Highlights (from Tuesday's practice report)
- The Ducks are preparing for Wyoming, and the Ducks have a lot of respect for the Cowboys' coaching staff. Bohl (who achieved a lot of success at FCS North Dakota State) has Wyoming off to a good 2-0 start.
- Marcus Mariota is still really good, throwing every ball on the 7-on-7 drill on the money.
- Jalen Jelks continues to impress on the defensive scout team, scoring a forced fumble as well as a knocked down pass.
- In some recruiting news, Oregon signed three 2015 players yesterday that will enroll early and be in Eugene for spring ball. The three are 5-star RB Taj Griffin, 4-star wide receiver Alex Ofodile and 4-star offensive lineman Zach Okun.
- Charles Nelson picked up a questionable penalty against MSU on coverage of a punt return on Saturday, when he hit MSU's returner a fraction of a second before he probably should have. Effort and physical play like that from Nelson have surprised Oregon's players and coaches. It's only a matter of time before he sees more playing time, whether that's on offense or defense.
- Speaking of Freshmen, they racked up 287 of Oregon's 491 total yards on Saturday.
- Marcus Mariota leads the latest Heisman Pundit straw poll. If he can stay healthy this year, it's probably his to lose.
- Tyler Johnstone isn't holding down the role he expected this year, but it sounds like it's going pretty well for him. He's become Coach Greatwood's eyes from above, as he's been in the box with the other Oregon coaches. Apparently Scott Frost has become a bit more excitable in his second year.
- Jason Quick has a profile on former Duck tight end Brandon Williams, who was plagued by injuries during his time at Oregon, and was eventually diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which would not allow him to play football. Not allowed to play football by doctors, and not allowed to play basketball by the NCAA, he didn't give up. He kept fighting for his dreams, and he's now an NFL player. Just take 10 minutes out of your day and read the article.
- Two days ago KATU released a pretty extensive investigation into the theory that Oregon did not properly investigate the rape allegations against three of it's basketball players to protect the program from APR sanctions. The University released a statement saying that these claims were unfounded. While the KATU report seems to be a bit conspiratorial for me (as the University notes, APR isn't nearly as important as the report makes it seem), there needs to be significant investigation into whether or not the University complied with Clery Act and Title IX requirements.
Video Of The Day
If you haven't been checking out Mac and Mose, you should. Here's their MSU recap: