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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Tennessee Tech
Release Date: 09/11/2012
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For the complete release with full notes, roster, depth chart, statistics, etc., please view the PDF.

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•Saturday’s meeting is the first between the Oregon Ducks and Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, and first by UO against a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

•Tennessee Tech JR WR Da’Rick Rogers played against Oregon in 2012 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee. Rogers had 21 yards on a reverse play in the Volunteers’ 48-13 loss to the Ducks.
•SO RB De'Anthony Thomas has five rushing touchdowns in the year 2012, when counting the ‘12 Rose Bowl Game. Those TDs have gone for 51, 39, 33, 64 and 91 yards, an average of 55.6 yards per score.
•Thomas (102 yards) and SR RB Kenjon Barner (201) became the 19th 100-yard rushing duo in school history when they accomplished the feat vs. Fresno State.
•Barner’s three touchdowns vs. the Bulldogs gave him 32 for his career, which ranks fifth at UO, and his 192 career points are ninth all-time.
•Oregon has scored 85 of its 99 points through two games in the first half.
•Although Oregon is allowing opponents an average of 29.5 points per game through the first two contests, all six of the opponents’ TDs have come after the Ducks have accumulated an 85-9 advantage.
•UO has scored 30 or more points in 15 straight games, the second-longest streak in the FBS behind Oklahoma State (17). The Ducks are 34-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Chip Kelly era.
•The Ducks have never lost a game from Week 2 through Week 8 (22-0) in Kelly’s tenure as a head coach.
•UO’s No. 4 ranking is the highest in program history after Week 2 of a season.

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 36-6 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 .857 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.

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.

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).

Oregon ranks 10th in the country in scoring offense, having accounted for 14 touchdowns through its first two games. Ten of those 14 TDs have been scored by SR RB Kenjon Barner and SO RB De'Anthony Thomas (five each), who both are tied for third in the country in scoring (15.0 avg.). The Duck duo rank as the nation’s most potent tandem, with their nearest challengers being USC receivers Marqise Lee (t3rd, 15.0 avg.) and Robert Woods (t12th, 12.0 avg.).

There is little doubt that quarterback Marcus Mariota has kicked his collegiate career off to an impressive start, ranking 22nd in the country (and 4th in the Pac-12) in passing efficiency, completing 37 of 49 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns while he has yet to suffer an interception. One of the most impressive aspects of his play thus far speaks as much for the success of the offense as a unit as he led the Ducks to seven  consecutive touchdown drives to start the season vs. Arkansas State. That success carried over to Oregon’s second game vs. Fresno State, when he engineered touchdown drives on the game’s first two possessions. In addition to capping his first nine drives of the year with TDs, that good fortune extended to trips into the end zone on 11 of the team’s first 12 drives and 12 of the first 14 through three-and-a-half quarters that Mariota was at the helm of the Oregon offense. Mariota is the first freshman to start the season at quarterback for the Ducks since Danny O’Neil in 1991.

SO RB De'Anthony Thomas is tied for second nationally with five touchdowns after the season’s first games. The former freshman All-American now has 23 touchdowns in 16 career games, including at least one score in 11 of the last 12 contests. For his career, “DAT” is averaging  a touchdown from scrimmage every 5.7 touches. The 2011 Pac-12 Conference co-offensive freshman of the year is tied for third in the nation in scoring (15.0 ppg) while improving his scoring ratio to a touchdown every 4.2 times he touches the football.

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

With a standing room only crowd of 55,755 at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 8 vs. Fresno State, the Ducks ran the nation’s fourth-longest sellout streak to 84 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

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 32-4 at Autzen, averaging 46.1 points per home game.

Since 2000, Oregon is 33-6 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 5-0 vs. FCS sides.

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.

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 five such plays this season, three of which have gone for touchdowns.

51 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
39 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
33 - Barner rush vs. FS
33 - Thomas rush vs. ARKST*
28 - Mariota rush vs. FS

* 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.

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.

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.

1-Yellow-Apple Green-Yellow
2-Carbon Fiber-Yellow-Steel

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

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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