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drugs 2015, online file photo, Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington scores against Florida State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif. Carrington did not travel with the Ducks to the national championship game, according to a person with knowledge of his absence. The person, who is traveling with the team, spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak on the record. A spokesman for the team did not immediately respond to email inquiries seeking comment. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)” width=”700″ height=”578″ /> FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2015, file photo, Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington scores against Florida State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif. Carrington did not travel with the Ducks to the national championship game, according to a person with knowledge of his absence. The person, who is traveling with the team, spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak on the record. A spokesman for the team did not immediately respond to email inquiries seeking comment. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

College football: Oregon Ducks unveil new uniforms for Week 2 matchup

The Oregon Ducks will look to build off an impressive performance in Week 1 (53-28 win over UC Davis) when they meet the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday (Sept. 10) in Eugene, Ore., at Autzen Stadium, and they’ll be flying around the field with some new threads courtesy of Nike.

It may seem like Oregon has some new gear every week and that may be the case, but this one definitely catches the eye with a bright yellow facemask overlaid on a matte black helmet.

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How his mom and a dog named Tyger Snuggles saved Pharaoh Brown

EUGENE, Ore. — From the front row, in the west end of Autzen Stadium, Jeannetta Smith leaned over the guard rails and screamed as her son, Pharaoh Brown, led the Ducks onto the field for the season opener of the 2016 season.

It had been less than two years prior when Smith was awoken by a phone call from a friend.

“How is he?” the voice asked. “Is Pharaoh OK?”

Smith, who had fallen asleep in her Cleveland home during the late telecast of the 2014 Oregon-Utah game, had not seen her son collapse in the end zone or be carted off surrounded by trainers. She had not heard the chatter that there would be no replay because the injury to his knee was too gruesome to witness again. She had no idea that her son was anywhere other than on a plane back to Oregon with the rest of his teammates.

But, as she slowly turned her TV back on and made her way through the game on DVR, she got to that play in the fourth quarter and saw exactly what Brown saw: The Utah safety shot into the box picking up the run fake, giving Brown an open lane to the end zone. But Brown then just crumbled to the ground.

An Oregon coach and players began to call — which ones, it’s hard to remember these days, Smith explained. She was told she needed to get to Salt Lake City as soon as possible.

She was on the next flight out of Cleveland, but by the time she landed, Brown had already undergone his first surgery of what would become a year-and-a-half rehabilitation process.

Smith, a nurse, became one of Brown’s primary caretakers in Cleveland along with Brown’s grandmother and girlfriend. They shuttled him from the house to the hospital four days a week, took care of him during his two ensuing surgeries and did everything from helping him bathe and go to the bathroom to making him dinner and monitoring his pain meds.

Through all of it, Smith had Brown focus on the positives — that he was able to be home with his grandmother, who had fought cancer; that he was fortunate to have received the best medical care; that he had so many teammates that cared.

“Things happen in everyone’s life, but it’s how you look at it,” Smith said. “Where some person might look at it and see an injury — it’s over, it’s done — but I didn’t look at it like that. I wanted him to look at it in a different way.”

Eventually, when the focus turned from learning how to stand and walk again to getting back on the field, Smith had her son aim high — he not only could return to the field, he could be a starter. Rather, he would be a starter.

When Brown returned to Eugene, he wasn’t enrolled in classes and wasn’t participating in team workouts. He was only rehabilitating his leg, which left him alone a lot of the time.

He began reflecting on his time back in Utah and Cleveland, and specifically remembered a moment in the Utah hospital shortly after his first surgery. A golden retriever had come into the room and put its paws on Brown’s bed while the two “prayed.”

The moment had stuck with him enough that he decided he would find his own wonder pup in Eugene. When he saw an ad for a few Yorkie puppies, he and a teammate drove to meet the woman and her dogs. Brown picked the bigger of the two that was available and decided on a fitting name for the six-pound puppy: Tyger Snuggles.

The daily potty walks with Tyger quickly became runs. And those runs, led by Tyger, who had almost instantly learned the paths and sidewalks of Eugene, became trips to the rehab facility on campus, where the dog became the biggest celebrity.

But it was Brown who was the rehab facility’s best success story.

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The untold story of how Bronco Mendenhall helped the Oregon Ducks 'Win The Day' and turn around the program

EUGENE — Bronco Mendenhall wasn’t there in 2007 when everything changed for Oregon’s football program, the night a team retreat began with bickering and ended with a bonfire.

Yet his influence — only months after the then-BYU coach handed Oregon its worst bowl loss in a decade — was all over the moment that purged UO’s damaged psyche and changed the program’s direction.

Former coach Mike Bellotti still refers to it less as a team meeting and more “a team intervention.”

“I’ve been part of millions of team-bonding exercises,” said UO offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, who was there that evening, “but nothing that really cut to the core like this one.”

Some Ducks fans have likely heard of that cathartic retreat, but everyone knows what followed: The “Win The Day” mantra, coined by Chip Kelly; hopes of a national championship the following season in 2007; seven consecutive 10-win seasons; two appearances in national title games; one Heisman Trophy.

That run might have seemed unfathomable when Oregon coaches, support staffers and players, some still irked from their unfocused and unmotivated bowl loss, arrived by bus at north Eugene’s Camp Harlow on a winter evening.

“That day,” said former UO offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who was entering his junior season, “changed the program.”

The events that led to the intervention are the stories of the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl and the clear-the-air meeting it led to, two program-altering nights linked by Mendenhall’s pivotal, yet hidden, role.

When Mendenhall, now in his first season coaching Virginia (0-1), arrives at Autzen Stadium on Saturday ahead of a 7:30 p.m. matchup with No. 24 Oregon (1-0), he will be leading a Cavaliers team attempting to find its identity.

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Colson Yankoff, Oregon Ducks 2018 QB commit, delivers stunning 8-TD performance

The Oregon Ducks football program has relied on graduate transfer quarterbacks each of the past two seasons, but that streak may end with Dakota Prukop.

Not only has true freshman Justin Herbert, out of Sheldon High School, emerged as a team captain and the primary back-up, but 2018 signal-caller commit Colson Yankoff is emerging as a special talent in his own right.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Coeur d’Alene High School quarterback put up jaw-dropping numbers, throwing for 434 yards and four touchdowns with an additional 150 yards and four scores on the ground in a 57-31 win over Mead.

Yankoff, rated the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals, committed to Oregon this summer, and drew rave reviews from his coach.

“Well, he’s one of those rare kids who has all of the tools and the mental capacity you would want in a quarterback to lead your program,” Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos said. “There’s not a black mark against him.”

247Sports national recruiting analyst Barton Simmons provided similar analysis.

“You’re getting a kid with all the tools,” he told Tom Loy. “He’s big and exceptionally athletic for a guy his size. He’s got a ton of arm talent. He’s been tucked away in Idaho. If he was from Houston or Miami or Los Angeles, he’d have as many offers as any quarterback in the 2018 class. I think this is a big pickup for Oregon because I think he’ll emerge as a top quarterback in the 2018 class. This is huge get and I think he’s a kid that will stick with his commitment. He will also be a great ambassador for the Oregon 2018 class.”

Yankoff is still more than a year away from signing a National Letter of Intent with Oregon, but with his recent showing Duck fans are almost certainly anxious for him to cross the t’s and… cross the f’s.


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Eli'Jah Winston, 4-star LB, discusses Oregon Ducks visit, scholarship offer

For class of 2018 Central Catholic linebacker Eli’Jah Winston, the Oregon Ducks season-opening victory over UC-Davis felt surreal.

Not only was he taking an unofficial visit to one of the top college football programs in the country over the past two decades, but he was also witnessing his older brother La’Mar Winston’s first plays as a college athlete.

“It was awesome. To see him play his first game on special teams was great,” Eli’Jah Winston said. “I really enjoyed it, to be honest.”

Not surprisingly, the 247Sports four-star defensive standout spent most of his time with his older brother, who was present when he got his scholarship offer.

“I was with La’Mar the whole time, so I walked with him to the locker room. I talked to him about all the gear he had on and that he had a good game. We ran into Coach Pellum,” Eli’Jah Winston said. “Me and Coach Pellum had a good conversation and he was telling me he was planning on offering before, but I never had a chance to get down there. Then, he gave me the offer.”

While it’s early in the recruiting process, Eli’Jah didn’t mince words about how he views his scholarship from Oregon.

“It’s going to be a hard one to turn down,” he said.

Still, the Winston brothers have often talked about writing their own legacies, and that is a particularly strong feeling for Eli’Jah, who is in the midst of telling his own story on the field at Central Catholic.

He said he will now have to weigh the pluses and minuses, not only of the individual schools, but also of following in his brother’s footsteps.

“I’m honestly not sure yet how I feel, because I’m still thinking about the plusses. I haven’t really run over the minuses yet. He could guide me and be my mentor,” Eli’Jah said. “But to go to a whole other college where I know no one is different. It will make me uncomfortable. But I have no problem being uncomfortable and stepping out of the box.”

Winston, who was named linebacker MVP of The Opening regional in Seattle, is one of the top in-state recruits in the class of 2018.

With offers from both Oregon and Oregon State, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound ‘backer will have a lot to consider, including whether or not to join his brother in Eugene.

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Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost has officially been named UCF’s new head football coach.

After days of rumors and a report Bowling Green coach Dino Babers would take the UCF job, viagra order Frost is set to take over the UCF football program. was the first to report the news later confirmed by multiple media outlets.

“Scott was highly sought after and we are excited that he will bring his innovative offense to UCF. He’s the ideal coach for the Knights, clinic ” UCF vice president for communications and marketing Grant Heston told the Orlando Sentinel, store confirming the hire.

Frost, 40, was the starting quarterback on the 1997 Nebraska national title team and spent six years playing in the NFL before moving into coaching in 2002.

He joined the Oregon coaching staff in 2009 as the receivers coach under Chip Kelly. After Kelly jumped to the NFL, Frost was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach  by new Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.

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