Among tight ends, Lyerla's tenuous situation in fall camp might have forced the Ducks to use one more true freshman than they might have otherwise. Pharaoh Brown and T.J. Daniel both played considerably more on special teams than on offense; they're two talented athletes but didn't get into the offensive rotation in many meaningful situations. Koa Ka'ai's switch to offense showed some promising signs, and he also added value by moving back to defense for the Cal game when injuries sapped the Ducks of depth there.
• Oregon and Stanford get some early love in preseason polls.
That's what NationalChamps.net projects. It ranks Stanford No. 2 and Oregon No. 3. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated has Texas A&M at No. 2, with Stanford at No. 3 and Oregon at No. 4.
In ESPN.com's Way-Too-Early Top 25, Mark Schlabach had the Ducks second and Stanford third.
• Kenjon Barner had a good practice as day two of the Senior Bowl practice came to an end.
Oregon RB Kenjon Barner (5-9⅛, 188) had a good Tuesday as well. He has a hard time in pass protection because of his lack of size, but Barner works hard. He needs work on his technique in pass protection.
• The Ducks took down Washington St. 68-61 last night in a come from behind victory that has them at 6-0 in Pac-12 play.