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Former Oregon Ducks Safety John Boyett Signs with CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks

Former Oregon Ducks Safety John Boyett signed with the Ottawa Redblacks as a member of their practice squad last week. A former University of Oregon standout, Boyett is looking to get his career back on track as he eyes an NFL return one day. Though knee injuries ended his collegiate career, Boyett has been relentlessly pursuing […]

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Former Oregon Duck John Boyett To Sign With BC Lions

Former Oregon Duck John Boyett To Sign With BC LionsNearly three after having his career as a member of the University of Oregon Ducks football team cut short due to knee injuries, John Boyett is climbing back up the professional ranks. He expects to sign a two-year contract to play for the Canadian Football League’s […]

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Where Did The Week Go…


Two Guys Fight Over Fantasy Football

Last year I won my fantasy football league (Humble brag).  As someone who doesn’t have a “team” in football, I’m a free agent if you will.  But fantasy football allows me to have a rooting interest in particular players and teams so that I can strategize how to win each week without conflicting with my own personal interest.

But I am by no means competitive.  Fantasy football is just a fun little hobby to do each week.  I feel like a general manager to be honest and it’s always fun when what you planned works out.  It also sucks when something doesn’t, but other than a few minutes of frustration, I move on because you know, it’s just a computer game.

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Not for two idiots in Pennsylvania.  Joe Fortenbaugh, a writer for National Football Post, took to Twitter last week to chronicle two guys in his fantasy football league who were meeting in a park to fight over what happened in their league.  How third grade of them.

With people there to film it (Thank you!), the two schlubs did what looked like some pre-fight stretching (Always important) before engaging in some slap-fighting.  One guy looked like he just came from a basketball game while the other was dressed casually in jeans like this was no big deal.  The latter won.

Fortenbaugh referred to the encounter on Twitter as an “Out-of-shape, heaving breathing slob fight.  Bare knuckle boxing or grappling match?”

Fortenbaugh confirmed that whoever lost the fight had to quit the league.  Ironically,  it was the creator of the league who ended up losing.

Actually, everybody wins in this situation because we got to see it in all its glorious ridiculousness.  These guys also broke the first rule of fantasy football fight club but honestly who cares.  What’s next, the loser in a league has to get a My Little Pony tattoo?  Oh wait, someone’s already done that too.

Oregon Students Play Beer Pong During Game

This was by far my favorite photo of the past week.  During Oregon’s blowout at home over the Washington Huskies last Saturday, fans in the stands became bored  (You know, with all the winning) so they did what any group of college students would.  They engaged in some beer pong.

Duck Beer Pong-@JeffWhiteee
A game within the game. | (@JeffWhitee)

Oregon doesn’t sell alcohol at Autzen Stadium to the general public, but if you think that’ll stop some college kids, you’re crazy.  To top it off, they used what looked like an inflatable American flag raft.  Now that’s just smart.  Smuggle in a raft, blow it up during the game and represent your country at the same time.  And who says a college education isn’t important.  USA!  USA!  USA!

Former Duck Arrested, Then Cut

Former Oregon Duck safety John Boyett was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge Wednesday according to The Denver Post.  The details of his arrest are interesting to say the least.

Boyett reportedly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a nearby construction site and then attempted to hide from police officers by covering himself in mulch.  He did not succeed.

Leading up to the arrest, Boyett had been drinking heavily (Shocking!) at a sports bar when he became belligerent towards a bartender and some customers.  At one point, he tried to take food off another patron’s plate.  Police arrived and called Boyett a cab.  Five minutes later, they received a call from a cab driver who said he had been assaulted by Boyett.

Boyett’s mulch camouflage did not work and he was promptly taken into custody but not before he slammed his head into a police car window while yelling and spitting.  He also dropped a “contact his boss John Elway” during the arrest.

John Boyett-Bruce Ely The Oregonian
John Boyett during better times. | (Bruce Ely / The Oregonian)

Well, they contacted Elway, rather someone with the Denver Broncos where Boyett was a practice squad player, and they preceded to cut the troubled player.

Originally a sixth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, Boyett was released by the Colts after he was arrested and charged with disorderly public intoxication and resisting arrest following an altercation with police outside of an Indianapolis bar.

The fact that Boyett was drafted by a team, cut over an arrest and then given another chance by another team means he has talent.  Unfortunately, he continues to throw every opportunity away.  He’s never played a down in the NFL and at this rate, he never will.  Hopefully he gets some help because right now, he needs that more than another job in football.



Recruiting Analysis: Ducks Dodge Disaster

When news broke that Don Pellum was going to be Oregon’s new defensive coordinator, a number of people asked me how it would affect recruiting.  “It won’t,” I said, “the thing to watch is whether or not John Neal stays put.”  I was worried, since I knew that Neal really wanted that defensive coordinator position.  How would he react to a fellow position coach getting the promotion instead?

Upon getting word that Neal had been invited to interview for the UAB head coaching position, I was immediately sick to my stomach.  Neal was previously the defensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham and has many ties to the state.  The appeal was obvious, especially considering his new circumstances in Eugene.

My fears were quickly supported as word of his decision to interview got around: Aarion Springs, a key four-star recruit, expressed his confusion and disappointment over twitter, while long-time four-star safety target Mattrell McGraw did the same. Rumors began to spread that Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was rethinking his decision to return to Oregon for his senior year.  It’s fair to say that there was a fair amount of panic among the Oregon faithful.

Avery Patterson may be graduating, but the defensive backfield is deep

Avery Patterson may be graduating, but the defensive backfield is deep

Luckily, John Neal isn’t going anywhere.  After considering his options, he removed his name from candidacy for the UAB job and decided to continue coaching defensive backs at Oregon, where he’s become one of the top position coaches in the nation.  The significance of Neal’s decision shouldn’t be understated and has both short and long-term implications.

During his time in Eugene, Neal has proven to be an elite evaluator and developer of talent.  Look at some of the names he’s recruited and coached over the last ten seasons: Jairus Byrd, John Boyett, Cliff Harris, Talmadge Jackson, TJ Ward, Eddie Pleasant, Walter Thurmond, Patrick Chung, Terrance Mitchell, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Avery Patterson.

The long-term impacts are obvious.  Neal sticking around is big for recruiting.  He’s a very efective recruiter, largely because of his resume.  The cycle is beautiful: because of all his success developing players, Neal will be able to continue recruiting elite defensive backs to Eugene, which will likely lead to even more success on the field, and so on.  Make no mistake, though, there are immediate benefits as well.  It’s been reported by Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports that Springs would not have signed with Oregon had Neal left.  The trickle-down impact is hard to gauge, but Springs has been one of the pillars of the class and has helped to personally recruit a number of players to Eugene, including defensive tackle target Trey Lealaimatafao.  If Springs had de-committed, Oregon’s chances at landing the former Texas commit would have taken a hit as well.

Ifo's return is a major development for Oregon's chances in 2014

Ifo’s return is a major development for Oregon’s chances in 2014

Finally, for a team that’s hoping to compete for a National Championship next season, Neal’s return is critical.  Not only does staff continuity benefit, so does the talent make-up of the defensive backfield.  Neal’s decision all but solidifies Ekpre-Olomu’s.  Clearly, having a future first-round pick at one of the corner spots next season is huge for the defense.

Pellum’s promotion should also be a positive development for recruiting.  A good recruiter himself, Pellum is widely viewed as a father figure by many current and former players, several of whom have come out in support of the coach during this last week.  That bodes well for recruiting, as many high school athletes want to have that father figure in place wherever they go. Pellum is definitely an upgrade over Nick Aliotti in terms of recruiting from the defensive coordinator position.  Additionally, the hiring of former Oregon graduate assistant Erik Chinander to fill Pellum’s old role, coaching the linebackers, could have a positive impact as well.  Word is that those who make the decisions are very excited about Chinander’s recruiting ability, something he himself has cited as a strength.  There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about these recent coaching changes.

Will Oregon replace Mitchell with Aarion Springs?

Will Oregon replace Mitchell with Aarion Springs?

These moves will ultimately be judged on their own merits down the road, but there’s no doubt that for now, the Oregon football program is better for them. Had Neal left, the prior sentence may have sounded very different, but he didn’t.

Nothing seems to have changed regarding the 2014 cycle.  I don’t expect any de-commitments barring unforeseen circumstances.  At the same time, the Ducks are still in good shape to land Trey Lealaimatafao and Mattrell McGraw, in addition to having a real shot at Nick Gates and Poona Ford.

Stay tuned, it should be an exciting few weeks.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

John Boyett signs with the Denver Broncos practice squad

The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday that they have signed John Boyett to their practice squad.

Boyett is a former Oregon safety who was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He was released from the Colts earlier this year after he was arrested in Indianapolis on Sept. 2. Boyett allegedly ran from police officers because he was facing charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Following the incident, Boyett apologized to both the police and the Colts organization.

By signing Boyett to their practice squad, the Broncos are getting a hard-working and dynamic safety, once his health improves. Injuries to both knees kept Boyett from ever practicing with the Colts and in his final year with the Ducks, he was held out from all but one game.

Before his season-ending surgery last year, Boyett had been a star defensive player for the Ducks. He started all four years for Oregon and in 2009 he led the team in tackles. His career numbers are also impressive, playing in 40 games while recording 278 tackles and 10 interceptions.

The Broncos will hope that Boyett can rebound from his health and off-field issues to become the defensive threat he once was.

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John Boyett Arrested: “You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player”

John Boyett
John Boyett

John Boyett had an interesting career at Oregon. He started from his freshman year onward, but, due to injury, was unable to start his senior year and so got a head start on preparing for the NFL. After getting selected in the sixth round of May’s NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Boyett has found himself on the wrong side of the law after getting kicked out of an Indianapolis bar late Sunday night.

Boyett was not allowed into a downtown bar for his level of intoxication. The report read that when an officer tried to arrest him for public intoxication, the former Duck was irate and ran.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player,” Boyett yelled after being caught.[/gn_quote]

He now sits in a Marion County jail in Indianapolis, waiting for a bail hearing. He faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Boyett ranked among the top three Ducks in tackles his freshman year and made three watch lists coming into 2012. He played one game, against Arkansas State, recording two tackles and an interception.

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Oregon Ducks 2013 NFL Draft Profiles: Day One


For many NFL prospects all across the nation, this week will be one of the most nerve-racking, intense, and important weeks for the rest of their lives. For, starting Thursday at 5 pm PST, some of the most talented and young football players will be drafted by the future teams that they will hope to lead to NFL glory.

With the University of Oregon football program establishing itself as a national powerhouse in recent years, it should be no surprise that there are several players who could very well see themselves drafted on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Ranging from mid-to-late round picks all the way to one standout that may see himself drafted within the first five, Oregon’s group of ‘draftable’ players is one of its most impressive in recent years.

To help you keep up with your favorite Ducks during one of the biggest weeks in their lives, we’re bringing you profiles of each player every day this week as they take the next step in their careers.

Today’s players: Michael Clay and John Boyett

Michael Clay – LB – 5’11” – 233 lbs.

One of the staples of Oregon’s defense the past few years, Michael Clay made a living at dropping into coverage, finishing tackles, and flying to the ball from any point on the field. Once more of a long snapper than linebacker, Clay showed great work ethic as he elevated himself from being a reserve linebacker to being a starter in his final two seasons with the Ducks.

Michael Clay was solid throughout his career at Oregon. (Alex Shoemaker)
Michael Clay was solid throughout his career at Oregon. (Alex Shoemaker)

Finishing with 277 career tackles, Clay racked up 89 in his final season with the Ducks, with an impressive 20-tackle effort in a loss to the Stanford on November 17. The true definition of a ball hawk, Clay has an excellent comprehension for the game and will generally be one of the smartest players on the field.

But despite his instinctive nature, however, Clay does suffer from a setback he has battled throughout his entire life–size. Whereas an NFL linebacker will be more in the 6-foot-2, 240 pound range, Clay, throughout most of his career, stood at 5’11” and 218 pounds. Though he has proven plenty of his doubters wrong throughout his career, a smaller stature at the NFL level generally does not bode well for the longevity of a player, especially a linebacker.

Seeking to improve his stock and draw the interest of more NFL teams, Clay tacked on an additional 15 pounds leading up to the draft in the hopes that he could get a bit bigger while not allowing his new size to affect his play.

At Oregon’s 2013 Pro Day Clay debuted his new size and athleticism, running a 4.77 and 4.76 second 40 while having a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-6 broad jump, 4.18 second 20-yard shuttle, and 6.86 3-cone drill.

For comparison purposes, outside linebackers in the NFL will ideally run the 40 in the 4.6-4.8 second range, depending on what scheme they will be integrated in at the next level.

Should Clay make it on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL, he’ll likely see himself used in a 4-3 scheme that will allow him to showcase his impressive coverage skills.

Due to his size, Clay is projected to be a late-round pick, at best. Some scouts have advised teams to wait until free agency to pickup one of Oregon’s top defensive players in recent years.

John Boyett – S – 5’10” – 204 lbs.

John Boyett was one of the top defensive players throughout his career at the University of Oregon, a time span that was unfortunately shortened by a surgery during his senior year to repair knee issues.

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John Boyett. (

Originally filling in for a injured T.J. Ward during his redshirt freshman year, Boyett immediately jumped onto the Oregon scene, leading the team in tackles in his first year on the field. Named a first-team Freshman All-American, Boyett only got better throughout his career with the Ducks.

One of the key players in Oregon’s run to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, Boyett was a second-team All-America choice in his sophomore year before finding his way onto the Pac-12 first team in 2011, his last full year of competition.

Like Clay, Boyett is a player who relies on his instincts and great football knowledge to produce results on the field. Always ending up wherever the ball is, the Napa, California native finished his career at Oregon with 182 tackles and 10 interceptions.

After three impressive seasons on the field with the Ducks, Boyett played in just one game during his senior year as he had to undergo surgery for knee problems that were too difficult to play with. Still coming back from surgery, Boyett recently flashed his athleticism to NFL scouts, running a best time of 4.57 seconds in the 40.

Though he has admitted his rehab process is still ongoing, Boyett’s strength and athleticism should be enough for NFL scouts to know he should pan out at the next level.

If there are any knocks on Boyett besides durability, it is that he stands at just 5’10”. And while there have been smaller safeties that have seen success in the NFL, Boyett must prove his doubters wrong by showing he can cover top receivers if he wants to make it on a team’s defensive unit.

His draft stock was hampered by his injury, with many scouts suggesting him as a mid-to-late round pick because of durability issues.

Tune back in for tomorrow when we feature two more Ducks in the NFL Draft. Comment below on where you think guys will go. Continue the conversation on our official Facebook page and on Twitter @EugeneDailyNews

Oregon Pro Day – Ducks Defensive Players Bruised, Not Broken

Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Gary Breedlove)
Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan
(Gary Breedlove)

Last Thursday, Oregon hosted its Pro Day for the latest batch of NFL prospects to come out of Eugene. Although it’s the Ducks speedy, electrifying offense that gets national recognition (not even going to mention their uniforms – oops, just did), it’s the players on the defensive side of the ball that have all the scouts’ attention.

The Ducks defense allowed just 21.6 PPG last year, twenty-fifth amongst FBS team. Dion Jordan (DE) and Kiko Alonso (LB), arguably the two most consistent playmakers in Oregon’s front seven, combined for 118 tackles, 6 sacks and 4 interceptions in 2012.

Both players are currently dealing with injuries that have limited their pre-draft process.

Jordan, a surefire first-rounder and likely top-ten prospect, sported an arm sling on Thursday while he cheered on his teammates from the sideline. Jordan recently underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn right labrum, the same injury that is currently nagging the Lakers’ superstar center, Dwight Howard.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“I’ll be out of the sling in a couple weeks, then I can just start progressing with my rehab and doing more things,” said Jordan. “As far as recovery – I should be ready to go by camp.”[/gn_quote]

Jordan decided to postpone surgery until after the NFL Combine believing that he would have enough time to impress the scouts, have the surgery, and be completely healed and ready for minicamp. Initially, a few coaches were worried about his decision, but Jordan quickly diffused any concern after he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds.

Alonso took the opposite route of Jordan – missing the combine to allow more time for the injured left wrist to heal before his Pro Day debut.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“I’ve had a strong rehab. I just felt like I’d put up my best numbers at Pro Day,” he said.[/gn_quote]

Alonso first injured his wrist on October 18 against Arizona State – exactly five months ago. He missed the next game against Colorado, but played the remainder of the season for the Ducks, apparently in pain.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“I’m still getting back into it, but hopefully by April I’ll be cleared,” said Alonso, who self-diagnosed his wrist as “about 80 percent” recovered.[/gn_quote]

Alonso did not perform any weight-lifting exercises at the combine or during Pro Day. I’m no doctor, but if it still hurts your wrist to bench press five months after the initial injury, how do you expect to play football? The wrist may be more of a nuisance than anything, but I wouldn’t overlook the injury quite yet – something to keep an eye on.

Oregon's Kiko Alonso runs the 40-yard dash (Gary Breedlove)
Oregon’s Kiko Alonso runs the 40-yard dash
(Gary Breedlove)

Then there’s the Ducks ball-hawking safety, John Boyett (oh yeah, I remember him) who virtually missed the entire 2012 season due to patellar tendon knee surgery on both legs. Despite his absence, Oregon’s defense led all of FBS with 26 interceptions.

Boyett was sighted at Pro Day, but only as a spectator. His surgically repaired knees are still a couple weeks out from full recovery and there’s no need to rush a comeback now. Because he missed the combine and Pro Day, Boyett plans to put on a private workout for scouts at the University of Oregon on April 10. The next big day for college football fans to look forward to is the one we’ve all been waiting for – the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 25.

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Ex-Duck Dion Jordan Gears Up for NFL Combine

Dion Jordan vs Arkansas State (Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)
Dion Jordan vs Arkansas State
(Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)

For three seasons, Dion Jordan terrorized opposing backfields as a hybrid defensive end and outside linebacker for the Oregon Ducks. Compiling 23.5 tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks over his junior and senior season, Jordan transformed from an offensive convert to one of the most feared pass rushers in the college football.

Next Friday, Jordan will take a big step in his journey to the NFL, when he will fly to Indianapolis to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine, a series of physical and mental tests designed to help NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts determine the value of NFL prospects.

After Oregon’s 35-17 victory over Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jordan underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, denying him from participating in the 2013 Senior Bowl. An all-star game of sorts, the Senior Bowl is considered an important showcase for the best professional prospects college football has to offer.

“Because I wasn’t able to come to bowl games after the season, (the combine) is my opportunity to show all the GM’s, scouts, and coaches what I can do,” said Jordan in an exclusive interview with Eugene Daily News.

With his shoulder steadily improving, Jordan’s performance in the combine could be a major factor in determining just how early he is drafted. Widely expected to be a first-round pick, draft experts have projected Jordan to be picked anywhere from the top 5 to the end of the first round.

The combine, officially described by the NFL as “an intense, four-day job interview,” features six measurable drills: the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, and shuttle run.

Lauded for his speed and quickness, despite being 6’7” and 245 pounds, Jordan’s unique athletic gifts have made him one of the combine’s most intriguing participants. Considered by some to be smaller than the typical defensive end and larger than the typical outside linebacker, Jordan sees his fluidity of position as a positive attribute.

“It’s not problematic to me at all, being mentioned as a guy that has the ability to play both positions, which can mean being very effective as part of the defense and causing a lot of problems for an offense,” said Jordan. “Being at Oregon, I’ve done it pretty much my whole career.”

Dion Jordan vs the Washington Huskies (Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)
Dion Jordan vs the Washington Huskies
(Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)

And what a career at Oregon Jordan had.

A highly recruited wide receiver out of Chandler High School in Arizona, Jordan’s road to stardom took a detour when he suffered second and third-degree burns. Jordan was burned when attempting to turn off a vacuum that his friends were attempting to use to transfer gasoline from one of their cars to another. The injuries sent Jordan to the burn unit at a local hospital.

“When I got injured, it was a process I had to go through,” said Jordan. “The doctors told me that I was going to be alright, so I attacked every day with purpose. I didn’t take anything for granted.”

Then head coach Mike Bellotti continued to recruit Jordan, who committed to the program as a wide receiver. After redshirting in 2008, an ever-growing Jordan switched to tight end in 2009, though he saw most of his on-field action on special teams. In 2010, Jordan switched to defense, and has proven to be a versatile force – from rushing the passer to dropping back in coverage – ever since.

Now in Los Angeles participating in intensive speed and strength training for the draft alongside fellow former Ducks and draft prospects John Boyett and Kyle Long, Jordan will face a litany of evaluations and projections leading up to the draft on April 27.

“Being 5th year seniors, this is a point in our athletic careers we’ve been really looking forward to,” said Jordan, who could become Oregon’s first player to selected in the first round of the draft since Jonathan Stewart in 2008.

“It means a lot. Because of the way I carry myself, and approached every day, it rubbed off on a lot of guys,” said Jordan. “If I can maintain the same mentality and attack every day the same way I have been the last four, five years, that will hopefully take my NFL career a long way.

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