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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Colorado

Oct 1, 2013
For the complete release with full notes, roster, depth chart, statistics, etc., please view the PDF.
Television: Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (pxp), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Drea Avent (reporter). Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 195.
•Oregon leads the all-time series 9-8 and has won three straight against the Buffaloes.
•The two teams have split the eight games played in Boulder.
•UO is 2-0 vs. CU as Pac-12 opponents, winning 70-14 in Eugene last year and 45-2 at Folsom Field in 2011.
•SO QB Marcus Mariota has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game of his career (17) and has a streak of six straight games with TDs rushing and passing.
•Mariota has a 16-1 record as a starter, including a 7-0 mark away from Autzen Stadium. Due in part to large leads, he has only played four complete games (Fresno State, USC, Stanford and Kansas State - all in 2012).
•Oregon is tied for the national lead with two punt returns for touchdowns - both by SO WR Bralon Addison - and has more such scores (10) than any other team since the start of 2010.
•The Ducks have had six 100-yard rushing performances through four games this season: Two apiece by Mariota, SO RB Byron Marshall and JR RB De’Anthony Thomas.
•Mariota leads the nation in rushing average at 14.1 yards per attempt.
•FR RB Thomas Tyner has run for at least one touchdown in all three games he’s played.
•The UO offense is tied for the national lead in plays of 20+ yards (39) while the Ducks’ defense has allowed the fewest (4).
•JR DE Tony Washington is tied for third in the nation with three forced fumbles.
•UO’s 33 touchdowns in four games is as many or more than 28 FBS teams had all of last season.
•Oregon, Clemson and New Mexico are the only teams yet to throw an interception this season..
•26 of Oregon’s 31 offensive touchdown drives (83.9%) have lasted less than two minutes.
•The Ducks have scored 50 or more points in four straight games for the first time in history.
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. Joining that quartet in Week 2 was LB Tyrell Robinson and RB Thomas Tyner.
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 four games of the season, he has totalled 1,003 yards passing and 295 rushing with 14 total touchdowns (9 pass, 5 rush) and sans an interception. 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 two TD tosses in Oregon’s 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28. The sophomore has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 17 games of his career with a total of 41 touchdowns. Mariota, who has nine touchdown passes this season, has thrown for two or more TDs in a game 11 times with a career-high six touchdown passes at California as a freshman. He also has thrown four touchdowns in a game four times. Mariota’s 17-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 31 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 26 (83.9 percent) have lasted less than two minutes.
Oregon has won 16 straight road games, which leads the country. Northern Illinois is second on the list with 11. 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 16
2. Northern Illinois 11
3. Alabama 10
4. Texas A&M 7
5. Oklahoma 6
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 36.5 yards on six returns
With top rusher JR RB De'Anthony Thomas sidelined after the opening kickoff vs. Cal, SO RB Byron Marshall took over as Oregon’s backfield workhorse and put up career highs of 130 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The playing time was hardly new to Marshall, who has started three of four games this season and amassed 326 yards and four scores on a team-high 48 attempts.
Tight end Johnny Mundt made quite a debut catching passes in Oregon’s win vs. Tennessee Sept. 14. With JR TE 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 four games this season, ranking second nationally in scoring average at 59.8 points per game. UO’s streak of four straight games with at least 50 points is the first in school history.
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 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 12 (4 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 70 th in average yards per game (73.75).
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 33 TDs and 239 points, which is the most by any team that has played four games. UO has at least eight TDs in every game this season (9-8-8-8).
A staple of Oregon’s blur offense in recent years has been “explosion plays” of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. After four games, the Ducks have already racked up 29, with 11 resulting in touchdowns. In 2012, Oregon accumulated 46 after an incredible 69 such plays in 2011.
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
40 - Thomas rush at UVA*
40 - Lowe rec. vs. NICH (Mariota)
38 - Addison rec. vs. TENN (Mariota)
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
25 - Marshall rush vs. CAL*
25 - Huff rec. vs. CAL (Mariota)
* 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
1-White-White (a)-White
2-Carbon (1)-White (b)-Steel
4-Black-Green (c)-Green (c)
(1) sunburst faded wings
(a) green numbers trimmed in silver, green wings
(b) green numbers trimmed in yellow, silver wings.
(c) Fighting Ducks apple green
•Bednarik Award (defensive player)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player)
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
•Rimington Trophy (center)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
Josh Huff, Sr., WR
•Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
•Butkus Award (linebacker)
Colt Lyerla, Jr., TE
•John Mackey Award (tight end)
•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)
•Manning Award (quarterback)
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player)
•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)
•Doak Walker Award (running back)
Week 5
Pac-12 Player of the Week (special teams)
Johnny Mundt, Jr., RB
Week 3
John Mackey TE of the Week
Week 2
Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense)
Week 3
Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll