• Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with Charles Fisher. The co-owners of FD talk Oregon athletics.
• Bruce Feldman @CBS Sports was pleasantly surprised by the play of Marcus Mariota this spring.
When word got out that Darron Thomas was jumping early to the NFL, folks close to the Ducks program weren't in a panic because they'd seen how dangerous young Bryan Bennett could be running Chip Kelly's offense. They'd also knew they had a smooth, swift 6-4 redshirt freshman from Hawaii in Mariota who would push Bennett hard for the starting job. And that's exactly what Mariota has done. He also looked more impressive in the Ducks nationally televised spring game, breaking off TD runs of 82 and 14 yards. As we've said, before it's risky to put too much stock in a spring performance, much less one spring game because of the variance of the circumstances, but Kelly had to be very pleased with how his young QB looked in his first chance under a spotlight.
"He's got that Hawaiian Island, laid-back, cool-breeze kind of attitude," Kelly told the Register-Guard after the spring game. "And it helps him."
• Ted Miller notes that Oregon is the top school in the Pac-12 in total revenue.
Oregon led the Pac-12 in total revenue with $85,819,699. That ranked 17th in the nation. Washington was second with $70,231,336, which ranked 30th. UCLA was 34th in the nation with $66,003,893. California was 35th with $65,243,053.
• David Melo @FishDuck.com does a Q&A with former Oregon QB Reggie Ogburn.
• Dale Newton has confidence that Oregon receiver coach Scott Frost will sort out the puzzle pieces at wide receiver.
All the young players will have to learn the same things: where to line up, what routes to run, and "no block, no rock." At Oregon, receivers can leave their resumes, press clippings and stop watch times home with their mamas. To play, they have to prove it on the field. And they have to impress a guy who's succeeded himself at the highest level of football.
• Aaron Fentress wonders if the baseball team will have enough offensive fire power to reach the College World Series.
It's a question that will dog UO during the postseason.
However, it's not as if UO is in the process of winning a weak conference. The Ducks have series victories over four conference teams ranked in the Top 25. So UO has already shown that it can handle well balanced teams.