Thursday, August 21, 2014
■ Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu made the CBSsports.com preseason All-America team.
■ Hamani Stevens is dedicating this season to his grandmother who he lost recently.
■ JC transfer Tui Talia is in a rush to learn the Oregon defense so he can be a factor this year.
■ Mark Flores has the latest recruiting news.
■ John Canzano had a nice chat with former wide receiver Patrick Johnson recently on his radio show.
■ The ice bucket challenge made its way to Chip Kelly recently.
■ Dale Newton thinks Marcus Mariota should be more assertive this year.
Marcus is smart and mature. He can handle the responsibility, and he’ll use all his resources in conferring with the booth and the coaches on the sideline.
Go old school. Let him run the offense and distribute the ball. He’s superbly prepared and uniquely talented. Trust him and let him lead.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thomas Tyner got behind the defense for a long completion from Mariota in 7-on-7, and Allen did likewise in a team period. … Austin Maloata ended up on the turf after being double-teamed on a play, then bounced back on the next rep by tracking down a running back from behind. … A nice catch for Dwayne Stanford over the middle in 7-on-7 was followed up by Erick Dargan breaking up another potential Mariota-to-Stanford completion.
■ Mike Keldorf will be leaving the Oregon program after 14 years with the football program.
■ The Oregon game looms large for the Michigan St. Spartans.
■ Andrew Greif breaks down the linebackers in fall camp.
■ Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel think Oregon might flop this year.
■ ESPN graded teams not only on the field but in the classroom, Oregon came in fourth, not too shabby.
■ Jack Heffernan says it will take three mental approaches to excel this year.
■ Dale Newton says Oregon must make it past the selection committee (besides win a bunch of games) to compete in the national championship.
■ Athlon Sports says Marcus Mariota is the best player this year in the Pac-12.
Athlon Sports recently polled 17 media members to rank their top 15 players of the Pac-12 Conference (full disclosure: I was asked to vote and I did). The results were compiled and revealed Tuesday and Mariota is not only No. 1, but he was ranked no lower than second on any ballot.