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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Arizona
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 11/19/2013
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ON THE AIR
Television: ABC and ESPN2 with Mike Patrick (pxp), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (reporter). Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Free audio stream available via TuneIn.com and the TuneIn app. Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 205.

THE SERIES
•Oregon leads the all-time series 24-14, including an 11-9 mark in Tucson.
•The Ducks have won five straight against the Wildcats, including the last two on the road.
•UO’s last defeat at Arizona Stadium was the 2007 game in which QB Dennis Dixon suffered a knee injury that effectively ended his Heisman Trophy hopes and the No. 2 Ducks’ BCS title game dreams.

QUICK HITS
•SO QB Marcus Mariota has attempted a Pac-12 record 343 passes without an interception, including all 285 attempts this season. His last came Nov. 17, 2012 vs. Stanford (1st half).
•Mariota is the NCAA career leader in interception percentage (0.97%) among quarterback with at least 600 pass attempts. He could throw picks on his next two attempts and still lead.
•Mariota has passed for at least one touchdown in all 23 games of his career and has a 57-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
•Mariota leads the FBS in TD percentage after halftime this season (min. 10 TDs), tossing 12 TDs in 92 attempts (13.0%). His fourth-quarter pass efficiency rating of 279.01 is tops in the nation thanks to 20 completions in 21 attempts (95.2%) for 263 yards and 5 scores.
•The Ducks rank second nationally in scrimmage plays of 20+ yards (84), while the Oregon defense is tied for allowing the fewest (23), despite facing the fifth-most plays of any team in the nation through 10 games.
•UO is bowl eligible for the ninth straight season and will go to its 21st bowl in 25 seasons.
•47 of Oregon’s 66 offensive touchdown drives (71.2%) have lasted two minutes or less.
•The Ducks are 45-5 (.900) overall this decade, including a 31-3 (.911) mark in Pac-12 play.

HEAD COACH MARK HELFRICH
Mark Helfrich is in his first season as Oregon’s head coach after serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009-12. During that span, he was directly involved in the success of a program that constructed a 46-7 record and appeared in four consecutive BCS bowl games, including the 2011 BCS National Championship game. Helfrich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Ducks in 1997 and has since accumulated seven seasons as an offensive coordinator at two BCS schools and 15 years coaching quarterbacks. He was named Oregon’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on April 30, 2009 following three seasons in the same capacity at the University of Colorado (2006-08), five years as quarterbacks coach at Arizona State (2001-05) which included his final three campaigns in Tempe, Ariz., as passing game coordinator, and three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000). Along the way, Helfrich was named National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012 by FootballScoop, in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor. Over the course of his last 13 seasons, Helfrich has played a role with offenses that have ranked among the nation’s top-eight teams in scoring offense six times, the top six in rushing on four occasions, the top five in total offense four times as well as the top five in passing twice. As Oregon’s OC he helped orchestrate attacks that were responsible for the top three total offense outputs in school history (2010-12) - including a school-record 7,319 yards in 2011 - as well as the only teams to account for more than 600 points in each of the last three seasons. Helfrich is the first native Oregonian to head the university’s football program since John Warren in 1942.

SUPER MARIOTA
As the Ducks continue their quest for a fifth straight BCS bowl game appearance, all eyes are on second-year starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. The redshirt sophomore from Honolulu has met the challenge of following up a campaign that saw him set the Pac-12 freshman record for touchdown passes (32) and lead the conference in passing efficiency (seventh nationally) en route to Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-12 first team QB honors. Through the first 10 games of the season, he has totalled 2,819 yards passing and 477 rushing with 34 total touchdowns (25 pass, 9 rush) and no interceptions. Mariota currently ranks sixth nationally in pass efficiency rating (176.24), sixth in points responsible for (20.40 per game), 11th in total offense (329.6 ypg) and 20th in yards per carry (7.23). Considered by many national outlets as a Heisman Trophy candidate, Mariota is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (most outstanding player), the Davey O’Brien Award (national quarterback award) and Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player). He is also on the watch list for the Manning Award (top quarterback honor, including bowl game).

ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN
Marcus Mariota continued his streak of touchdown passes in a game with three TD tosses in Oregon’s 44-21 win over Utah on Nov. 16. The sophomore has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 23 games of his career, totaling 57 scores through the air. Mariota, who has 25 touchdown passes this season, has thrown for two or more TDs in a game 16 times with a career-high six touchdown passes at California as a freshman. He also has thrown four or more touchdowns in a game six times. Mariota’s 23-game touchdown pass streak is tied for the third longest in the nation behind Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Marshall’s Rakeem Cato.

LIGHTNING STRIKES
Of Oregon’s 66 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 47 (71.2 percent) have lasted two minutes or less. All five touchdown drives against Utah lasted less than two minutes with four lasting less than a minute and 20 seconds. The Ducks’ two longest TD drives of the season came against UCLA with their first scoring march lasting 4:00 and last eating up 4:55.

VS. THE TOP 25
The Ducks are 17-7 against AP top 25 teams since Mark Helfrich’s first year on staff as offensive coordinator in 2009, including a win over No. 16 Washington in Seattle on October 12 and a win over No. 12 UCLA on October 26 in Eugene. At home, UO is 11-2 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 4-2 in road games against ranked foes and 2-3 at neutral sites during that span.

HOUSE OF LOUD
With a standing room only crowd of 56,481 at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 vs. Utah, the Ducks ran the nation’s third-longest sellout streak to 95 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

MARIOTA SETS TOUCHDOWN MARK
With seven total touchdowns at Colorado Oct. 5, SO QB Marcus Mariota tied the Pac-12 record and set the modern day school mark for total TDs, besting the previous mark which had been accomplished six times, including Mariota’s own six-touchdown effort at Cal in 2012. The second-year starter was 16-of-27 passing for 355 yards and five touchdowns against the Buffaloes. He also ran seven times for 43 yards and two scores.

BRALON BREAKS OUT
SO WR Bralon Addison, who took over as the Ducks’ primary punt returner at the end of last season, tied the Oregon and Pac-12 records for punt return touchdowns in a game, bringing back two (75 and 67 yards) in the Sept. 28 win vs. Cal. He joins Cliff Harris as the only other player in school history to duplicate that feat (vs. New Mexico in 2010), while they join USC’s Mike Garrett (1965 vs. California) and UCLA’s Sam Brown (1954 vs. Stanford) as co-holders of the league record. Addison’s punt return total of 142 yards was the most by any Oregon player in one game since Keenon Howry’s school-record 186 yards vs. Stanford in 2001. The Missouri City, Texas standout currently ranks eighth in the country in punt returns, averaging 16.88 yards on 16 returns.

9 NEEDS 9 FOR 1,000
SO RB Byron Marshall needs just nine yards on Saturday at Arizona to record the 20th 1,000-yard rushing season by an Oregon running back. Marshall heads into Saturday’s game with 991 yards and 14 touchdowns on 152 attempts. If he cracks the 1,000-yard plateau it will mark the seventh consecutive season that the Ducks have had a running back rush for more than a thousand yards. Twelve of the previous 19 1,000-yard seasons have come since the 2000 season.

RECORD PASSING STREAK CONTINUES
SO QB Marcus Mariota has not been intercepted in 353 pass attempts, dating to last season. That streak is a Pac-12 record, besting USC’s Brad Otton, who had a streak of 216 in 1994-95. Kellen Clemens held the former UO mark of 178 in 2004. No other QB in the FBS has more than one touchdown without a pick this season, while Mariota has tossed 25. Of the top 135 quarterbacks in passing yards, he is the only one without an interception. Mariota’s last INT came at the end of the first half vs. Stanford on Nov. 17, 2012.

MARSHALL PLAN
Since then-top rusher JR RB De'Anthony Thomas was sidelined on the opening kickoff vs. Cal Sept. 28, SO RB Byron Marshall has taken over as Oregon’s backfield workhorse and put up five 100-yard games, including career-highs of 192 yards and three touchdowns against Washington State and a career-best 23 totes (122 yards) at Colorado. In the Cal game, Marshall ran for a then career-high 130 yards and two TDs. At Washington, he ran for 106 yards and a pair of scores. Thomas returned as the starter against UCLA, but Marshall still led the team with 133 yards on a team-high 19 carries. Marshall has started eight of Oregon’s 10 games this season.

THE DYNAMIC DUO
Last season, Oregon did not have a single receiver amass 500 yards. Through 10 games in 2013, the Texas duo of SR WR Josh Huff and SO WR Bralon Addison have each eclipsed the 700-yard mark with Huff grabbing 45 balls for 802 yards and Addison with 47 catches for 742. Both players surpassed 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games at Colorado and Washington, highlighted by Addison’s two games of 150-plus and four touchdowns. Nine of Oregon’s 10 games this season feature at least one receiving TD by Huff or Addison.

100-YARD RECEIVERS
The Ducks, who had a total of six 100-yard receiving performances over the past two seasons, have posted seven through the first 10 games in 2013. SR WR Josh Huff has four, SO WR Bralon Addison has two and FR TE Johnny Mundt has one. Two players have reached the mark in the same game three times this year, giving UO 16 such single-game duos in school history.

HISTORIC HELFRICH
With eight consecutive victories to start his Oregon head coaching career, Mark Helfrich passed C.W. Spears (1930 - 7 wins) for the best first-year start in school history.

HERE’S JOHNNY
Tight end Johnny Mundt made quite a debut catching passes in Oregon’s win vs. Tennessee Sept. 14. With expected starter Colt Lyerla out of action, the true freshman made his first start, recorded the first five receptions of his career, including a pair of touchdowns, while amassing 121 yards. That yardage total ranks as the ninth-most in a single game by a tight end at UO and is the highest total since Ed Dickson had 148 yards on 11 catches vs. Cal in 2009. Mundt was named the John Mackey Award’s national tight end of the week and is one of two freshmen on the midseason watch list. He is UO’s sixth-leading receiver with 13 receptions and 230 yards and has now started five of 10 games.

BCS PROWESS
Oregon’s most recent BCS ranking (No. 5) marks the Ducks’ 32nd straight appearance in the top 10 of the BCS standings, which ranks second all-time in the BCS era behind USC’s 38 from 2002-06.

OREGON 5-0
The Ducks have scored at least 50 points in six of their 10 games this season. Oregon had a school-record five-game streak to open the season before being “held to just” 45 points in a 21-point win at Washington on October 12. Oregon ranks third nationally in scoring averaging 50.9 points per game. UO became the first major program to put up at least 45 points in its first seven games of the season since Harvard in 1887.

PLAYMAKING DEFENSE
The Oregon blur offense may generate the most buzz among college football fans and media, but the UO defense has made more game-changing plays than any other defensive unit in the country since the start of 2012. The Ducks led the nation with 40 takeaways (25 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries) a year ago - 32 by current players - and have 24 (14 INT/10 FR) so far in 2013.

MATHIS MAKES THE RECORD BOOK
JR CB Dior Mathis, also a member of the UO track & field team, put that track speed on display at Virginia Sept. 7, when he intercepted a pass deep in the end zone and ran more than 100 yards before getting knocked out at the UVA 3-yard-line. Officially, the third pick of his career went in the books as a 97-yard return, tying Kenny Wheaton (vs. UW in 1994) and Kenny Bryant (at TCU in 1977) for the second-longest in school history. It was the longest non-touchdown interception return by a Duck.

ALMOST AWARD SEASON
Over the coming weeks, several major award lists will be pared down to semifinalists, finalists and, ultimately, winners. Four prestigious honors announced their semifinalist lists recently, with SO QB Marcus Mariota listed as one of 16 for both the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award, and one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp Award. JR CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu made the first cut for both the Jim Thorpe Award and Chuck Bednarik Award. Additionally, JR DE Tony Washington is one of 18 players on the Ted Hendricks Award mid-season watch list.

COACHING CONTINUITY
An often overlooked facet of Oregon’s run of success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. First-year head coach Mark Helfrich is in his fifth season on staff, but he is supported by several assistants who have served the last three UO head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell is in his 31st 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 27th season at UO, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 21st campaign, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has spent 21 full seasons at Oregon over three separate stints.

RECORD RUNNERS
The Ducks’ current roster features three players who have etched their names on a prestigious rushing list. SO QB Marcus Mariota, JR RB De'Anthony Thomas and SR WR Josh Huff 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, Mariota ranks fifth with his 86-yard score at ASU - the longest rush in the Pac-12 during the 2012 season - and Huff is tied for sixth with an 85-yard TD vs. Arizona in 2010.

RUNNING WILD
After 100-yard rushing performances the first two weeks of the season, SO QB Marcus Mariota became the first Oregon signal caller to accomplish the feat in back-to-back games. Mariota is 11th the nation in average yards per rush (7.98).

RETURN MEN
The 2013 Oregon Ducks return 56 letterwinners, including 16 starters - nine on offense and seven on defense - from last season. By contrast, the 2012 squad, which finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally, had 52 returning lettermen and 12 starters, including only five on offense.

RUSHING RECORD WITHIN REACH
With 1,229 yards on the ground through his first 23 games, SO QB Marcus Mariota is closing in on the UO career mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. Jeremiah Masoli has the record with 1,386. Like Mariota, Masoli also attended Honolulu’s Saint Louis High School.

1. Jeremiah Masoli (2008-09) 1,386
2. Reggie Ogburn (1979-80) 1,358
3. Marcus Mariota (2012-) 1,229
4. Dennis Dixon (2004-07) 1,208

SCOREGON
The Ducks have scored a program-best 645 points in each of the past two seasons, finishing second nationally in 2012 (49.6 points per game) and third in 2011 (46.1). Last year’s team set the UO bar for touchdowns with 89, despite playing one less game than the 2011 team, which found the end zone 88 times. This season, Oregon’s 71 TDs are the second most in the nation through Nov. 16, while the Ducks’ 509 points ranks third in the country. UO has at least six TDs in nine of their 10 games this season (9-8-8-8-8-6-9-6-3-6).

COMIN’ TO OUR CITY
ESPN College GameDay produced its weekly college football preview show from the University of Oregon on Oct. 26, marking the eighth appearance in Eugene by the immensely popular show which features host Chris Fowler along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Sam Ponder and Tom Rinaldi. The live broadcast originated from the Memorial Quad on campus. Oregon, which became the first school to host GameDay five consecutive years, has a 6-2 record when the show airs from Eugene, with defeats coming vs. No. 18 Stanford in overtime last season and against No. 6 Cal, 31-24, in 2007. In 2011, the No. 9 Ducks beat No. 18 Arizona State, 41-27. Other home wins in front of GameDay were a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford in 2010 (UO was No. 4), a 47-20 Halloween upset of fourth-ranked USC in ‘09 (UO was No. 10), a 35-23 win vs. No. 6 Arizona State in ‘07 (UO was No. 4) and a 29-10 upset of No. 6 UCLA in 2000 (UO was unranked).

FIRST TIMERS
Four true freshmen saw action in the season-opener vs. Nicholls: OL Cameron Hunt, TE Johnny Mundt, DE Torrodney Prevot and K Matt Wogan. Joining that quartet in Week 2 was LB Tyrell Robinson and RB Thomas Tyner.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 2000, Oregon is 37-6 (.860) in regular season, out-of-conference games, earning notable victories against the likes of Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan (x2). During that stretch, the Ducks are 4-1 against the SEC, 1-0 vs. the ACC, 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 7-0 vs. FCS sides.

EXPLOSION PLAYS
A staple of Oregon’s blur offense in recent years has been “explosion plays” of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. After 10 games, the Ducks have already racked up 58, with 20 resulting in touchdowns. In 2012, Oregon accumulated 46 after an incredible 69 such plays in 2011.

75 - Addison rec. at COLO (Mariota)*
71 - Mariota rush at UVA*
66 - Hardrick rush vs. UCLA
66 - Tyner rush vs. WSU*
65 - Huff rec. at WASH (Mariota)*
57 - Addison rec. vs. UTAH (Mariota)
57 - Mariota rush vs. WSU*
57 - Mundt rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
54 - Huff rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)*
49 - Marshall rush vs. NICH*
47 - Marshall rush vs. NICH
46 - Mariota rush vs. NICH*
46 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
45 - Hawkins rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)*
45 - Forde rush vs. NICH
44 - Addison rec. at COLO (Mariota)*
43 - Addison rec. at WASH (Mariota)
40 - Marshall rush vs. UCLA*
40 - Forde rush at COLO
40 - Thomas rush at UVA*
40 - Lowe rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
39 - Huff rec. at COLO (Mariota)
38 - Addison rec. at WASH (Mariota)
38 - Addison rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
37 - Marshall rush vs. WSU
37 - Allen rec. vs. COLO (Rodrigues)
36 - Marshall rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
35 - Marshall rec. vs. WSU (Mariota)
35 - Mariota rush at WASH
31 - Huff rec. vs. UCLA (Mariota)
31 - Huff rec. at UVA (Mariota)
31 - Tyner rush at UVA*
31 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
30 - Marshall rush vs. WSU*
30 - Addison rec. at WASH (Mariota)
30 - Addison rec. at UVA (Mariota)*
28 - Brown rec. vs. UTAH (Mariota)
28 - Mundt rec. vs. CAL (Mariota)
28 - Thomas rush vs. TENN*
28 - Thomas rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
28 - Huff rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
28 - Thomas rec. at UVA (Mariota)
28 - Rodrigues vs. NICH
27 - Tyner rush vs. UTAH
27 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
27 - Addison rec. vs. NICH* (Mariota)
27 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
26 - Hawkins rec. vs. UTAH (Mariota)
26 - Huff rec. at STAN (Mariota)
26 - Marshall rush vs. UCLA
26 - Marshall rush vs. WSU*
26 - Mundt rec. vs. WSU (Mariota)
26 - Huff rec. at WASH (Mariota)
26 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
26 - Huff rec. at COLO (Mariota)*
25 - Baylis rec. vs. UTAH (Mariota)
25 - Marshall rush vs. CAL*
25 - Huff rec. vs. CAL (Mariota)
* indicates touchdown

2013 OREGON UNIFORM SYSTEM
For the second year in a row, the Ducks are taking the field wearing the fully integrated Nike uniform system that debuted at the 2012 Rose Bowl. The 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.

2013 Combinations
WK Helmet Jersey Pants
1-White-White (a)-White
2-Carbon (1)-White (b)-Steel
3-Yellow-Yellow-Yellow
4-Black-Green (c)-Green (c)
5-Green-White (a)-Green
6-Carbon (1)-White (b)-White
7-Pink-Black-Black
8-Green-Green-Green
9-Yellow-White (a)-Yellow
10-Carbon (1)-Green (d)-Green (d)

(1) sunburst faded wings (aka “Sonic Boom”)
(a) green numbers trimmed in silver, green wings
(b) green numbers trimmed in yellow, silver wings.
(c) Fighting Ducks apple green
(d) olive green

2013 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Bralon Addison, So., WR
Week 5
Pac-12 Player of the Week (special teams)

Josh Huff, Sr., WR
Week 7
Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Marcus Mariota, So., QB
Week 7
Davey O’Brien National QB
Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense)
Week 6
Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense)

Johnny Mundt, Fr., TE
Week 3
John Mackey TE of the Week

De'Anthony Thomas, Jr., RB
Week 3
Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll
Week 2
Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense)

DUCKS ON WATCH LISTS
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., CB
•Bednarik Award (defensive player, semifinalist)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player)
•Jim Thorpe Award (DB, semifinalist)

Hroniss Grasu, Jr., C
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
•Rimington Trophy (center)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)

Josh Huff, Sr., WR
•Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)

Tyler Johnstone, So., OT
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)

Boseko Lokombo, Sr., LB
•Butkus Award (linebacker)

Marcus Mariota, So., QB
•Maxwell Award (player of the year, semifinalist)
•Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback, semifinalist)
•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Manning Award (quarterback)

Terrance Mitchell, Jr., CB
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player)

Johnny Mundt, Fr., TE
•John Mackey Award (TE) Midseason List

De'Anthony Thomas, Jr., RB
•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)
•Doak Walker Award (running back)

Tony Washington, Jr., DE
•Ted Hendricks Award (defensive player)

 

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