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    This "old man's" two-cents worth: We all know football teams don't win games based on performances of years gone-bye but I like the "Marcus Mariota" legacy
    that still lingers in the Ducks program. Speed, speed, and more speed which spells offensive fire-power. I'm convinced that Oregon football teams will always
    have that trait in their offense (the fans, their team uniforms and shoes will insist) ....It's in the programs culture....The rafters in Autzen "rattle" long after the season ends....Lot of points to get the fans all lathered-up.

    Every football fan today loves offensive fire-power. The days of the 21-7 or 14-7 (even 7-0) defensive battles are long-gone. (50 yard + field goal kickers saw to that by themselves).

    The challenge today is to field a defense which will allow your offense to stay within striking distance to win it down the stretch (late in the 4th quarter). That is what wins National Championships today (i.e. Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, FSU et al).

    Oregon football has half of the formula figured out.....A lot of points will be scored in Eugene for many years to come...It's in their gene pool.
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    ESPN’s Tom Luginbill on Oregon: “This job is a bigger challenge than it was three or four years ago. They’ve lost some of their cool factor, people have caught up to some degree, the on-field product hasn’t been as strong. You bring in Willie Taggart, who assembled a terrific staff. In the year’s we’ve ranked classes, Oregon’s never finished in the top 10. They’ve only been in the top 20 three times. This is a class poised for a top-15 finish, potentially. They are making a big statement.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Donald View Post
    This "old man's" two-cents worth: We all know football teams don't win games based on performances of years gone-bye but I like the "Marcus Mariota" legacy
    that still lingers in the Ducks program. Speed, speed, and more speed which spells offensive fire-power. I'm convinced that Oregon football teams will always
    have that trait in their offense (the fans, their team uniforms and shoes will insist) ....It's in the programs culture....The rafters in Autzen "rattle" long after the season ends....Lot of points to get the fans all lathered-up.

    Every football fan today loves offensive fire-power. The days of the 21-7 or 14-7 (even 7-0) defensive battles are long-gone. (50 yard + field goal kickers saw to that by themselves).

    The challenge today is to field a defense which will allow your offense to stay within striking distance to win it down the stretch (late in the 4th quarter). That is what wins National Championships today (i.e. Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, FSU et al).

    Oregon football has half of the formula figured out.....A lot of points will be scored in Eugene for many years to come...It's in their gene pool.

    Tell that to Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp, please! I'm sick of the inept offense these two assholes have put on the field!!! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    ESPN’s Tom Luginbill on Oregon: “This job is a bigger challenge than it was three or four years ago. They’ve lost some of their cool factor, people have caught up to some degree, the on-field product hasn’t been as strong. You bring in Willie Taggart, who assembled a terrific staff. In the year’s we’ve ranked classes, Oregon’s never finished in the top 10. They’ve only been in the top 20 three times. This is a class poised for a top-15 finish, potentially. They are making a big statement.”
    Holycrap!!
    The Ducks wind up with a 3rd generation hand-me-down for a head coach and after a spectacular year by Vernon Adams who came in for Mariotta when he left, the Ducks wind up with a dud Sr. transfer QB who just couldn't cut it. All the while Mr. Brady Hoke was proving to be a monumental mistake at DC and Luginbill exclaims they've lost some of their cool factor??? That my friends was not a "loss of cool factor", it was a complete mess from many angles.

    As one of the Duck faithful, I am willing to give Knight and his brain trust a mulligan and let it go at that.
    But Taggart's high powered recruiting has been a big surprise to me. They are ranked in the top 10 for 2018
    and I see no reason why they can't remain there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Tell that to Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp, please! I'm sick of the inept offense these two assholes have put on the field!!! :D
    And Coach... ditto that. Defense may win championships but offense sells tickets. Cha ching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan View Post
    And Coach... ditto that. Defense may win championships but offense sells tickets. Cha ching.
    Cha Ching...Alabama is rolling in it because of DEFENSE!
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    True but there can only be one champ per year vs lots of crowd pleasing points for all of the other fans.
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    Just making a point with a local high school team. Hot shot coach was brought in with his high flying offense that he had been successful with at a much lower division school. After two losing seasons he switch to the double wing option offense with a concentrate on DEFENSE. Turned a winning season his first try and looking forward to this season. Many think he will win the conference championship. Probably save his $87,000 per year salary.

    Defense maybe???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan View Post
    And Coach... ditto that. Defense may win championships but offense sells tickets. Cha ching.
    Conan, it's not just that....I'd love to see a 1990's Steve Spurrier Fun-n-Gun offense again....but McElwain's offenses have been ranked lower at UF than Muschamp's were! I didn't think that was even possible! McElwain put up the 116th ranked offense last year! Think about that! And UF won the SEC East! (which is like being the smartest retard in a class full of retards!). I just want a competent offense, something ranked in the top 50 overall - top 6 or so in the SEC.
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    Taggert has shown that he's going to have things his way, regardless. As his recruiting stats rise ever higher and higher now with an impressive 10 top 300 recruits thus far committed to the 2018 class, (a number of whom he stole from Florida) he's shown that he has a willingness to let go of players that aren't suited to his personal style if given a reason, regardless of their past team standing.

    Talk about some guts, today he dismissed Darren Carrington, the Ducks #2 WR for violating team standards with a DUI offense.

    Top Oregon WR Darren Carrington dismissed 2 weeks after DUI arrest

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    dismissed standout wide receiver Darren Carrington on Friday, two weeks after the fifth-year senior's arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants.

    Ducks coach Willie Taggart said in a statement that he informed Carrington on Friday that he was no longer a member of the program.
    "We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can," Taggart said in the statement. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

    Darren Carrington led the Ducks with 606 receiving yards and ranked second with 43 receptions in 2016. AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinOregon had indefinitely suspended Carrington following his July 1 arrest. Police stopped him in downtown Eugene after receiving a call of a possibly intoxicated driver.

    Carrington projected to be Oregon's top wide receiver in his fifth season, after he led the team with 606 receiving yards and ranked second with 43 receptions in 2016. The speedy Carrington averaged 17.1 yards per reception with 15 touchdowns during his career.
    He was suspended for the College Football Playoff National Championship against Ohio State in January 2015, reportedly for failing an NCAA-mandated drug test. He wasn't eligible for the first half of the following season but still had 609 receiving yards and six touchdowns. While serving the suspension, Carrington was cited by police for an open container violation.
    Last season, a man told The Oregonian that Carrington shoved him, causing him to fall and break his arm, hours after a game against Arizona State. Eugene police investigated the incident but ultimately did not charge Carrington.
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    Oklahoma, Oregon poised to make history on recruiting trail

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    When talking about the teams that have been lighting it up on the recruiting trail this summer, put Oklahoma and Oregon at or near the top of the list.
    The Sooners went through a coaching change in early June and quickly built positive momentum under new head coach Lincoln Riley, while first-year Ducks coach Willie Taggart has put Oregon in position to do something it has never done before.
    Riley, Tatum kick-start Oklahoma recruiting
    When Riley took over for Bob Stoops on June 7, the Sooners were in need of momentum on the recruiting trail. Texas and new head coach Tom Herman seemed to be sucking up all of the air in the region by flipping ESPN 300 quarterback Cameron Rising to Texas from Oklahoma and landing defensive end Ron Tatum III out of Oklahoma.
    But Oklahoma and Riley flipped the script. Tatum, ranked No. 76 in the 2018 ESPN 300, switched his commitment from the Longhorns to the Sooners less than a week after Riley took over the program, and that provided a much-needed spark.
    “I was very pleased in our one-on-one first meeting [with Riley],” Tatum said. “Having watched him, he’s a good coach. He saved OU’s offense, and this year he may change the whole team for the better.”
    Ron Tatum III flipped from Texas to Oklahoma and has given the Sooners momentum on the recruiting trail. Tom Hauck for Student SportsFollowing Tatum’s announcement, the Sooners ripped off seven more commitments, including two of 2019’s top prospects in quarterback Spencer Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner, who picked the Sooners over Texas A&M, among others.
    Oklahoma has produced back-to-back 11-win seasons and top-five finishes. The Sooners are one of the top programs in college football history and feature identifiable names in college and the NFL that draw recruits to the program. Now there is an added draw to Norman: one of the best facilities in the country.
    “The new facility helps a lot,” Tatum said. “OU’s close to Alabama’s facilities now, and [it] shows how OU continues to be a top program in the country.”
    When Stoops stepped down, the thought of back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes for the first time since ESPN began ranking classes 13 years ago looked like a long shot. Now, less than two months later, it is becoming a real possibility.
    Taggart has Ducks soaring
    For all its success on the field, Oregon has never finished with a top-10 recruiting class in ESPN’s rankings. Just a few months into the Taggart era, a top-10 class is a very real possibility in 2018.
    The run for the Ducks began with a big visit weekend built around the spring game in late April that netted six ESPN 300 prospects in a three-day period, including Under Armour All-American safety Steve Stephens.
    “A lot of great players see that Coach Taggart has Oregon making moves,” Stephens said. “At least, that’s how I feel. And I think that is how other players feel.”
    While the successful weekend surrounding the spring game certainly jump-started Oregon's fast rise on the trail, the Ducks weren’t one-trick recruiting ponies. The Ducks' success continued with an eye-opening June that included the flip of in-state ESPN 300 athlete Braden Lenzy from Notre Dame and commitments from three more four-star prospects.
    “He’s one of the young coaches that can really relate to players our age. He’s got your back. He talks to me like you are one of his kids,” Stephens said. “He builds a bond with his players and recruits.”
    Those bonds have resulted in nine ESPN 300 commitments and the No. 9 recruiting class in the country midway through July. How good is the Ducks' start? The past two classes netted just six total ESPN 300 prospects for Oregon, and the most ESPN 300 players signed by the Ducks in a single class was seven in 2015. The Ducks are on pace to demolish a number of Oregon recruiting records in Taggart's first year.
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    I guess once you graduate you can play wherever you want,

    Dismissed Oregon receiver Darren Carrington signs with Utah

    12:39 PM PTDarren Carrington was dismissed from Oregon for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, but has since signed with Utah. Doug Stringer/Icon Sportswire
    The 6-foot-2, 205-pound San Diego native steps onto the Utah team as the most experienced and successful receiver on the roster. Last season as a junior, Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He has 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.
    The Utes are plenty familiar with Carrington after he caught a game-winning, 17-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left last season for a 30-28 Oregon victory.
    Eugene, Oregon, police have said Carrington was arrested after hitting a pole at a McDonald's restaurant at 3:15 a.m. on July 1. In addition to DUI, Carrington was cited for careless driving and making an improper turn.
    "It's a case-by-case basis, you can't treat every case the same because there's different dynamics, different circumstances," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said on the Pac-12 Network. "First thing you do is do your homework, talk to all the peripheral people in his life and people that have been close to him. ... Is it a good kid that's made some bad decisions? Or is it just a bad kid?
    "As a coach, you have to make that judgment. You're not right 100 percent of the time. But you just (have) your gut feel and go with it."
    Carrington should be a much-welcome addition to Utah's new fast-paced, pass-first, spread-the-field system under new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor. The Utah program has built a reputation of having a punishing run game, but has never had a pass offense ranked higher than No. 9 in the Pac-12 since joining the conference in 2011. Three times it has ranked dead last.
    "I wish Darren nothing but the best," Oregon coach Willie Taggart said at Pac-12 media days in Los Angeles. "Except against us."
    Junior Raelon Singleton was the most productive returning receiver before Carrington signed. He caught 27 passes for 464 yards and four touchdowns last season.
    Senior quarterback Troy Williams is also back after throwing for 2,757 yards, 15 touchdown and eight interceptions in 2016. He is trying to hold off sophomore Tyler Huntley and Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman during fall camp.
    Utah finished 9-4 last season and was picked by the media to finish second in the South Division in 2017 behind predicted Pac-12 champion USC.
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    Pac-12 trivia:

    Behind Alabama, which team has won the most games vs Div. 1-A schools in the last decade?



    Stanford
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    Mr Carrington will be kept on a tight leash at Utah according to coach Wittingham. Of course what coach doesn't say that when hoping to benefit on the field with a player dismissed from another program?
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    What the Utes potentially get out of this is huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan View Post
    What the Utes potentially get out of this is huge.
    Indeed. This might be Yuuuge for them, and I thank you for the information, as always.
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    My oh my look at how things have changed, check out #5

    2018 Football Class Rankings




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    INSIDE THE CLASS RANKINGS

    As they work on their first full classes, two new head coaches are making their presence known on the recruiting trail. Tom Herman made an impact in recruiting when he took over the Houston program leading the Cougars to a top-30 finish in the 2016 class rankings. Now at Texas, he has the Longhorns not only in contention for their first top-five finish since 2012, but perhaps the No. 1 overall class. After a pair of in-state commitments, Texas now has 14 ESPN commits. Defensively, the Longhorns landed a big, powerful run stuffer in No. 2 DT Keondre Coburn and added tight end Malcolm Epps on offensive.
    First-year Oregon head coach Willie Taggart also has his program on the rise in recruiting. The Ducks move up for the second week in a row after adding a pair of ESPN 300 linemen in massive OG Steven Jones and quick and aggressive DT Malcolm Lamar. Florida has made another move as well. The Gators added a pair of offensive ESPN 300 prospects in No. 5 WR Jacob Copeland, a fluid athlete with big-play speed and top-10 RB Dameon Pierce, a strong downhill runner with excellent vision.
    With 10 straight top-three finishes, Alabama has been a fixture near the top of the final class rankings, but is just now making its first appearance in the 2018 rankings. The Crimson Tide added multiple commitments including one from an athletic, Utah DE/OLB Cameron Latu pushing the Tide's to seven ESPN 300 commits. -- Craig Hauber
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