Tony Brooks-James

Atlanta signs Tony Brooks-James after an impressive two days at rookie minicamp

Atlanta signs Tony Brooks-James after an impressive two days at rookie minicamp

After going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, former Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James has officially found a home in the NFL.

Brooks-James made a quick impression on the Atlanta Falcons through two days of rookie minicamp; the Falcons signed Brooks-James following practice on Saturday.

Reportedly a standout at practice, Brooks-James broke several big runs, slipping through the hole and showing off his exceptional speed in the open field.

Brooks-James’ confidence never waivered. He was invited to both Atlanta’s and Seattle’s rookie minicamps. After the Seahawks’ practice, NBCSNW Seahawks insider Aaron Fentress spoke with the 5-foot-9, 190-pound versatile running back.

"I think I have a chance to stick here (in Seattle) or in Atlanta," Brooks-James said. "It's all about getting a chance to stick and stand out."

He then paused and smiled before letting it be known, "I'm making a team."

At Oregon, Brooks-James totaled 3,302 all-purpose yards over his career. He averaged 26.1 yards per kick return last season and 25.7 per return as a redshirt junior.

 

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News, rumors and analysis: Ducks and the NFL draft

News, rumors and analysis: Ducks and the NFL draft

The 2019 NFL Draft starts today! Oregon is not expected to have a player selected in Thursday’s first round for the third year in a row. However, crazier things have happened! Which Duck do you think will be selected first? Which Duck are you going to miss the most next season? If you want to be the UO fan in the know, I got you covered for the NFL Draft.

Here is what NFL teams are getting with each Duck.

 

DILLON MITCHELL

Dillon Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. He's projected to be a mid to late round selection.

[EXCLUSIVE] Dillon Mitchell gets real: His decision to go pro, which NFL teams he met with at the Combine and chemistry with Justin Herbert

READ: Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

WATCH: Which team is going to fall in love with Dillon Mitchell?

 

JALEN JELKS

How high in the draft will Jalen Jelks go? The NFL is always starving for pass rushers and Jelks could be quite attractive to some teams. Jelks has the length and pass rush ability many GMs dream about, however he weighs under 250 pounds. He's projected to be a mid round selection, but could be the first Duck off the board. 

READ: Here are some round predictions for the future Pro Duck

WATCH: Jalen Jelks needs 'right team with right system'

 

JUSTIN HOLLINS

Is Justin Hollins majorly underrated? Hollins excelled in the NFL combine and impressed in the East-West Shrine Bowl, earning defensive MVP honors. He's projected to be a mid round selection, but could also be the first Duck off the board. 

READ: An NFL scout and a draft expert evaluate Oregon Ducks LB Justin Hollins

WATCH: Justin Hollins living up to the hype following NFL Combine

 

UGO AMADI

Any team that has a need for young, dependable and versatile safeties, will like Ugo Amadi. Amadi makes up for his less than ideal size with his speed, ability to affect the game and make plays on the ball. He's projected as a late round pick. 

READ: Underrated Ugo Amadi is stealing NFL teams’ attention

WATCH: Ugo Amadi's versatility could set him apart in draft class

 

TONY BROOKS-JAMES

Tony Brooks James got his chance to impress NFL scouts at Oregon's Pro Day after not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine. The Oregon runnng back recorded a 4.17, 20-yard shuttle, third among running backs, and a 7.2 second three-cone performance, placing him 10th out of 16 running backs who participated in the Combine. Brooks-James had 57 carries for 306 yards and 21 kickoff returns for 548 yards at UO before sitting out of the Redbox Bowl with a left knee injury. 

READ: It's do-or-die: Ducks leave it all on the field at Oregon Pro Day

 

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Ducks' message to fans: Make Autzen the loudest it has ever been

Ducks' message to fans: Make Autzen the loudest it has ever been

It's "Husky Hate Week" for Oregon fans. Saturday marks the 111th rivalry game between Oregon and Washington, officially named "The Border War".

The No. 17 Ducks play host to the No. 7 Huskies, but the environment in Autzen Stadium is expected to be anything but welcoming. Washington has crushed Oregon the past two games by a combined score of 108-24. Duck fans haven't forgotten last time the Huskies came into Eugene in 2016 and put a 70-point beat down on the Ducks, and neither has the Oregon football program. 

When the Huskies return to Eugene this Saturday, the Ducks have asked fans to do their part to make Autzen the loudest it's ever been. 

"It provides such an advantage to us when Autzen comes to life like it does on game days," said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. 

Redshirt running back CJ Verdell's message to fans is simple. "Come out there, be loud, and  try to break the decimal record," said Verdell. 

Senior running back Tony Brooks-James, one of the oldest players on the team, revels in the spirit of the rivalry. Just like you, Brooks-James gets a chuckle from memes he sees on Twitter. Here are some of the best ones I've seen this week:

“It’s as important as it gets,” Cristobal said. “The intensity of a rivalry like this is through the roof, it’s off the charts. You could talk about it, write about it, explain it, and it still doesn’t capture the true fire and intensity, the true passion that goes behind something like this.

A little more history... The Ducks had a 12 game winning streak that started in 2004 and ended in 2015. In Eugene against Washington, Oregon holds a 21-13-2 record, and an all-time record of 45-60-5.

Here are 8 more numbers you need to know about the rivalry. 

Bye week good timing for Oregon injuries

Bye week good timing for Oregon injuries

 

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal gave a bye week injury update on the Pac-12 coaches conference call, as the No. 18 Ducks prepare for No. 10 Washington. 

 

Senior running back Tony Brooks-James: Suffered an ankle injury during the loss to Stanford, played only on special teams at Cal. According to Cristobal, Brooks-James "practiced full-go" on Tuesday and is healthy.

Defensive end Austin Faoliu: After being held out of last week's game, Faoliu is close to fully healthy and Cristobal expects him to be "full go" by Wednesday or Thursday. 

Tight end Jacob Breeland: Traveled to Cal but did not play. According to Cristobal, Breeland "practiced full-go" on Tuesday and is healthy.

Backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister: Still rehabbing a minor procedure on his knee. Cristobal expects him to be practicing late next week.

Running back CJ Verdell: Reportedly had a minor knee injury which caused him to miss some of the second half. Cristobal called it "a scare" but that he could have gone back in the game. Verdell is 100 percent healthy and already practicing this week. 

Running back Darrian Felix: A bruised foot has limited his playing time but Cristobal expects him to practice this week.

 

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What's special about Justin Herbert and his preparation?

What's special about Justin Herbert and his preparation?

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, most likely to: “Throw a touchdown pass, be our president, do whatever Justin Herbert wants,” senior running back Tony Brooks-James said. “Anything he puts his mind to.”

This week, Herbert has set his mind to do whatever it takes to lead No. 19 Oregon to its first Pac-12 conference victory of the season against No. 24 California. The Bears are undefeated and have one of the best defenses in the country.

Herbert’s preparation for Cal, the team with the most interceptions in the conference, began late Saturday night after the Ducks’ stunning loss to No. 7 Stanford.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior sat at his locker in Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. Brooks-James walked over to talk to his quarterback. The two Ducks sat and reflected on the mistakes that caused the overtime defeat, but then Herbert changed the trajectory of the conversation.

He told Brooks-James that they needed to move on, learn from loss, adjust in practice, and beat Cal. Brooks-James agreed.

“For him to acknowledge that, is much different from last year Herbert to this year Herbert,” said Brooks-James. “Last year ‘Herb’ would have sat at his locker an hour longer and dwell on his mistakes.”

Brooks-James has witnessed Herbert’s transformation, mentally and physically.

Two years, two head coaches and 20 pounds of muscle ago, Herbert made his first start on the road against Cal. Herbert threw a program record six touchdown passes, including five in the second half and overtime, but the Ducks lost the double-overtime thriller, 52-49. The freshman quarterback threw a pick in double-overtime to seal Cal's victory and collapsed on the field in tears before his teammates picked him up. He had tears in his eyes when he faced the media.

Now, Herbert returns to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. as a potential first round NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy candidate. He’s ready to lead the Ducks to a vital victory at Cal that starts toughest stretch of their 2018 schedule. Herbert has thrown for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games and going into week five, has the best passer rating in the conference at 179.41. 

“He seems to get better and better as the moments get bigger,” said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. “He is driven. He hungers for that… He won’t allow himself to flinch.”

Cristobal points to Herbert’s preparation as what defines the quarterback. In his first year as UO’s head coach, Cristobal says he’s seen Herbert prepare harder and harder each week.

Herbert, never a boaster, downplayed his game prep when asked. He said he meets with his teammates as much as possible to make sure the team is comfortable with the game plan.

Sounds like coach speak, doesn’t it? It kind of is. Cristobal has repeatedly called Herbert a “field general” who understands the run game like a coordinator does. The offense relies heavily on Herbert’s advanced knowledge of protections and the running game. He’s able to quickly get the offense into the right play, based on shifting defensive looks.

His presence in the pocket, paired with his ability to hurt opponents with his legs while also displaying solid arm strength, is one of the reasons he’s become a hot commodity among NFL scouts. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Herbert ranked as his top quarterback and No. 9 overall prospect.

On Saturdays, Herbert listens to music on walks while rehearsing the game plan. The plan is always the same.

“Not do anything special, stay in my game plan and rely on my teammates,” Herbert said.

Herbert, not special? There are 11 defenses in the conference that would probably disagree.

No 20. Oregon's running game worst since 2006 with No. 7 Stanford looming

No 20. Oregon's running game worst since 2006 with No. 7 Stanford looming

No. 20 Oregon is heading into its biggest game in years on Saturday against No. 7 Stanford with a huge red flag waiving above Autzen Stadium. 

The Ducks' running game thus far, while facing a very weak non-conference schedule, is the worst that the program has produced since 2006 a year after UO adopted the no-huddle spread offense. This is not where Oregon (3-0) wants to be with the Cardinal up next. We've all seen what Stanford's defenses of the past did to some of the best Oregon running teams ever. Imagine what the Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) could do to this current Ducks' rushing attack if they do not make a huge turnaround on Saturday.

Here are the statistical facts:

  • Oregon's 214 yards rushing per game leads the Pac-12 but it is the least amount of rushing production UO has averaged since 2006 when the Ducks averaged 181.8 yards per game. However, that total came on 36.3 attempts per game at 5.0 yards per carry against an entire schedule. This year's 214 average has been produced on 46 carries per game at 4.7 yards per carry against the likes of Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State. 
  • Oregon's showing on the ground in games against mid-major or FCS programs is the program's worst since 2009. From 2010 through 2017, Oregon went 14-0 against such teams while averaging 354.7 yards per game at 7.2 yards per carry. 
  • Oregon’s 134 yards rushing against San Jose State is the program’s worst performance against such competition since the 2009 season opener at Boise State when the Ducks lost 19-8 and rushed for just 31 net yards. Beyond that debacle in Chip Kelly’s first game, you have to go back to 2002 to find a worse rushing performance against a mid-major or FCS program when Oregon rushed for 108 yards in a 28-24 win over Fresno State.
  • Oregon's 212 yards against Bowling Green on 42 carries (5.0 per) is the second lowest showing since Boise State in 2009. 
  • The previous low since 2010 came in 2016 when the Ducks rushed for 251 on 37 carries at 6.7 per carry against UC Davis. The lowest yards per carry during that stretch came against Arkansas State in 2012 when the Ducks averaged 5.21 on 57 carries for 297 yards.

 

As for the 2009 Oregon team, Kelly righted that ship and the team average 231 rushing yards per game while cranking up production in conference play. The Ducks clearly could do the same. But out the gate, Oregon is not in the same place that it was in terms of running the football in recent years. Meanwhile, Stanford is every bit as formidable against the run. 

Stanford has allowed just 7.7 points and 104.7 rushing yards per game. When Stanford is playing elite defense it has given Oregon's spread offense fits. The Cardinal shut down UO in 2012 and 2013 with national title berths on the line, and UO has Marcus Mariota at quarterback. 

This Oregon team is not on the same level as Mariota's Ducks teams. But, Stanford's defense appears to be as dominant as it has ever been. 

However, a good sign for Oregon is that during last year's 49-7 loss at Stanford, the Ducks managed to rush for 286 yards on 6.4 per carry. That performance, of course, involved running back Royce Freeman rushing for 141 yards. With Freeman now in the NFL, UO will be leaning on a group of backs with redshirt senior Tony Brooks-James and redshirt freshman C.J. Verdell.

"All of those guys have shown that they can help us win," UO coach Mario Cristobal said. "We're making this week very competitive. "

Not having a true lead running back could prove problematic in this type game. UO needs that one guy it can rely on to do all of the little things that a true lead back does, and that includes being a threat on every down to not only break a long run, but get two or three years when seemingly nothing at all is there. 

Against Stanford, those short runs could prove to be the difference between quarterback Justin Herbert routinely getting sacked on third down and long, or producing a high rate of success on third and short situations. 

Stanford's defense is a completely different animal than what Oregon has seen so far this season. Cristobal said the Cardinal not only plays sound schematic football, the players are very disruptive. The defensive linemen are big and physical. The linebackers are extremely sound tacklers. They won't easily get juked out in space and certainly are not going to get run over by UO's smallish group of running backs. 

On the back end, Stanford has usually deploys large defense backs that are very physical. No difference this season, Cristobal said. They could give Oregon's receivers some problems with their physicality. 

Cristobal has preached becoming more physical at the line of scrimmage. The offseason program and practices are designed to improve the team in that area so it can meet head on with a team such as Stanford.

Of course, we heard all of that last year and even the final two years under former offensive line coach Steve Greatwood during the Mark Helfrich era. 

Now it's time for this "new," more physical approach to prove itself and actually become more productive. 

"It has to," Cristobal said. 

If not, Stanford will be proudly waiving its Cardinal flag in Autzen Stadium. 

Oregon Mailbag: Who is really calling plays? What's the deal with the horn?

Oregon Mailbag: Who is really calling plays? What's the deal with the horn?

Each week I will answer five of your best questions from Twitter or Instagram.

Who is really calling plays? Will that screeching horn continue to roar through Autzen Stadium? Which running backs will get the most touches? Plus, a look ahead to the toughest road game and how you can stay informed on all things Duck football related.

Question from Thurios on Twitter: Coach Cristobal has said he reserves the right to change a defensive or offensive play call by the respective coordinators. What criteria must occur to cause him to do that?

Answer: Co-offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt are Oregon's play callers. With that said, Cristobal meets with Arroyo and Leavitt throughout the week to help game plan, including game day to review and change any schemes and all situations. As head coach, he reserves his veto right. Therefore, the criteria for him to change a play is up to him.

 “I’m always on the headset with both sides because if there is a call that I feel really isn’t the best call for us at the time, then I’ll do whatever necessary to make sure we get the best call,” Cristobal said.

Question from Penny on Twitter: Will that horrible horn sound continue in Autzen?

Answer: According to 247 sports, the loud siren sound you may have heard blaring through Autzen stadium when the Duck defense faced a third down is taken from the horror movie, The Purge.

The idea to have the horn blasted on crucial downs came from the team, specifically defensive lineman Jordon Scott and defensive back Ugo Amadi, to alert the fans to get wild and loud. It also serves as an alert to the Duck defense that it’s time to bear down to get a stop.

I’ve seen the movie (it’s terrifying), so while it might take some getting used to, if the horn riles up the fans and team, I’m all for it. According to Eric Skopil’s report, the horn appears to be staying.

Question from Tyler on Twitter: Who separates themselves from the others at RB before Stanford? Which 3(ish) can we expect to get the majority of touches by month’s end?

Answer: It’s no secret that Oregon flexed its depth by spreading the ball out to all six of its scholarship running backs in its 58-24 victory over Bowling Green. Freshman CJ Verdell led the way with 51 yards, Cyrus Habibi-Likio was the only running back to score, while freshman Travis Dye was the first running back off the bench.

Going forward, will Oregon's stat line show six running back rushers? Not once Pac-12 conference play begins.

Yes, there is a plethora of talent, but expect the old man of the group to be the lead workhorse, “Grandpa” Tony Brooks-James. Behind Brooks-James, each back has a select skill set that could be used differently to game plan for opponents.

If I had to predict who will receive the majority of touches after Brooks-James, I’d say Verdell, Habibi-Likio and sophomore Darrian Felix. Verdell’s strength is his breakaway speed, Habibi-Likio is the largest back on the roster and uses his power to barrel through a defense, and Felix has the experience and explosive lateral quickness.

Question from NBCSportsNW on Twitter (my employer so I had to include!): Which Oregon football away game will be toughest for the Ducks to win?

Answer: Oregon plays at Cal (9/29), Washington State (10/20), Arizona (10/27), Utah (11/10) and Oregon State (11/23). Of those five away games I think Arizona is the most dangerous. The Ducks take on the Wildcats in Tucson on the second of back-to-back road games.

Yes the Wildcats did lose to BYU in their opener, but the duo of new coach Kevin Sumlin and dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate makes the Wildcats (7-6 last season) an intriguing team to watch this season.

Arizona returns its leading passer and rusher in Tate, who electrified with 1,591 passing yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 1,411 yards (9.2 per carry) and 12 touchdowns.

Question (from multiple people on Twitter): What kind of Duck TV coverage does NBC Sports NW plan on?

Answer: Talkin’ Ducks will be our weekly Oregon show. It airs at 7pm on Friday nights and is hosted by Jordan Kent, with me, Aaron Fentress and Joey Harrington as panelists.

If you are looking for supplemental Oregon coverage, I will be on the Brian Noe Radio show (Rip City Radio 620) at 1:45pm every Friday. Also, our website is jam packed with video and written content.

Travis Dye and his ferocious jump cuts could be special this season

Travis Dye and his ferocious jump cuts could be special this season

Oregon’s rushing attack is legendary and the history of offensive weapons is impressive. The past four seasons, No. 23 Oregon could count on Royce Freeman, who carried the bulk of the rushing load and holds Oregon’s career rushing yards record (5,621) and career touchdowns record (60).

Those are some big cleats to fill. Oregon (1-0) has pegged senior Tony Brooks-James as their every down back, and he has goals to dominate in his final season as a Duck.

Behind Brooks-James are five scholarship running backs that each have a special skill set. If you are looking for special, look no further than the first running back off the bench last Saturday, freshman Travis Dye and his ferocious jump cuts.

Dye replaced Brooks-James for the third series in Oregon’s 58-24 victory over Bowling Green, he rushed for 37 yards on seven attempts and demonstrated why his teammates and coaches talk wildly about him.

“I think he’s darn good. Shoot, he’s a lot better than his brother (Troy),” Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt teased. “I just had to say that for Troy because Troy will get fired up on that one. Travis is really so talented. He has so much balance, runs with his shoulders out front and has good vision.”

Football is a family affair for Travis, as Dye has four older brothers that have played (or are playing) college football, including star UO junior linebacker, Troy.

Troy said he was proud of Travis’ performance in his college football debut. Travis sat a few feet to his right on the podium and ended it with some brotherly love: "But at the end of the day, he's still a bum."

Travis enrolled early at Oregon for spring football after rushing for 2,383 yards and 34 touchdowns as a high school senior at Norco High school in California. Dye was banged up with a minor injury in UO's fall camp but rebounded and is fully healthy.  

Brooks-James smiled wide when talking about Dye’s strengths. He complimented his shiftiness and ability to run hard without hesitation.

“With those things combined, when he hits a hole, he’s gone,” Brooks-James said.

Dye can juke anyone with his jump cuts but it was the freshman’s maturity that impressed quarterback Justin Herbert. 

“He knows what he’s doing,” Herbert said. “He made some mistakes but he gathered himself and came back and ran really hard.”

The lights weren’t too bright for Travis in his college football debut. He was one of six running backs that totaled 212 rushing yards with an average of five yards per rush. Once pac-12 conference play starts, Oregon will likely shrink its rotation. Dye has put himself in the position to contribute to Oregon's power-tempo offense this season and for many to come.

“He’s going to be really, really good for a long time here,” offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “We are really excited about him.”

"Grandpa" Tony Brooks-James has goals to dominate in his final UO season

"Grandpa" Tony Brooks-James has goals to dominate in his final UO season

Oregon has an elite history of impressive running backs. In Oregon’s season opener, it wasn’t one Duck performance that dazzled, instead it was the six-headed running back monster that totaled 212 rushing yards with an average of five yards per rush.

No. 23 Oregon (1-0) flexed its depth by spreading the ball out to all six of its scholarship running backs in its 58-24 victory over Bowling Green. Freshman CJ Verdell led the way with 51 yards and Cyrus Habibi-Likio was the only running back to score.

Going forward, will Oregon's stat line show six running back rushers? Probably not. But it sure did give reason for optimism for Oregon's power-tempo offense. It raised some examination of the roles for seniors Tony Brooks-James and Taj Griffin.

Starting running back Brooks-James had the best average at 5.4 yards per carry, but only carried the ball five times, making him fifth on the team in rushing attempts, less than quarterback Justin Herbert. Brooks-James also caught one pass for 53 yards and averaged 20 yards on his three kickoff returns. 

Brooks-James didn't record a carry after halftime but don’t fret, the Ducks still believe he is their every down back.

"We held Tony out again figuring the game was in good hands," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "But no, he'll be a guy who totes the ball more than just that."

Brooks-James’ teammates call him “grandpa." The leader of the running back room beefed up 17 pounds in the offseason and has goals for last season as an Oregon Duck.

“I don’t have a set yardage (goal) because I don’t want to put a limit on myself,” Tony said. “(My goal is) to dominate in all phases of the game”

Brooks-James enters his senior year coming off back-to-back 1,000 all-purpose yards seasons and on Doak Walker award watch list.

Listed as a running back after spending last season as slot receiver, it’s also Taj Griffin’s last UO season to shine. In his last two seasons, he’s had just 55 carries but has shown peeks into his lethal speed and playmaking ability.

UO’s plan to utilize Griffin in open space worked against Bowling Green. Griffin only rushed once for four yards but took a screen pass from Herbert 83 yards for a touchdown.

“I only need a small crease so whatever way I can get set up for success to get to the secondary,” Griffin said on how he can be an offensive weapon.

So while there might be a plethora of talent at running back, expect the old man of the group to be the lead workhorse, Grandpa Tony Brooks-James. 

Career-highs, milestones and streaks: Oregon numbers you need to know

Career-highs, milestones and streaks: Oregon numbers you need to know

On Saturday, No. 23 ranked Oregon is looking to extend its streak of consecutive non-conference home wins to 22 when it hosts Portland State at 11am at Autzen Stadium.

Yes, the Ducks should crush the young Portland State Vikings, but there is still 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:

High-flying offense: Oregon is 78-0 all-time when scoring 50+ points.

Oh, the good ole days: Oregon hasn’t scored 50 points in back-to-back games since 2014 (Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl). This could change against Portland State on Saturday, if the Ducks amass 50 points. 

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 conference.

On a roll: Oregon has four defensive touchdowns in its last three games (dating back to last season) with at least one in each contest.

Go Herbie go: Quarterback Justin Herbert’s five touchdown passes in UO’s season opener broke the record for most touchdown passes in an opener in Oregon history. Akili Smith (1998) and Danny O'Neill (1994), previously held the record with four touchdowns each.

Career-highs: In UO’s opener, defensive lineman Jordon Scott set career-highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (1.5). Defensive lineman Austin Faoliu set a career-high with five tackles. Wide receiver Jaylon Redd set a career-high with 81 yards receiving
 and scored a 33-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown catch of his career. Defensive lineman Jalen Jelks tatched a career-high with nine tackles (third straight game with six or more).

First game under the lights: A total of 10 true freshmen played in UO’s season opener. (Bryan Addison, Karsten Battles, Travis Dye, Kahlef Hailassee, Jevon Holland, Verone McKinley III, Penei Sewell, Tom Snee and Steve Stephens)

Freshman starter: Right tackle Penei Sewell was the 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).

Don’t mess with Hollins: Justin Hollins recorded a tackle for loss in UO’s season opener for the fifth straight game dating back to 2017.

Safety Ugo Amadi poised to be a star: Amadi returned his fifth career interception 38 yards for a touchdown on Bowling Green’s first drive of the second half. The senior finished sixth on the team in total tackles with five, but he was tied for the lead with four solo tackles. After his performance in the opener, the Ducks have moved him to the starting punt returner role.

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

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


UO’s “penalty problem” showed improvement: In 2017, Oregon was the most penalized team in the nation, averaging 9.4 penalties for 88.3 penalty yards per game. Oregon finished with three penalties for 35 yards.

 

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