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Week 8 ProDucks: Dickson shines, Grasu starts, Freeman sits

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Week 8 ProDucks: Dickson shines, Grasu starts, Freeman sits

Seattle tight end Ed Dickson was clearly the star of the weekend in the ProDucks world. 

He made his season debut with the Seahawks and caught two passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Dickson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson in the second quarter and hauled in a 42-yard reception early in the third quarter. 

Dickson appeared in 20 plays but is expected to take over as the starter at some point as he works his way back into shape after spending the first six games on the PUP list. 

[RELATED: Ed Dickson rocks Motown, Carroll tosses him Eugene-related shade]

“He looked really good," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He didn’t play a lot of plays, we were able to keep his play numbers really in check a little bit so that we could get him started. He was comfortable, he played quick and blocked well. A couple of mistakes that you would think that could happen, happened – a couple things here and there. He did a good job and it was really encouraging to see him play, he looked good out there.”

--- Grasu starts

Baltimore offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, acquired a few of weeks ago, started at left guard during the team's loss to Carolina. 

-- Pharaoh Brown inactivate

Cleveland elevated tight end Pharaoh Brown from the practice squad to the 53-man roster last week but he did not suit up for the team's loss at Pittsburgh.

--- Freeman sits

Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman sat out Sunday's loss to Kansas City with an injured ankle. 

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: Off. 




Score: Lost 36-21 at Carolina.  

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at left guard.  
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Had four tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry.   





Score: Lost 25-6 to New England. 

  • Derek Anderson, Oregon State, quarterback: Anderson started in place of rookie Josh Allen and completed 22 of 39 passes for 290 yards and one interception (returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter) with no touchdown passes. He was sacked three times. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had four tackles, three solo, and one pass defended. 




Score: Won 36-21 over Baltimore. 

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Had one tackle on special teams. 





Score: Won 24-10 over the New York Jets. 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard but injured his foot and will be out six to eight weeks. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 





Score: Won 37-34 over Tampa Bay in overtime.  

    • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Played in reserve. 





    Score: Lost 33-18 at Pittsburgh. 

    • Pharaoh Brown, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Inactive. 
    • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist earlier this season but could return at some point this year. 




    Score: OFF.




    Score: Lost 30-23 to Kansas City. 

    • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Sat out with an ankle injury. 





    Score: Lost 28-14 to Seattle. 

    • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards and scored on a two-yard touchdown. 
    • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Inactive.  
    • DeShawn Shead, Portland State, defensive back: Had one special teams tackle. 








    Score: Won Lost 42-23 over Miami. 

    • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had two tackles.













    Score: Won 30-23 at Denver.   

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




    Score: Off  

    • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Off.




    Score: Won 29-27 over Green Bay. 

    • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks caught three passes for 74 yards. He also carried the ball once for nine yards. 
    • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had four tackles, two solo. 
    • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted seven times for 316 yards. Also completed a pass for 12 yards on a fake punt.   
    • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had one solo tackle and one pass defended. 
    • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
    • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Inactive. 
    • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles and one quarterback hurry. 





    Score: Lost 42-23 at Houston.  

    • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had nine tackles, four solo. 





    Score: Lost 30-20 to New Orleans. 

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




    Score: Won 25-6 at Buffalo.   

    • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 148 yards. 
    • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had five solo tackles, one pass defended and one fumble recovery.  





    Score: Won 30-20 at Minnesota. 

    • Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center. 





    Score: Lost 20-13 vs. Washington. 

    • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
    • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made both field goal attempts from distances of 37 and 32 yards. 













    Score: Won 24-18 at Jacksonville. 

    • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Played and got called for an unnecessary roughness penalty. 
    • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Played in 26 snaps but did not record a statistic. 
    • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard.





    Score: Won 33-18 over Cleveland. 





    Score: Lost 18-14 at Arizona.  

    • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three tackles, two solo, and one sack and two quarterback hurries. 
    • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Appeared in five plays on offense and seven on special teams. 
    • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Had one tackle and one quarterback hurry. 




    Score: Won 28-14 at Detroit. 

    • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Caught two passes for 54 yards and scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception in his first action of the season. 
    • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Had four solo tackles and one tackle for loss. 




    Score: Lost 37-34 at Cincinnati in overtime. 

    • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Had one carry for four yards. Caught four passes for 25 yards.  





    Score: Off. 



    Score: Won 20-13 at the New York Giants. 

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


    Former Duck Joe Young donating 50k medical masks to city of Houston

    Former Duck Joe Young donating 50k medical masks to city of Houston

    Former Oregon Ducks basketball star Joe Young is accustomed to hitting big plays. 

    He did it at Oregon, he did it with the Indiana Pacers, and he's currently doing it with the Nanjing Monkey Kings of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

    But on Sunday, he made what may be the most meaningful play of his career. 

    With the world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and medical facilities running low on supplies, Young came in with a powerful assist. 

    Well, 50,000 assists if we're being technical.

    That's right, Young, a Houston native, is donating 50,000 masks to the city of Houston. 

    As Pacers beat reporter Scott Agness pointed out, Young is helping out even though he is 1000s of miles away.

    Young played at Oregon from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 he averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game and was named Pac-12 Player of the Year. He went on to play three seasons with the Indiana Pacers before signing with the CBA.

    Young isn't the only former Duck giving back to those in need. Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is also helping to provide meals for students in his home state of Hawaii. 

    Marcus Mariota helping provide meals for students in Hawaii

    Marcus Mariota helping provide meals for students in Hawaii

    Marcus Mariota is a special person, and we're not just talking about his football talents. 

    For months the entire world has been dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, with the United State being hit especially hard in recent weeks. 

    To help ease the burden for those in need, Mariota and his Motiv8 Foundation have partnered with the Island Insurance Foundation and Keith and Bonny Amemiya to help provides meals to the student impacted but the COVID-19 shutdown. 

    The program will help provide 1000s public school students in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii with both breakfast and lunch. The program will run through at least April 30th, and perhaps longer based on need.

    “I’ve been very blessed to be put in a position to help and I think that is a responsibility of mine,” Mariota said in an interview with the Honolulu Star Adviser. 

    It's a powerful gesture from one of the greatest athletes in Hawaii and Oregon Ducks history.

    It makes you think of a saying that started at Oregon when the Heisman winner left for the NFL Draft.

    Two simple words  - Mahalo, Marcus. 

    Kelly Graves on the 2019-20 season: This will never be duplicated again

    Kelly Graves on the 2019-20 season: This will never be duplicated again

    The carpet was completely pulled out from under the sports world when the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

    The Pac-12 champion Oregon women’s basketball team was on a well-deserved week break following a dominating Pac-12 Tournament championship in Las Vegas when the news of their season getting cancelled hit. 

    Some of the team were back in Eugene, Oregon while others were back home. Head coach Kelly Graves was out on the road recruiting. 

    Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the feelings. It will be the biggest “what if” season to likely ever happen at the University of Oregon.

    Coach Graves joined host Jordan Kent on the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast:

    We had everything in place, Jordan. We were playing great at the time of the cancellation. We had just come off a championship in the Pac-12 Tournament, a dominating championship game. We had everything in place. This was our year. The analytics had us as the team to beat. We were the heavy favorites on the computers, the B.P.I., even Las Vegas had us as the favorite to win the National Championship. — Kelly Graves

    [RELATED]: South Carolina’s Dawn Staley sour Oregon received more attention than Gamecocks. 

    This team didn’t just change the way the state of Oregon thought about women’s basketball, but they were huge in the development and progress of women’s basketball throughout the entire country. It wasn’t just a team dominating the field of competition, but rather a movement of women’s basketball as a whole.

    Really had everything in place and that’s really disappointing especially for the iconic players like Sabrina and Ruthy and Satou that had been apart of this ascension to national prominence and for them to not realize that final dream. There will always be a hole in my heart and the hearts of every Duck fan. This will never be duplicated again, unfortunately. This team, the way they captured the imagination of not just the University of Oregon and the state of Oregon but I think basketball fans across the country. They were like a rockstar group. -- Kelly Graves.

    There will always be an asterisk for this 2019-2020 season. A what-could-have-been feeling. 

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

    Payton Pritchard shows off insane handles, reminiscent of CJ McCollum

    Payton Pritchard shows off insane handles, reminiscent of CJ McCollum

    Okay, this is just insane.

    It sounds like a helicopter but it’s actually just Payton Pritchard showing off his handles. 

    The 6-foot-2 guard gave us a glimpse into his ball-handling warm -up routine via a post to his personal twitter account from what looks like his garage-- and man is it impressive.

    What’s impressive about this video is how many dribbles he takes and how low Pritchard is to the ground along with perfect balance. 

    It reminds us of Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum's pregame dribbling drills, which are impressive in their own right. 

    The Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 First-Team, Lute Olson Player of the Year, and Oregon’s first consensus first-team All-American in 80 years was one of just three players nationally to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game and was one of just four players nationally who led his conference in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6 per game).

    In his senior year, Pritchard posted a 2.0 assist to turnover ratio.

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of this ball-handling clinic.

    Also, be sure to check out Pritchard on the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast joins hosts NBA champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon:

    Former Duck Arik Armstead urges followers to help Sacramento restaurants

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    Former Duck Arik Armstead urges followers to help Sacramento restaurants

    Arik Armstead played college football for the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon and moved to the Bay Area, where he is one of the stars on the San Francisco 49ers daunting defensive line. 

    But his hometown of Sacramento, California will always hold a special place in his heart. 

    It’s why the recently re-signed defensive end has asked his Twitter followers and Instagram followers to do their part in helping small businesses in his hometown. 

    “As you all know Sacramento is my hometown that I love deeply and is home to some of the best restaurants in US,” Armstead said in a post on Twitter. “What you may not know is Sacramento is comprised of over 60% small business (mainly restaurants) that are struggling during this difficult time.”

    In effort to support the community, Armstead asked his followers to take photos of food they’ve purchased from their favorite Sacramento restaurants for a chance to win 49ers tickets, memorabilia and more. 

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    As you all know Sacramento is my hometown that I love deeply and is home to some of the best restaurants in the US. What you may not know is Sacramento is comprised of over 60% small business (mainly restaurants) that are struggling during this difficult time. Many of these restaurants are offering dine-out and delivery options to try to stay afloat. In order to support local, I am rewarding people who support their local restaurants during this time. Buy food from one of your favorite Sacramento restaurants and be entered to win GAME TICKETS , AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA + MORE INSTRUCTIONS ⬇️: . 1. Comment your favorite Sacramento restaurants in the comments 2. Post a picture via story or timeline of your meal using #Eat91Six + tag restaurant 3. Tag @sacnina91 & @unitesac916 so we can share & promote the Sacramento restaurant 4. 5 qualified winners will be randomly chosen starting Wednesday April 1 via my Instagram Story (unlimited entries)

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    It’s easy to enter. Simply use the hashtag #EAT91SIX on Instagram or Twitter when you share a photo of the food you ordered and tag or mention the restaurant. 

    Here’s a couple of Armstead’s favorites if you are in the Sacramento area and looking for inspiration. 

    Before Armstead was a Pac-12 Champion with the Ducks, he attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, a community 15 miles outside of Sacramento. He’s given back to the community on numerous occasions through his Armstead Academic Project, which provides workshops and school supplies for those in need in the Sacramento public school system. 

    Oregon football DL Jordon Scott helping out the youth and homeless in Florida

    Oregon football DL Jordon Scott helping out the youth and homeless in Florida

    In times like this, any help is a big help.

    The coronavirus pandemic is impacting everyone, no matter the situation, and Jordon Scott is stepping up.

    The Oregon football senior defensive lineman, along with his mom, are doing their part in the Florida community in this troubling time by handing out pizza, chips and soda to the youth and homeless of South St. Petersburg.

    Scott embodies what it means to be a 'Man of Oregon.'

    It’s approximately a 26-minute drive from St. Petersburg to Largo, Florida, where Scott is from.

    The 6-foot-1, 325-pound defensive tackle announced in January that he would forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and return to Oregon for his senior season, along with Austin Faoliu, Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir.

    He appeared in 14 games as a junior and recorded 14 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles and zero sacks. Despite those relatively small stats, Scott draws a lot of attention and double teams from opposing offensive lines. 

    ESPN to air WNBA Draft on main network after social media backlash

    ESPN to air WNBA Draft on main network after social media backlash

    Thursday morning, ESPN announced that the  2020 WNBA Draft will go on as scheduled but a previously planned in-person draft will now take part remotely without players, fans or media in attendance. 

    {RELATED: Here's how Sabrina Ionescu will be selected in the upcoming WNBA Draft]

    However, the network also announced that the Draft will air on ESPN2... despite sports being canceled or suspended due to the coronavirus. 

    When prior drafts aired on ESPN's secondary network, it made sense to do so due to ESPN airing the NBA games on their main network, but that season has been suspended until further notice.

    Fans on social media felt that ESPN has no excuse to not air the draft on their flagship station with no competing events happening, including the presumed first overall selection, Sabrina Ionescu.


    It wasn't the first time college basketball's all-time leader in triple-doubles has criticized the network for their treatment of women's sports coverage.

    However, after the response from social media, ESPN has admitted their mistake and has chosen to now air it on ESPN, according to Dan Bernstein of the Sporting News.

    After the change in tune, people gave credit where credit was due.

    Oregon Ducks teammates Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard are also expected to be taken in the first round along with Ionescu. 

    Here's how Sabrina Ionescu will be selected in the upcoming WNBA Draft

    Here's how Sabrina Ionescu will be selected in the upcoming WNBA Draft

    The WNBA Draft is going virtual.

    The league announced Thursday morning the 2020 WNBA Draft will continue on as scheduled, but the previously scheduled in-person draft will now take part remotely without players, fans or media in attendance. 


    Does this mean we’ll get to see a hologram Sabrina Ionescu step on stage when the New York Liberty selects her as the No. 1 overall pick? It’s not likely, but if hologram Tupac can perform at Coachella, the sky is the limit.

    According to a statement from WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, the league will work with ESPN to “create a memorable but virtual event that appropriately honors these accomplished athletes.” 

    This means players will not be allowed the tradition opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the stage and hold their new team’s jersey for the first time. The logistics of the draft night event are still being worked out, but it’s more than likely a player like Ionescu would videoconference in when her name is called.

    In addition to the triple-double queen, Ionescu’s teammates Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard are also expected to be selected in the first round. Minyon Moore could hear her name called in a later round. 

    The WNBA says it also plans to honor Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester, Gianna Bryant and Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed on Jan. 26 in a helicopter accident.

    Ionescu spoke at Kobe and Gianna’s public memorial one month ago and shared what an impact her mentor and mentee had on her career. Just hours later, she became the first college player, male or female, to register 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 boards in her college career.

    The virtual WNBA Draft will take place on April 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2. 

    Sabrina Ionescu named a finalist for the prestigious Wade Trophy

    Sabrina Ionescu named a finalist for the prestigious Wade Trophy

    Seems like not a day passes without Sabrina Ionescu either winning a postseason award or being named a finalist for another prestigious award, and with good reason!

    On Thursday, Ionescu was named a finalist along with Dana Evans (Louisville), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina) and Aari McDonald (Arizona) for the Wade Trophy.

    The Wade Trophy — now in its 43nd year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the The Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001.

    Should Ionescu win, she would join elite company of other two-time winners Nancy Lieberman (1979, 1980), Seimone Augustus (2005, 2006), Brittney Griner (2012, 2013), and Breanna Stewart (2015, 2016).

    Maya Moore (2009, 2010, 2011) is the award’s only three-time recipient.

    While the senior continues to rack up postseason awards, there are still a few more left on the table: Ionescu is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and is a frontrunner for the Wooden Award, which she took home last year along with the Wade Trophy. 

    She is also a finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, the Senior CLASS Award and the Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation’s top point guard.