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Quack Fix: Ducks tabbed No. 3 in AP Poll, basketball lands 4* forward

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Your morning helping of Oregon Ducks news.

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  • In the final offseason step before college football returns, the preseason AP Top 25 poll was released over the weekend. Oregon came in at No. 3, behind No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama. The Ducks also received one first-place vote. Florida State received 57 of a possible 60 first place-votes.
  • The Oregon basketball program landed Dillon Brooks, a 4-star small forward from Toronto. Brooks is a top-50 player in the 2015-16 class, but will enroll for the 2014 season. This was a huge addition for the Ducks who suddenly found themselves with a depleted roster this offseason. The 6'6, 190 lb. forward has tremendous scoring capabilities as he averaged 25.2 ppg at the FIBA Americas U18 tournament in June.
  • School officials announced that Oregon will pay the families of Marcus Mariota, Hroniss Grasu, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Arik Armstead, who paid for multi-million dollar insurance policies on the athletes. The policies cover loss of future earnings in the event of an injury. Mariota's policy is worth over $5 million and has a "loss of value" rider included if Mariota's draft stock plummets due to injury. Oregon originally wouldn't pay for insurance premiums because they believed it was an NCAA violation.
  • The Oregon volleyball team has some new uniforms for 2014. The team unveiled the new look on Friday, the day before the annual Green vs. Yellow scrimmage at Matthew Knight Arena. It seems as if the school is really embracing the candy apple green, similar to what the football team wore for the Alamo Bowl.
  • Andrew Grief looks way down the road to the 2014 Civil War which will be held on November 29 at Reser Stadium. The Beavers will look to snap their 6-year losing streak in the rivalry, which started back in 2008 when Oregon scored all the points, crushing Oregon State's Rose Bowl hopes.