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How and when to watch the Oregon Ducks at the NFL Combine

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How and when to watch the Oregon Ducks at the NFL Combine

A record-tying seven former Oregon standouts will take part in this week’s 2020 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. The seven Oregon participants equal the program’s most set three other times in 2007, 2012 and 2015.

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A program record six offensive players will represent Oregon over the first part of the week, highlighted by Rose Bowl MVP and projected first round QB Justin Herbert. The six offensive players is tied for the fourth most from one program at this year’s event. Oregon is also one of four programs with three or more offensive linemen at the combine.

HOW TO WATCH

The NFL Network and NFL.com are providing live coverage of on-field drills Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1. The coverage will begin at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

OREGON PARTICIPANT DETAILS & SCHEDULE

Name                                       On-Field Day          Pos.                 Jersey #                  Group #
Jacob Breeland                       Thursday                   TE                     TE02                           1
Justin Herbert                         Thursday                   QB                    QB07                          2

Juwan Johnson                        Thursday                   WR                   WO31                         3

Jake Hanson                             Friday                        OL                     OL17                          4

Shane Lemieux                        Friday                        OL                     OL28                          5

Calvin Throckmorton              Friday                        OL                     OL48                          5

Troy Dye                                   Saturday                    LB                     LB14                           9

Sunday, February 23

·         TE Jacob Breeland – Arrive in Indianapolis, orientation and interviews

·         QB Justin Herbert – Arrive in Indianapolis, orientation and interviews

·         WR Juwan Johnson – Arrive in Indianapolis, orientation and interviews

Monday, February 24

·         TE Jacob Breeland – Measurements, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews

·         QB Justin Herbert - Measurements, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews

·         WR Juwan Johnson - Measurements, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews

·         OL Jake Hanson – Arrive in Indianapolis, x-rays, orientation and interviews

·         OL Shane Lemieux – Arrive in Indianapolis, x-rays, orientation and interviews

·         OL Calvin Throckmorton - Arrive in Indianapolis, x-rays, orientation and interviews

Tuesday, February 25

·         TE Jacob Breeland – Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         QB Justin Herbert – Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         WR Juwan Johnson - Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         OL  Jake Hanson – Measurements, medical pre-exam, orientation and interviews

·         OL Shane Lemieux - Measurements, medical pre-exam, orientation and interviews

·         OL Calvin Throckmorton - Measurements, medical pre-exam, orientation and interviews

·         LB Troy Dye – Arrive in Indianapolis, x-rays, orientation and interviews

Wednesday, February 26

·         TE Jacob Breeland – Bench press (2:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         QB Justin Herbert – Bench press (12:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         WR Juwan Johnson – Bench press (12:30 or 1:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         OL Jake Hanson - Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         OL Shane Lemieux - Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         OL Calvin Throckmorton – Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

·         OL Troy Dye - Measurements, medical pre-exam, orientation and interviews

Thursday, February 27

·         TE Jacob Breeland – Will not participate in on-field drills.

·         QB Justin Herbert – On-field drills (Vert/Broad Jump – 2 p.m., 40-yard dash – 2:30 p.m., Position Drills – 3:30 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 5 p.m.)

·         WR Juwan Johnson – On-field drills (Vert/Broad Jump – 3:30 p.m., 40-yard dash – 5 p.m., Position Drills – 6 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 7:30 p.m.)

·         OL Jake Hanson – Bench press (12:30 or 1:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         OL Shane Lemieux – Bench press (12:30 or 1:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         OL Calvin Throckmorton – Bench press (12:30 or 1:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

·         LB Troy Dye – Media interviews, medical examinations, testing and interviews

Friday, February 28

·         Jake Hanson – On-field drills (40-yard dash – 1 p.m., Position Drills – 1:30 p.m., Vert/Broad Jump – 2:30 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 3:30 p.m.)

·         OL Shane Lemieux – On-field drills (Vert/Broad Jump – 2 p.m., 40-yard dash – 2:30 p.m., Position Drills – 3:30 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 4:30 p.m.)

·         OL Calvin Throckmorton – On-field drills (Vert/Broad Jump – 2 p.m., 40-yard dash – 2:30 p.m., Position Drills – 3:30 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 4:30 p.m.)

·         LB Troy Dye – Bench press (2:30 p.m.), psychological testing, NFLPA meeting and interviews

Saturday, February 29

·         LB Troy Dye – On-field drills (Vert/Broad Jump – 3:30 p.m., 40-yard dash – 4:30 p.m., Position Drills – 5:30 p.m., 3-Cone/Shuttle – 6:30 p.m.)

Penei Sewell wins Morris Trophy

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Penei Sewell wins Morris Trophy

Oregon sophomore Penei Sewell has been named the offensive recipient of the 40th annual Morris Trophy, which is presented to the most outstanding offensive and defensive lineman in the Pac-12 Conference.

 

Sewell is the seventh Duck to win the Morris Trophy, including the fourth offensive lineman, which is voted on by players in the Pac-12. The league’s starting defensive linemen vote for the offensive winner and vice versa.

 

Already named the Pac-12 Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus, Sewell is one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy. The recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

 

Sewell’s dominance at left tackle protecting quarterback Justin Herbert has been on full display this season. He finished the regular season as PFF’s top-graded offensive lineman in the nation with a grade of 95.9, while is 95.5 run-block grade was also tops in the country. In 466 pass-blocking snaps this season, Sewell has allowed just seven pressures and no sacks. He has put together eight games without allowing a pressure, hurry or hit on the quarterback. His 92.2 pass-blocking mark ranks second nationally.

 

Named the Outland Trophy Offensive Player of the Month for September, Sewell leads Oregon with 52 knockdowns, including a staggering 11 against Montana. A native of Malaeimi, American Samoa, Sewell has been the top-ranked offensive lineman in the Pac-12 by PFF six times this year and taken home the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week award four times.

 

Sewell and Utah’s Bradley Anae will be honored at the 2019 Morris Trophy Award banquet on Thursday, January 16, at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. 

 

Oregon Offensive Morris Trophy Winners
2019 – Penei Sewell (OL)
2017 – Tyrell Crosby (OL)
2015 – DeForest Buckner (DL)
2008 – Nick Reed (DL)
2005 – Haloti Ngata (DL)
2004 – Adam Snyder (OL) 
1983 – Gary Zimmerman (OL)

Oregon football adds Juwan Johnson to bolster receiving corps

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Oregon football adds Juwan Johnson to bolster receiving corps

EUGENE, Ore. – Head coach Mario Cristobal has announced that wide receiver Juwan Johnson has signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon and will join the team on the field Thursday morning for its seventh practice of the spring.

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Johnson is eligible right away and has one season to play with the Ducks after graduating from Penn State in December with a degree in telecommunications.

Highlighted by at least one catch in 20 of his last 22 games played, Johnson hauled in 81 receptions for 1,123 yards and two touchdowns over his three seasons at Penn State. He was the 32nd player in Penn State history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards.

“Juwan’s a big time addition to our program,” Cristobal said. “He fits our DNA in a lot of ways and I’m excited for him to take the field. He’ll immediately elevate the competition we have going at wide receiver and the experience he brings to the group and the offensive side of the ball will be extremely beneficial.”

Johnson turned in a breakout sophomore campaign in 2017, finishing with 54 receptions for 701 yards, which ranked seventh and ninth in the Big Ten, respectively. The 6-foot-4 wide out had a reception in all 13 games while the Nittany Lions posted a 6-0 record when he hauled in five or more catches. Johnson, who earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media, hauled in a game-winning TD catch as time expired at Iowa as part of Penn State’s 11-2 campaign that included a Fiesta Bowl victory.

A native of Glassboro, N.J., Johnson’s 81 receptions over his three seasons included 57 that resulted in a first down. In 2017, Johnson also ranked in the top 10 in the Big Ten in 20-yard catches (10 – T8th), first down grabs (38 – T6th), receiving yards in conference play (530 – 6th) and receptions (41 – T6th) in conference contests.

Official: Oregon announces contract extension for Altman

Official: Oregon announces contract extension for Altman

EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens announced today that the UO has agreed to terms and is finalizing a contract extension with head men’s basketball coach Dana Altman, pending Board of Trustees approval. The agreement runs through the 2025-26 season and is funded from athletic sources.

“Dana and Reva Altman are an important part of our community, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to continue to build on the tremendous success we have had over Dana’s nine years as the head coach at Oregon,” said Mullens. “We are thankful for Dana’s commitment to the Ducks, and we look forward to the continued strong performance of our men’s basketball program as well as Dana assuming his rightful place in the Hall of Fame in the future.”

Altman, the 2013 National Coach of the Year and a three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, joined Jim Boeheim, Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self, and Roy Williams as the only six active head coaches in Division I with a current streak of at least 22 consecutive winning seasons. In his nine seasons as the head coach of the Ducks, Altman has an overall record of 230-95 (.708) and is six wins away from become the Ducks’ all-time winningest head basketball coach. 

“I am very, very grateful to President Schill, Rob Mullens, and the University of Oregon for their support and for the faith they have shown in me here,” said Altman. “I work for special people at a special place in front of special fans, and I look forward to coaching here for many years to come.”

The Ducks have achieved remarkable success under Altman, advancing to the 2017 Final Four, two Elite Eights (2016, 2017), and three Sweet 16s (2013, 2016, 2017) while also winning two Pac-12 championships. Oregon has nine consecutive 20-win seasons under Altman and is one of only 11 programs nationally with an active streak of nine-plus 20-win campaigns (Belmont, Cincinnati, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Saint Mary’s, and Vermont).

Oregon also has posted nine consecutive winning seasons under Altman, the first time in UO history this has occurred since the 1923-32 campaigns. The Ducks have won 100 games in a four-season span only five times in program history, all of which have happened under Altman in each of the last five consecutive four-year spans (2012-15, 2013-16, 2014-17, 2015-18, 2016-19). Additionally, Altman’s Oregon squads are 159-19 when holding opponents under 70 points, including a 124-11 mark the last six seasons.

During the nine-year Altman era with the Ducks, coaching staff consistency has been a hallmark. Only one assistant coach has left Oregon during that span, when assistant coach Brian Fish accepted the head coaching job at Montana State and we replaced by current assistant Michael Mennenga. The Ducks have also signed top-flight recruiting classes under Altman, as the incoming class signed last November represents the fourth consecutive top 12 and the second consecutive top 10 class for the Ducks.

Altman’s Oregon clubs have also improved as the season progresses, as the Ducks have a 57-24 (.703) during the second half of Pac-12 play, the most wins of any league team in the second half over the last nine seasons. Altman arrived at UO following 16 seasons at Creighton, where he became the school’s career leader in victories with a record of 327-176 (.650). He led the Blue Jays to 13 consecutive postseason appearances, a streak of 11 consecutive 20-win seasons, and 10-plus league wins in 14 consecutive seasons. These three feats were unmatched in the 103-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference.

 

Ducks Announce 2019 Track and Field Schedule

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Ducks Announce 2019 Track and Field Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon track and field team is announcing its 2019 schedule which begins Jan. 12 in Seattle. The Ducks are in their seventh season under the direction of head coach Robert Johnson.

“It’s always exciting when we get to announce the track and field schedule,” Johnson said. “This season will definitely be unique with no home meets with the construction at Hayward Field but it’s a challenge we’ll embrace as we compete at some of the best meets across the country. The goals remain the same and this schedule was put together to put our student-athletes in the best position to compete for and win national championships.”

INDOOR

Oregon will open the 2019 track and field season Jan. 12 at the UW Preview in Seattle, the first of three indoor meets in the Emerald City. The Ducks are then set to travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 25-26) for an early season scored meet.

The first split weekend of the year (Feb. 8-9) takes Oregon to the Husky Classic—back in Seattle—and the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

The indoor postseason begins Feb. 22-23 with the MPSF Championships in Seattle, a final tune-up for the NCAA meet. National qualifiers are announced the following week with focus turned to the NCAA Championships at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The national meet will be contested March 8-9.

OUTDOOR

For a second-consecutive season, the outdoor campaign begins with back-to-back meets in California with the SDSU Aztec Invitational (March 22-23) and Stanford Invitational (March 29-30). When the calendar flips to April, the Ducks will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Classic (April 5-6).

Following a week off from competition, Oregon will stack a pair of split weekends in preparation for the postseason. The team’s sprint and field crews will head to the Mt. SAC Relays (April 18-20) while the distance crew will compete at the Cardinal Classic (April 19-20) hosted by Stanford.

The Ducks will then take on the OSU High Performance meet in Corvallis and the Desert Heat Classic. Both events are scheduled for April 26-27. In its regular-season finale, Oregon will travel up Interstate 5 for the Portland Twilight on May 3.

The Ducks’ postseason begins at the Pac-12 Championships where the Men of Oregon have won 14 of the last 16 team titles including 12 in a row. This year’s conference meet will be held May 4-5 (Multis) and May 11-12 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Based on qualifiers earned in the previous two months, Oregon and the rest of the region returns to Sacramento, Calif., for the NCAA West Preliminary (May 23-25) which serves as the gateway to the national meet. The NCAA Championships (June 5-8) begin a two-year run at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.

The 2019 track and field season extends into the summer with the USA Championships (July 25-28) in Des Moines, Iowa, and deep into the fall months with the IAAF World Championships (Sept. 28-Oct. 6) in Doha, Qatar.

Ducks coach Mario Cristobal announces staff promotions

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Ducks coach Mario Cristobal announces staff promotions

EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon Head coach Mario Cristobal announced title enhancements for three members of his coaching staff on Thursday.

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has added assistant head coach to his duties. Safeties coach Keith Heyward has added co-defensive coordinator duties to his role entering the 2018 season. In addition to being the associate head coach/defensive line coach, Joe Salave’a will now also serve as co-defensive coordinator/run game coordinator for the defense. The duo will work alongside defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who handles the play calling.

“I’m very happy to announce these promotions for Marcus, Keith and Joe ,” said Cristobal. These guys have played a critical role in the advancement of the program, helping us establish an identity and culture. I have a ton of belief in them as teachers and coaches in the game of football and in life.”

Arroyo joined the Ducks in February of 2017 as co-offensive coordinator while coaching the quarterbacks and tight ends. He was promoted to offensive coordinator this past December. In his first season with the Ducks, the Oregon tied for the Pac-12 lead with seven games of 40-plus points. Oregon is the fifth stop for Arroyo as a play caller, having already done so with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Southern Mississippi, Wyoming and San Jose State.

Veterans of the Pac-12 Conference as both coaches and players, Salave’a and Heyward were part of Leavitt’s defensive staff in 2017 that provided an immediate improvement over the previous year. The Oregon defense made major jumps in nearly every statistical category, highlighted by total defense (from 115th to 46th).

Entering his second season leading Oregon’s safeties room, Heyward has coached defensive backs at four different Pac-12 schools and was an All-Pac-10 cornerback at Oregon State. Prior to Oregon, he was the secondary coach at Louisville in 2016.

An All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at Arizona before playing in the NFL for eight seasons, Salave’a spent five seasons at Washington State prior to arriving in Eugene. While at Washington State, he served as the defensive line coach all five years and was the assistant head coach the final two.

Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens named next CFP Selection Committee Chair

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Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens named next CFP Selection Committee Chair

In the first year of the College Football Playoff existence, UO director of athletics Rob Mullens got to experience the selection process as a participant, before Oregon's run to the national championship game to cap the 2014 season.

For the last two years, Mullens had an insider's view, as a member of the 13-person selection committee. And for the next two years, Mullens will gain yet another perspective, after being announced Wednesday as chair of the selection committee for a two-year term beginning with the 2018 season.

"This is an incredible honor," Mullens said. "It's the opportunity to be involved in an extremely important, intense element of college athletics, with the added bonus of working alongside a group of accomplished professionals. I was obviously a firm believer in the process already, but stepping into it and having a chance to be part of the committee, it reaffirmed everything."

Mullens, who has been director of athletics at Oregon since 2010, will be the third CFP selection committee chair since its inception. He follows former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and, for the past two seasons, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

Hocutt was chair for the first two years of Mullens' term on the committee. Mullens is being appointed to a two-year term as chairman – which will include being spokesman for the committee following the weekly rankings that are released beginning midway through the season.

"Kirby's done a fantastic job," Mullens said. "Having the opportunity to serve under his leadership for two years was a great experience. Although the chair serves as spokesperson, you're really there to represent the voice of the committee. Every member is extremely involved; they arrive incredibly prepared and ready to get it right. The chairman is just the voice of the committee, a role Kirby handled extremely well."

The selection committee meets over two days at the beginning of each week in Dallas, beginning at midseason. It ranks a weekly top 25 and then, after the regular season, chooses the four playoff semifinal participants as well as the matchups for the other New Year's Six bowl games.

Individual committee members are assigned as "point person" for individual conferences; in 2017, Mullens was responsible for providing research on the Big Ten and Mountain West. The chair is not tasked with that responsibility, instead setting the agenda and facilitating discussion in the meetings, then serving as spokesman along with CFP executive director Bill Hancock.

"We are delighted that Rob will be stepping into this role," Hancock said. "He is an experienced committee member, extremely passionate about college football, detail-oriented and brings a high level of energy that is perfectly suited to chairing the committee."

Hancock originally contacted Mullens about his possible appointment as chair. The CFP management committee, made up of 10 conference commissioners and the athletic director from Notre Dame, officially appoints the chair.

"The system works," Mullens said. "You're in there with 12 other outstanding people who understand the enormity of the task, who have great integrity and value the importance of integrity to the process.

"When you have 13 different voices, there's a lot of conversation. But I always left knowing that everybody in there had integrity at the top of their mind, everyone was well-prepared, and the conversation was incredibly thorough."

Jordon Scott named to freshman All-America team

Jordon Scott named to freshman All-America team

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon defensive lineman Jordon Scott has been named to the 17th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.

 

Scott (Largo, Fla. / Pinellas Park HS) finished his freshman season with 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks while starting 11 of Oregon’s 13 games. He had a season-high five tackles at Washington earning a spot on that week’s Pro Football Focus All-Pac-12 Team. Scott had multiple tackles in 11 games, including the last 10.

 

Scott, who was previously named the 247Sports True Freshman All-America Team, is the eighth Oregon player to be named to a FWAA Freshman All-America Team. He joins Haloti Ngata (2002), LaMichael James (2009), John Boyett (2009), De’Anthony Thomas (2011), Tyler Johnstone (2012), Royce Freeman (20014) and Troy Dye (2015).

 

Oregon names Donte Williams as outside linebackers coach

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Oregon names Donte Williams as outside linebackers coach

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal announced today that Donte Williams has joined the staff as the outside linebackers coach. Williams joins Cristobal’s staff after spending last season at Nebraska where he coached cornerbacks and sub-package specialists (nickels and dimes), while also being involved in the pass defense coordination.

Williams will replace Raymond Woodie who went to Florida State with former Oregon coach Willie Taggart. 

“We are excited to add Donte to the staff,” Cristobal said. “His leadership skills and impact on student-athletes will be of great benefit to our program. Donte is an excellent coach and a nationally recognized top recruiter, and we look to forward to utilizing his efforts, knowledge and energy to move our program forward.”

Before his season at Nebraska, Williams served as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona during the 2016 season where he was credited for energizing the Wildcats’ recruiting efforts.

Williams began his full-time Division I coaching career at San Jose State in 2013. After a season coaching cornerbacks for the Spartans, he was promoted to secondary coach and recruiting coordinator for his final two seasons in San Jose.

The Spartans’ defense made immediate improvements with Williams’ addition. In his first season overseeing the entire secondary in 2014, San Jose State’s total defense improved 71 spots in the FBS rankings, while passing yards allowed improved 85 spots and passing touchdowns allowed jumped 102 spots.

In 2014, SJSU led the country in both passing yards allowed (117.8) and passing touchdowns allowed (6), while ranking 33rd in total defense (357.3). Those numbers were a decrease of 102 yards per game in total defense, as well as 126.9 yards per game in passing yards allowed with 20 fewer touchdown passes allowed. In Williams’ final season at San Jose State, the Spartans ranked second in passing yards allowed (157.8), 29th in passing touchdowns allowed (16) and 34th in total defense (358.5).

In addition to his on-field work, Williams earned recognition for bolstering San Jose State’s recruiting efforts. In 2015, Sports Illustrated named Williams a top 10 recruiter in college football. He was also named the top recruiter in the Mountain West Conference in 2014 by 247Sports.

Williams joined the Spartans staff after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Washington where he coached cornerbacks and linebackers. He started his career as the secondary coach at Los Angeles Harbor College before working in the same position at El Camino College (2008) and Mount San Antonio College (2009). Williams spent the 2010 season as a quality control coach at Nevada assisting with linebackers.

Williams graduated from Idaho State in 2006 where he served as defensive team captain and earned first-team All-Big Sky honors during his junior and senior seasons.

Oregon extends contracts of Leavitt, Arroyo and Salave'a

Oregon extends contracts of Leavitt, Arroyo and Salave'a

University of Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal announced Monday that three assistant coaches have signed contract extensions: defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach Jim Leavitt, associate head coach/defensive line coach Joe Salave’a, and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/tight ends coach Marcus Arroyo. Leavitt’s contract was extended through the 2021 season, with Salave’a and Arroyo’s contracts extended through the 2020 season.

“We are thrilled we were able extend Jim, Marcus and Joe’s contracts,” Cristobal said. “All three have been impactful in establishing the direction of our program as both teachers and mentors for our players. They have been key in helping build our momentum, both on the field and in recruiting. Jim led an amazing turnaround on the defensive side of the ball that saw great improvement in all area of the defense. Joe’s defensive line was a big part of that improvement thanks to his ability to make players better. Under his tutelage, the defensive line led an attack that allowed 118 fewer rushing yards per game than in 2016 while accounting for 63 more tackles for loss and eight more sacks. Marcus’ work on offense, and in particular with Justin Herbert, were critical to the offense’s success. Despite Justin’s absence for five games, we finished in the top 20 in scoring overall while averaging nearly 50 points when at full strength.” 

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Leavitt’s Oregon defense produced significant improvement over the previous year in multiple categories, including total defense (from 115th to 46th), tackles for loss (from 102nd to 22nd), third down defense (from 122nd to 24th), sacks (from 61st to 27th), rushing defense (from 121st to 26th), and interceptions (from 81st to 19th). The Ducks also ranked in the top four in the Pac-12 Conference during the 2017 regular season in rushing defense (2nd), third down defense (2nd), total defense (4th) and fumble recoveries (4th).

Salave’a’s efforts with the Oregon defensive line were a considerable factor in the overall defensive improvement, including an All-Pac-12 second team performance from junior Jalen Jelks, who ranked in the top 10 in the league in both tackles for loss and sacks. Jelks also recorded the first game of five or more tackles for loss by a Duck since 2007, on Sept. 23 at Arizona State. Additionally, true freshman defensive lineman Jordon Scott earned Freshman All-America honors from 247 Sports.

Under Arroyo’s tutelage, the Ducks averaged 49.4 points and 516.5 yards of total offense per game in the seven regular season games started by sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert. Oregon also ranked second in the Pac-12 in rushing offense and tied for fourth nationally during the regular season with 40 rushing touchdowns, with senior offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors.