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Changes coming to Autzen Stadium next season

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Changes coming to Autzen Stadium next season

Oregon Ducks football fans will be experience some changes to their beloved Autzen Stadium this upcoming season to "enhance the fan experience and continue to improve safety", according to athletic director Rob Mullens.

The following changes will begin as the Ducks open up their season against Bowling Green at 5 PM (PT) on September 1, 2018:

1. First and foremost, parking. The parking lot outside Autzen Stadium, the one that is home to the energetic, tailgating Ducks fans, will now be open six hours prior to kickoff compared to the previous four. This will allow those traveling from outside Eugene more time to enjoy pre-game festivities and to hopefully minimize the amout of traffic of those heading to the stadium.

2. Autzen Stadium will now have more options to serve alcohol within the stadium. Before, solely the Moshofsky Center sold beer and wine pre-game, but now the general concessions in the stadium will have that capability. 

"In-stadium alcohol sales by trained and licensed servers will provide more control over alcohol consumption and serve as deterrents to overconsumption."

3. In addition to the in-stadium alcohol sales, there will be no re-entry once a fan leaves the stadium. Which means no more tailgating at halftime and coming back into Autzen for the second half.

4. All carrying bags entering into Autzen must be clear. This will hopefully reduce the amount of waiting in lines upon entry into the stadium and create a safer environment for all.

Full article provided by GoDucks.com can be found here

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One-on-one with QB1: Peyton Manning's influence on Herbert’s decision to return

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One-on-one with QB1: Peyton Manning's influence on Herbert’s decision to return

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

[Read more]:

Part 1: Herbert was destined to be a Duck.

Part 2: Herbert’s expectations far different than reality

Part 3: Justin Herbert, M.D.

The rumors and high NFL projections started for Herbert at an early time in his collegiate career, and for good reason. He is an NFL dream: his size; his speed; his arm; his knowledge for the game... and so much more.

Herbert was the talk of the trade ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. But he had one of the most important decisions of his life ahead of him: declare for the Draft, or return to Oregon for his senior season?

Valid points can be made for either side. 

Herbert listened to his family, his friends, his coaches and teammates, and even future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Not a bad group to weigh the options with. From one quarterback to another, Manning gave Herbert a unique perspective.

“We talked about his situation and whether or not he’d do the same thing over again. And he gave me the facts and he was really good about it and I learned a lot from him… He told me this is how the NFL works, this is how the Draft works, this is what you’ll be giving up, this is what you’ll be getting. He didn’t want to try and sway me one way or the other,” Herbert said of his conversation with Manning. 

Not a bad person to talk to. Watch more from this interview in the video above.

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert, M.D.

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert, M.D.

Oregon senior quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

Student comes first in student-athlete. That’s exactly how Herbert sees it. Over a 4.0 GPA and majoring in Biology, Hebert excels in the classroom and on the gridiron. Would you believe Herbert isn’t the smartest one in his family?

It all started with his older bother, Mitchell, who has never received a B grade in his life.

“He’s the smartest one in the family as much as I have go say it, he is,” says Herbert on his brother Mitchell. “He’s always done such a great job… I think I looked at that and I wanted to be just like him. So going into college, I knew I was going to have to work and do my best to see if I could match him.”

Competition in every aspect of life, is that what growing up with two brothers (Mitchell and Patrick) is like? Perhaps, but it is paying off for Justin.

As for Herbert’s toughest class? Neuroscience. 

Watch more in the video above of this exclusive interview.

More from this interview:

Part 1: Herbert was destined to be a Duck

Part 2: 

Injury updates from Mario Cristobal: Jacob Breeland given green light vs. Auburn

Injury updates from Mario Cristobal: Jacob Breeland given green light vs. Auburn

An injury update on some of the Ducks following Friday’s fall camp practice:

- Wide receiver Juwan Johnson is limited, but just for precautionary reasons, after leaving Tuesday’s practice with cramps. 

“We feel really good about Juwan. Juwan has come along very well. He’s doing some stuff in a limitary mode out of precautionary measures by us,” says Cristobal.

Johnson is expected to play week one against Auburn.

- Senior tight end Jacob Breeland is good to go.

His return is crucial for the Ducks not only for blocking purposes against Auburn's defensive front but also for his route running and establishing a physical presence against the Tigers’ secondary. 

Cristobal went on to say that Breeland has had a really good camp.

- The highly anticipated return of tight end Cam McCormick is a bit behind schedule.

“Cam McCormick is taking part in practice but not full go just yet,” says Cristobal. “Maybe a little bit behind schedule but not by much. We feel optimistic about him because he’s doing all the stuff that he needs to do to get ready."

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert's expectations far different than reality

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert's expectations far different than reality

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

[PART ONE:  Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck]

Have you ever seen the "expectation vs. reality" memes on social media?

When quarterback Justin Herbert became an Oregon Duck, his expectations couldn't have been more different than his current reality. 

"I didn't expect to play my four years at Oregon," Herbert said in the interview with a smile. "I was so excited to be here and I thought, 'Do your job, learn the offense, be there and maybe there's a time when you can step in and do some work.'"

Herbert became the first Oregon true freshman to start at quarterback since 1983 after replacing Dakota Prukop mid-way through the 2016 season. He started the remaining seven games and finished with 1,935 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions. 

[READ: Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie]

The Eugene-native was born and destined to be a Duck, but still clearly remembers when he got the call from then-Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich with an offer from the program in his backyard. He didn’t hesitate. In fact, Herbert “didn’t think it was real” until he answered the call in the back of the Sheldon High School parking lot.

“I jumped on the bandwagon as soon as I could,” Herbert said. The three-star prospect had taken visits to Northern Arizona and Portland State.

Was Herbert caught off guard to play as a freshman? Check out the video above for more.

Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie Pt. 1: History

Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie Pt. 1: History

The season opener between No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Auburn is beginning to look like the plot of a Disney movie. Two ranked opponents in the national spotlight, led by hometown quarterbacks who have been preparing their entire football career for this moment.

Oregon senior quarterback Justin Herbert and Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix have the opportunity to write the introduction to the 2019 football season. August 31st is the beginning of Herbert’s swan song and the start of Nix’s legacy.

History

Herbert, the 6-foot-6, 237-pound quarterback with the ability to make any throw is a main reason Oregon is the favorite to win its first Pac-12 title since 2014. Before he was projected as a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eugene-native was a Ducks fan, a passion passed down from birth.

“I grew up in a family that was Duck fans for as long as they can remember,” Herbert said in a Talkin’ Ducks interview with host Jordan Kent. “I grew up with a grandfather that went to every single game and played (at Oregon). My parents both love Oregon football and my brothers, so I just assumed I had to be a Duck fan.”

Herbert’s grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon from 1960-63 and introduced Herbert to Oregon football. Herbert remembers experiencing Autzen Stadium with him. As an 11-year-old, Herbert stood next to Schwab in awe during the 2009 Civil War. 

“One of my favorite games was the Oregon-Oregon State civil war game with Jeremiah Masoli,” Herbert said. “I think it was third or fourth down, late in the game and he ran over a guy. I thought that was really cool.”

Schwab passed away in January of 2018, but his impact is everlasting on his grandson.

When Herbert got the call from then-Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich with an offer from the program in his backyard, he didn’t hesitate. It was a no-brainer to follow in Schwab’s footsteps. In fact, Herbert “didn’t think it was real” until he answered the call in the back of the Sheldon High School parking lot.

“I jumped on the bandwagon as soon as I could,” Herbert said. The three-star prospect had taken visits to Northern Arizona and Portland State.

In contrast, Nix was offered by 18 different schools. However, Alabama’s 2018 High School Player of the Year only had eyes for Auburn. The five-star prospect and top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class never visited any other schools.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback is following in his father’s footsteps. Patrick Nix threw for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns over 32 games for the Tigers from 1992-95. Patrick met his wife in college and Bo was raised a Tigers fan since birth. (Sound familiar?)

Nix is the first ever true freshman quarterback to start for the Tigers during week one of the modern era. It’s very likely that Oregon will see both Nix and back-up Joey Gatewood at quarterback on August 31. 

Fittingly, Nix’s favorite Auburn memory as a fan includes the Ducks. Nix’s dream to lead Auburn to a national championship intensified while he watched the 2011 BCS National Championship game. From his seat at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Nix cheered as quarterback Cam Newton and the Tigers defeated the Ducks, 22-19, to win the program’s first national championship game in 63 years.

Nine years later, it almost feels predestined that these two quarterbacks would meet in a nationally televised, primetime game with major legacy and conference implications on the line.

[RELATED: Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener]

The plotline of this Disney movie doesn’t stop there. Neither do the parallels: Both Herbert and Nix were coached by their fathers and will be relying heavily on their father’s advice come August 31 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  The difference? It’s in the legacy.

Stay tuned for part two.

Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener

Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener

The anticipation is palpable for the season opener between No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Auburn.

Auburn named true freshman Bo Nix as starting quarterback. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Nix beat out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood in a competition that began during the spring and lasted the duration of fall camp.

Nix is not your typical freshman. A former five-star prospect and top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, Nix enrolled early in January and is poised to have a great career with the Tigers.

He’s looking to start his Auburn career with a bang. Oregon junior cornerback Deommordore Lenoir is looking forward to meeting Nix in his college football debut.

“It actually makes me happy. I want to welcome him to college football," Lenoir said.

I asked, what would be the best way to welcome him to college football?

"Oh a pick-six. Easy," Lenoir said.

Nix has earned the respect of senior linebacker Troy Dye already. Dye has studied Nix’s high school film and will begin a deeper dive on Sunday to start game week.

“Congratulations to him for winning the job. But the game knows no age," Dye said. "Doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or senior, if you’re ready to play, you’re ready to play. We can’t look at him like ‘oh he’s a freshman.’ He’s a great athlete. Top school in a Division I program. He’s the starting quarterback for a Division I team so we can’t ever overlook that stuff. We got to go out there and prepare like he’s been there for four years.” 

Optimism is high for Oregon football’s 2019 season and beating the Tigers will essentially make or break the team’s College Football Playoff hopes. A win sends the Ducks and the Pac-12 Conference into national relevancy, and a loss initiates an uphill fight; no team has ever rebounded from a week one loss to make the final field of four.

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

Before he was a projected as a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eugene-native was a Ducks fan, passed down his passion for Oregon football at birth.

“I grew up in a family that was Duck fans for as long as they can remember,” Herbert said in the interview. “I grew up with a grandfather that went to every single game and played (at Oregon). My parents both love Oregon football and my brothers, so I just assumed I had to be a Duck fan.”

Herbert’s grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon from 1960-63 and introduced Herbert to Oregon football. Herbert remembers experiencing Autzen Stadium with him. As an 11-year-old, Herbert stood next to Schwab in awe during the 2009 Civil War. 

“One of my favorite games was the Oregon-Oregon State civil war game with Jeremiah Masoli,” Herbert said. “I think it was third or fourth down, late in the game and he ran over a guy. I thought that was really cool.”

Schwab passed away in January of 2018 but his impact is everlasting on his grandson.

Mark Herbert, Justin’s father, also had a huge influence on shaping Justin’s approach to the game. Check out the video above for more.

Justin Herbert named to Manning Award watch list

Justin Herbert named to Manning Award watch list

Add another one for QB1. 

Oregon football senior quarterback Justin Herbert is one of 30 quarterbacks to land on the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, presented to college football’s top quarterback after the bowl games.

According to Archie Manning from the Manning Award website: 

“For our Watch List, we aim to recognize players who have already been successful on the field for their teams, but every quarterback in the country remains eligible. We’ll make some midseason additions to the list as some of the younger quarterbacks and the transfers establish themselves. I’m really looking forward to getting the season started this weekend and keeping a close eye on everyone right through the national championship in New Orleans.”

Other quarterbacks on the list include: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, LSU’s Joe Burrow, Florida’s Feleipe Franks, among others. 

Add the Manning Award watch list to the other preseason honors for Herbert: Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, Phil Steele All-American third team, Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele Pac-12 first team, No. 11 on Sports Illustrated Top 100 Players. 

Herbert Quick Hits:

- Owns a streak of 28 consecutive games with a TD pass, good for the longest active streak in the nation.

- Enters 2019 season ranked fifth among active FBS leaders in passing TDs (63) and eighth in passing yards (7,070).

Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson injury scare just "precautionary"

Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson injury scare just "precautionary"

Oregon’s receiving corps received a scare with a possible fifth injury and appears to have dodged the literal largest blow.

6-foot-4, 230-pound senior Juwan Johnson was absent from Wednesday’s practice (during the time reporters can watch) after leaving Tuesday’s practice early with a noticeable limp, according to reports from Eugene.

When asked for an update on Oregon's big-bodied starter, wide receiver coach Jevon Bouknight said it was “precautionary” from cramps, according to reports from Eugene. Johnson is expected to play week one against Auburn.

Oregon needs to find its next leading receiver and the Penn State graduate transfer is looking every bit he part.

He brings needed experience to the position: playing in 16 more games than the Ducks' most veteran wide receiver, senior Brenden Schooler (21 games). Plus, his large, powerful, physical frame is unlike the other receivers currently on Oregon's roster along with his ability to power through and over defensive backs.

The Ducks receiving corps is already coping with the loss of Brenden Schooler, who will be out another five to seven weeks after suffering a right foot injury that required surgery.

The depth took another hit when true freshman receiver Mycah Pittman, who was expected to contribute or possibly start this season, hurt his shoulder while making a diving catch and will be sidelined for at least 6-8 weeks.

Also, freshman wide receiver JR Waters had a lower leg procedure and won’t return for four to six weeks. Freshmen Lance Wilhoit has also been limited with lingering injures.

Stay tuned for more updates, but it appears Oregon dodged a very large bullet.