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Kenny Wooten signs Exhibit 10 deal with the New York Knicks


Kenny Wooten signs Exhibit 10 deal with the New York Knicks


The final University of Oregon NBA Draft prospect left on the board seems to have found a home. 

Kenny Wooten, the 6-foot-9 high flying forward, has signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the New York Knicks following his Summer League appearances with the team. 

A four star forward in the Class of 2017, Wooten entered Eugene on the heels of the famed 2017 Final Four squad. In two seasons with Oregon, Wooten was a force around the rim, rejecting 166 shots in only 70 appearances, settling in at third on the school’s blocks leaderboard. 

After somewhat surprisingly declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, Wooten went undrafted alongside teammate Louis King. 

[RELATED]: King signs a two-way deal with the Detroit Pistons

An Exhibit 10 contract brings Wooten into New York’s training camp in the fall. If management likes what they see, Wooten will be converted into a two way deal. A two-way deal allows players to be with the NBA team for up to 45 days that can earn him up to $204,000. On the other hand, if Wooten is cut and spends at least 45 days with the Knicks G-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, he will earn a $50,000 bonus. 

The Knicks have already filled their 15 roster spots and signed one of their two, two-way players (Kris Wilkes), so it is likely that Wooten will begin his professional career in Westchester. 

Oregon's ice cold uniforms vs. rival Washington

Oregon's ice cold uniforms vs. rival Washington

With major Pac-12 implications on the line, the No. 12 Oregon Ducks will be donning white uniforms with 'Nightmare Green' lettering and chrome winged helmets against No. 25 Washington on Saturday at 12:30 p.m in Seattle, WA. Duck fans are encouraged to wear green to the rivalry clash.

Oregon's "Nike Vapor Fusion" uniform is celebrating its 20th anniversary of their partnership with Nike. The winged helmets are back and the jerseys feature large "Mighty Oregon" font resembling last season's "Oregon Football 2.0" uniform with slight differences. The addition of Nightmare Green is the biggest change while notably no black set was released (yet). 

Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) is the only remaining team in the North Division without a conference loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. A win would improve Oregon to 4-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. The Ducks dominating defense is yielding just 8.7 points per game, best in the Pac-12 and third in the nation. 

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Video surfaces of former Oregon Duck Keanon Lowe disarming Parkrose High School gunman

Video surfaces of former Oregon Duck Keanon Lowe disarming Parkrose High School gunman

Friday, May 17th 2019 will be a day that will change the lives of the students and faculty at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon. 

What could have gone down as another school shooting in the United States, became a heroic local story as the threat was stopped just short thanks to former Oregon football wide receiver Keanon Lowe.

Lowe, who was named the Parkrose high school head football coach back in February 2018, saw the suspect carrying a gun and disarmed that person before what was intended to happen, happened.

Today, the following video surfaced. It's worth the watch:

What follows is an in-depth feature from our Oregon Ducks Insider, Bri Amaranthus, on Lowe and the events that was originally posted on May 21st, 2019:

Keanon Lowe’s recount of how he disarmed a student who police said carried a shotgun into a classroom, prohibiting a tragic shooting at Parkrose High School, is bone chilling.

20 seconds.

Lowe entered the classroom in the Fine Arts building on Friday 20 seconds before the door re-opened and Lowe was face-to-face with an armed high school senior. The former Oregon Ducks wide receiver was faced with a life or death decision.

It’s the third school gun incident this month in the United States. In all three instances, the shooter was tackled: one of the tacklers lived and two died for their efforts.

Did Lowe ever think to run?

“Never,” he said.

“In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast, saw the look in his face, looked at his eyes, looked at the gun, I realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over,” Lowe said.

“I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun, and he had his two hands on the gun...I was just making sure the barrel of the gun isn’t pointed towards them or towards me. I was able to wrestle it away.”

Right place. Right time. But to truly understand how the 27-year-old head football coach came to be just three feet from the barrel of a shotgun, you have to go back… The story didn’t start when Lowe, who is also a school security guard, was called to that classroom to take a student back to the office with him, a task he does 30-40 times a day.

The right life experiences and a myriad of decisions led him to be incredibly brave and decisive in a terrifying moment.

The Jesuit high school graduate’s instincts earned him Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive back while also playing running back and wide receiver as a senior. From 2010-14, Lowe played for the Oregon Ducks and was voted “Oregon’s Most Inspirational Player” by his teammates as a senior. Although he put up plenty of statistics, the first line on his roster profile couldn’t sum him up more perfectly:

“His contributions could not be documented merely by statistics despite looming as one of Oregon’s top three receivers through the first six games.”

Lowe became an assistant on former Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s NFL staffs at Philadelphia and then San Francisco. Lowe's passion to work with kids urged him to leave the NFL. He felt like he had a solid foundation to use the knowledge that he had to take on a bigger role.

The goal was to find his voice as a head coach, help mold the next generation and give them someone to count on.

“In that situation, a lot of us would freeze up, or kinda back out and not know what to do,” Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard said of Lowe after giving him tickets to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. “For him to take that type of stand, and to go and tackle the kid and protect all those people and himself, that’s a real hero move. That’s a big move. That’s big time of him.”

In that moment when anger could have taken over, Lowe chose compassion. 

“He broke down and I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him,” Lowe said. “I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living."

It could be argued that Lowe found his voice.

During Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Trail Blazers honored Lowe’s heroics. 20,000 fans stood in pride of their hometown hero, while he stood with his hand over his heart. Call it fate or call it destiny, but know that Lowe’s actions derived from a life full of preparation and integrity.

 

What if… we re-drafted the 2015 NFL Draft and Marcus Mariota goes No. 1 overall to Tampa Bay?

What if… we re-drafted the 2015 NFL Draft and Marcus Mariota goes No. 1 overall to Tampa Bay?

It’s the 2015 NFL Draft. Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a Heisman Trophy winning campaign after taking the Ducks to the national championship. The time is now April when the next step in his illustrious football career is about to begin.

“With the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Marcus Mariota, quarterback from Oregon.”

Cheers and applause ring in as the Hawaii native’s dreams of becoming an NFL quarterback have just come true. He puts on the navy blue hat and shakes the commissioner’s hand just mere minutes after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the No. 1 overall pick.

Fast forward, and Mariota is in his fifth year with the Titans. He has had only the same offensive coordinator once in back-to-back seasons (Terry Robiskie in 2016 and 2017), an unstable offensive line and now has been benched ahead of Sunday’s matchup vs. the Los Angeles Chargers in favor of Ryan Tannehill.

So let’s play the “what if” game for a moment: What if we re-drafted the 2015 NFL Draft and Mariota was selected No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Let’s first talk about coaching consistency. In 2015, the Bucs head coach was Lovie Smith with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. That season, Tampa Bay finished with a 6-10 record and last in the NFC South division. The following year, Koetter was appointed to head coach: an offensive mind that would have been paired with Mariota at the helm. It was only until this current 2019 season that the Bucs hired new head coach Bruce Arians and new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 

In 2015, Jameis Winston threw for over 4,000 yards and averaged 252.6 per game while Mariota threw for 2,818 yards. Winston was sacked 27 times while Mariota was sacked 38 times. Mariota did have the upper hand when it came to pass completion: Mariota 62.2% and Winston at 58.3%.

That same season, Bucs running back Doug Martin also ran for 1,402 total yards, good for second in the league. So the run game was very much present as well.

So just imagine what that offense would have looked like with a more accurate quarterback in Mariota combined with the offensive mindset from the head coach? Sure, the Bucs are in the same division as Drew Brees and Cam Newton (old school Cam Newton, not today’s Cam Newton), but that Bucs offense would have looked very different.

The Bucs finished 9-7 in 2016 (Winston’s second season). 

What’s done is done. Mariota has had an interesting time in Tennessee to say the least and his time in Nashville may have run its course. For better or for worse, only time will tell if Mariota is seen in a new uniform next season as he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Talkin' Ducks Podcast: Can Cristobal and the Ducks clinch the Pac-12 North?

Talkin' Ducks Podcast: Can Cristobal and the Ducks clinch the Pac-12 North?

Pac-12 title implications on the line; bragging rights on the line; pride on the line...

The No. 12 Oregon Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) are heading into hostile territory on Saturday to face Pac-12 rival and foe the No. 25 Washington Huskies (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12). 

On the latest Talkin' Ducks Podcast, hosts Jordan Kent and Anthony Newman celebrate the Ducks’ dominant 45-3 win over Colorado, then look ahead to Saturday’s game against the Huskies - where a victory might all but clinch the Pac-12 North crown for Oregon.

Listen to the full podcast below:

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3 keys for Oregon to be victorious against rival Washington

3 keys for Oregon to be victorious against rival Washington

No. 12 Oregon is the only remaining team in the North Division without a loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. The Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) are looking for their sixth-straight victory to improve to 4-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. Washington (5-2, 2-2) needs to win to stay in the hunt for the division title.

Numbers to know: Washington hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 35 points in a game since a 44-30 loss at UCLA in 2014.

Fun fact: This is the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes.

Betting line: Oregon is a road favorite. The Ducks opened as 3.5-point favorites against the Huskies. The line has since moved to 2.5-points. The over/under is 55 total points.

Key to an Oregon win

In a game that I’m expecting to be a low scoring affair, there are three things the Ducks must do be victorious in Seattle, WA:

Score early

Through seven games, UW has outscored opponents 90-6 in the first quarter. An early Oregon touchdown would help to silence the expected tempestuous and unruly sea of purple fans at Husky Stadium. Striking first would also build on the Ducks’ offensive confidence and the rhythm they established in their past win against Colorado.

Win the turnover battle

UW has forced 13 turnovers and has scored on 11, which ranks No. 15 in the nation in turnover margin. Oregon has an interception in 13 of the last 15 games and leads the nation with 11.7 points per game off turnovers. Capitalizing on any mistakes the Huskies and quarterback Jacob Eason make is crucial.

Red Zone Warriors

Washington ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in red zone offense (.906). In contrast, Oregon's defense leads the nation in the red zone: allowing 14 trips into the red zone this season but giving up only two touchdowns (14.3 percent). The contrast of strengths will be fun to watch on Saturday.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

TV: ABC

Radio: Portland on 1080 "The Fan"; Eugene on KUGN-AM 590

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Apparently, Harry the Husky eats his hot dogs plain and peaked in high school?

Apparently, Harry the Husky eats his hot dogs plain and peaked in high school?

You know it's rivalry week when both mascots are going at it...

All week leading up to Saturday's No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 25 Washington rivalry game in Seattle, Washington, the infamous Oregon Duck and Harry the Husky have been trash talking one another on twitter. This is a tradition that happens every year these two teams meet up. 

There are no limitatiions what the Duck and Harry call each other out on, and we can't help but laugh...

Here are the greatest trash talk tweets between the two mascots:

Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. (PT) at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

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Former Oregon Ducks selected in 2019-2020 XFL Draft

Former Oregon Ducks selected in 2019-2020 XFL Draft

The 2019-20 XFL Draft is officially in the books. 


Here’s how it went down:

Each XFL team (8) filled its 71-man roster by selecting players from a set of positional groupings in the five-phased draft, with the exception of the quarterback position, which was assigned to each team.

The draft moved quickly and is designed to be social. Teams were given 90 seconds to make a selection and declare their picks through a video conference and announced on social media.

There were Seven former Ducks with chance to revitalize career in XFLand three were selected in total. 

Day one of the draft (Tuesday, October 15) saw teams make their selections in these positional groups: skill positions (WR, RB and TE) and offensive line. Former Oregon Duck Alex Balducci was the sole Duck to be selected after day one.

Day two (Wednesday, October 16) of the draft saw the front seven and defensive backs taken off the board. Let’s recap day two of the 2019 XFL Draft and which former Oregon Ducks found new homes:

ARRION SPRINGS

Defensive back - Oregon, 2014-17

Drafted by the Tampa Bay Vipers No. 1 in the defensive back round of the draft.

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Springs finished his collegiate career at Oregon with honorable mentions All-Pac-12 conference awards, the No. 1 rated defensive back in the Pac-12 according to Pro Football Focus, and Phil Steele Third Team All-Pac-12 honors.

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Springs signed a rookie free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

After the Chiefs, Springs was signed to the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in October 2018 and then signed to the Los Angeles Chargers’ practice squad in December 2018 before getting cut by the Chargers following the 2019 training camp. 

Now, Springs finds himself packing his bags headed for sunny Tampa Bay.

JOHNNY RAGIN III

Linebacker - Oregon, 2014-17

Ragin finished his collegiate career awarded with the Todd Doxey Award (Most Outstanding Teammate), with three double digit tackle performances in games against Nebraska, Utah, and Oregon State and fifth best defensive leader on the team despite missing five games during the 2017 season.

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Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

The Ducks will be walking into a tempestuous and unruly sea of purple at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday.

No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) looks to stay atop the Pac-12 Conference North Division and beat rival No. 25 Washington (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) in the rain and toughest road environment UO will face this season.

Of the 70,083 fans expected at the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes, at least 20 of them will be Washington fans converted to Oregon fans.

Senior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, who graded out as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12 Conference in 2018, is from Bellevue, Wash. Although he grew up as a Husky fan just a stones throw away from Seattle (13.7 miles to be exact), Throckmorton chose to play for UO over UW, converting 20 of his family members to green and yellow in the process.

The legacy and history of the Oregon-Washington rivalry is as important to Throckmorton as anyone. The senior knows preparation is the key to a win over the Huskies in his final season.

“It comes down to controlled aggression,” Throckmorton said. “Letting that passion and the pageantry of the rivalry give you that little bit of juice to start the game. But, you have to use that in the right way. It can’t come out as raw emotion, it has to come out as controlled aggression.”

Tigard, Oregon-native tight end Ryan Bay has a different perspective. As an Oregonian who grew up cheering on the Ducks against the Huskies, Bay says the opportunity to contribute on Saturday makes the game even more meaningful.

“It’s all about pride,” Bay said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior joined the Ducks as a walk-on in 2015, worked his way to play in all 13 games in 2018 and will likely see an increase in workload this Saturday with the season-ending injury to starter Jacob Breeland.

Bay has done his part to educate and inform the younger Ducks about the bitter rivalry with UW.

“(The underclassmen) will learn quick. The Ducks and the Huskies, we are going to go at it and it’s going to be a fun game. Two tough, physical teams… It’s a battle for the northwest. They are starting to catch on.”

The Ducks won’t change much as they head to Seattle. Oregon plans to focus on its strengths that have translated to wins. 

Oregon's defense has dominated all season, but will face its toughest test against a Huskies team that just put up 51 points in a win at Arizona. Also, Washington reloaded on defense and has one of the best turnover margins in the nation: scored 11 times off 13 turnovers.

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said it best, "Washington is true to form. Tough, physical, great coaches, great players. A real aggressive scheme that is fundamentally sound… A pretty quintessential Chris Petersen team."

The Huskies need a win over the Ducks to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. Leading tackler, defensive back Myles Bryant is excited for the rivalry game.

"It's always fun,” Bryant told UW reporters. “I feel like games like this you get the best from both sides, so guys prepare hard, guys play hard. Whenever you get that feeling from both teams I feel like it's pretty fun."

Can Oregon take the reigns from a Washington squad who has won the conference two of the last three seasons? It’ll be a Pac-12 North battle between two rivals who must balance the fine line between playing with emotions and letting emotions play them.

Marcus Mariota responds to benching in the most Mariota way possible

Marcus Mariota responds to benching in the most Mariota way possible

The Tennessee Titans (2-4) have announced a change to their roster ahead of Sunday’s matchup vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Marcus Mariota has spent the previous five seasons in Nashville hoping to be the answer that would turn that franchise around.

That came and went as of 21 hours ago. Mariota has been benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill.

On Wednesday, Mariota addressed the media following the announcement of his benching:

Typical Mariota. Nothing but class and respect.

The Titans organization hasn’t done a great job in aiding Mariota into the quarterback Oregon Ducks fans know him to be. A weak offensive line accompanied by a coaching carousel will do that to a young quarterback. 

Now, the rumors of the Mariota era coming to an end in Nashville are pouring in while the hashtag #FreeMarcus has started on social media. Our Oregon Insider Bri Amaranthus got the scoop from fans:

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