In so many ways, these players are the most important players on the football team. Without them, there would be no football. Without them, stars like Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas could not become the stars they are today. Thanks and gratitude — at least among the fanbase — is not common, simply because few know who they are.
So while the Black Mamba may get all the attention, players like Ben Butterfield can walk across campus without anyone stopping to ask for an autograph. Often players like Butterfield and Ebanez only get a chance to play during practice or one of the Duck’s trademark blowout wins.
■ Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12, this year and beyond.
■ ESPN looks at team receptions and their returning players for the Pac-12 North division.
■ The U of O has extended the deadline for apparel licensing deal applications until July 8. Also of note is language suggesting they might be re-thinking the $500k minimum guarantee.
■ The Saturday Edge has some Pac-12 North betting notes and nuggets.
■ Ryon Healy has been named 2013 ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-America and first-team All-West Region the American Baseball Coaches Association announced, while J.J. Altobelli and Jimmie Sherfy have earned second-team all-region honors.
Healy, who was drafted in the third round by the Oakland A’s, was a Pac-12 Conference first-team all-league pick while batting a team-best .333 with 11 home runs and an Oregon record 56 RBI. He led the Ducks in batting, home runs, RBI, while also setting single-season Ducks’ records for doubles (20) and slugging percentage (.566). He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors twice during his junior season. During his three seasons with the Ducks, Healy had a .322 average while hitting 19 home runs with 118 RBI, 43 doubles and a .494 slugging percentage. He is the career record holder in doubles, RBI and slugging percentage while ranking in the top 10 in on base percentage (2nd), at bats (3rd), games started (4th), runs (5th), home runs (5th) and walks (6th).