Oregon Ducks: Arkansas State Red Wolves

Helfrich makes good first impression 

February, 8, 2013
When a university hires a head coach who is under 40 years old -- especially one who has never been a head coach -- to take over a major college football program, it is fair to expect there might be some doubters.

New Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich learned that recently but came through his first three weeks on the job looking better than some might have expected. Helfrich managed not only to keep Oregon's coaching staff and 2013 recruiting class mostly intact, he also added to both with the savvy of a coaching veteran.

3-star QB talks Ducks, Tigers, Aggies 

January, 15, 2013
After a successful trip to Utah State and a decommitment to start the week, Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) might be looking at offers from two of college football’s biggest programs.

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Oregon recruiting: Quick Hitters 

August, 29, 2012
Tyree Robinson, Tyrell RobinsonBlair Angulo/WeAreSC.comSan Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson made things official Wednesday.
Things have been quiet on the recruiting side of things for the Oregon Ducks in recent weeks as they have been preparing for the upcoming season.

As the season kicks off this weekend, the Ducks will pay close attention to the start of the high school football season as they try to identify emerging prospects from around the country.

A number of recruits -- defensive prospects in particular -- will be evaluated by the Oregon staff in the coming weeks as their senior film makes its way into the hands of recruiters.

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The Oregon Ducks kick off their quest for a fourth straight league title this weekend when they host Arkansas State on Saturday night. Recruiting has been uneventful as of late for the Ducks, but some in-state stars will be on hand for unofficial visits this weekend.

Two of the state's top players in the 2013 class are in search of an offer from the Ducks and both could see an offer come their way as they each fill a position of need.

Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) is a versatile defensive prospect that could play anywhere from middle linebacker to defensive tackle in the future. Brenner currently holds offers from Air Force, Wyoming and Oregon State. An offer from the Ducks would trump all of those and likely result in a commitment from the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder.

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De'Anthony ThomasJonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesThe presence of dynamic young playmakers like De'Anthony Thomas are why expectations are still high for the Oregon Ducks despite key personnel losses.

After a third straight conference title in Eugene, many people are expecting the Oregon Ducks to be knocked off their place atop the Pac-12 in 2012. With USC returning the majority of their lettermen, the prevailing thought is that the only team to leave Autzen Stadium with a victory in the Chip Kelly era is the clear favorite in 2012. While Oregon has handled itself very nicely with a target on their back in recent years, longtime Oregon fans know that the Ducks have a history of blossoming when others expect them to take a step back.

Is this the year the Ducks prove that they truly belong among the truly elite programs? Another run to the BCS after the loss of some of the best players in program history will speak volumes about where the Ducks truly stand.

The Ducks have to travel to Los Angeles to face USC in November, but the early season schedule sets up very nicely for the defending Rose Bowl champions. In seasons past, any double-digit-win campaign was considered a great season in Eugene, but times have changed and the Ducks have bigger plans.

An early look at the schedule makes the USC game the obvious choice as the game of the year out West, if not nationally. Both teams should be undefeated heading into the match up at the Coliseum, but a lot can happen between now and then. So what exactly will make the 2012 season a success for the Ducks?

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