Nov. 17. It will be the second straight season that the NCAA Tournament Cinderella Crusaders play at Matthew Knight Arena.

Following the Nov. 21-23 Maui Invitational, Oregon welcomes Boise State to Eugene on Nov. 28.

Another one of the marquee games of the non-conference slate falls on Dec. 11 with Alabama coming to Matthew Knight Arena for the first time. Former Pacific Coast Conference rival Montana follows the Crimson Tide on Dec. 13.

The Ducks will then host UNLV at the Moda Center in Portland on Dec. 17 before closing out the non-conference slate with Fresno State Dec. 20 in Eugene.

Oregon will add another two games to the non-conference schedule, as well as an exhibition against Northwest Christian on a yet-to-be determined date.

Including the potential opponents in the Maui Invitational, there are five 2016 NCAA Tournament teams on the non-conference schedule – Baylor, Connecticut, Fresno State, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The Tar Heels played Villanova for the 2016 national championship, while Wisconsin was a Sweet 16 team and UConn advanced to the second round.

Three other 2016 postseason teams are on the schedule as well. Valparaiso advanced to the championship game of the NIT, while Army played in the CIT and Montana was in the CBI tournament.

The dates of Pac-12 games, as well as all game times and television information, will be announced in September. The league announced the home and away pairings last week.

The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host the Pac-12 Tournament March 8-11.

2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale starting at $150, and can be purchased at goducks.com/tickets. The UNLV game at the Moda Center is included in the 2016-17 ticket package. Season ticket renewals from 2015-16 have already exceeded 90 percent.


2016-17 University of Oregon Non-Conference Schedule *

DATE                          OPPONENT                                                    LOCATION

TBA                                             NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (EX)                                        EUGENE, ORE.

Fri., Nov. 11                              ARMY                                                                                              EUGENE, ORE.

Tues., Nov. 15                          at Baylor                                                                                          Waco, Texas                            

Thurs., Nov. 17                        VALPARAISO                                                                              EUGENE, ORE.                     

Maui Jim Maui Invitational

Mon., Nov. 21                          vs. Georgetown                                                                             Lahaina, Hawaii

Tues., Nov. 22                          vs. Wisconsin/Tennessee                                                           Lahaina, Hawaii

Wed., Nov. 23                          Maui Jim Maui Invitational                                                      Lahaina, Hawaii                                                                                                                

Mon., Nov. 28                          BOISE STATE                                                                               EUGENE, ORE.

Sun., Dec. 11                             ALABAMA                                                                                    EUGENE, ORE.

Tues., Dec. 13                           MONTANA                                                                                   EUGENE, ORE.

Sat., Dec. 17                               vs. UNLV                                                                                         PORTLAND, ORE.

Tues., Dec. 20                           FRESNO STATE                                                                          EUGENE, ORE.


* - Note: Two more non-conference games will be added to the schedule.


Pac-12 Conference Home/Away Weeks

Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1          UCLA/USC

Week of Jan. 4-8                      at Washington/Washington State

Week of Jan. 11-15                 OREGON STATE

Week of Jan. 18-22                 CALIFORNIA/STANFORD

Week of Jan. 25-29                 at Colorado/Utah

Week of Feb. 1-5                     ARIZONA/ARIZONA STATE

Week of Feb. 8-12                  at UCLA/USC

Week of Feb. 15-19                COLORADO/UTAH

Week of Feb. 22-26                at California/Stanford

Week of March 1-4                at Oregon State

NCAA Grants Ennis Sixth Year

NCAA Grants Ennis Sixth Year

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior guard Dylan Ennis’ petition for a sixth-year of eligibility was granted by the NCAA on Thursday.

Officially termed a Fifth-Year Rule Waiver, Ennis was granted a sixth year “based upon the totality of the circumstances and student-athlete well-being,” according to the NCAA.

Ennis appeared in just two games for Oregon in 2015-16 due to a left foot injury. The injury to the foot was initially discovered in the fall, after which Ennis went through surgery and rehabilitation, before returning to action Dec. 29. He played against Western Oregon and Oregon State before re-aggravating the injury.

The Brampton, Ontario, native transferred to Oregon from Villanova as a graduate senior in the summer of 2015. He averaged 9.9 points per game as the Wildcats won the 2014-15 Big East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s third round.

Ennis is pursuing a graduate degree in conflict and dispute resolution.

Nogosek named to NCBWA All-America Team


Nogosek named to NCBWA All-America Team

Stephen Nogosek has been named a 2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American. The Ducks’ closer, who earned second-team honors, is just the second Ducks’ player to claim NCBWA All-America honors.

Nogosek, a junior from Roseville, Calif., earned a spot on the team after finishing a dominating season with a 1.11 ERA with 16 saves and a 2-2 record. The right-handed stopper fanned 45 batters in 40.2 innings pitched while walking just 14 and holding hitters to a .177 batting average. Nogosek finished the regular season third in the country in saves, while tying for the Pac-12 lead. He also ranked first in the Pac-12 in games finished (27) and games in relief (29), as well as finishing third in appearances (29). His 16 saves ranked third on the all-time single-season list at Oregon, while he also finished the year in the record books in games finished (fifth), lowest opponent batting average (sixth) and appearances (10th).

Nogosek joins former Duck Jimmie Sherfy as NCBWA All-Americans. Sherfy was named a first-team All-American in 2013.  

Nogosek named third-team All-American

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Nogosek named third-team All-American

EUGENE, Ore. – Stephen Nogosek has been named a 2016 Louisville Slugger All-American. The Ducks’ closer, who earned third-team honors, is just the third Ducks’ player to claim the All-America honors presented by Collegiate Baseball.

Nogosek, a junior from Roseville, Calif., earned a spot on the team after finishing a dominating season with a 1.11 ERA with 16 saves and a 2-2 record. The right-handed stopper fanned 45 batters in 40.2 innings pitched while walking just 14 and holding hitters to a .177 batting average. Nogosek finished the regular season third in the country in saves, while tying for the Pac-12 lead. He also ranked first in the Pac-12 in games finished (27) and games in relief (29), as well as finishing third in appearances (29). His 16 saves rank third on the all-time single-season list at Oregon, while he also finished the year in the record books in games finished (fifth), lowest opponent batting average (sixth) and appearances (10th).

Nogosek joins former Ducks Jimmie Sherfy and Tyler Anderson as Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Sherfy was named to the team twice claiming second-team honors in 2013 and third-team recognition in 2012. Anderson was the first Duck to earn the honors in 2011 when he was named to the second team.