Talkin' with the Ducks pt.2: Coach Cristobal's major impact on Juwan Johnson after his father passed

Talkin' with the Ducks pt.2: Coach Cristobal's major impact on Juwan Johnson after his father passed

Welcome into a new running NBC Sports Northwest feature; Talkin’ with the Ducks. Joining us on the first edition is the largest wide receiver on Oregon’s roster, graduate transfer Juwan Johnson.

Juwan Johnson’s father passed away shortly before he transferred to Oregon and moved across the country. In part two of this feature, we dive into some of his favorite football memories with his father, how he's honoring his legacy and the impact that Coach Cristobal has had during the trying time. 

[WATCH PART 1: Juwan Johnson and Justin Herbert's intensifying connection]

"(Cristobal) definitely made me feel comfortable being here," said Johnson. "He kinda feels like my father... I really take it to heart that he checked in on me literally every day."

How Johnson has handled his father's passing while in Eugene

Cristobal's major impact on Johnson after his father passed

 

Oregon surplus sale scheduled for May 4

Oregon surplus sale scheduled for May 4

Press release from GoDucks.com:

The University of Oregon athletic department will host an equipment Surplus Sale presented by Fanatics, on Saturday, May 4th at the Moshofsky Center next to Autzen Stadium. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until all product is sold. 

As an exclusive benefit, current University of Oregon season ticket holders and Duck Athletic Fund donors are eligible for priority access to the Surplus Sale and may start lining up at 7:30 a.m. with the sale starting at 9 a.m. A random line drawing will be held to determine which customers will enter first. All season ticket holders or donors with a surplus sale ticket in line by 8:00 a.m. will receive a priority line raffle ticket and entered into the random line drawing, which will determine the order of entry. Season ticket holders or donors may not lineup prior to 7:30 a.m. The priority access line will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the northwest doors of the Moshofsky Center near the Duck Store entrance.

General admission fans will be admitted at 10:30 a.m. As with the season ticket holders and donors, a random line drawing will be held to determine which customers will enter first. All fans in the general admission line by 9:30 a.m. will receive a general admission line raffle ticket and entered into a lottery, which will determine order of entry. General admission fans may not lineup prior to 8:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of the Moshofsky Center, facing Autzen Stadium.

The random line drawing process ensures that all fans who arrive prior to the listed deadline will have an equal chance of gaining the first entry.

Priority access tickets can be secured by season ticket holders and DAF donors by logging into their account HERE. The deadline to claim a priority access ticket is Wednesday, May 1st at 5 p.m. Each ticket will allow access for the season ticket holder or DAF donor plus one guest. Passes will be available on the season ticket holder online account manager system beginning Thursday, May 2nd for those requesting ticket by the deadline. Tickets must be printed out before arriving.

Season ticket holders and donors who claim a ticket may forward the PDF to another party should they not be able to attend. Only one entry will be allowed per ticket and no re-entry will be permitted. The guest must be present in line with the season ticket holder when the priority tickets are scanned and priority raffle tickets are issued. If the guest is not in line at the time priority raffle tickets are being issued, they will not receive a ticket and will be sent to the GA line for entry. The guest will enter with the recipient of the priority access ticket.

Additional Surplus Sale Rules and Information

- Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Checks and American Express are not accepted. Please have ID ready if paying by credit card.

- A strict limit of 2 non-cleated (training) shoes can be purchased per patron.

- Camping is strictly prohibited and is of no benefit due to the random line drawing. Campers will be asked to leave and are subject to no entry to the sale.

- Only small personal purses will be permitted inside the sale. Bags will be provided for shopping.

- Parking is available in the east gravel lot of Autzen Stadium. Vehicles parked in other lots are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

- Shoplifters will be detained by UOPD on site.

- Hoarding of items is prohibited. Only take product from tables you intend to purchase. Those found hording items will be asked to leave.

- Raffle line tickets will be used for entry into the sale and may not be transferred to others.

- Individuals with raffle line tickets will be admitted in the drawn order before those without tickets.

- All individuals age 16 or above must have a ticket for entry.

- No food or beverage will be permitted inside the Moshofsky Center.

- All sales are final, no returns or exchanges.

Ducks ready to dim OSU's shiny offensive weapon

Ducks ready to dim OSU's shiny offensive weapon

Usually in the Civil War, Oregon's shiny offensive weapons steal the show. In fact, two Ducks are on record watch this Friday. Be that as it may, this season the Beavers (2-9, 1-7 Pac-12) have an offensive star that is turning heads of their own in true freshman Jermar Jefferson.

Jefferson is a talented workhorse; he leads all freshmen nationally with 1,316 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. In three of his past four games, he has run for at least 100 yards and this season has surpassed 200 rushing yards twice.

Defending Jefferson is a challenge the Ducks (7-4, 4-4) are excited for.

“He is really elusive,” said Oregon outside linebacker LaMar Winston Jr. “I really like to see that because that gives me another chance to get better at open field tackling. That’s the one thing I’ve been working on this season. I’m excited to play against him.”

Winston Jr. added it how much fun he had last Saturday defending Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin. While Benjamin finished with 149 yards on 29 carries, most of those yards came early on long runs and the Ducks adjusted to contained him very well on the outside and prevented him from scoring a touchdown.

Winston Jr. smiles when talking about the 122nd Civil War, because Jefferson isn’t the only player he’s excited to play against.

A Portland native, Winston Jr. is one of eight UO scholarship players from the state of Oregon. He has friends on Oregon State’s team that he considers brothers; cornerback Jaydon Grant (West Linn Highschool) and offensive lineman Blake Brandel (Central Catholic Highschool).

But those friendships will be pushed aside as Oregon tries to win the "most important game of the year” as UO coach Mario Cristobal referred to Friday’s contest. The Ducks have won nine of the last 10 meetings but the loss came in in Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Beavers 34-24 victory capped off a 4-8 UO season that led to the firing of its coaching staff.

Safe to say, Oregon wants to get over its road game woes, limit Jefferson and leave Corvallis victorious this season.

“Rivalry games are huge,” said Winston Jr. “Anything can happen.”

Oregon football roster and injury updates

Oregon football roster and injury updates

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal spoke to the media today ahead the Ducks' fall camp. He gave a roster and injury update. 

2018 WR signee Jalen Hall is not on the roster to enter fall camp. Hall signed with Oregon in February, made an appearance for one spring practice and then returned home to Long Beach to attend a personal matter. 

Outside linebacker D.J. Johnson must sit out in 2018 to serve a year of residency. Johnson will redshirt for his sophomore season after his transfer waiver request was denied.

Defensive tackle Malik Young not granted extra year by the NCAA.

[READ: Changes coming to Autzen Stadium next season]

Grad transfer wide receiver Tabari Hines had a minor knee procedure but will be available for game one and full go for game three.

He also added that Nick Pickett, Jake Hanson and Sampson Niu (who missed spring practices) will be available and healthy to start fall practices. 

What has to happen for Oregon to contend in CFB Playoff

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What has to happen for Oregon to contend in CFB Playoff

Because it's never too early to Talk Ducks. Who doesn't love a little Facebook Live fun in between Studio Shoots?

The 5 things that must happen for Oregon Football to contend for a Pac-12 Championship and possibly the college football playoff:

 

Aaron Fentress reveals the five things that must happen for Oregon Football to contend for a Pac-12 championship and possibly the CFB playoff.

Posted by NBC Sports Northwest on Tuesday, June 7, 2016