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Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey announces he is entering NBA Draft

Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey announces he is entering NBA Draft

Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, who played the best basketball of his career during the Ducks' run to the Final Four, announced via Twitter that he has hired an agent and plans to enter the NBA Draft. 

"After this great college experience, I believe this is the time to pursue my dream of a NBA career and I am now announcing my intention to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft with an agent," Dorsey wrote. "I have carefully deliberated this decision with my family and feel the timing is now right to pursue my path to a professional basketball career."

Dorsey tested the NBA waters last year only to ultimately return to UO after it became clear that his draft stock wasn't very high. Not very many current online mock drafts project Dorsey to even be a second-round pick this year, but he won't be able to return to the Ducks if things don't go well during the draft process now that he has hired an agent.

Dorsey had a very inconsistent season in which he made three or fewer field goals in 14 games. Once the postseason came around, however, he went bonkers.

Dorsey averaged 23.6 points per game during the Pac-12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament while shooting 55.7 percent from three-point range. His play could be considered the greatest postseason showing by an Oregon player in program history and was directly responsible for the Ducks reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1939. 

The question for Dorsey at the NBA level is if his outside shot is good enough to compensate for his 6-foot-4 height at the shooting guard position and lack of elite athleticism. 

Now the Ducks will await word on the future status of junior forwards, Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell. Brooks is projected by most mock drafts to be a second-round pick while Bell, who also had a strong postseason, is listed as a potential late first-round pick by many. 




Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

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Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota had another off game during the Titans' 21-0 loss to Baltimore.

Mariota was sacked 11 times during the game while completing 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards with no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 25 yards.

This performance comes after last week's showing of 14 of 26 for 129 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during a 13-12 loss at Buffalo.

His performance in both defeats have people questioning if he is the answer at quarterback. Of course, the team has many problems. The receivers are mediocre, tight end Delanie Walker is done for the season, the running game has been down and Mariota's third coaching staff in four years probably needs more time to get things going in the right direction. 

--- Down day for Freeman, again

Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman had his second consecutive down game during a 23-20 loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams.  

Freeman carried the ball just nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 

Freeman now has 272 yards on 58 carries with three touchdowns.  

-- Kiko Alonso bounces back. 

During last week's loss to Cincinnati, Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso had his first off day in the tackling department with just four, but did have an interception. In Sunday's 31-28 overtime  win over Chicago, Alonso bounced back with 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced and recovered a fumble. The forced fumble occurred near the end of regulation and led to the game tying field goal.

Alonso has had double digit sacks in four out of six games for the 4-2 Dolphins and remains second in the NFL with 61 tackles on the season.

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:







Score: Lost 41-17 at Pittsburgh. 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Out for the season with a torn triceps. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Appeared in 13 plays on offense and seven on special teams. 




Score: Won 21-0 over the Titans. 

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Inactive. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: The backup had four tackles, three solo, and two sacks. 




Score: Lost 20-13 at Houston.

  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had five tackles, four solo, and intercepted one pass and had a tackle for loss. 



Score: Lost 23-17 at Washington

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Played but did not record a tackle. 





Score: Lost 31-28 at Miami

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 





Score: Lost 28-21 to Pittsburgh.      

    • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in seven plays on offense.





    Score: Lost on 38-14 to San Diego.    

    • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist last week but could return at some point this season. 




    Score: Won 40-7 over Jacksonville. 

    • Tyree Robinson, Oregon Ducks, safety: Robinson is on the team's practice squad.  



    Score: Lost 24-21 to the Los Angeles Rams.  

    • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 




    Score: Off. 








    Score: Won 20-13 over Buffalo. 

    • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had one special teams tackle and recovered a fumble on special teams.












    Score: Lost 43-40 at New England.   

    • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had four solo tackles.  
    • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Fractured his leg in practice on Oct. 11 and placed on injured reserve. 




    Score: Won 38-14 at Cleveland.  

    • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught three passes for 118 yard and two touchdowns.




    Score: Won 23-20 at Denver. 

    • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks returned from a concussion last week at Seattle to start and catch two passes for 53 yards.  
    • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had two tackles and forced a fumble. ]
    • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted three times for 120 yards.  
    • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had seven solo tackles.   
    • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
    • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Played special teams. 
    • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles. 





    Score: Won 31-28 over Chicago.

    • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced a fumble that he recovered. 




    Score: Won 27-17 over Arizona.  

    • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 




    Score: Won 43-40 over Kansas City.   

    • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: New England did not punt the entire game. 
    • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had one solo tackle on defense and two assisted tackles on special teams. 





    Score: Off




    Score: Lost 34-13 to Philadelphia. 

    • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
    • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made two of three field goal attempts. 













    Score: Won 34-13 over the New York Giants. 




    Score: Won 28-21 at Cincinnati.     

    • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in eight plays on special teams. 





    Score: Lost 33-30 to Green Bay.  

    • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three solo tackles. 
    • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Played but did not record a statistic. 
    • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end and had two tackles and a sack.




    Score: Won 27-3 over Oakland.

    • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
    • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Inactive.   




    Score: Lost 34-29 at Atlanta. 

    • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Returned two kickoffs for 31 yards. 




    Score: Lost 21-0 at home to the Ravens.   

    • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota was sacked 11 times. He had 25 yards rushing on two carries.  He completed 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards. 



    Score: Won 23-17 over Carolina. 

    • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  


    Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

    Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

    Saturday’s outcome will have major Pac-12 North Division, conference title and bowl game implications. Actually, every Saturday for the rest of the season will have major ramifications for the Ducks. 

    Last week I wrote there was a chance Oregon fans will be smelling roses

    Those chances have grown exponentially since Oregon upset then No.7 Washington with a 30-27 overtime victory. A win against No. 25 Washington State would put UO in the drivers seat for a Pac-12 title and trip to the Rose Bowl.

    Hold on, says every Duck fan ever, if No. 12 Oregon wins the conference title, wouldn't the committee select it for the four-team playoff? Most likely Oregon’s loss to Stanford and weak non-conference schedule would keep it out of the playoff, and put UO in the 105th Rose Bowl against a Big Ten opponent on Jan. 1, 2019. Michigan would likely be that Big Ten opponent, but more on that later. 

    Here is what would need to happen:

    -Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) beats Washington State (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday

    -Oregon wins out in conference play

    -Oregon beats the Pac-12 South Division winner in the title game

    -Stanford loses another game.

    The first three conditions are in the Ducks’ control. The fourth condition, Stanford losing another game, is completely possible. The Cardinal lost 40-21 to Utah last Saturday, and have a tough schedule ahead. Stanford plays at Washington and face potential upset games against Cal and Washington State.

    Saturday will be a showdown between the Pac-12’s most potent offenses.

    Oregon’s offense leads the conference and ranks 11th nationally with 43 points per game. The Ducks are also getting it done on third down, leading the conference and ranking 8th in the nation with a 51.7 conversion percentage. While the Cougars own the nation's best passing attack, averaging 413.78 yards per game.

    Looking at the Pac-12 Conference, it seems like, for the most part, any given game is a toss up. This game is no different. Both teams have a 5-1 overall and 2-1 conference record. Washington State has home field advantage and an extra week to prepare, but the Ducks’ win over Washington proves it was smart to buy in coach Mario Cristobal’s “Oregon Football 2.0”.

    Pac-12 title hopes on the line, Top-25 matchup, ESPN’s College Game Day’s first trip ever to Pullman… Does it get any better?

    Looking at projected Rose Bowl opponents, one-loss Michigan is in second place behind unbeaten No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten standings. The teams will meet in the season finale on November 24th, but first No. 6 Michigan faces No. 24 Michigan State and No. 18 Penn State. If we are assuming Ohio State is headed to the CFB playoff, the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh could hold onto second place in the Big Ten and meet Oregon in Pasadena.

    Smelling roses yet, Duck fans?

    Ducks lose starting LT Penei Sewell for six weeks

    Ducks lose starting LT Penei Sewell for six weeks

    From an offical press release from Oregon:

    True freshman offensive lineman Penei Sewell will miss approximately six weeks due to a high ankle injury suffered in last weekend’s win over Washington, head coach Mario Cristobal announced on Tuesday morning. 

    “Penei is a relentless competitor and I have no doubt he’ll return better than ever,” said Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.

    Sewell started the first six games at left tackle for the Ducks and is currently ranked the No. 6 tackle in the nation, according to Pro Football Focus.  The Saint George, Utah, native was the first Oregon true freshman to start along the offensive line in a season opener since 1997.

    On the depth chart behind Sewell is junior George Moore. However, Oregon's offensive line prides itself on the versatility that each player can play multiple positions. When Sewell and Dallas Warmack (stinger, will return)  went down in the Washington game, backups Brady Aiello and Jacob Capra filled in at tackle and guard. 

    Best and Worst from Oregon’s win vs. Washington

    Best and Worst from Oregon’s win vs. Washington

    The good certainly outweighed the bad in Oregon’s 30-27 upset overtime victory against then No. 7 Washington. The No. 12 Ducks kept their Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl hopes alive, but that’s not all… Check out the best and the worst from Saturday.

    [READ: Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"]


    Herbert becoming a Duck Legend: Quarterback Justin Herbert passed Dan Fouts (5,871) for ninth all-time in career total offense at Oregon.
 He has the most career passing yards (5,532) through 23 career games, besting Marcus Mariota (5,496).
 Herbert also proved he shines in big games. In six career games against ranked teams, he is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,509 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Mitchell is streaking: Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell is the only Pac-12 player with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games this season. Over the last three games, Herbert’s go-to receiver has 29 receptions for 463 yards and two touchdowns.

    Here comes Verdell: Redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and is officially listed as Oregon’s starting running back after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime. Verdell finished with 29 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Duck to run over 100 yards in the first three Pac-12 game since Byron Marshall in 2013. Last week, I wrote about why former Duck LaMichael James thinks Verdell will be the next great Oregon running back.

    Third down, no problem: Oregon leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the nation in third down conversion percentage (51.7). The Ducks also converted on all three of their fourth down attempts against the Huskies.

    Justin “TFL” Hollins: Outside linebacker Justin Hollins has 13.5 tackles for loss in his last 10 games. He has at least a share of a tackle for loss in 10 straight games.

    Big men up front: Jalen Jelks leads Pac-12 defensive linemen with 31 tackles. Jordon Scott tallied three tackles and one tackle for loss in the win. Austin Faoliu finished with four tackles and 0.5 against Washington.

    Linebackers come up big: Saturday was Troy Dye’s second straight game with double-digit tackles (10). Dye leads the team with 45 tackles. Redshirt freshman Isaac Slade-Matautia made a career-high six tackles. Kaulana Apelu has at least five tackles in all six games this season, and his 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks against Washington moved him to second on team in tackles (37) and tackles for loss (5.0).

    Rising in the polls: Oregon moved up five spots to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Ducks landed at No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll, up six spots from a week ago.

    Autzen Advantage: With the victory over Washington, Oregon has won 11 of its last 15 games against Top 10 opponents in Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have won 24 of its last 27 games at home when nationally ranked.

    Flash back to 2014: Some comparisons could be made to 2014 when Oregon made it to the first ever College Football Playoff. The Ducks are off to their first 5-1 start and 2-1 Pac-12 start since 2014.
 Also, the Ducks knocked off ranked teams in back-to-back games for the first time since 2014 when they beat Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game and Florida State in the Rose Bowl.


    Special teams blunders: Adam Stack missed a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Tony Brooks-James fumbled a kickoff return that turned into a Washington touchdown.

    Injuries: Offensive linemen Dallas Warmack(stinger) and Penei Sewell(ankle) both sustained injuries against Washington. According to Cristobal on Monday, Warmack has been cleared and they're still unsure about Sewell. Cristobal also said backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister (knee) is ready to play this week, but running back Darrian Felix (foot) might be another week or two away.

    Kansas City WR De'Anthony Thomas placed on injured reserve

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    Kansas City WR De'Anthony Thomas placed on injured reserve

    Kansas City wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas was placed on injured reserve over the weekend and is out for the season with a leg injury. 

    Thomas was reportedly stepped on during last Thursday's practice, fracturing his leg in the same place where he fractured his leg at the end of the 2017 season. 

    Thomas, drafted by Kansas City in 2014, has three receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown this season, but made several big plays on special teams, including a 48-yard punt return, a fumble recovery and forced a fumble.


    Ducks soar in AP Poll after upsetting Washington

    Ducks soar in AP Poll after upsetting Washington

    The Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) moved up from No. 17 to No.12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after upsetting then No. 7 Washington at home, 30-27. The Huskies fell to No. 15. 

    The win put the Ducks back in the Pac-12 North Division race. If Oregon wins out and defeats the Pac-12 South division champion for the title, UO could be headed to the Rose Bowl. 

    Also, the victory proves it pays dividends to buy stock in Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0". 

    By the way, College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State and is headed to Pullman, Wash. for the first time ever. The Cougars move into the AP Top 25 at No. 25. 

    In the Pac-12: UCLA got Chip Kelly his first victory with the Bruins 37-7 win against Cal. 

    Around the nation: Then No. 13 LSU knocked off then No. 2 Georgia 36-16 to capture a signature victory for coach Ed Orgeron. No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 9 Texas and No. 10 UCF all escaped with narrow victories. 

    College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State

    College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State

    ESPN's College Game Day is headed to Pullman, Wash. for the Pac-12 north matchup between Oregon and Washington State. It's the 2nd game Oregon has been featured on College Game Day after the show came to Eugene for the Stanford game.

    Both teams enter the game 5-1, but the Cougars rested up on a bye week while the Ducks upset then No.7 Washington at home. 

    It's a big moment in Washington State history, as College Game Day has never been to Pullman. However, the Cougars' flag has showed up behind the set for more than 200 straight weeks.

    Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

    Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

    Autzen Stadium erupted with 58,691 screaming fans as redshirt freshman CJ Verdell barreled into the end zone in overtime to score, upsetting rival No. 7 Washington 30-27.

    "That's what a rivalry game is supposed to be like, right?” said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal with a smile to open UO’s press conference.

    In a game that was tied four times, Oregon (2-1 in Pac-12) improved to its first 5-1 start since 2014 and kept its Pac-12 Conference title hopes alive.

    "I've been here for a lot of games,” said quarterback Justin Herbert. “I think that's one of the best experiences that I have been a part of."

    Here is how it unfolded. Washington (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) missed a field goal on the final play of regulation, after Cristobal called two timeouts to ice the Husky kicker.

    Oregon’s defense, which was in UW quarterback Jake Browning’s face all day, held the Huskies to a field goal to open overtime.
    Then the Ducks put the ball in Verdell’s hands.

    Reminder, this is the second time Oregon went to overtime with the No. 7 team in the nation. In their conference opener, Verdell had a key fumble late in the game in Oregon’s loss to Stanford.

    Alas, Verdell rushed twice for a gain of nine yards before a holding call put Oregon in a third-and-11 hole. Herbert converted the first down with a 17-yard completion to his go to receiver, Dillon Mitchell. The victory was sealed when Verdell busted through for the touchdown.

    "Coach Cristobal just told us we were a downhill team, and we were going to keep running downhill," said Verdell. "I was just glad coaches put the trust in me to run the ball, and we executed it.
    He took a breath and then added, "Man, that whole was big."

    Cristobal says that if Verdell didn’t get into the end zone on that last play, the plan was to go for it on fourth down for the win. Not a bad plan, considering Oregon was three-for-three in converting fourth downs and leads the conference with a 51 percent third down conversion rate.

    Cristobal’s trust in Verdell paid off and so did the team’s faith in Cristobal.

    The Oregon football program bought into Cristobal’s physical “Oregon Football 2.0” approach back in January. In October, the dividends showed as the Ducks literally pushed past a rival that embarrassed them, 70-21, just two seasons ago.

    It started with gains in the weight room in the offseason, led by strength and conditioning coach Aaron Feld who is so full of energy, his handlebar mustache probably powers the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex’s electricity. The linemen beefed up, Herbert added 20 pounds, and winning the battle in the trenches became priority number one. A team once known for its speed, changed its style of football to be disciplined and physical. 

    “Player development has taken on a new level,” said Cristobal. “You see knockback, you see physicality, you see guys finishing blocks downfield.”

    A perfect example of Oregon Football 2.0 is exemplified in Verdell’s valuable performance against the top defense in the conference.

    The offensive line owned the line of scrimmage against a Washington team that led the conference in scoring defense and have not allowed more than 35 points in 51 games. The victory in the trenches allowed Verdell to get the tough yards, he averaged 3.9 yards per carry on a career-high 29 carries, 111 yards and two touchdowns. It marked his fourth game Verdell has rushed for more than 100 yards.  

    Those hard earned yards paid off when the offensive line parted UW’s defense for Verdell to score the game-winning touchdown. Verdell and fellow running back Travis Dye nicknamed UO’s offensive line “Moses”, because they can part the red sea. Oregon's line aided the Ducks to rush for 177 yards against the Huskies. 

    They also protected Herbert, holding UW to two tackles for loss, while Oregon’s defense racked up five tackles for loss. Herbert finished the game 18-of-32 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

    It was Herbert’s first win against Washington and after a brief two-year losing streak, Oregon can reclaim the Border War bragging rights. More importantly, the Ducks can rest easy knowing that they were right to put their money where The Cristo-ball is.

    Injury news for De'Anthony Thomas, undefeated Chiefs

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    Injury news for De'Anthony Thomas, undefeated Chiefs

    Former Oregon Ducks and now Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas is reported to have fractured his leg during practice on Thursday.

    According to Chiefs’ Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Burkholder, Thomas “first fractured this leg during a game back on Dec. 31st, 2017. He had emergency surgery in Denver and had a rod put in his leg. That rod is still in his leg. Yesterday at practice, he had what we all consider a freak accident where he got stepped on from behind and refracturued his leg.”

    Burkholder continues, “All indications right now are that he won’t need anything done with the rod, he won’t need surgery, and he’ll heal up on his own, but he’ll need some time to heal up.”

    You can watch the full press conference HERE

    Thomas’ timetable for return is still up in the air.

    Thomas has spent most of his skills with the special teams unit, but has also been utilized for his speed at wide receiver with Kansas City.

    The Chiefs (5-0) travel to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (3-2) this week in Foxborough.