Mark It Down: Spring Game 2018 is Set

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Oregon Football announced the date and start time for the 2018 Spring Game. Fans should mark down Saturday, April 21 on their calendars - scheduling a trip to Eugene - as the Spring Game kicks-off at 2pm.

This will give fans their first in-game look at the 2018-19 Ducks, the new coaching staff, some of the new recruits and who is putting in the work this off-season to take a step forward in the season ahead. 

Don't miss this, Duck fans!

A Trio of Former Oregon Stars to Play in Super Bowl

A trio of former Oregon Football players are headed to the Super Bowl, after the New England Patriots won the AFC Championship and the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC Championship Sunday.

Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Kenjon Barner compete for the Eagles, while defensive back Patrick Chung plays for the Patriots. For Blount and Chung, this is their third time playing in a Super Bowl, as both won with the Patriots last season as well as in 2015. For Barner, this is his first trip to the Super Bowl.

Read: Oregon Guaranteed Alumni Super Bowl Winner for 7th Straight Year (Duck Territory)

 

Future Ducks to Compete in McDonald's All-American Game

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Future Oregon Men's Basketball players Bol Bol and Louis King have been invited to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American game, which takes place in Atlanta on March 28. 

The annual star-studded showcase brings together most of the nation's top-ranked high school basketball stars. While Duke and Kansas lead the charge with three recruits set to play, Oregon ranks second (along with Vanderbilt and Kentucky) with Bol and King ready to show off their skills.

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Dana Altman's recruiting class is widely considered a top-five class nationally, and the top recruiting class in the Pac-12. Bol and King are five-star recruits and two of the strongest incoming Ducks in program history. Add in four-star recruits in Will Richardson and Miles Norris, and the future looks bright. 

Even more intriguing is that Altman and his staff could very well get an additional one or two five or four-star commits in the coming weeks. While the early signing period is long past, the regular signing period begins on April 11. Keep an eye on additional verbal commitments coming in the next month, especially at the McDonald's All-American game. 

Additional Links: Full McDonald's All-American Roster | ESPN McDonald's All-American Article

Oregon Women's Basketball Continues Rise in Rankings

Image Courtesy of GoDucks

Image Courtesy of GoDucks

Another week, another move up the national rankings for Oregon Women's Basketball. After beating top-20 ranked Arizona State with relative ease over the weekend, as well as the Arizona Wildcats, Oregon jumped one spot in the AP rankings to #7 in the country. 

As with the past couple moves in the rankings, the squad's new spot is a program record, as the team continues to prove they are one of the very best teams in the land. 

The team is on a nine game winning streak and it must be said that the only two teams they've lost to this season are currently #2 Louisville and #3 Mississippi State. Both teams are undefeated. 

The Ducks square off in a Civil War double-header this week, taking on #18 Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday, then heading back home to take on the Beavers Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena. 

Go Ducks!

Duck Talk - January 13

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Here is this week's Duck Talk, the premier weekly recap of all-things Oregon Athletics. If you have yet to sign up for this fun and informative Saturday morning newsletter, you can DO SO HERE.

Join Coach Mario Cristobal in Portland on February 7 - Coach Mario Cristobal will be in Portland early next month, announcing his 2018 recruiting class at the Parr Lumber Signing Day Dinner. Get your tickets today! - Learn More and Register

Oregon Athletics News

Track and Field Kicks Off Their Season in Seattle - The squad opens their season at the UW Indoor Preview Saturday. Loaded with strong collegiate and professional talent, the event gives a great first test - Read More (Oregon Club of Portland)

No Longer an Upstart, Ducks Handling Life as the Hunted in the Pac-12 - Oregon Women's Basketball flew under the radar last season, but after their incredible NCAA Tournament run and some big wins this season, the Ducks have a target on their backs as they lead the Pac-12 - Read More (GoDucks)

With Maite Cazorla Their Steady 'Rock,' No. 8 Oregon Ducks Women Are Chasing History - The 5-foot-10 junior guard from Spain who has gone from the program's do-everything point guard as a freshman to its best defender and passer as a junior - Read More (OregonLive)

Sabrina Ionescu Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 - The Wooden award goes to the best college men's and women's basketball player each season and is voted on by national college basketball media and experts - Read More (Duck Territory)

Family Business: Keith Smith's Family and Seattle Roots Propelled Him to a Basketball Life - Smith completed his final two years of high school at Rainier Beach. As a junior, he averaged 18.5 points per game. During his senior year, he averaged 15.7 points and led the team to a 3A State Championship - Read More (Daily Emerald)

Ducks Name Aaron Feld Strength and Conditioning Coordinator - Feld joins Oregon from the University of Georgia, where he spent the last three years as the assistant director of strength and conditioning while working with the Bulldogs' football program - Read More (GoDucks)

Q&A with New Oregon DE/OLB Transfer D.J. Johnson - Johnson discusses his reasons for transferring, what it is that appeals to him about Oregon the second time around and when he'll be suiting up in Eugene - Read More (OregonLive)

GoDucks Women's Track and Field Previews: Sprints and Hurdles | Jumps and Combined Events | Throws | Distance

Jordon Scott Named Freshman All-America - Scott finished his freshman season with 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks while starting 11 of Oregon's 13 games - Read More (GoDucks)

The Hotline's Ridiculously Early Top-25 for 2018 - Don't look now (or do!), but the Ducks are ranked #13 in a good in-depth top 25, headlined by Justin Herbert on offense and Jim Leavitt working to improve the defense that much more - Read More (Mercury News)

Oregon Track and Field Ready to Open Season in Seattle

Ariana Washington (photo by GoDucks)

Ariana Washington (photo by GoDucks)

The Oregon Men's and Women's Track and Field teams are headed to Seattle this weekend, opening their season at the UW Indoor Preview Saturday. Loaded with strong collegiate and professional talent, the event gives a great first test to both squads. 

The Women of Oregon, seeking their eighth NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title in nine years, won't debut their entire squad in Seattle, but will unleash a number of their incredible athletes. Leading the way is reigning indoor 200 meter champion Ariana Washington, who will test her early season fitness over 60 meters. 

Washington will be joined by super freshman Shae Anderson, who slated to compete in the 60m, 200m and 60m hurdles. Another top frosh, Kaylah Robinson, opens her Oregon career entered in the 200m and 60m hurdles. 

Add in 60m hurdle All-American Alaysha Johnson and reigning Pac-12 outdoor long jump champion Rhesa Foster, and fans will have a better idea as to how this year's team is shaping up come Sunday morning.

On the men's side, top freshmen Myles Webb and Reed Brown are set to debut. Webb is scheduled to compete in the 60m and 200m, while Brown will test his talent over 600m and 1000m. 

Another freshman, Joseph Anderson, who was arguably the top prep hurdler in 2017, opens his UO career as well, entered in the 60m hurdles. 

Keep an eye on the young talent ready to debut for the Ducks, while veteran athletes look to continue the program's success throughout the 2018 indoor campaign.

Additional Read: Ducks Head to Rust-Buster Featuring New Faces, Odd Events (GoDucks)