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Oregon OL Jake Hanson transforms body, showcases strength at NFL Combine

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Oregon OL Jake Hanson transforms body, showcases strength at NFL Combine

It appears Jake Hanson’s training for the NFL Draft is paying off. 

The former Oregon offensive lineman completed a total of 33 reps overall during the bench press at the NFL Combine on Thursday. The bench press is a test of strength where players attempt to get as many reps as possible. 

Here's a look at Hanson's bench press performance: 

According to Oregon football, Hanson's 33 reps are the second-most by an Oregon offensive lineman at the combine. The current record for bench press is held by Oregon State’s Stephen Paea, who had 49 in 2011.

Rather than play in any of the college all-star games, like his teammates Justin Herbert and Calvin Throckmorton, Hanson decided to focus on his training right away. He began working out at O-Line Performance in Phoenix, Arizona and weighed in at 303 pounds at the NFL Combine this week,11 more pounds than he did at the start of his training

You can read more about Hanson's draft stock, as well as his strengths and weaknesses, as he prepares for the NFL Draft in April in our NFL Combine profile here

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon OL Jake Hanson

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon OL Jake Hanson

Jake Hanson

Position: Center  
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eureka, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’4 3/8" 

Weight: 303 pounds

Hand: 9 2/8"

Arm: 32 6/8

Wingspan: 78

Bench press reps: 33

Overview

Hanson played in 50 career games for the Ducks, starting 49 times. He’s proven to be someone Oregon can rely on and a true leader amongst his teammates. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound center shows lateral agility, experience, pass protection and a raw athleticism in zone-blocking schemes. 

At Oregon, Hanson was named AP Pac-12 All-Conference second team during his junior and senior year. The Ducks offensive line, which included Hanson, was named the best o-line in college football, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Hanson received an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl but elected to begin his preparation for the 2020 NFL Combine instead. He will be a good fit for an NFL offense that uses zone runs and screen passes. 

Draft projections

Hanson was initially projected to be a second or third-round pick in April’s draft. Most mock drafts now show him as a fourth-round selection.  

Strengths

- Snapping with the quarterback under center 
- Quick hands
- Leadership, good communication with teammates

Weaknesses

- Snapping with the quarterback under center 
- Lack of side-to-side mobility 
- Heavy-footed 

Social media workouts

Hanson has been working out alongside Ducks offensive lineman Shane Lemieux in Chandler, Arizona at OL Performance, the research and developmental partner of the NFL. 



Positive Oregon football injury updates ahead of Civil War

Positive Oregon football injury updates ahead of Civil War

Oregon severely missed a few injured Ducks in their upset loss to Arizona State but head coach Mario Cristobal provided good news out of Eugene on Monday morning.

UO starting center Jake Hanson and slot receiver Jaylon Redd are expected to play in Oregon’s rivalry game vs. Oregon State this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Autzen Stadium. 

"We feel Jaylon Redd is healing up really well and feel he’s probably going to play," Cristobal said Monday. "We feel the same about Jake Hanson."

Redd, who has 42 catches for 392 yards and seven touchdowns this season, was in uniform at Arizona State on the Ducks sideline with his helmet in his hand, but did not see any action on the field. 

After the loss, Coach Cristobal said Redd didn't play because of an injury sustained late in the game last Saturday vs. Arizona. According to Cristobal, Redd tried to practice last week in a full capacity, but “couldn’t get it going.”

Hanson, who has made 47 starts over the past four seasons, did not see the field in the second half against ASU. Calvin Throckmorton moved to center from right tackle and Brady Aiello slid into the right tackle position.

Coach Cristobal indicated that Hanson “got injured,” but was unclear as to nature and severity of it.

What about CJ Verdell?

Oregon starting running back and leading rusher CJ Verdell did not finish Saturday's game with an injury of his own. Cristobal indicated Verdell left the game in the fourth quarter due to a “stinger,” but expects him to be fine to play against Oregon State. Against the Sun Devils, Verdell finished with 18 carries for 99 yards.

Despite only finishing three of the Oregon’s eight Pac-12 games, Verdell is nearing a 1,000 rushing yard season. The sophomore is currently fifth in the Pac-12 in rushing this season with 913 yards.

The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and Beavers (5-6, 4-4) are meeting for the 123rd time on Saturday. An Oregon win would secure the 11th 10-win season in program history.

Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Eugene is buzzing with hooting and hollering Ducks anxious for the 2019 football season. Coach Mario Cristobal walked out of Oregon’s first spring football practice with a smile you could see across the snow spotted Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

“You missed a heck of a time in there,” Cristobal said as he walked up to the media scrum. “It got pretty competitive… It was good to see that kind of juice, energy and crossover enthusiasm. Guys from the defense would go to the offensive guys and say ‘that was a tremendous play but I’m coming after you next play.’”

Entering into his second full season as head coach, Cristobal knows that Oregon’s running game must improve and plans to start making changes this spring.

Last season, the Ducks inability to run the ball was apparent. Oregon rushed for only 37 yards on 1.4 per carry in the Red Box Bowl versus Michigan State.  Granted, MSU had the top rushing defense in the nation, but the Spartans were allowing 76 per game, not 37.

Oregon struggled on the ground in its transition to a physical, between-the-tackles style, finishing the season with the 191 rushing yards per game, the least amount for this program since 2006.

The good news? The Ducks return the entire starting offensive line and both leading rushers in CJ Verdell and Travis Dye.

The better news? Cristobal has a rushing attack plan that will be implemented this spring. His plan begins with strengthening blocking schemes and fundamentals and putting an emphasis on the tight ends. Cristobal is also adding new concepts to the run game this spring: the shotgun, pistol and under center, which he believes will “add a wrinkle” to the offense.

Cristobal will be executing his hard-pounding vision with a weapon in his back pocket, or rather, up front; The Ducks boast one of the most veteran offensive lines in the country, entering 2019 with 153 career starts.

Which is a dream come true for the former Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman and Alabama line coach.

“You spend sometimes an entire career trying to get to this moment where you have a group of guys that have played so many snaps together they know what each other are thinking,” Cristobal said.

Cristobal explained that he believes if seniors Shane Lemiuex and Jake Hanson were on opposite sides of the complex, they could telepathically tell what the other one wanted for lunch. They’ve spent so much time together that they could tell by the way the other is walking if they were going to get an omelet or not.

Whether it’s reading minds or reading a defense, Oregon’s success in 2019 is undoubtedly linked to its desperate need of a reliable run game.

One streak that's guaranteed to end: Oregon vs. Utah numbers to know

One streak that's guaranteed to end: Oregon vs. Utah numbers to know

Oregon hits the road for a tough test against Utah, who is tied for first in the Pac-12 South Division with a 4-3 conference record. Want to drop knowledge at the tailgate? Here are seven numbers to know. 

Ducks are going streaking: A victory would be Oregon’s third straight win in Salt Lake City. Remember in 2016 when the Ducks upset then-No. 12 Utah? True freshman quarterback Justin Herbert led Oregon to a game-winning touchdown pass to Darren Carrington with just two seconds to beat the Utes, 30-28.  

Mitchell is leading everyone: Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell leads the Pac-12 conference in; receiving yards (833), receiving yards per game (92.6), receptions resulting in a first down (38) and 20-yard grabs (15). The junior is first player in UO program history with six or more receptions in six consecutive games.

A streak that will end: Center Jake Hanson as made 34 consecutive starts at center (every game of career).
 UO’s offensive line will be without Hanson for the first half, due to a targeting call last Saturday.

Nobody like Amadi: Safety Ugo Amadi is the only player in the nation with a punt return for a touchdown and a pick-six. The senior earned Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for his special teams performance vs. UCLA; returning a punt 56 yards for a touchdown.

QB1: Redshirt freshman Jason Shelley will make his first career start at quarterback after junior Tyler Huntley sustained a season-ending injury. Shelley has played in four games (Weber State, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State), completing 6-of-14 pass attempts for 99 yards with a long of 40 vs. Weber State.

100: The Utes only allow 100 rushing yards per game, the best rushing defense in the conference and tied for ninth in the nation. Oregon is averaging 177.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 56th nationally.

Home field advantage: The Utes have sold out 55 straight games in Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807 capacity) since the 2010) season opener, including 52 standing room-only crowds.

Does the good outweigh the bad in Oregon's victory over UCLA?

Does the good outweigh the bad in Oregon's victory over UCLA?

Before moving on to Oregon’s (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) next game (2:30 p.m. kickoff at Utah), lets take a look at the best and the worst from the Ducks’ victory over UCLA and Chip Kelly.

BEST

Goal, check: The win check off a big goal for the Oregon football program. The Ducks are now bowl game eligible.

Amadi is everywhere: For the second time this season, safety Ugochukwu Amadi has been named a Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week. Amadi earned the special teams honor, five weeks after claiming the defensive award. The senior sparked the win by returning a punt 56 yards for a touchdown. He is the only player in the nation with a punt return for a touchdown and a pick-six.

Herbert hits milestones: Quarterback Justin Herbert hold the nation’s longest active streak with 24 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The junior also became the fastest player in program history with 6,000 career passing yards in terms of starts (24). He passed Dan Fouts, moved into seventh in career passing at Oregon with 6,252 yards.

Mitchell can’t be stopped: The Herbert to wide receiver Dillon Mitchell connection is alive and well. Mitchell caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.  The junior extended his streak to 14 consecutive games with a reception and reached his fourth 100-yard game this season, tying the record. 
Special spark: The Ducks’ special teams unit played a major role in the victory. Oregon’s first 14 points were largely produced by special teams; a dazzling 56-yard punt return taken to the house by Ugo Amadi and a fake field goal 28-yard pass from punter Blake Maimone to Jacob Breeland which led to CJ Verdell’s rushing touchdown.

 

WORST

Injuries: Linebacker Kaulana Apelu is out for the remainder of the regular season with a "small fracture" to his lower leg, according to Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. It’s possible the senior returns for the Ducks' bowl game. With Apelu out, the Ducks will look to Sampson Niu and Keith Simms at inside linebacker next to Troy Dye.

Average rushing attack: Oregon had an average night on the ground when considering its opponent. The Ducks finished with 200 rushing yards on 42 attempts, surpassing their combined rushing total and carries from their last two losses, combined. However, Oregon’s decision to re-commit to the run game came against the second-worst run defense in the Pac-12. The Bruins allow an average of 209 rushing yards per game.

Targeting: Oregon will be without starting center Jake Hanson when they for the first half of the Utah game because he was flagged for an offensive targeting call. It was Oregon’s only penalty of the game, Hanson was ejected. Here is what Cristobal said on the penalty:

“You don’t see him leading with the crown of the helmet… He’s really trying to do it the right way. It just so happens that with the speed of the game sometimes it happens.”

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Ducks will contend if (Part 4)...: LT Tyrell Crosby isn't sorely missed

The 2018 Ducks will contend if (Part 4)...: LT Tyrell Crosby isn't sorely missed

Oregon's promising 2017 season ended with a wild two weeks that saw Willie Taggart depart for Florida State, coach Mario Cristobal take over the program, recruits decommit left and right and then the Ducks fall flat during a 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Still, the 2018 season could see Oregon return to Pac-12 prominence. That is, if a lot of variables play out in the Ducks' favor. We will take a position-by-position look at the team to discuss what must happen in order for Oregon to rise again in 2018. 

Other position entries: QuarterbackRunning backsReceivers/Tight endsOffensive lineDefensive backsLinebackersDefensive line.   

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Today: The 2018 Ducks will contend if (Part 2)...: LT Tyrell Crosby isn't sorely missed. 

Key losses: Senior Tyrell Crosby Cameron could be a first-round pick in April's NFL Draft. Jake Pisarcik started at guard in 2017. Senior backup Doug Brenner is also gone. 

Projected 2017 starters: Left tackle Calvin Throckmorton, RJr., (6-5, 307); left guard Shane Lemieux, RJr., (6-4, 317); center Jake Hanson, RJr., (6-5, 302); right guard George Moore, Jr., (6-6, 300); right tackle Brady Aiello, RSo., (6-7, 307).

Key backups: Jacob Capra, RSo., (6-4, 311); Alex Forsyth, RFr., (6-3, 297); Sam Poutasi, RSo., (6-4, 302). 

What we know: Losing Crosby will sting. No way around it. However, returning proven talent with Throckmorton, Hanson and Lemieux, as well as Aielllo, who has made numerous starts, lessons the blow. 

That foursome will make for more than just a legit unit. It could be great and will keep the Ducks' running game humming. 

What we don't know: Who fits where? Throckmorton could remain at right tackle allowing Aiello to start at left tackle, where he saw starts in 2016 during Crosby's 10-game absence. Or, if Throckmorton is the best tackle on the team, he might be better served at left tackle. 

The wild card here is Moore, who could start at a tackle spot, forcing Throckmorton to guard. Or, maybe Aiello plays some guard, but at 6-7 that might not be a natural fit. 

This all, of course, is a good problem for coach Mario Cristobal to have as he searches for the best mix. 

What must happen for Oregon to contend: The Ducks simply need to find a lineup that makes Crosby's departure not hurt too much. That starts with identifying the best left tackle that can keep heat off of quarterback Justin Herbert's backside. Crosby rarely allowed anyone to ever get near the quarterback and he will be rewarded with a fat NFL contract this spring.  If left tackle is properly anchored, then the rest of the line will fall into place. 

Next up: The 2018 Ducks will contend if (Part 5)...: A young secondary develops. 

Ducks can't afford to crap out in the Mario Cristobal Bowl

Ducks can't afford to crap out in the Mario Cristobal Bowl

LAS VEGAS - Saturday's game should be viewed by Oregon as the Mario Cristobal Bowl played in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Cristobal needs this win. UO's administration needs this win. Most of all, the players need a victory in order to validate why they went to bat for Cristobal with a petition asking that he be elevated from co-offensive coordinator to head coach last week after Willie Taggart jumped ship for Florida State. 

"We definitely feel the need to go in there and show the administration, as well as everybody all around the country, that they made the right decision in picking coach Cristobal to be the head coach," Oregon sophomore center Jake Hanson said. 

That need is real, and it raises the stakes for Oregon (7-5), making this about as close to a "must-win" as a middling bowl game matchup could be. 

Let's face it; the Oregon program and most of its fans believe that the Ducks are above the Las Vegas Bowl.  To them, this is the program of Kelly, LaMike, Mariota, Rose Bowls, Fiesta Bowls and national title games. 

The Vegas Bowl, and the like, is for chumps, not Ducks. With so many bowl games and only six wins needed to qualify for these glorified exhibitions, it's easy to dismiss most of these postseason contests. This bowl certainly falls into that category. Heck, senior running back Royce Freeman won't even be bothered with playing in this event. This will be the lowest bowl game the Ducks will have appeared in since losing 38-8 here to BYU in 2006. 

Yet, here Oregon is, in Sin City, desperately searching for its first bowl victory since the 2014 season that ended in the national title game. The Ducks (7-5) are also looking for some validation that the program is headed in the right direction.

Boise State (10-3) is the opponent. The Broncos are champions of the Mountain West Conference. That's not even Power Five. BSU shouldn't be on Oregon's level, record be damned. Surely the Ducks have got this one in the bag.

Well, they'd better. For a program that built its brand and success through a lineage of connected coaches, the Ducks appear to be a white-hot mess in desperate search of some footing. 

Reasons exist to believe that Cristobal, despite his 27-47 record, could lead the Ducks back to the top. Oregon bypassed chasing after bigger names because athletic director Rob Mullens - skewered after Taggart, his handpicked guy, departed - decided to roll the dice on Cristobal and maintaining some continuity.  

Should Cristobal fail, Mullens would have whiffed twice in finding a replacement for Mark Helfrich, who went 37-16 in four seasons but was fired after one losing season, albeit a horrific one at 4-8. 

Losing Saturday won't mean that hiring Cristobal was a mistake. But it certainly would create doubt, in at least some, that would linger all offseason. A loss could also lead to further deterioration of UO's recruiting class once ranked No. 1 and No. 5 respectively on top websites before Taggart left. Now the class sits at No. 9 and No. 10 after six four-star recruits withdrew commitments. 

Winning on Saturday, however would send the Ducks into the offseason with momentum and an even stronger belief that Cristobal is the guy. Rallying the team from the disappointment of losing Taggart and through not having Freeman to take down a solid Boise State club, and having 14 starters returning next season will raise hopes that a 10-win season is on the horizon. 

"It's huge," Oregon sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert said. "We just had a coaching change and we're very confident in the guy we have. Everyone is so supportive of him and I know that everyone is going to play their heart out for him."

They have no choice. 

Overwhelmed Burmeister needs more help from his friends

Overwhelmed Burmeister needs more help from his friends

EUGENE – The good news is that Braxton Burmeister can only get better. The bad news is that it won’t matter unless he receives a little help from his friends.

The freshman quarterback made his starting debut Saturday night for the Oregon Ducks against No. 11 Washington State and the results were not good. He didn’t run well. He didn’t pass well. He didn’t call the cadence particularly well, at times.

But what transpired on offense for the Ducks (4-2, 1-2 PAC-12) during a 33-10 loss had as much to do with what went on around Burmeister as it did what went on with Burmeister,

Asking him to adequately fill in for the injured Justin Herbert (collarbone) was a tall order to begin with. Doing so while the offensive line had a subpar night and the starting receivers included a former safety and former running back proved to be completely unfair.

“I think this game he can learn a lot from,” UO coach Willie Taggart said. “He got that first game out of the way. He will be better as we move forward. But he needs a lot more help around him.”

The game was clearly too fast for Burmeister who struggled to read coverages and deliver accurate throws on time, if at all. Burmeister flashed some speed when he took off running but didn’t make defenders miss and took a lot of punishment. That could have proven to be problematic had he been injured because senior Taylor Alie was unavailable because of the concussion he suffered during last week’s win over California.

Burmeister ended up completing 15 of 27 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions and was sacked four times. He rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries but after sacks finished with negative four yards rushing.

His best two passes came on a 30-yard touchdown toss to a wide-open sophomore tight end Jacob Breeland that gave UO a 10-7 lead in the first quarter, and a 39-yard pass to sophomore Brenden Schooler who got open on a post route in the fourth quarter.

Other than that, it was dink and dunk for short gains. In fact, 11 of his completions went for eight yards, or less. Burmeister completed at least seven quick screens that went nowhere because WSU’s defense were dialed in on them as if they knew Oregon didn’t have many other options.

“We just didn’t really have enough time back there to make some plays,” Breeland said. “He’s got a good arm. He can throw the ball well.”

True freshmen players are not allowed to speak to the media.

When the Ducks did try to go downfield, Burmeister either found no open receivers and was sacked or flushed from the pocket, or he made an errant through. Several times he threw deep down the sideline on passes that had zero chance for completion because they were too far thrown and/or landed out of bonds.

Hindering the entire process for Burmeister was the wide receiver situation. Senior Charles Nelson ended up missing his third game with an ankle sprain after he warmed up during pregame in hopes of playing. Junior Taj Griffin, who also plays running back, started in his place. Sophomore Dillon Mitchell was unavailable because of the concussion he sustained against Cal leading to Schooler, a safety up until fall camp, starting in his place.

The results were inconsistent route running all game long that added to Burmeister’s confusion and indecision.

“Those are the lumps that you take with having young guys in there,” Taggart said. “A lot of those guys, they made some mistakes, too. We have to do a good job as coaches to make sure those guys are sharp on their assignments…especially when you have a young quarterback.”

But one had to know that all of the above was going to happen with a freshman quarterback making his first start while being saddled with such an inexperience receiving corps.

The biggest surprise proved to be the Ducks' subpar play of the running game. After Herbert went down and out in the first quarter Cal, the Ducks’ offensive line struggled for a quarter before completing dominating the Golden Bears to the tune of 328 yards rushing (5.9 per carry) on the night.

A repeat performance would be needed against WSU (6-0, 3-0), which entered the game with a rather strong defense but not much better than Cal’s.

But Oregon responded by rushing for 132 yards on 49 carries (2.9 per attempt). Senior Royce Freeman, still bothered by an injured shoulder that knocked him out of the Cal win in the first quarter gained 62 on 12 carries.

“We knew what Washington State was going to throw at us with all the movement,” redshirt sophomore center Jake Hanson said. “We just didn’t do a good enough job picking it up. Plain and simple.”

A better day rushing would have opened up more play-action, boots and roll outs for Burmeister, as well as given him better down-and-distance situations. Oregon converted on just 2 of 17 third down attempts

“I thought their D-line did a good jog against us,” Taggart said. “I didn’t think we played our best game upfront offensively. They did a lot of movement upfront that caused us some problems.”

So, where does Oregon go from here?

On the surface, they appear to be in huge trouble with games coming up at Stanford, at UCLA, then home against Utah before playing at Washington. Becoming bowl eligible might rely on winning home games to end the season against Arizona and Oregon State.

Herbert was said to be out 4-to-6 weeks, however, there appears to be a belief that he could return closer to the four than the six. That would but Herbert back in action for Utah on Oct. 28.

That would be great news for the Ducks, but in the meantime they need Burmeister and company to get better.

Despite what we all saw on Saturday, that could easily happen. Now that Burmeister has seen Pac-12 speed, he can adjust. The coaches must simplify the offense even more to allow for better receiver play and for Burmeister to flourish. It is also very likely that the Ducks get back Nelson and Mitchell this week at Stanford. If so, we should see an immediate uptick in the passing game.

Finally, none of that will translate into wins unless the offensive line and the running game can carry the offense.

“Everybody has got to get better,” Taggart said. “We have to go to work and learn from this tape. But more importantly we’ve got to know what we’re doing.”

Oregon's penalties have reached ludicrous levels

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Oregon's penalties have reached ludicrous levels

The Oregon Ducks are no strangers to having officials throw numerous yellow flags at them during games but this year's team has raised the bar on infractions accrued to new heights. 

Oregon (3-1) was penalized 14 times on Saturday night during a 37-35 loss at Arizona State to run the Ducks' season total to a Pac-12-leading 42. It could have been worse. Technically, Oregon committed 17 penalties against ASU but the Sun Devils declined three.  

Oregon's 10.5 penalties per game are the most for the program since at least 2000 (see chart below). The most Oregon has ever committed in a season since 2000 is 8.8 in 2015. The Ducks have plenty of time to reverse the trend for this season but averaging double-digit penalties per game certainly is cause for alarm. 

"It's as frustrating as it gets," Oregon redshirt sophomore center Jake Hanson said following Saturday's loss. "You can't expect to win games when you have over a 100 yards of penalties. We have a lot of stuff to cleanup this week."

Oregon was charged with 99 yards in penalties on Saturday and is averaging 89.2 on the season (third most in the Pac-12). The penalties hurt. Earning flags and a general lack of execution contributed to the Ducks converting on just one of 11 third down attempts during their loss to the Sun Devils. 

"I think penalties are a huge factor," UO sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert said. "Anytime when you're moving backwards it isn't a good thing." 

UO coach Willie Taggart said the proper technique is needed to avoid penalties such as holding (Oregon committed five total on offense and defense vs. ASU) and pass interference.

"We've just got to teach," Taggart said. "Teach and practice."

False start penalties on the offense were also a big problem against ASU (2-2). The Ducks committed five, four in the first half when UO managed to score just 14 points with one touchdown set up by a muffed punt return by ASU at its 11-yard line. 

'You can't do that," Taggart said of the false starts. "You've got to listen for the call."

Interestingly, while penalties have been a problem for Oregon over the years, they typically haven't hurt the team's won-loss record. The Ducks have ranked at or near the bottom in the conference for much of the past 17 years. In fact, Oregon has committed a whopping eight or more penalties per game in eight out of 17 seasons since 2000. 

In 2010, when Oregon went 12-1 and reached the BCS National Championship game under coach Chip Kelly, the Ducks ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in both penalties per game (7.2) and penalty yards per game (61.2). Kelly's teams ranked ninth in the conference in total penalties in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and ranked eighth in 2009. 

The 2014 team, which reached the national title game under coach Mark Helfrich, ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in penalties per game (8.2) and seventh in penalty yards (72). 

Some of the elevation in numbers over the years could be contributed to the number of plays generated by an uptempo offense. More plays could certainly lead to more penalties. But not enough to account for the poor overall rankings. And, tempo certainly wouldn't necessarily impact the team's conference ranking in that area during today's era when most teams run an uptempo offense. 

In 2004, the year before the Ducks moved to the spread offense and began running some no-huddle, the Ducks committed 8.6 penalties per game, the third most (counting this season) since 2000.

While great UO teams, such as the 2010 and 2014 squads, were able to overcome their penalty totals, lesser Duck teams did not. The aforementioned 2004 Ducks went 5-6 that year. The 2016 season, the program's only other losing campaign since 1993, saw the Ducks rank last in the Pac-12 at 8.3 turnovers per game. 

This Oregon team is closer in playing level to the 2004 and 2016 teams than it is to any of the Ducks' championship teams. These Ducks are simply too young and too inexperienced to be good enough to win many close games while giving away yards through penalties. 

Oregon and Taggart had better clean up this penalty mess or more close, frustrating defeats will surely come their way this season. 

OREGON'S PENALTY TOTALS - 2000-2017

2017 (3-1)

Penalty per game game = 10.5 (12th PAC-12)

Penalty yards per game = 89.2 (10th)

2016 (4-8)

Penalty per game game = 8.3 (12th)

Penalty yards per game = 75.8 (12th)

2015 (9-4)

Penalty per game game = 8.8 (10th)

Penalty yards per game = 61 (10th)

2014 (13-2)

Penalty per game game = 8.2 (9th)

Penalty yards per game = 72 (7th)

2013 (11-2)

Penalty per game game = 8.2 (12th)

Penalty yards per game = 70.2 (10th)

2012 (12-1)

Penalty per game game = 7.9 (9th)

Penalty yards per game = 71.1 (9th)

2011 (12-2)

Penalty per game game = 7.2 (9th)

Penalty yards per game = 65 (7th)

2010 (12-1)

Penalty per game game = 7.2 (9th PAC-10)

Penalty yards per game = 61.2 (9th).

2009 (10-3)

Penalty per game game = 7.3

Penalty yards per game = 62.7

2008 (10-3)

Penalty per game game = 7.3

Penalty yards per game = 62.7

2007 (9-4)

Penalty per game game = 6.1

Penalty yards per game = 55

2006 (7-6)

Penalty per game game = 7.5

Penalty yards per game = 60

2005 (10-2)

Penalty per game game = 8.0

Penalty yards per game = 72.7

2004 (5-6)

Penalty per game game = 8.6

Penalty yards per game = 79.7

2003 (8-5)

Penalty per game game = 7.8

Penalty yards per game = 69.7

2002 (8-5)

Penalty per game game = 8.5

Penalty yards per game = 71.2

2001 (11-1)

Penalty per game game = 6.4

Penalty yards per game = 57.9

2000 (10-2)

Penalty per game game = 8.0

Penalty yards per game = 72.0