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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Virginia
Release Date: 09/03/2013
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For the complete release with full notes, roster, depth chart, statistics, etc., please view the PDF. 

National Television: ABC/ESPN2 (reverse mirror) with Mike Patrick (pxp), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (reporter). Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91 . 

•Saturday’s meeting is the first between Oregon and Virginia.
•The Ducks have never played against an Atlantic Coast Conference team during the regular season. UO fell to Wake Forest in the 1992 Independence Bowl and 2002 Seattle Bowl.
•Charlottesville is the easternmost city the Ducks have traveled to since playing Army in West Point, NY in 1970. That game resulted in a 22-22 tie with Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad) running for a 59-yard touchdown and catching a 2-point PAT from Dan Fouts for the game’s final score. 

•The Ducks’ 15-game winning streak in non-neutral site away games is the longest in the nation, which is six more than the next closest - Alabama and Northern Illinois (9). The Ducks’ last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42).
•Oregon set a school record with 772 yards of total offense vs. the Colonels despite possessing the ball for just 19:46 of the contest.
•UO’s 63-point margin of victory vs. Nicholls was its third highest of the modern era. The previous two came in 2010: 72 vs. New Mexico and 69 vs. Portland State. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to 1916, when Oregon defeated Willamette, 97-0.
•Oregon’s string of five consecutive 10-win seasons (2008-present) is tied for eighth-most nationally in the modern era.
•The Ducks No. 2 ranking in the AP poll is their highest in that index this early in the season. Last year, Oregon moved up to the No. 2 spot on Sept. 23.
•UO, South Carolina and USC are the only teams ranked in the AP Top 25 playing at least 11 schools from AQ conferences. 

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. 

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. 

Four true freshmen saw action in the season-opener vs. Nicholls: OL Cameron Hunt, TE Johnny Mundt, DE Torrodney Prevot and K Matt Wogan

As the Ducks begin their quest for a fifth straight BCS bowl game appearance all eyes will be on second-year starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. The redshirt sophomore from Honolulu will attempt to follow 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. Considered by many national outlets as a Heisman Trophy candidate, Mariota is on four prestigious watch lists: Davey O’Brien Award (national quarterback award), Maxwell Award (most outstanding player), Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player) and Manning Award (top quarterback honor, including bowl game). 

Of Oregon’s nine drives resulting in touchdowns this season, eight (89%) have lasted less than two minutes. 

JR RB De'Anthony Thomas had a team and career-high 18 carries in the opener vs. Nicholls (128 yards) - his debut as UO’s featured running back. Of those 18 totes, nine were between the tackles. 

Since 2000, Oregon is 35-6 (.854) 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 7-0 vs. FCS sides. 

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. 

With a standing room only crowd of 57,769 at Autzen Stadium on Aug. 31 vs. Nicholls, the Ducks ran the nation’s fourth-longest sellout streak to 90 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999. 

Oregon has won 15 straight road games, which leads the country. Alabama and Northern Illinois are tied for second with nine. The Ducks’ last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) – the only conference road setback in the past four seasons. 

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. 

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. 

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

49 - Marshall rush vs. NICH*
47 - Marshall rush vs. NICH
46 - Mariota rush vs. NICH*
46 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
45 - Forde rush vs. NICH
40 - Lowe rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
31 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
28 - Rodrigues vs. NICH
27 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
27 - Addison rec. vs. NICH* (Mariota)
27 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
26 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
* indicates touchdown 

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

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., CB
•Bednarik Award (defensive player)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player)
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) 

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) 

Colt Lyerla, Jr., TE
•John Mackey Award (tight end) 

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

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

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) 

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