"Guys were good," coach Chip Kelly said. "It was similar to what a Monday practice would be like during the season, but there was a lot of energy ... and we kind of got our base stuff in both on offense and defense. And we covered three phrases with the kicking game today, so it's a start. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us."
• Perhaps the most important position on the O-line was won in a three-way battle by redshirt freshman Hroniss Grasu. Adam Jude shares his feature story from yesterday's R-G.
“Hroniss has been doing a great job,” said [Darron] Thomas, the second-year starting quarterback. “He’s a smart guy and he’s learning and picked up everything fast. For a freshman, he’s doing good things.”
“He does a good job of trying to make things right, of working with both sides of the line,” [Mark] Asper said. “He does a good job of communicating and making sure everyone’s on the same page."
• Ken Goe wonders if Oregon can reverse a trend of losing big non-conference games with a win over LSU? Goe tends to skew reality (Stanford last year, USC in '09, etc.) but he does have a point.
• Scott Reed reminds us all, of the "Aesthetic Beauty of Football."
As we contemplate another season at Autzen, let us enjoy all the little things that make football, though a physically tough sport also one that is a beautiful combination of strength, speed and athleticism. Enjoy the company around you, that is what makes human kind so unique. And, most of all, enjoy each moment for what it is; a beautiful distraction.