The verdict: All systems go. While Patterson didn't conduct interviews, there was no indication of any snag in his recovery. This group should be every bit as deep and talented as expected.
■ Josh White looks at the Oregon football team members who opponents would least like to meet heading into a dark alley. Here is just one member of his team:
#9 Arik Armstead – 6’8″ 297 lb. Sophomore
Arik Armstead came to Oregon as one of the more highly regarded recruits in recent history, and he joined a stout defensive line class that included the starting lineup against Cal of Armstead, Buckner, and Alex Balducci. One of the largest overall players in Oregon football history, Armstead figures to take another step forward after a full year to adjust to the college game. After an off season that included a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with the Oregon basketball team, early indications from spring reports suggest that he is growing into his immense potential.