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September 22, 2016

JASON SAYS: It won't be easy for banged-up Ducks

by Jason Vondersmith
Colorado has spent the past several years building to be competitive in the Pac-12, and the Buffaloes now think they can beat some of the big boys. Enter the Oregon Ducks. The Buffaloes (2-1), a…
September 22, 2016

KERRY SAYS: Not yet celebration time at Reser

by Kerry Eggers
Gary Andersen hopes Oregon State soon reaches the point where a victory over Boise State isn’t cause for a wild celebration at Reser Stadium. “For us to get a win right now against a quality…
September 20, 2016

Downed Ducks must prove they are not out

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS I stood and watched the final seconds of Oregon’s 35-32 loss at Nebraska Saturday on the Ducks’ sidelines, a few yards from where Phil Knight was glumly standing. After…


TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon State defenders (from left) Dwayne Williams, Treson DeCould and Brandon Arnold celebrate a play during the Beavers' victory over Idaho State.
September 20, 2016

Beavers have big job ahead vs. Boise State

by Jason Vondersmith
CORVALLIS — Now that defense has helped Oregon State end its 10-game losing streak, the unit gets the task of trying to slow down Boise State on Saturday at Reser Stadium. The Broncos are 2-0,…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon State running back Ryan Nall scores a second quarter touchdown Saturday, as the Beavers snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 37-7 win over Idaho State at Reser Stadium.
September 20, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Beavs snap losing streak

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon State came into Saturday's game against non-conference foe Idaho State carrying a 10-game losing streak. It didn't take too long, however, before that streak looked doomed to fall. It…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Ryan Nall carries for Oregon State against Idaho State
September 15, 2016

Mixed bag, but Beavers win

by Jason Vondersmith
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s nonleague football game against lower-tier FCS Big Sky Conference team Idaho State wasn’t without its memorable highlights — including when the clock struck zero. It…
COURTESY: GODOFREDO VASQUEZ - Dakota Prukop's passing and direction of the Oregon offense has been good through two games.
September 15, 2016

Will UO continue to make the grade?

by Jason Vondersmith
Ducks take on Cornhuskers in Saturday's big test// EUGENE — There is no “B” in offense, but it’s the grade the Oregon Ducks deserve for their attack in the first two games of the season. The…
September 15, 2016

JASON SAYS: Who outscores who at Nebraska?

by Jason Vondersmith
A lot of people are saying Oregon might be in trouble Saturday at Nebraska, that the Cornhuskers are good again and it’s a tough place to play — 87,000-strong Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. But,…
September 15, 2016

KERRY SAYS: A Beavers blowout, and probable progress

by Kerry Eggers
If Oregon State doesn’t beat Idaho State convincingly Saturday in the Beavers’ home opener, Hades will freeze over and dogs will meow. The FCS Bengals, 2-9 a year ago, beat Division II Simon…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - University of Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke (right) gets a good-luck greeting from coach Mark Helfrich before the Ducks' opening game this year at Autzen Stadium.
September 13, 2016

Ducks about to face their moment of truth

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — The good news is the Oregon Ducks have a 2-0 record and a defense that has improved statistically from the woebegone 2015 unit. The bad news is the two wins came against an FCS team and…
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - Mike Riley gets another crack at the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, this time on his home turf as coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
September 12, 2016

A fresh chance for Riley

by Kerry Eggers
Oregon's visit big measuring stick for Nebraska/ Mike Riley hasn’t beaten Oregon since 2007. After winning four of his first seven Civil War matchups while coaching at Oregon State, Riley lost…
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September 08, 2016

Positive path puts Beavers safety Chappell in starting,…

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — The path to success was not paved for Devin Chappell. There weren’t just bumps in the road through his childhood. There were boulders and craters to negotiate. But Chappell found his…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dakota Prukop, the Oregon Ducks' new quarterback, passed the first test, as UO beat UC Davis. The challenge continues to rise, though, with Virginia on tap next and a trip to Nebraska the following week.
September 08, 2016

Ducks show lots of faith in Prukop

by Jason Vondersmith
Oregon's O-line, defense still not up to snuff, though/ EUGENE — Play time with FCS teams is over for Dakota Prukop, who now jumps into the FBS realm as quarterback of the Oregon Ducks. Not that…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Portland State Vikings hit the field at Providence Park for their season opener on Saturday.
September 03, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Vikings pull it out

by Portland Tribune
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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland State football coach Bruce Barnum is winning over fans with his team's style of play, success -- and the prospect of a free beer after a home game.
September 03, 2016

Vikings fans will drink to Barney Ball

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Bruce Barnum trudged into the Kingston Bar & Grill more than an hour after his Portland State Vikings had disposed of opening-day opponent Central Washington 43-26 across…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Nate Tago of Portland State pounds away at the Central Washington defense.
September 03, 2016

Portland State overcomes slow start

by Stephen Alexander
Portland State’s season opener against NCAA II Central Washington was set up to be a nice, easy victory. At least on paper. The FCS Vikings were coming off of a 9-3 campaign, one of the best…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon's Darren Carrington gets behind the UC Davis defense on a touchdown pass play Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
September 03, 2016

Oregon gets by in Game 1

by Portland Tribune
EUGENE — It wasn’t the most commanding of victories — Oregon struggled at times with lower-division UC Davis — but the Ducks still won 53-28 Saturday at less-than-full Autzen Stadium. At least…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Royce Freeman of Oregon gets to the end zone for a second-half touchdown against UC Davis.
September 03, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Ducks score enough

by Portland Tribune
Oregon 53, UC Davis 28 Autzen Stadium To read the full version of this story...Click
COURTESY: STEVE SUMMERS - HUNT
September 01, 2016

Ducks O-linemen take ‘nasty’ label seriously

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — On the offensive line, the Oregon Ducks will go into the season starting three redshirt freshmen — Jake Hanson at center, Shane Lemieux at left guard, Calvin Throckmorton at right…
COURTESY: STEVE SUMMERS - Former Tigard High standout A.J. Hotchkins, who arrived at Oregon in January, is expected to be in the middle of the Ducks defense when the season begins Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
September 01, 2016

Hotchkins’ road less traveled leads to starting role at UO

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — Rarely has a junior-college player at any position joined the Oregon Ducks and become a starter right away. During the course of his first season, a typical JC player might end up…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Coach Bruce Barnum and the Portland State Vikings kick off Year 2 of Barney Ball on Saturday at Providence Park, facing Central Washington. Game time is 2:30 p.m.
August 30, 2016

Barney Ball II

by Steve Brandon
Goal is 'clean, hard 60 minutes' Barney Ball I was all about blue-collar, tough, fundamental football. In Barney Ball II, the Portland State Vikings will turn into a frilly, finesse team more…
COURTESY: STEVE SUMMERS - New Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop, a transfer from Montana State, starts his Pac-12 career with a home game against UC Davis on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
August 30, 2016

UO's Prukop wants everyone involved

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — Ready or not, here he comes: Another quarterback savior, Dakota Prukop, will start for the Oregon Ducks on Saturday in their season-opening game against Big Sky also-ran UC Davis. Two…
COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - The Oregon State Beavers have a new quarterback, Darell Garretson, who gives them hope for a better passing attack and more wins in 2016.
August 30, 2016

KERRY SAYS: FIRST GAME IS BEAVERS' CHANCE TO STEAL ONE

by Kerry Eggers
OSU has pass threat, but Gophers confident Minnesota has not been among the Big Ten elite since the days of Murray Warmath, who coached the Gophers to back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances in the…
COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - In Dakota Prukop, the Oregon Ducks have their second new senior transfer quarterback from the Big Sky Conference in two years. He'll rely on the skill players around him, and hope that a reloaded, young offensive line can help make the team productive.
August 30, 2016

JASON SAYS: RELOADING? 2016 DUCKS CAN GO UP ... OR DOWN

by Jason Vondersmith
Changes in Oregon get easy first test at home Even though the national fans and media don’t care about the Oregon Ducks, yet, it should be one of the most interesting seasons to follow them.…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Oregon State coach Gary Andersen will rely on the experience of quarterback Darell Garettson, while also hoping to control the clock.
August 29, 2016

How Beavers look going against a Big Ten opening foe

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS —Minnesota isn’t Ohio State or Michigan or Michigan State or even Iowa. But an Oregon State win over the Gophers in the season opener for both teams Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Royce Freeman's running leads the Oregon Ducks, who are picked below at least one or two teams in the Pac-12 this season.
August 25, 2016

PICKING PAC-12 FOOTBALL

by Portland Tribune
Stanford has received the most love and is the only top-10 team going into the college football season. Washington is being thought of more highly again. Washington State remains scary. Oregon?…
COURTESY: MINNESOTA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS - CLAEYS
August 24, 2016

Minnesota coach hopes Beavers are Gophers' first step on road to…

by Kerry Eggers
Tracy Claeys is single, so when asked, he says he can’t recall if he is 47 or 48 years old. “Don’t have anybody to remind me how old I am,” jokes Claeys, a Christmas Day 1968 baby. But Claeys is…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Former Grant High soccer/football player Aidan Schneider has emerged as a successful place-kicker for the Oregon Ducks, who also have Matt Wogan at the position and to handle kickoffs.
August 23, 2016

UO's Schneider aims to kick into NFL spotlight

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — Not long ago, kicker Aidan Schneider simply hoped to get on the field for the Oregon Ducks. Two years later, after having hit 33 of 36 field-goal attempts in two seasons as starting…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO:  - Oregon State
August 20, 2016

Clune's clues to Oregon State defensive progress

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s offense wasn’t great last season, but its defense was pathologically bad. OSU was 115th of 127 FCS teams nationally in total defense (481.5 yards allowed per game) and…
August 18, 2016

UO banks on older, wiser secondary

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — One year older, one year better? That’s the question hovering over the Oregon secondary, which contributed mightily to the Ducks being the worst Pac-12 defense, statistically, and one…
COURTESY: LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE - Second-year Lewis & Clark College football coach Jay Locey says he wants the Pioneers to take the next step in their development and break into the winning column this season.
August 16, 2016

Pioneers coach Jay Locey: One lesson down, three to go

by Kerry Eggers
– Lewis & Clark's football team has eye on wins this season Building for the future requires patience and a positive spin, and Jay Locey is replete with both. “We had a lot of wins that…
COURTESY: LINFIELD COLLEGE - Wade Ransom, a junior linebacker/special teams player from Franklin High, hopes to be back with the Linfield Wildcats after offseason ACL surgery.
August 16, 2016

‘Old school’ Wildcats reload for title bid

by Ryan Clarke
Expectations are always high for Linfield football, but the 2016 season holds an even greater significance. Ranked No. 1 in the nation by Sporting News and No. 2 by D3football.com, the Wildcats…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: STEVEN BROWN - This 1950 Merc belong to Brad Venderberg.
August 16, 2016

Car shows roll into Metro area

by Pamplin Media Group
Whether you're in Gresham, Hillsboro or Clackamas County, there are plenty of car show on tap this week. Thousands of people converged on downtown Gresham on Saturday, taking in the sights of…
August 12, 2016

Beavers show 'give and take' during first scrimmage

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Some observations, from others and your faithful scribe, after Oregon State’s first scrimmage Friday night at Reser Stadium … • There were some wins on both sides of the balls, and…
COURTESY: TROY WAYRYNEN - Australian Marcus Kinsella is back for his senior season as a punter for the Portland State Vikings.
August 12, 2016

PSU punter Kinsella trying to open eyes

by Nathanael Meadowcroft
With one year left at Portland State, punter Marcus Kinsella is starting to think about life after college. Kinsella, a senior from Melbourne, Australia, has the role of Vikings punter and…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - BLOUNT
August 12, 2016

Local players abound in NFL camps

by Portland Tribune
As NFL training camps opened, 81 players with state-of-Oregon ties were taking part. The list included including 36 from the Oregon Ducks, 27 from the Oregon State Beavers and seven from the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Veteran Oregon quarterback Jeff Lockie waits to see what role he'll play for the Ducks this season.
August 12, 2016

QB Lockie left with lessons -- and a role with Ducks to be…

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — There has been plenty of time for Jeff Lockie, the maligned quarterback, to put the 2015 season and Alamo Bowl into perspective. Lockie struggled as a replacement for injured QB Vernon…
COURTESY: STANFORDPHOTO.COM - Running back Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman Trophy candidate, leads Stanford, the Pac-12 favorite.
August 11, 2016

WITH NO DOMINATING FORCE, PAC-12 IS WIDE OPEN

by Jason Vondersmith
Oregon figures to be near the top, Oregon State will try to fight its way out of the bottom, and defending champ and Rose Bowl titleist Stanford and UCLA have been picked to win their divisions.…
COURTESY: STEVE SUMMERS - Senior transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop talks about the Oregon Ducks, his approach to playing football and his arrival in Eugene, as football camp begins.
August 11, 2016

QB Prukop stakes claim to UO starting spot

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — There could be two ways to look at Dakota Prukop’s upcoming performance with the Oregon Ducks. If he plays well, one could say it was expected, given Prukop was recruited by the Ducks,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon State receiver Jordan Villamin says having a week of football camp in Bend is like 'Remember the Titans,' and gives the Beavers an 'old-school feel.'
August 09, 2016

Beavers bolster team chemistry in Bend

by Kerry Eggers
Offense, defense mix as roommates, with positive results/ BEND — After a 2-10 inaugural season at the helm of Oregon State football, coach Gary Andersen figured change was necessary heading into…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - BARNUM
Aug 09, 2016

Upward and onward for Vikings, after a year of success and…

by Ryan Clarke
Whistles chirping, pads crunching and the sound of construction echo throughout the Portland State campus this week. It’s a new era for the athletic department — but especially for Vikings…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland State quarterback Alex Kuresa leaps over a Southern Utah defender in a Big Sky game last season.
Aug 09, 2016

What a difference for the Portland State Vikings

by Steve Brandon
What a difference a few light years make. As Portland State began football practice on Monday, coach Bruce Barnum and returning quarterback Alex Kuresa looked out on the field and marveled at…
Aug 09, 2016

New PSU safety Chris Hayes ready to practice what he's learned

by Nathanael Meadowcroft
It’s been an offseason of change for Portland State’s Chris Hayes. After two years at cornerback on the scout team at Oregon State, the junior transfer will play safety for the Vikings. Hayes…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Seth Collins, former Oregon State quarterback, figures to add to the Beavers offense in other ways this season, and with a change in uniform number.
Aug 08, 2016

OSU's Collins stays true to his school, switches roles

by Kerry Eggers
Former QB adjusts to new position as Beaver receiver BEND — The quarterback number (4) has been swapped for No. 22. He looks natural, too, lining up at a receiver position, and catching the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Dakota Prukop fires a pass during the Oregon Duck' spring game.
Aug 04, 2016

Ducks to measure growth in QBs

by Jason Vondersmith
UO FOOTBALL NOTES/ EUGENE — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said after spring practice that quarterbacks Dakota Prukop and Travis Jonsen would be “light years” better in training camp, as far as…
COURTESY: STEVE SUMMERS - Dwayne Stanford, veteran receiver, says the Oregon Ducks are good enough to beat anyone on their schedule, even if prognosticators dont think so.
Aug 02, 2016

A new year for the Ducks: Up or down?

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — Will it be a down year for the Oregon Ducks, or will they be able to say they were underrated? The fourth — and arguably most important — year of coach Mark Helfrich’s reign starts…