WHAT WE LEARNED: Dylan Ausherman punted four times for a 41.2-yard average in the spring game, showing off good hang-time for the most part and looking quite capable of filling Rice's shoes for the next two years. Long snapper Drew Howell was plugged into Palmer's old job, and should be the snapper on both punts and kicks in 2013.
At holder, the Ducks didn't want to subject Marcus Mariota to the risk of injury, so the backup quarterbacks will take over for Rice there. In the spring game Dustin Haines looked like the guy, and he's handled the job before, briefly after Nate Costa's 2010 injury, just before Rice took over. Maldonado drilled a 48-yard field goal in the spring game, but coaches were very clear that the placekicking job will be an open competition in the fall.
■ The UO athletic department will hold its annual equipment surplus sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moshofsky Center.
The sale offers clothing and playing equipment for sale.
■ Kenjon Barner is practicing with a chip on his shoulder as he prepares in the Carolina Panther's mini-camp.
■ Will Murphy is getting a shot at a NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
■ Baseball was rained out yesterday in Columbus, Ohio so a double header is on tap for today.
■ Victor Flores says George Horton has all the bases covered.
■ Scott Reed has a great article on former Ducks who have made a positive difference off the field after leaving school.
Nick Reed's earliest dreams were to be a pilot. The dreams were fueled by his father, who was in the Navy during Reed's formative years and used to share stories with Nick.
While he was playing football, the dream never totally died.