November 3, 2012 |
Don't expect Kenjon Barner to brag about what happened at the Coliseum on Saturday evening. This is a guy who rarely speaks above a whisper. A guy who gives a wry smile when asked about his ample talents. "My offensive line, the receivers, the quarterback … everyone just did their job," he said. A modest response, but there was nothing modest about what the Oregon running back did to USC on Saturday, gashing the Trojans for 321 yards and five touchdowns. That is more damage than any opposing running back has ever inflicted on a USC defense.
August 26, 2012 |
Chip Kelly rebuffed a Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching offer last January by releasing a statement saying he had "unfinished business" at Oregon. Kelly later ran with the bulls at Pamplona, but we don't think that was it. Oregon has won three straight conference titles, lost a heartbreaker to Auburn for the Bowl Championship Series title, and last season claimed the school's first Rose Bowl win since 1917. What's left? After Kelly noted he had unfinished business, USC quarterback Matt Barkley tweeted, "Looks like we both do. " Game on. Oregon versus USC could be Alabama-Louisiana State of the Pacific time zone.
January 14, 2012 |
University of Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Thomas made the announcement, which caught many by surprise, Saturday night. He follows Ducks running back LaMichael James , who announced last week that he would skip his final year of eligibility. "I came to this decision on behalf of myself and my family," Thomas said in a statement released by Oregon. "I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I'm going to pursue those dreams.
January 2, 2012 |
The Chip Kelly era at Oregon has featured conference championships, multiple 10-win seasons, cutting-edge pyrotechnic offenses - even space-age uniforms that have made the Ducks the talk of college football. The only thing missing was a victory in a Bowl Championship Series game. And though Kelly and his players downplayed that fact throughout the week leading up to the 98th Rose Bowl, the jubilant scene on the field after a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin on Monday said otherwise.
January 1, 2012 |
Been there, done that. Oregon and Wisconsin were anything but awed as they prepared for the 98th Rose Bowl. Oregon played in the game two years ago, Wisconsin last year. So the events leading up to Monday's game have been entirely familiar. Players, coaches and the teams' fans hope the outcome is not. Oregon lost to Ohio State in 2010 and has yet to win a Bowl Championship Series game under Coach Chip Kelly. Wisconsin lost to Texas Christian, so Coach Bret Bielema's biggest postseason victory to date is a win over Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.
December 31, 2011 |
A photograph of LaMichael James went viral this week, the shot of the Oregon star cowering on a Disneyland thrill ride literally zooming across social media platforms. Reaction to the photo -- and his terror-filled expression -- surprised and amused James. "I guess I'm on a lot of people's minds," he said. It didn't seem that way during the latter half of the college football season. The 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist mostly fell out of discussion for this season's award despite leading the nation in rushing yards per game.