– Oregon awarded kicker Aidan Schneider a scholarship after he converted all 62 PAT attempts and 20 of 22 field goals in 2016. Schneider also won the Vlade Award, given to the nation’s most accurate kicker, and was named third-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
– 2016 will be a make-or-break season for Mark Helfrich, wrote Bleacher Report’s Bryan Fischer. Although Prukop, an FCS transfer like Vernon Adams, will join the Ducks for his one-and-done senior year, Fischer said “expecting lightning to strike twice is probably unwise,” and the key to Oregon’s success will be developing a high school recruit into a starting quarterback.
– Oregon recruit Dakota Prukop didn’t think about playing quarterback in college until his senior year in high school, and now he’s in line to take over the position for Oregon in 2016. It’s been a long, developmental journey for the Montana State transfer, wrote the Emerald’s Joseph Hoyt, but Prukop “would do it over again.”
– Senior running back/wide receiver hybrid Byron Marshall said “it’s time to move on to the next chapter in [his] life,” when asked whether he would return to the Ducks in 2016. After suffering an injury in Oregon’s blowout loss to Utah, Marshall missed the remainder of the season. He had the opportunity to pursue a medical redshirt, but instead said it was “just [his] time” to go.
– Despite an early lapse in focus, men’s basketball fended off Long Beach State for a 94-73 win on Friday. With the return of forward Jordan Bell from injury, the Ducks (9-2) are starting to look more like themselves. Oregon will take on Alabama (7-2), who has beaten two ranked teams already, on Monday.
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