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Busy day for Oregon Ducks with demotion and three departures

Busy day for Oregon Ducks with demotion and three departures

Oregon receiver Bralon Addison runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against the Oregon State Beavers.

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Oregon wide receiver Bralon Addison has announced that he will skip his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL draft.

Addison made the announcement Monday in a statement on the school’s website, thanking the Ducks’ coaches, staff, friends and teammates for their support.

“I came here as a kid who wanted nothing more than to play football at a high level,” he said. “In the process, so much more has happened. I think I have become more mature, a better person and a better Christian and most importantly a better man.”

As a junior this season, Addison led Oregon’s receivers with 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Pellum no longer defensive coordinator

Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich announced Monday that defensive coordinator Don Pellum will move back to linebackers coach for the Ducks.

Pellum has been Oregon’s defensive coordinator for two seasons following the retirement of Nick Aliotti. Helfrich said Pellum remains committed to improving the Ducks’ performance on the field.

The move comes two days after Oregon squandered a 31-0 lead and lost 47-41 in triple overtime to TCU in the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks finished 9-4 this season, their first without 10 wins since 2007.

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Pellum, who played for Oregon, was the Ducks’ linebackers coach for 14 seasons before he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Oregon said the national search for a new defensive coordinator will begin immediately.

Helfrich announced Monday that outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander is leaving to become defensive coordinator for another program. Redshirt freshman quarterback Morgan Mahalak also asked for and received his release from Oregon, The Oregonian reported.

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New South Carolina football Coach Will Muschamp said he had hired Kurt Roper as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Roper, who was Muschamp’s offensive coordinator at Florida in 2014, spent this season as an assistant for the Cleveland Browns.

Roper and former Georgia interim head coach Bryan McClendon will share coordinator duties.

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Arizona defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich are not returning to Coach Rich Rodriguez’s staff.

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Utah defensive coordinator John Pease has announced he is retiring. Assistant coach Morgan Scalley has been promoted to defensive coordinator to replace him.

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Stanford tight end Austin Hooper is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Hooper is expected to be one of the top tight ends available. He had 74 catches for 937 yards and eight touchdowns in two seasons with the Cardinal.

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Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell is leaving early for the NFL draft. Russell, a senior who could have petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility, finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles despite missing the final two games with a broken right leg.

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Mississippi junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and left tackle Laremy Tunsil have decided to leave for the NFL draft. Treadwell, a 6-2, 210-pound junior, leaves Ole Miss with several school records and led the Southeastern Conference with 1,153 yards receiving this season.

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All-American tight end Hunter Henry says he is leaving Arkansas after his junior season for the NFL draft.


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