We got quite a bit of quack today, so let's jump right to it.
- Bruce Feldman wrote on the Ducks yesterday, and focused on Oregon's speed. Arkansas State's DC John Thompson has coached at five different SEC schools. But after playing the Ducks, he said, "That is, by far, the fastest team I have ever, ever, EV-VER seen." ASU was unable to handle that speed defensively, and Thompson doesn't think that too many teams this year are going to be able to keep up with the Ducks.
- Rusty Ryan has a piece over at Searching For Akili Smith comparing Marcus Mariota first appearance to other QBs under Chip Kelly. The comparison aren't quite fair; Darron Thomas and Jeremiah Masoli first saw action as backups, not as starters. But even still, Mariota was dominant. We know that he can play at the highest level. Now we'll just need to see how he handles adversity.
- The fun is over Oregon athletes. No more pot for you! Random drug testing for all Oregon student-athletes was temporarily approved, The final decision will be made in October.
- The Register Guard's concussion series continues today with a piece on Chris Miller's NFL career. His career was ended with a string of concussions over his final few seasons to severely affected his play on the field. But despite Miller's injuries, he's refusing to join the class action lawsuit against the NFL, saying "It was the nature of the business. The NFL’s a high-risk industry."
- Rob Moseley charted out all the players who saw action on Saturday night. While the participation list is widely available, this really lists who played where against Arkansas State. For some more on the Arkansas State game, Ken Woody has a Q&A up about the game.
- Lastly, a bit of good Pac-12 Network news. Yesterday, Comcast finally started streaming the Pac-12 Network, so if you are a subscriber you can watch from any computer. While Avinash doesn't seem to care for the product, I'm a fan, because it means that this is now actually available in Chicago in some manner. Also, it sounds like there may be some very small progress being made with Dish while DirectTV is still stalled.
If you've got anything else, leave it below. GO DUCKS!