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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Arizona
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 09/18/2012
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For the complete release with full notes, roster, depth chart, statistics, etc., please view the PDF.

ON THE AIR
National Television: ESPN with Joe Tessitore (pxp), Matt Millen (analyst) and Shelley Smith (reporter). National Radio: Dial Global Sports with John Tautges (pxp) and Terry Donahue (analyst). Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius 138, XM 200.

THE SERIES
•Oregon leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 23-14, including a 12-4 mark in Eugene. The Ducks have won four straight overall and 11 of the last 13 meetings, including last season’s Pac-12 opener for both schools in Tucson (56-31).

QUICK HITS
•SO RB De'Anthony Thomas leads the nation with seven all-purpose plays of 30 or more yards and is tied for the national lead with seven touchdowns.
•Thomas has six rushing touchdowns in the year 2012, when counting the ‘12 Rose Bowl Game. Those TDs have gone for 59, 51, 39, 33, 64 and 91 yards, an average of 56.7 yards per score.
•Oregon has won six consecutive conference openers.
•FR QB Marcus Mariota leads the Pac-12 and ranks 10th nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 180.54. Last week, the Hawaiian signal-caller became the first freshman in Oregon history to pass for 300 or more yards in a single game (308 vs. Tennessee Tech).
•UO has scored 30 or more points in 16 straight games, the second-longest streak in the FBS behind Oklahoma State (18). The Ducks are 35-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Chip Kelly era.
•The Ducks have never lost a game from Week 2 through Week 8 (23-0) in Kelly’s tenure as a head coach.
•Oregon’s current six-game winning streak is the longest among Pac-12 schools.
•UO’s No. 3 ranking is the highest in program history after Week 3 of a season.
•The Ducks are one of only five teams without a field goal this season.
•Oregon is limiting opponent third down conversions at a rate of 15.6% (7 of 45), which ranks third nationally behind Florida State (11.4%) and Oregon State (14.3%).

HEAD COACH CHIP KELLY
In five short seasons, Chip Kelly has threatened to redefine the 116-year history of football at the University of Oregon. It started in 2007 in his first year as the Ducks’ offensive coordinator and has carried into his fourth season as the University’s head coach. Throughout the duration has been the emergence of a program among the nation’s elite behind the architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the country that has transformed the standard of college football. No other coach in school history has guided the football team to three consecutive undisputed conference championships - a feat surpassed only twice in league history. And although nine coaches have accumulated more league titles than the Manchester, N.H. native, only USC’s John Robinson succeeded in doing so as a first-year head coach. In the process of accumulating a 37-6 ledger in his three-plus seasons at the helm, the two-time conference coach of the year sandwiched a pair of Rose Bowl appearances around the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Accentuating the success was last year’s 45-38 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. In addition to accumulating a mark of 25-2 in league play, his .860 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .926 percentage in conference play is the best in league annals.

RETURN MEN
The 2012 Oregon Ducks return 52 letterwinners, including 12 players who were starters last season - five on offense and seven on defense. UO also welcomes back every specialist with the exception of punt returner LaMichael James.

FIRST TIMERS
The season opener vs. Arkansas State saw 23 players make their Oregon debut, including 11 redshirt freshmen and two junior college transfers. The seven true freshmen to take the field were WR Bralon Addison, DE Arik Armstead, TE Pharaoh Brown, DE DeForest Buckner, TE T.J. Daniel, RB Byron Marshall and WR Dwayne Stanford.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS
With conference crowns in each of the past three seasons, Oregon became just the second team to win three straight outright Pac-12 championships since the conference expanded to ten teams in 1978, joining USC from 2003-05 (‘04 and ‘05 titles since vacated).

DYNAMIC DUO
Oregon ranks fifth in the country in scoring offense, having accounted for 23 touchdowns through its first three games. Thirteen of those TDs have been scored by SR RB Kenjon Barner (6) and SO RB De'Anthony Thomas (7). Thomas ranks tied for first in touchdowns and tied for fifth in scoring average (14.0 ppg), while Barner is tied for ninth in both categories (12.0 ppg). The Duck duo ranks as the nation’s most potent tandem, with their nearest challengers being Nevada’s Cody Fajardo (6 TD, 12.0 ppg) and Stefphon Jefferson (5 TD, 10.0 ppg).

SUPER MARIOTA
Three games may be a relatively small sample size, but it’s hard not to be impressed by the early play of FR QB Marcus Mariota. After emerging as the starter at the end of an offseason competition with SO QB Bryan Bennett, the 6-4 signal-caller from Honolulu has impressed with his poise, leading the Ducks on nine consecutive touchdown drives to start his career over the first two games. In Week 3, Mariota became the first freshman QB in Oregon history to pass for 300 yards in a game, completing 21 of 28 attempts for 308 yards and four touchdowns. The Pac-12 leader in passing efficiency (180.54), Mariota is completing over 75% of his attempts on the season (58 of 77) while accumulating totals of 674 yards, eight TDs and only one interception. He is the first freshman to start the season at quarterback for the Ducks since Danny O’Neil in 1991.

De’ANTHONY TOUCHDOWN
SO RB De'Anthony Thomas is tied for the national lead with seven touchdowns after the season’s first three games. The former freshman All-American now has 25 touchdowns in 17 career games, including at least one score in 12 of the last 13 contests. For his career, “DAT” is averaging a touchdown from scrimmage every 5.2 touches. The 2011 Pac-12 Conference co-offensive freshman of the year is tied for fifth in the nation in scoring average (14.0 ppg) while improving his scoring ratio to a touchdown every 3.4 times he touches the football on scrimmage plays in 2012.

LIGHTNING STRIKES
Of Oregon’s 23 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 14 have lasted less than two minutes and seven have taken 60 seconds or less.

HOUSE OF LOUD
With a standing room only crowd of 57,091 at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 15 vs. Tennessee Tech, the Ducks ran the nation’s fourth-longest sellout streak to 85 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

KELLY AT AUTZEN
Head coach Chip Kelly made his sideline debut at Autzen Stadium Sept. 12, 2009 (W 38-36 vs. Purdue) after spending the prior two seasons calling plays from a booth high above the field as the team’s offensive coordinator. Since Kelly’s arrival in 2007, the Ducks are 33-4 at Autzen, averaging 46.6 points per home game.

VS. THE TOP 10
Oregon is 5-3 against the top 10 under Chip Kelly, including a 2-1 mark in 2011 with wins at No. 3 Stanford and vs. No. 9 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Two of the defeats have come in BCS bowl games - vs. No. 8 Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl and No. 1 Auburn in the 2011 BCS Championship - and the other vs. No. 4 LSU in the 2011 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

VS. THE TOP 25
The Ducks are 10-5 against top 25 teams in the Chip Kelly era. At home, Kelly’s troops are 7-1 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 2-1 in road games against ranked foes and 1-3 at neutral sites under Kelly. UO’s only loss to a non-ranked team during Kelly’s tenure came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. The Cardinal became ranked the following week as a result.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 2000, Oregon is 34-6 in regular season, out-of-conference contests, earning notable victories against the likes of Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan (x2). During that stretch, the Ducks are 3-1 against the SEC, 5-2 vs. the Big Ten, 1-1 vs. the Big 12, 4-0 against the Mountain West, 12-2 vs. the WAC, 2-0 against Conference USA and 6-0 vs. FCS sides.

RECORD RUNNERS
Oregon’s all-time leading rusher LaMichael James may be gone, but the Ducks’ current roster still features three players who have etched their names on a prestigious rushing list. SO RB De'Anthony Thomas, JR WR Josh Huff and SR RB Kenjon Barner own three of the longest runs in school history. Thomas’ 91-yard touchdown run in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game is the second-longest at Oregon, Huff ranks tied for fifth with an 85-yard TD vs. Arizona in 2010 and Barner is ninth with his 84-yard score at Colorado last season.

EXPLOSION PLAYS
In 2011, Oregon accumulated 69 “explosion plays” of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. Of that number, the Ducks returned eight players in 2012 who accounted for 35 of those “big plays,” including 11 by SO RB De'Anthony Thomas and eight by SR RB Kenjon Barner. A staple of Oregon’s “blur” offensive attack, Oregon has 10 such plays this season, four of which have gone for touchdowns.

59 - Thomas rush vs. TT*
51 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
49 - Thomas rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
39 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
33 - Forde rush vs. TT
33 - Barner rush vs. FS
33 - Thomas rush vs. ARKST*
28 - Mariota rush vs. FS
27 - Marshall rush vs. TT
26 - Brown rec. vs. TT (Mariota)

* indicates touchdown

BO KNOWS SIX
JR LB Boseko Lokombo scored three touchdowns in 2011 to give him four during his career. He tied for the national lead in “pick six” interceptions with two, including a 40-yard return and score after intercepting a pass from 2012 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck of Stanford.

COACHING CONTINUITY
An often overlooked facet of Oregon’s success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. Fourth-year head coach Chip Kelly, now in his sixth season on staff, is a relative newcomer in Eugene compared to his core group of assistants, who have remained intact over the course of three different head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell is in his 30th year on the Oregon staff, which is the longest tenure of any Oregon assistant football coach in school history. In addition, offensive line coach and running game coordinator Steve Greatwood enters his 26th season at UO, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 20th campaign, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has spent 20 full seasons at Oregon over three separate stints. Oregon is the only school in the FBS that has seen zero turnover on staff over the past three seasons.

2012 OREGON UNIFORM SYSTEM
The Ducks are taking the field this year wearing the fully integrated Nike uniform system that debuted at the 2012 Rose Bowl. The new uniform incorporates pinnacle performance innovation and design while providing enhanced thermoregulation and more durability with the inclusion of Nike Chain Maille Mesh - a lightweight ultra-breathable material - used in both the jersey and pant.

WK-Helmet-Jersey-Pants
1-Yellow-Apple Green-Yellow
2-Carbon Fiber-Yellow-Steel
3-Green-Green-Steel

EARLY RISERS
When FR RB Byron Marshall ran for 125 yards in Oregon’s Sept. 15 win vs. Tennessee Tech, he became the third UO true freshman in as many seasons to hit the 100-yard mark in a single game, joining Josh Huff (103 vs. Arizona in 2010) and De'Anthony Thomas (155 vs. Wisconsin in 2011).

3-4 DEFENSE
With the Oregon offense piling up 63 points in Week 3 vs. Tennessee Tech, the Ducks’ defense took the opportunity by going deep on the depth chart to get reserves ample snaps. The result was 34 different players registering at least one tackle, including JR WRBen Butterfield getting some licks in at safety.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
A running tally of weekly accolades for Oregon Football:

Week 1 - vs. Arkansas State
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Week 2 - vs. Fresno State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA RB of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Week 3 - vs. Tennessee Tech
Hon. Mention Davey O’Brien QB of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA PR of the Week

DUCKS ON WATCH LISTS
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Doak Walker Award (running back)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)

John Boyett, Sr., S
•Bednarik Award (defense)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense)
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)

Michael Clay, Sr., LB
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)

•Rimington Trophy (center)

Dion Jordan, Sr., DE
•Bednarik Award (defense)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense)
•Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end)

Jackson Rice, Sr., P
•Ray Guy Award (punter)

•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)
•Jet Award (return specialist)

Carson York, Sr., OG
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)



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