Practice highlights (from Oregon's official report):
- Coming off a four-sack performance, the defensive is looking forward to the opportunity presented by Washington State.
- The defense again came out on top in a clutch drill.
- De'Anthony Thomas informed the media he was still limited, while Josh Huff was in a walking boot after practice.
Blurb of the day:
I hear him answer questions. And most people when they have to answer tough questions about themselves they are programmed to say things about the team, and not themselves. Marcus’ stuff is genuine. He doesn’t have to come up with clichés. It’s the way he is honestly thinking. And we all love him for the type of person he is.
--Scott Frost in discussing Mariota's response to the Heisman attention he is receiving.
- For the second consecutive week, Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week. The last Duck to earn back-to-back honors? Paul Martinez in 2005.
- Jeff Risdon from the Detroit Lions Draft has a long piece on Colt Lyerla, calling him one of the 20 best talents in terms of pro potential when evaluating him solely as a football player. The rest of the piece delves into some of Colt's on and off-the-field issues.
- In case you missed it yesterday morning, the Ducks have announced a home-and-home series with Nebraska. Oregon will visit the Cornhuskers in 2016 and will host a return visit the following season.
- Here's episode six of Moose Time, featuring Tyler Johnstone at the Oregon street fair.
- Word came out last night that four-star WR Jalen Brown has verbally committed to the Ducks. Brown is from Phoenix and also had offers from across the country, including Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
- Ted Miller has Oregon's midseason report, calling Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu the team's first-half MVPs. Miller also offers a brief preview of this week's Wazzu game, along with the rest of the conference slate.
- The ODE has a story on senior Lauren Plum, who is already Oregon's all-time assists leader.
- The men's golf team is tied for second after 36 holes of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Sonoma Golf Club.
- Finally, don't forget to make your picks in the ATQ jersey contest.