All eyes will be on B.J. Kelley, Tacoi Sumler and Devon Blackmon — the latter having recovered from midseason shoulder surgery — to see what kind of impact they can have on this group in 2012.
• Ted Miller in doing Pac-12 season grades for each team and yesterday was Oregon's turn and he gave them an "A."
Really, there was only one way the Ducks could have produced a better season, and that's finishing ranked No. 1. And, folks, I can't bring myself to give a team an A- when it wins the Rose Bowl and finishes ranked in the top five.
• Kevin Gemmell looks at the best and worst from the Pac-12 bowl season and has high marks for all the Ducks that are mentioned. He has numerous categories but here is just one of them.
Best bang for buck: Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas. Two carries, two touchdowns, 155 yards and a 77.5 yards-per-carry average.
• Going to be in Eugene on January 21st and you would like to see the football honored? Get your tickets to the UCLA vs Oregon men's basketball game, there will be a halftime ceremony.
• Cliff Harris has decided to give the NFL a shot according to multiple reports. Personally, I wish him the best of luck.
• The Oregonian has a recruiting update and notes Oregon recently gave four more offers.
• David Melo @ FishDuck.com has a Q&A with former Oregon CB Steve Smith about the 2002 Fiesta Bowl victory. Here is one of my favorites from the piece.
Q.) In your memory, what play sticks out the most?
A.) Maurice Morris!! That damn run!! That run was like ‘we could do anything.’ After my second pick. It was another moment in the game ‘here we go, we’re running.’