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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Arkansas State
Release Date: 08/29/2012
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National Television: ESPN with Joe Tessitore (pxp), Matt Millen (analyst) & Shelley Smith (reporter). Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) & Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: XM 198, Sirius 94.

•Saturday's game is the first meeting between the Ducks and Red Wolves.

•Oregon is 1-2 in season openers under fourth-year head coach Chip Kelly and 31-2 in all other regular season games.
•SO RB De'Anthony Thomas was the only player in the nation in 2011 with 400 or more yards rushing (595), receiving (605) and returning (1,035). He led the Pac-12 and ranked seventh nationally with 2,235 all-purpose yards.
•Thomas averaged a touchdown every 6.3 touches from scrimmage in 2011.
•The Ducks averaged 7.21 yards per play on offense in 2011, fourth nationally and first among teams with more rushing yards than passing yards.
•Oregon's 91 forced turnovers in three season under Kelly are the second-most in the nation behind Oklahoma State (108).
•UO averaged a point every 32.6 seconds of possession in 2011, most among BCS AQ schools and second nationally behind Houston (32.3).
•Oregon comes into 2012 as the only school in conference history to average 40-plus points per game in consecutive seasons.
•The Ducks are the only team in the Pac-12 to have at least one 1,000-yard rusher each of past five seasons.
•Since 1994 Oregon has a league-best 104 Pac-12 wins and possesses a winning record against every conference foe.
•UO's 25 conference wins over the past 3 seasons are the most in college football.

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 34-6 ledger in his three 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 .850 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .926 percentage in conference play is the best in league annals.

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.

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).

In the last two seasons, the Oregon offense ranks first in both touchdown drives of three plays or fewer (39) and touchdown drives in less than two minutes (90).

With standing room only crowds in all eight home games in 2011, including a stadium and State of Oregon record 60,055 on Oct. 15 vs. Arizona State, the Ducks enter 2012 having sold out 82 consecutive games at Autzen Stadium (cap. 54,000) , dating to 1999.

The Ducks led the nation in 2011 by averaging 6.66 yards per rushing attempt (629 att for 4,189 yds). That mark was the highest by a Pac-12 school in a single season in conference history. USC held the previous record in 2005 with an average of 6.43 (525 att for 3,380 yds).

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 30-4 at Autzen, averaging 45.9 points per home game.

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.

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.

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.

Returning Ducks accounted for 35 "explosion plays" of 25 or more yards (from scrimmage) last season, including 11 by SO RB De'Anthony Thomas and eight by SR RB Kenjon Barner.

91 - Thomas rush vs. WIS*
84 - Barner rush at CU*
69 - Thomas rec. vs. NEV*
68 - Barner rush vs. CAL*
64 - Thomas rush vs. WIS*
62 - Thomas rush vs. NEV
59 - Huff rec. at STAN*
54 - Barner rec. vs. WIS*
51 - Hawkins rec. vs. NEV
46 - Vaughn rec. vs. MSU
45 - Thomas rec. vs. WSU*
45 - Huff rec. vs. ASU
43 - Bennett rush at CU
41 - Thomas rec. at STAN*
41 - Thomas rec. vs. CAL
39 - Lyerla rec. vs. OSU*
36 - Bennett rush vs. ASU
35 - Thomas rush vs. OSU
35 - Lyerla rec. vs. USC
33 - Thomas rec. vs. OSU
31 - Huff rec. vs. UCLA
31 - Barner rec. at CU
29 - Thomas rec. vs. USC*
29 - Barner rush vs. ASU
29 - Thomas rush vs. ASU
28 - Huff rec. vs. USC
28 - Barner rush vs. WSU*
27 - Huff rec. vs. ASU
27 - Huff rec. vs. CAL
26 - Barner rush vs. WSU
26 - Lyerla rec. vs. MSU*
26 - Forde rush vs. NEV*
25 - Hawkins vs. UCLA*
25 - Barner rush vs. ASU
25 - Vaughn rec. vs. NEV*
* indicates touchdown

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.

Of the 47 players listed on Oregon's first 2-deep depth chart (there are four choices at TE and three at one of the DE spots), 25 are freshmen and sophomores. Of those players, five are true freshmen. Last season, seven true freshmen saw action for the Ducks.

Since 2000, Oregon is 31-6 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, 3-0 against the Mountain West, 12-2 vs. the WAC, 2-0 against Conference USA and 5-0 vs. FCS sides.

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.

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)

Hroniss Grasu, So., C
•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)

De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
•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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