Oregon Ducks: Tom Osborne

3-point stance: Florida State is back

October, 21, 2013
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1. We are fooled easily in the excitement of the moment. Yet Florida State so dominated at Clemson that the 51-14 victory will be one of the seminal moments of the season. It will mark the emergence of redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston in prime time, literally and otherwise. As good as Winston played, the Florida State defense played better. The Seminoles are back, and what better time? The university that dumped Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Bowden four years ago will honor him this Saturday.

2. The one complaint against the makeup of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee that has merit is that West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, at age 53, is the youngest member. It makes sense that the commissioners wanted gravitas on the committee, and with the presence of members such as Tom Osborne, Mike Tranghese and Pat Haden, they have it. But they made room for a woman and a retired sportswriter. However hard they searched for a member under 40, they should have looked again.

3. The old protocols are butting heads with the new spread offenses, and everyone is groping for the right way to act. Should the offense throw when it’s way ahead? Baylor is averaging 64.7 points per game, and judging by the Bears’ No. 8 ranking, no one is holding that against them. Should the offense throw if it’s way behind? Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti ripped Washington State head coach Mike Leach for throwing 89 times, then apologized last night. No one knows what the rules should be any more.
With a roster loaded with young, talented tight ends and the addition of 2013 signee John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic), the Ducks don't have a lot of room at the tight end position. What they do have is a strong history of success at tight end and that places them among the premier destinations for the nation's best.

The Ducks will take one, maybe two tight ends in the Class of 2014. The West is loaded with elite prospects and Oregon will have a lot of competition if they hope to sign any of the best tight ends in the region.

When rumors started flying about Mike Bellotti's impending departure, inside the Oregon program everything remained calm. Once Chip Kelly took over and had the immediate success that had other elite programs and NFL franchises sniffing around, the program braced for another change.

But once again, things remained calm on the inside while everything on the outside seemed to spiral out of control. Just like they did in 2009, the Ducks acted quickly and promoted from within to keep everything in place. Today the school announced that former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would become the Ducks' new coach.

And recruiting was one of the reasons.


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ESPN 300 DE Hooper near decision 

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- With a strong performance during the first two days of practices for the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the West is showing why he is a member of the ESPN 300.

DE Austin Hooper (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) has been one of the stars for the standout defensive line that the West squad is featuring this week. After helping De La Salle capture yet another California state title two weeks ago, the versatile Hooper has shown good quickness, hands and a motor that doesn't stop during the first two days of practice.


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TE commit John Mundt ready for visit 

November, 15, 2012
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Despite the decommitment of Alex Redmond, Oregon is sitting pretty with most of its commits completely solid in their pledges. One of the most solid commits in this recruiting class is future tight end John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic).

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDespite heavy interest from schools like Washington, TE John Mundt is solid in his commitment to Oregon.
Mundt has had an outstanding senior season at Central Catholic that has piqued the interest of the Washington Huskies, among others. Mundt might not be the Ducks' highest-profile commit, but that hasn't stopped their bitter rivals to the north from pursuing him. The Huskies had been in pursuit of the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder in recent weeks until Mundt made it clear where he stood.

"I told them that I'm solid with the Ducks. I always have be and always will be," Mundt said. "They just kept telling me that they like me and wanted me to get up there to visit."

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Kelly's culture: Ducks are all for one 

September, 28, 2012
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Oregon FootballSteve Dykes/Getty ImagesOregon coach Chip Kelly commands instant respect from players -- and recruits often feel it so keenly they commit rather quickly.

EUGENE, Ore. -- "Family atmosphere" is a term commonly used by recruits when discussing the feeling they get while visiting a college campus. While nearly every program has it to some degree, some programs take it to a whole new level.

The Oregon Ducks have done just that during Chip Kelly's tenure. The special thing about the Ducks is that, for them, it's not just about the family atmosphere -- it's the overall attitude that permeates the football program that makes them tick.

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