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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Washington
Release Date: 10/08/2013
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•UW leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 58-42-5, including a 33-24-4 edge in Seattle. 
•The Ducks have won the last nine meetings against the Huskies, their longest current winning streak against any conference opponent. The nine-game streak is also the longest by either side in the 112-year history of the rivalry.
•Oregon’s average margin of victory vs. UW during the streak is 25.8. The Ducks’ 34-17 win in 2011 was their closest during the stretch.
•Saturday’s game is the second straight top 25 matchup between the two teams. No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 23 Washington, 52-21, at Autzen Stadium in 2012.

•SO QB Marcus Mariota has a 17-1 record as a starter, including a 8-0 mark away from Autzen Stadium. 
•Mariota has played in 55 of UO’s 79 drives this season, leading UO to a TD every 1.67 drives.
•Mariota has passed for at least one touchdown in every game of his career (all starts). He has scores both passing and rushing in seven straight.
•The Ducks rank second nationally in scoring offense (59.2) and defense (11.8).
•Oregon has scored 55 or more points in five straight games. Only the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners have a longer such streak at six.
•JR DE Tony Washington is tied for fourth in the FBS with three forced fumbles and ranks 20th nationally in sacks (4.0).
•FR RB Thomas Tyner has run for at least one touchdown in all four games he’s played.
•The UO offense leads the nation in plays of 20+ yards (48) while the Ducks’ defense is tied for the fewest allowed (10).
•31 of Oregon’s 39 offensive touchdown drives (79.5%) have lasted less than two minutes.

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.

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 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 five games of the season, he has totalled 1,358 yards passing and 338 rushing with 21 total touchdowns (14 pass, 7 rush) and zero turnovers. Mariota currently ranks eighth nationally in pass efficiency rating (176.33), second in points responsible for (126), second in yards per carry (12.07) and ninth in total offense (339.2 ypg). 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).

Marcus Mariota continued his streak of touchdown passes in a game with five TD tosses in Oregon’s 57-16 win at Colorado on Oct. 5. The sophomore has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 18 games of his career, totaling 46 scores through the air. Mariota, who has 14 touchdown passes this season, has thrown for two or more TDs in a game 12 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 18-game touchdown pass streak is tied for third in the nation behind Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Marshall’s Rakeem Cato.

Of Oregon’s 39 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 31 (79.5 percent) have lasted less than two minutes.

The Ducks are 15-6 against AP top 25 teams since Mark Helfrich’s first year on staff as offensive coordinator in 2009, including a 5-1 mark last season. At home, UO is 10-2 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 3-1 in road games against ranked foes and 2-3 at neutral sites during that span.

Oregon has won 17 straight road games, which leads the country. Northern Illinois is second on the list with 12. The Ducks’ last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) – the only conference road setback in the past four seasons.

1. Oregon - 17
2. Northern Illinois - 12
3. Alabama - 10
4. Texas A&M - 7
5. Oklahoma - 6

With seven total touchdowns at Colorado Oct. 5, SO QB Marcus Mariota set the modern day school record 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.

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 leads the country in punt returns, averaging 30.9 yards on six returns

With top rusher JR RB De'Anthony Thomas sidelined since the opening kickoff vs. Cal Sept. 28, SO RB Byron Marshall has taken over as Oregon’s backfield workhorse and put up back-to-back 100-yard games, including career-highs of 130 yards and two touchdowns against the Golden Bears and a career-best 23 totes (122 yards) at Colorado. The playing time is hardly new to Marshall, who has started four of five games this season and amassed 448 yards and four scores on a team-high 71 attempts.

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.

The Ducks have eclipsed 50 points in all five games this season, ranking second nationally in scoring average at 59.2 points per game. UO’s streak of five straight games with at least 50 points is the first in school history.

SO QB Marcus Mariota has not been intercepted in 202 pass attempts, dating to last season. That streak is an Oregon record, besting Kellen Clemens’ streak of 178 in 2004. No other QB in the FBS has more than eight touchdowns without a pick this season, while Mariota has tossed 14. Mariota’s last INT came at the end of the first half vs. Stanford on Nov. 17, 2012.

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.

The 59 points yielded by Oregon’s defense in its first five games of the season is the fewest number of points allowed through the first five games of any season since 1964’s defense gave up only 48 points. That defense shutout Washington in the sixth game in a 7-0 win.

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 already have 14 (6 INT/8 FR) in 2013.

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.

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.

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 leads the nation in average yards per rush (14.05), while ranking 70th in average yards per game (73.75).

With 1,090 yards on the ground through his first 18 games, SO QB Marcus Mariota is closing in on the UO career mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. At his current pace, Mariota would hit the mark in the Ducks’ tenth game of the season (Nov. 16 vs. Utah). 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. Dennis Dixon (2004-07) - 1,208
4. Marcus Mariota (2012-) - 1,090

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 has 41 TDs and 296 points, which is the most by any team that has played five games. UO has at least eight TDs in every game this season (9-8-8-8-8).

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. Joining that quartet in Week 2 was LB Tyrell Robinson and RB Thomas Tyner.

With a standing room only crowd of 56,987 at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 28 vs. California, the Ducks ran the nation’s third-longest sellout streak to 92 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

A staple of Oregon’s blur offense in recent years has been “explosion plays” of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. After five games, the Ducks have already racked up 35, with 14 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*
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)*
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. vs. TENN (Mariota)
37 - Allen rec. vs. COLO (Rodrigues)
36 - Marshall rec. vs. TENN (Mariota) 
31 - Huff rec. at UVA (Mariota)
31 - Tyner rush at UVA*
31 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
30 - Addison rec. at UVA (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 - Huff rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
27 - Addison rec. vs. NICH* (Mariota)
27 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
26 - Mariota rush vs. NICH
26 - Huff rec. at COLO (Mariota)*
25 - Marshall rush vs. CAL*
25 - Huff rec. vs. CAL (Mariota)
* indicates touchdown

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.

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
1-White-White (a) White
2-Carbon (1)-White (b) Steel
4-Black-Green (c)-Green (c)
5-Green-White (a)-Green

(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

Bralon Addison, So., WR
Week 5 -Cal
Pac-12 Player of the Week (special teams)

Marcus Mariota, So., QB
Week 6 - Colorado
Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense)

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

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

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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