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Streaks and records you need to know for Oregon's home season opener

Streaks and records you need to know for Oregon's home season opener

The Ducks have won 13-consecutive home season openers. On Saturday, No. 24 ranked Oregon is looking to extend that streak to 14 against Bowling Green.

Now, I know you might be thinking Bowling Green is a “cupcake” opponent and rolling your eyes, but there is plenty to watch and get excited about. If you want to be the person at the tailgate with all the facts, here are some numbers to know from the Oregon Athletic department:

High-flying offense: In Oregon’s 13-game home season opener win streak, the Ducks have averaged 57.1 points per game.

Autzen dominance: Oregon has won 20 consecutive home non-conference games dating back to 2008.

Defensive duo: Jalen Jelks and Troy Dye combined for 28.5 tackles for loss in 2017. They are the top returning tackles for loss duo in the Pac-12.

Go Herbie, go: With QB Justin Herbert in the starting lineup in 2017, Oregon posted a 6-2 record and averaged 49.1 points per game.

Freshman starter: Right tackle Penei Sewell will be first true freshman offensive lineman to start season opener since 1997 (Last true freshman to start a game on the offensive line was RT Tyrell Crosby in 2014).

Coming in hot: Junior receiver Dillon Mitchell had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games to end last season. In 2017 Mitchell led UO with 42 catches and 517 receiving yards.

Nose in the books: A first-team Academic All-American as a sophomore, Herbert holds a 4.06 GPA as a biology major.

The race is on: Herbert needs just 81 passing yards against Bowling Green to reach the 4,000-yard milestone. If so, Herbert will tie program bests set by Marcus Mariota (reached 4,000 yards in 18 games) and Joey Harrington (reached 4,000 yards in 16 starts).

Run Tony, run: Senior running back Tony Brooks-James surpassed 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of the last two seasons.


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Ashton Eaton’s most memorable moments at historic Hayward Field

Ashton Eaton’s most memorable moments at historic Hayward Field

They don’t call Eugene, Oregon ‘Tracktown USA’ for nothing.

Hayward Field, built in 1919 and home to the University of Oregon Track & Field teams, isn’t just recognized at the collegiate level, but on the national stage. 

Every passing season has brought changes, but the two constants have been excellence and accolades. More USA Olympic Track and Field Trials and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted than any other venue; more “World’s Greatest Athlete” titles bestowed upon decathlon world record breakers than at any other venue; and more incredible performances than you could name in the time it took Pre to run a mile. (Hayward Field history).

When it was announced that historic Hayward Field would be remodeled, there was a lot of emotion on both ends of the spectrum. Some were happy about the remodel, making the stadium safer for fans and spectators, new track and field surface, updated design, etc. However, there was definitely some backlash as well for those who shared an emotional connection with the history of what made Tracktown USA so special.

Here are just some of the highlights:

- Hosted first NCAA Championships in 1962

- Football played its last game in Hayward Field in 1966

- Hosted U.S. Olympic Trials in 1972

- Appeared in the movie ‘Animal House’ in 1978

- Hosted IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014

Former Oregon track star and Olympian Ashton Eaton joins host Jordan Kent on the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast.

Eaton shared some of his favorite memories at the historic Hayward Field, specifically the Olympic Trials in 2012. 

I remember sitting basically off to the side where the 1500 meter starts for the decathalon. I was about to run, I knew I had to run a certain time to break the world record. I was basically sitting in the storage shed with the decathletes getting ready to run. I just remember it being really quiet in there, which is not normal for decathletes together waiting for an event. — Ashton Eaton

This is where things got interesting…

I think everyone just knew what was happening. My friends and athletes came up to me and said ‘Hey, just let us know if you need help. We’re here for you man, we think you can do it.’ Just that moment, sitting at Hayward knowing there’s fans out there waiting, knowing that 1500 meter line is the first place I remember meeting my future wife (Brianne). So many memories just bottled up into that moment. — Ashton Eaton

Eaton went on to break the world record in 2012 with 9,039 points to beat Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Ducks Podcast here:

Insight into Sabrina Ionescu’s game from coach Kelly Graves

Insight into Sabrina Ionescu’s game from coach Kelly Graves

When you think of a basketball star who is the “complete package” there are three statistical categories that come to mind: scoring, passing and rebounding.

Be good in each of those categories, and you may just have recorded a triple-double.

Completely dominate in each of those categories, and you just may be Sabrina Ionescu.

She is the NCAA leader in career triple-doubles (26) and the only D1 player to reach 2,000+ points, 1,000+ assists and 1,000+ rebounds in her collegiate career.

The Oregon prodigy will go down in history.

Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves joined host Jordan Kent on the Talkin’ Ducks Podcast to discuss the legacy left behind by Ionescu, what kind of player she was to coach and how she changed the game forever:

What you saw every night in the game, under the lights in front of a national stage is what we got in practice. She was an incredible competitor who brought “it” each and every day. Her basketball I.Q. is unlike any player I’ve ever had... — Kelly Graves

She was an athlete who hates losing more than she likes winning. A mindset like that is dangerous in the eyes of an opponent. 

She was a great teammate. She was the entire package. I wish every coach had a chance to coach somebody like Sabrina one time in their lives. They would appreciate the game a lot more. — Kelly Graves

The 3x Pac-12 Player of the Year, AP/ESPN/USWBA Player of the Year, Senior CLASS Award winner and Wade Trophy winner no doubt will be missed in green and yellow, but her lifelong dream of playing in the WNBA is right around the corner.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Ducks Podcast below:

Sabrina Ionescu repeats as Wade Trophy winner

Sabrina Ionescu repeats as Wade Trophy winner

Sabrina Ionescu may need another room to place all these postseason awards.

On Thursday, Ionescu added Wade Trophy to her long list of awards following a senior season that will be near impossible to forget.

Ionescu joins Nancy Lieberman, Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore as the only two-time winners of the Wade Trophy.

The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the D1 National Player of the Year. The winner also earns First-Team All-America honor, Ionescu's third straight honor, headlining a 10-player team that also included teammates senior Ruthy Hebard and junior Satou Sabally (who has decided to forgo her senior year at Oregon and declare for the 2020 WNBA Draft).

Sabrina had another historic season at Oregon and elevated her game and, in so doing, our sport as well. She is an incredibly talented student-athlete, leader and ambassador for women’s basketball. Her mastery of so many skills coupled with her tremendous determination to succeed has excited the national media and fans alike, and has inspired the next generation of student-athletes. -- WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew

Ionescu finished her career at Oregon with 2,562 points, 1,091 assists and 1,040 rebounds along with 26 career triple-doubles.

The 3x Pac-12 Player of the Year has been named the national Player of the Year by the Associated Press, USBWA and ESPN.com, and she is a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation's top point guard and the Wooden Award. She was also awarded the Senior CLASS Award earlier this week.

Oregon Ducks PG Payton Pritchard reminisces about working with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe

Oregon Ducks PG Payton Pritchard reminisces about working with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe

Buckle up for episode No. 103 of the Pull Up Pod with CJ McCollum!

This week, McCollum and ESPN NBA analyst Jordan Schultz give their sheltering in place updates while handing out book recommendations as we all continue to work together in flattening the curve of COVID-19.    

Plus, since this weekend should’ve been the Final Four weekend of the NCAA tournament, Oregon Ducks standout guard Payton Pritchard joins the guys.

Pritchard is very well known around the Portland area after taking home four straight state basketball titles for West Linn High School before becoming an Oregon Duck.

The 6’2” Oregon senior discussed what went into his decision to stay close to home and become a Duck.

“I knew Oregon was going to be a good fit. I had the opportunity to come in right away, to have the chance to start, and play, and be with a good team. I knew with my family being close... I just knew it was the right place,” Pritchard told McCollum.

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During Pritchard’s senior year in high school and early on his college days, he got the chance to workout with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe and AC’s trainer. From the sounds of it -- a lot of the training sessions were focused on improving Pritchard's shot and his ability to create off the dribble.  

Allen and all those different players out there I’ve been around, I just try to take things from everybody. For me, any level, even now like high school, college, NBA, if I see something I like or that I like about their game, I will definitely try to add it to mine or different training things they do. So, being in the gym with guys like Allen, and like when I was growing up being around Steve Blake, and just seeing their attention to detail and what it took… I just learned from that and added it to what I needed to do. -- Oregon Duck point guard Payton Pritchard on the Pull Up Pod

Pritchard also gave an update on what a typical day for him looks like during quarantine.

“Right now I’m sleeping in a little bit… So around 10, I’ll probably go out in the garage and start my ball handling – do a bunch of different ball handling drills and jump rope, and quick feet stuff, and that’ll take about an hour and that’ll be my morning session… I’ll run hills about three or four o’clock, and then at night, I’ll do some different strength stuff, lifting and stuff like that.” 

One thing’s for sure, the NBA draft hopeful is working on his game and his overall health right now.

He did admit to McCollum and Schultz that he loves cookies, though.

Listen to the entire Pull Up Pod RIGHT HERE

Official: Graduate Transfer QB Anthony Brown chooses the Oregon Ducks

Official: Graduate Transfer QB Anthony Brown chooses the Oregon Ducks

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Boston College QB Anthony Brown planned to transfer to the University of Oregon, where he would be immediately eligible to play.

It didn't take long for word to be official.

The three-year starter in the ACC announced via his Twitter the decision to join Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks.

"I would like to thank god for all the blessings and opportunities he has given me, that have built me into the man I have become today. To my family and friends who have been invested in my journey from beginning to end, I thank and love you all.

To my brothers at Boston College, it was an honor to be on that gridiron with you guys. We built memories and friendships that I will cherish forever and for that I love y'all and will continue to support. Lastly, thank you to all the coaches that saw my potential, I'm extremely grateful for the time you invested in me.

This has been a long, yet rewarding process that I will be ever-grateful for, after a lot of praying and loving conversations with my family, I would like to announce that I will be attending the University of Oregon this fall as a graduate transfer. Thank you so much Coach Cristobal and Coach Moorhead for taking a chance on me and most of all, for allowing me to be a part of such a rich and successful culture that you guys have built. I can't wait to get to work!

Sco Ducks!"

At Boston College, Brown started 28 games passing for 4,738 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. He had to miss the final six games of last season with a leg injury and entered the transfer portal in December.

According to 247Sports, Brown went on a recruiting visit in Eugene in early March before making his decision.

He will be competing for the starting quarterback job with redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough, true freshman Jay Butterfield, redshirt freshman Cale Millen, and walk-on Bradley Yaffee to replace Herbert. However, Shough's experience within Oregon should not be that much of an advantage given that the Ducks will be running a new offense under new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. 

As head coach of Oregon football, Mario Cristobal has implemented a culture that embraces competition between players so the best players get the most playing time on the field, thus bringing in an experienced player like Brown is practicing that philosophy. 

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The Ducks are scheduled to start the season against FCS Champions North Dakota State on September 5th before hosting Ohio State on September 12th. 

Oregon Ducks embrace culture of competition with transfer of QB Anthony Brown

Oregon Ducks embrace culture of competition with transfer of QB Anthony Brown

What's done here at Oregon is that we introduce competition the right kind of way. Competition cannot be a threatening type of situation. It has to be something that is embraced because it makes everybody better. 

Those were the words of head coach Mario Cristobal when introducing the recruiting class of 2020 and has a lasting effect. 

Since Cristobal took over at the University of Oregon, players are required to earn the playing time by outperforming their teammates during the week on the practice field.

Everything is earned, not given.

And Cristobal and his staff are always looking for ways to improve the program. For example, when Jim Leavitt and Oregon parted ways, many felt that Keith Hayward would get promoted to Defensive Coordinator since he's been with the program for a few years. But, Cristobal conducted a national search for the best candidate and hired Andy Avalos who heavily impressed in his first season.

Cristobal has now applied that philosophy to finding the replacement for four-year starter and soon-to-be top-ten NFL Draft pick Justin Herbert. Again, many felt that redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough would be the favorite to take over the starting job when Herbert left college. Had the Eugene native not came back for his senior season then Shough would have been the starter last season.

Earlier in spring football practice, Cristobal said that Shough is the leader but it's an open competition.

You can never fully hand over the keys because I think you lose the respect and integrity of the program when you do that. Is he the guy in the lead? Without question. He had the most experience. He has put in time.

However, Cristobal wants to find any way to improve the program. So, he recruited and reportedly got a commitment from Anthony Brown, three-year starter at Boston College, as a graduate transfer. Brown is eligble to play right away. 

[RELATED]: Report: Boston College QB Anthony Brown to graduate transfer to Oregon Ducks

Oregon has used graduate transfers in the past to mixed results: Oregon looked like a College Football Playoff contender with Vernon Adams healthy in 2015 but looked pretty bad with Dakota Prukop in 2016 before he got benched in favor of Hebert. Many felt Herbert didn't start despite being the better player because he didn't enroll at Oregon until the summer. The coaching staff ultimately felt more comfortable starting the graduate transfer. 

Oregon will not make the same mistake with Cristobal calling the shots.

He will play the best players regardless of their age. Look back to his first season as head coach when he played two freshman running backs, CJ Verdell and Travis Dye, over senior Tony Brooks-James as the year went on. 

If Tyler Shough wants to be the starter at Oregon, he will need to earn it this summer, and Cristobal will go with whichever quarterback wins the job regardless of past performance. 

Competition breeds greatness, which is what Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks are striving for. 

Report: Boston College QB Anthony Brown to graduate transfer to Oregon Ducks

Report: Boston College QB Anthony Brown to graduate transfer to Oregon Ducks

Thought the quarterback competition to replace four-year starter Justin Herbert was between Tyler Shough and Jay Butterfield?

Think again.

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown will transfer to Eugene as a graduate transfer after starting the last three seasons in an Eagles uniform. He would be immediately eligible to play this season. 

At Boston College, he started 28 games passing for 4,738 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. He had to miss the final six games of last season with a leg injury and entered the transfer portal in December.

According to 247Sports, Brown went on a recruiting visit in Eugene in early March before making his decision.

He will be competing for the starting quarterback job with redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough, true freshman Jay Butterfield, redshirt freshman Cale Millen, and walk-on Bradley Yaffee to replace Herbert. However, Shough's experience within Oregon should not be that much of an advantage given that the Ducks will be running a new offense under new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. 

As head coach of Oregon football, Mario Cristobal has implemented a culture that embraces competition between players so the best players get the most playing time on the field, thus bringing in an experienced player like Brown is practicing that philosophy. 

The Ducks are scheduled to start the season against FCS Champions North Dakota State on September 5th before hosting Ohio State on September 12th. 

You can check out some of Brown's highlights here.

Oregon WBB freshman guard Holly Winterburn enters NCAA transfer portal

Oregon WBB freshman guard Holly Winterburn enters NCAA transfer portal

No, this is not an April fools' joke.

Holly Winterburn has entered her name into the NCAA transfer portal.

The 5-foot-10 freshman guard for Oregon women’s basketball posted on her personal twitter on Wednesday:

FRESHMAN YEAR

Winterburn scored a career-high 17 points vs. South Dakota State in non-conference play on December 8, 2019. She averaged 11.4 minutes and appeared in 28 games her freshman year. The majority of those minutes came in non-conference play or at the end of games when Oregon already had a commanding lead. 

She averaged 3.4 points per game, shot 80% from the free throw line and 32.6% from three-point range.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE DUCKS

Winterburn has talent, no doubt about that. She was named to the All-Star Five (all-tournament team) at the FIBA U20 Division B European Championship after averaging 18.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Great Britain National Team. 

Her high school play was no different. She averaged 26.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 4.4 steals and five three-pointers per game for Charnwood College as part of the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League. 

The unfortunate part for Winterburn in her only season in Eugene was just waiting on the bench behind other star players. 

She will find another home, and quickly, no doubt.

The 2020-2021 Ducks will look a lot different next season. Oregon will now be without Winterburn, seniors Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Minyon Moore, and Satou Sabally. However, head coach Kelly Graves has signed the No.1 ranked recruiting class for 2020.

Can't wait for basketball (and all sports) to resume play.

Oregon verbal commit, 4-star OG Josh Simmons, opens recruitment back up

Oregon verbal commit, 4-star OG Josh Simmons, opens recruitment back up

What a difference a few months makes.

Back in January of this year, four-star offensive guard Josh Simmons tweeted he was "10000% locked in" as an Oregon recruit and committed to Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks.

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Well, just over two months later he has changed his decision as he announced on Twitter.


I want to thank OU and especially coach Cristobal for everything they have done for me. I'm definitely still considering the Ducks moving forward but at this point in my recruitment, I want to open things back up to make sure I'm doing the right thing and exploring all my options

Also, he later clarified he did mean the University of Oregon when he referred to them as OU. 

This doesn't mean that the Ducks are out of the running for the highly coveted guard, especially given Cristobal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal's excellent track record of preparing lineman for the next level. Last season their line was a finalist for the Joe Moore Trophy given to the nation's best offensive line and tackle Penei Sewell won the Outland Trophy becoming the first Duck to ever do so.

When he originally committed to play for Oregon, he tweeted a graphic that said the following.

"Family is everything to me. I know I would not have been able to get to this point in my life without the love and support of my Mother and Sister." Simmons said. "Through everything I know I have been able to lean on them. I also want to give thanks to everyone from the Helix community, my Coaches, Teachers at Madison and everyone who has had an impact on my academic and athletic career up to this point. Lastly I want to thank all the Coaches that believed in me and gave me an opportunity to further my studies while continuing to play the game I love. With that being said I would like to announce that I am Committing to the University of Oregon. Recruitment is Shut Down. 10000% Locked in #CaliFlock #ScoDucks #Duckforlife."

You can check out his hudl highlights here.

Simmons originally committed to Oregon over offers from UCLA, USC, Colorado, Duke and Washington State. He was Cristobal's sixth verbal commit of the 2021 class and the second offensive line commit with Simmons joining Jackson Light, the nation's No. 6 center.