For the play that showed Oregon’s promise, I’m going with this, from the first quarter:
Mariota dropped back. From defensive end, Armstead pushed straight ahead. Nothing fancy. A bull-rush. But: BAM!
Suddenly, a 305-pound guard was stumbling backward. Hamani Stevens fell into Mariota. The quarterback fumbled. He recovered. It was all over in an instant. I’m not certain if everyone saw it. But it was an important moment.
• Ted Miller reminds us not to make too much of Mariota's impressive showing in the Spring Game.
While it's impossible to not be impressed with Mariota and to give Bennett a deduction, it's premature to hand the job to Mariota. Based on the little we know coming out of closed spring practices, the distance between the two during the previous 14 workouts wasn't great.
• Along the same subject, Aaron Fentress has a poll going regarding who Oregon fans think will win the starting QB job. The sane folks have it so far with "too close to call" a slight favorite over Mariota.
• Rob Moseley has his projected depth chart with some notes. Here are Rob's thoughts on the backfield:
It's clear the Ducks have a couple of future stars at corner in Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, each of whom had an interception in the spring game. Their demeanor is different, Mitchell supplying the confident swagger, Ekpre-Olomu as the technician, but they get the job done. Nick Aliotti says he's still concerned about rover, but between Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson, they're going to be able to field a capable player with a dependable backup.
• A record 72k pounds of food was donated at the spring game along with almost $1200. The proceeds going to Food for Lane County.
• Rob Moseley has a recruiting update along with a possible schedule change for the opening game against Arkansas St.
• Oregon second baseman Aaron Payne has been named Pac-12 player of the week for having two game winning RBI's over the weeked.