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Oregonian Brady Breeze earning title as a momentum changer

Oregonian Brady Breeze earning title as a momentum changer

Brady Breeze is one of the best Ducks to interview after a game. Reporters huddle around the junior who wears a huge smile and leaves an easy-breezy impression. The safety keeps it real and produces some of the best story-leading quotes.

On the senior linebacker Troy Dye’s infamous dance to “Shout” during Oregon’s home opener and domination of Nevada:

"He was just having fun, today was a day to have fun,” Breeze said after the victory. “Sometimes when you are playing football, you are so focused on making a call or the next play, that you don’t enjoy that you are playing in front of thousands of people and living your dream."

The Central Catholic High School standout referenced the 1994 ‘Gang Green’ Ducks following Oregon’s 45-3 whooping of Colorado:

“We’re rocking and rolling right now," Breeze said. "We’ve still got to get better… We’re trying to be Gang Green 2.0. That’s what we talk about. I’m excited to see what we can do with this defense."

The Medford, Oregon-native has been dreaming about starting for Oregon since he was a kid, looking up to the play of former Duck John Boyett. Due to a second half targeting call on Nick Pickett at USC, Breeze is set to make his first collegiate start against Arizona. Regardless of Pickett's status, Breeze "has certainly earned the right to be on the field more," Cristobal said.

“This is my fourth season at Oregon, and I’ve never started a game," Breeze said. "It’s been a little frustrating, but it’s alright… That’s something I can check off my bucket list. But I can’t really focus too much on that. We’ve got to focus on Arizona because they’ve got a good quarterback and a good team."

Yes, he talks the talk. He’s also walking the walk.

Breeze earned Pac-12 defensive player of the week after leading the No. 7 Ducks with a career-high seven tackles in Oregon’s win at USC. He provided momentum-changing plays in the chippy game including a pick-six and a fumble recovery. Breeze made the type of hustle plays that opened Cristobal’s eyes a little wider.

"Brady played a great game. You want to talk about making big-time plays, he did and he changed the momentum of the game,” Cristobal said. “It speaks volumes for him. He’s certainly earned the right to be on the field more so we got to make sure we make that happen.”

Working with the first team defense, the opportunity for Breeze to continue to swing the momentum is clear. Oregon will face Arizona in Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Oregon's Week 2 matchup with Ohio State could be in jeopardy

Oregon's Week 2 matchup with Ohio State could be in jeopardy

One of the most anticipated matchups of the 2020 football season is scheduled to go down inside Autzen Stadium on September 12th.

That is when the Ohio State Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Oregon Ducks in what is sure to be an instant classic... that is, if it happens at all. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the United States and has left the sports world in limbo. 

Multiple professional leagues are attempting to play, but have run into issues with players testing positive for COVID-19.

Now it appears Ohio State can be added to the list.

College Football Insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Ohio State has paused all voluntary workouts after multiple student-athletes tested positive for the disease. The school would not release the number of positive tests, only stating that the pausing of workouts was a result of the latest round of testing.

With workouts on hold, one has to wonder how this news will impact the Ducks - Buckeyes clash.

Will it happen on its scheduled date? Will it happen at all?

As a precaution to help flatten the curve, some have reported that the Big 10 could play a conference only or regional only schedule. The same goes for the Pac-12, with USC head coach Clay Helton saying the conference is considering playing 11 conference games, eliminating all non-conference opponents.

This would mean no Oregon vs Ohio State or Washington vs Michigan this season. 

However, conferences just sticking to a conference-only or regional schedule might not happen either. 

It was announced early Wednesday that the Ivy League has decided to cancel fall sports for the 2020 season. 

The Ivy League became to the first league to announce they would not play fall sports, and that is no small drop in the pond. 

The Ivy League was also the first league to cancel its basketball championship tournaments earlier this year, and shortly thereafter all the other leagues followed suit. 

Whether it's region only or no games at all, the chances are looking slim that we see the Buckeyes in Eugene this fall. 

Jordan Kent is expecting baby No. 2

Jordan Kent is expecting baby No. 2

Former Oregon Duck and Seattle Seahawk Jordan Kent is expecting his second child! 

The Talkin' Ducks host and wife, Tiffany, announced the news on social media Tuesday evening. 

Baby Kent No. 2 will arrive in November.

Their first son, Calvin, was born on October 22nd, 2018 and is excited to be a big brother. 

Kent was recently announced as the interim play by play announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers when games resume on July 31st after Kevin Calabro stepped down for personal reasons. 

How New York Liberty’s Asia Durr not playing in 2020 impacts Sabrina Ionescu

How New York Liberty’s Asia Durr not playing in 2020 impacts Sabrina Ionescu

Sabrina Ionescu will make her long-awaited and highly-anticipated WNBA debut this month after getting selected No. 1 overall by the New York Liberty back in April. 

As the 12 teams begin to gather in the WNBA ‘bubble’ at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, to begin play starting on July 24, one of Ionescu’s teammates will not be joining the team.

Asia Durr, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, has chosen not to play for the remainder of the 2020 season.

After much thought and consultation with my doctors and the Liberty, I have decided not to play the 2020 WNBA season. After testing positive for COVID-19 on June 8, my battle with it has been complicated and arduous. As I continue to fight and fully recover, I had to make the difficult decision on a deadline to opt out as a medical High Risk player. — Asia Durr

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Asia worked extremely hard this offseason to put herself in position to take a major leap forward in her second WNBA season. While we are disappointed that we will need to wait a bit longer to see her emerge as one of the bright young players in the game, we fully recognize and support the difficult decision she had to make amidst unprecedented circumstances. Brooklyn will be ready for her in 2021. — Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb

Despite having her rookie campaign cut short by injury last season, Durr averaged 9.7 points per game starting in 15 of her 18 appearances.

This also adds a tad more pressure on the shoulders of Ionescu. 

Ionescu and Durr, the likely backcourt duo of the future for the Liberty, played on the same USA National Team. The two won a gold medal together in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. 

[RELATED]: Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty march for first time

The WNBA announced on June 15 that the teams will finish out the 2020 season with a 22 regular-season competitive schedule followed by a traditional playoff format. These 22 games would have given Ionescu and Durr the opportunity to get acquainted on the court once again and demonstrate to the rest of the WNBA what the future looks like in New York. 

The Liberty posted a 10-24 record in 2019, finished outside the playoffs, landed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 and had their sights set on selecting the best player in college basketball. 

Looks like New York’s talented backcourt duo of Ionescu and Durr will be unleashed in 2021.

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The Oregon Ducks will roll with their secondary over anyone else

The Oregon Ducks will roll with their secondary over anyone else

Oregon's projected to have one of the nation's best defenses next season with the crown jewel being a stacked secondary that finished second in the country with 20 interceptions last season.

The Ducks return all players from that unit and will add five-star cornerback Dontae Manning in 2020.

In fact, former Oregon Ducks safety Anthony Newman claims that the upcoming secondary can be the best secondary the program has ever seen.

[RELATED]: Why the 2020 Oregon Ducks secondary could be the best yet

Newman isn't alone in his praise.

ESPN NFL draft analyst and Executive Director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Jim Nagy tweeted Sunday morning that Oregon defensive backs Deommodre Lenoir and Thomas Graham Jr. are among the best pairs in the nation.

Side note: With them both being seniors next season, they should expect invites to the Senior Bowl. 

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Additionally, NFL Network draft analyst Ben Fennell agreed, calling the Oregon secondary the nation's best.

Nagy's praise caused Graham Jr. to make a simple proclamation: The nation will take notice sooner than later.

He went on to say he would take his secondary over any other one.

A sentiment echoed by fellow Duck, 2021 four-star cornerback commit Jaylin Davies. 

However, nose tackle Jordon Scott had a minor correction to Graham's point.

He has a point, given the returning talent on defense along with two incoming five-star linebackers, the Ducks are projected to have the nation's second-best defense next season according to ESPN's SP+ metric. 

[RELATED]: Oregon football projected to have nation's 2nd-best defense in 2020

Lenoir later gave the Oregon secondary their name a la "The Legion of Boom," in N.I.A. for "NOTHING IN THE AIR." 

It has a nice ring to it and makes sense to boot. 

Of the top ten returning Pac-12 football players ahead of the 2020 college football season, Pro Football Focus has three of them as members of Oregon's secondary: Jevon Holland at No. 2 (the nation's best slot corner per PFF), Mykael Wright at No. 4, and Thomas Graham Jr. at No. 8. 

This doesn't even include returning senior Deommodre Lenoir, who forwent the NFL Draft to return to school, Rose Bowl Defensive MVP Brady Breeze, Nick Pickett, and Verone McKinley. 

Soon all of college football will know their name. 

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Oregon fans, players shut down hot take that Walker Little is better than Penei Sewell 

Oregon fans, players shut down hot take that Walker Little is better than Penei Sewell 

There’s no offensive lineman in college football better than Penei Sewell right now. Period. 

Sewell took home top honors for the nation’s top offensive lineman as 2019 Outland Trophy award winner and was just the third Duck to be named a unanimous All-American in 2019. Even his Pro Football Focus every-down numbers prove he stands above the rest. 

The scary part? That was only his sophomore season and Sewell is just scratching the surface on his potential. 

In a recent game of Fact or Fiction, Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell and national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney shared their takes on whether Stanford’s Walker Little could push Oregon’s Penei Sewell as the best offensive tackle in the Pac-12 in 2020. 

Let’s just say Oregon players and fans didn’t appreciate Walker in the same conversation as the 6-6, 335-pound monster left tackle. 

Ducks safety Bennett Williams shut down the claim immediately. “Stop the slander,” Williams said in a post on Twitter. 

Oregon tight end Spencer Webb had one simple response to the comparison: “Delete the tweet.”

The trolling continued…

  

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For those who didn’t read the article, both Farrell and Gorney called the take “fiction,” noting Sewell’s special and rare athletic abilities. 

“I like Walker Little a lot and I think he comes back from injury with a vengeance this season,” Farrell said. “But better than Penei Sewell? Sewell is the best OL prospect for the NFL Draft I’ve seen in a few years and should be a top five pick next year. The Pac-12 has some great lineman this upcoming season and these two could be 1-2 in the country. But Sewell is far and away more special.” 

Gorney added, “There’s almost no doubt that if Sewell was eligible to be drafted that NFL last April, he would have gone in the top five. Now he has another year to dominate in college football and other than some quarterbacks high on the list, no one is higher than Sewell.”

OK, so neither Rivals.com reporter was actually suggesting Little is better than Sewell, but that tweet did feel like a reach. 

Rest assured Ducks Nation, Sewell is still college football’s best. He's a likely Heisman Trophy candidate in 2020 and will have a bright future for years to come after being tabbed a top-3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

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Calvin Throckmorton delivers this powerful statement on Fourth of July

Calvin Throckmorton delivers this powerful statement on Fourth of July

While protests against police brutality and racial oppression took place in the United States over the holiday weekend, Calvin Throckmorton took to social media on Fourth of July to deliver a powerful message.

The former Oregon offensive tackle drew attention to Independence Day and used the holiday to remind his followers that true sovereignty has yet to be achieved for all.  

This 4th of July it is important that we all recognize that not all those who call this country their home have the same freedom. Our brothers and sisters of color continue to suffer from systemic oppression that has existed since and before our country became “free.” 

I stand with all those who are oppressed and will fight with them until we may all benefit from the same freedoms together. – Calvin Throckmorton 

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The powerful statement was retweeted by many current and former Oregon student-athletes including Troy Dye and Satou Sabally.  

Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal shared the post with the comments, “purpose driven & powerful statement.”

Throckmorton is usually a pretty quiet guy on social media, but this was a matter the New Orleans Saints offensive tackle refused to stay quiet about. 

And he’s not the only one. 

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard recently told NBCSNW that he believes it’s crucial for conversations around current social injustice movements to continue. 

The All-Star point guard, who has attended a Black Lives Matter march in Portland, says the NBA has a real opportunity to use its platform to advance discussions around social and racial injustices as play resumes in Orlando this month. 

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Four-star 2021 wide receiver Isaiah Brevard commits to the Oregon Ducks

Four-star 2021 wide receiver Isaiah Brevard commits to the Oregon Ducks

More talent is headed to Eugene. 

2021 composite four-star wide receiver Isaiah Brevard committed to the University of Oregon on his Twitter Saturday afternoon.

Oregon beat out Baylor, Missouri, Texas A&M, Florida State, Penn State, Georgia, and others for Brevard's commitment. 

Rankings are all over the place for the 6'4", 200-pound prospect as he's the nation's No. 140 overall player and No. 25 WR per composite ranking. ESPN has him as the nation's No. 7 wide receiver, nation's No. 61 overall player, and a four-star prospect. Rivals also ranks him as a four-star as the nation's No. 16 WR and No. 116 overall player. 247Sports, however, ranks him as a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 80 wide receiver. 

Despite that, the verbal commitment of Brevard moves Oregon ahead of USC and LSU to the nation's No. 5 recruiting class nationally and the best one in the Pac-12. 

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Heading into May, head coach Mario Cristobal said that he thought the 2021 recruiting class could be the best one yet and that they were "big-game fishing." It certainly appears that way, especially on the offensive side of the ball with Oregon getting arguably the best collection of offensive talent in the nation.

[RELATED]: Oregon four-star QB commit Ty Thompson wants the nation's best offense

247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn predicts that Brevard will be a "power-5 starter" with the potential to be a late-round NFL draft pick. 

Big frame with wide shoulders. Carries 200 pounds like 185. Has ability to play at 215. Uses length and size well against smaller defensive backs. Tracks ball well and has strong hands. High-points ball and is true red zone threat. Catches and secures football quickly. Has good feel for game. Instinctual player. Solid route runner. Willing blocker who works down field. Does little things and is unselfish. Decent speed. Must be more consistent with releases at line of scrimmage. Needs to explode out of breaks more consistently. Adding upper body strength important. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Day 3 NFL draft potential.

So far this recruiting cycle, Mario Cristobal's hire of former South Carolina assistant coach and 2014 247Sports Recruiter of the Year Bryan McClendon to coach wide receivers in Eugene seems to be paying off as the Ducks are on pace to have the best wide receiver class in program history.  

Four-star Kyron Ware-Hudson (nation's No. 22 WR) committed back in December and five-star Troy Franklin (nation's No. 2 wide receiver) committed to Oregon last week.

Additionally, they're the favorites to land four-star Dont'e Thornton (nation's No. 6 wide receiver) who won't commit until the Adidas All-American Bowl in January. 

Previously, the program appeared to be a lock for four-star Xavier Worthy but he pushed back his commitment, now set for July 10th, and is considered to be a Michigan lean. 

[RELATED]: Meet the 2021 Oregon Ducks recruiting class so far

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Galen Rupp excited for what's in store at Tokyo Olympics

Galen Rupp excited for what's in store at Tokyo Olympics

“It’s everybody’s dream to be an Olympian. Everybody’s hungry. Everybody’s trained a little bit harder and is going to be on their A-game.”

Those are the words of Galen Rupp, a Portland, OR native and University of Oregon alumnus who is one of the more recognized northwest Olympian names. 

The Oregonian attended Central Catholic High School where he won back to back cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 and three individual championships in track and field. Rupp attended the University of Oregon where he earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. And in February, Rupp won the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials! 

Rupp qualified for his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after running 2:09:20 in the Atlanta qualifier. The two-time Olympic medalist won by 42 seconds. 

But his journey to Tokyo was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed the Summer Games until 2021. 

Rupp is among those featured in NBC Sports Northwest’s  campaign to honor local Olympians and Paralympians from the Oregon and Washington areas, which began yesterday on Father’s Day and runs through Saturday, July 4.

The multiplatform campaign will highlight local athletes through profiles and vignettes, which are presented by your local Northwest Toyota dealers. 

[RELATED: Timeline of Historic Hayward Field through the years]

Athletes who will be highlighted throughout the campaign include:

  • - Long-distance runner and five-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp
  • - USWNT player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Box
  • - Decathlete and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson 
  • - Fencer and four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis
  • - Sled hockey player and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman
  • - Goalball player and two-time Paralympic medalist Jen Armbruster

[RELATED: New Hayward Field is complete and it looks absolutely stunning]

And while Rupp’s 2020 dreams were delayed a year, he’s still excited about the opportunity to go to Tokyo. 

I haven’t spent a ton of time in Tokyo. I’ve been on the outskirts, so I’m really excited to see the city. But, I know it’s going to be an unbelievable event. 

“Every Olympics is different, but they’re all special. I’m excited to see what Japan and Tokyo has to offer.”

You can see more Olympic profiles and vignettes here

Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time

Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. 

We are finally getting a look at Sabrina Ionescu in her New York Liberty threads and we need a Liberty seafoam green jersey...STAT!

[RELATED: Justin Herbert sports new Chargers gear in return to Oregon]

The No. 1 draft pick and former Oregon Duck took her swag level to the extreme in the Liberty’s latest post which features Ionescu in mint and then again in black on a Times Square-esque billboard. 

It’s no surprise her brand new jersey sold out from the WNBA merchandise site in less than an hour. Take a look:  

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The Ionescu threads became so popular that some shops began selling jersey t-shirts as a lower-cost alternative to rep the G.O.A.T. 

This isn’t the first or last time Ionescu has made wearing a women’s basketball jersey a pretty big deal. Nike began making her Ducks jersey in November 2019 and sold out within the first two hours.

Nike made it official with the triple-double queen after she moved across the country to join the Liberty, signing Ionescu to an endorsement deal. Now, WNBA fans all across the country can rep Ionescu with pride even when there’s no game. 

In her four-year college career, the Oregon sensation became the first player in NCAA history, male or female, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. Ionescu took home two Wooden Awards given to the nation’s top college player and quickly vaulted as the nation’s premier college basketball player. 

She returned to Eugene for her senior year in hopes of pursuing a national championship. The Ducks were a projected No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled due to COVID-19.

Ionescu never completed her “unfinished business” at Oregon, but soon she’ll be fulfilling another dream come true as she steps on the court at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as a member of the Liberty. 

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