Oregon again was the conference's top offense in total offense, scoring and rushing.
• George Schroeder calls OC Mark Helfrich a coach on the rise.
Helfrich is overshadowed as offensive coordinator in a system that’s widely and correctly seen as Kelly’s creation. Kelly calls the plays, sure. But when the coaches say it’s a collaboration, it is. The offense is constantly evolving, and Helfrich’s input has been a significant part of Oregon’s success.
All of which is to say: Helfrich has the tools. He’ll be a very good head coach someday.
• ESPN's KC Joiner predicts Kenjon Barner will be a breakout running back in 2012.
• Ken Goe reports Darron Thomas got the phone call he was waiting for, an invite to the NFL combine.
• Dale Newton will be running special recruiting coverage for 96 straight hours, a sort of and one stop shop for Oregon recruiting news.
• Aaron Fentress has another mini-preview, this time it's Oregon commit 6'5" WR Dwayne Stanford.
As a tall receiver, Stanford said he paid a lot of attention to 6-5 UO wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.
“I can bring something similar to L.T.,” he said. “I want to bring something like that maybe with a little bit more speed. Really the best of both worlds, big receiver with the speed of a little guy.”