Morning: It was a morning of extremes; mostly a lot of teaching periods, interspersed with some high-intensity clutch situations. Right off the bat, Alejandro Maldonado and Matt Wogan were summoned for surprise field-goal attempts, and each went 2-for-2. Then in the middle of the practice, a single third-down snap on which the offense came up just shy of the first-down marker. Edge, defense.
Afternoon: As far as highlights from inside practice, Helfrich said that, had today been a scored competition day, the offense would have won. They got the best of an 11-on-11 scenario noted below. And during the third-down seven-on-seven period, Marcus Mariota was ripping it up as usual, with completions of note to De'Anthony Thomas and Keanon Lowe. Two freshmen hooked up for a conversion, too, when Devon Allen hauled in a Damion Hobbs pass.
■ Dale Newton believes the d-line will get an early test from an experienced Tennessee offensive front.
■ Ted Miller has Oregon up in his best case worst case scenarios.
■ Kevin Gemmell believes the Pac-1
■ De'Anthony and Ifo made it on the All-Herbie team which was announced last night on ESPN.
■ Dale Newton looks back at 2008-2009 when Jeremiah Masoli was the QB of the high flying Duck offense.
■ Dwayne Stanford returned to practice after recovering from knee surgery.
■ Ken Goe wonders if Mark Helfrich will have the same success as Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly after being promoted from offensive coordinator.
■ Darron Thomas signed a deal with indoor arena team the Lincoln Haymakers.
■ Ifo Ekpre-Olumu is #8 on ESPN's top 25 for the Pac-12.
Emerged as one of the premier defensive players in the country last year and was a turnover machine with his four picks and six forced fumbles. Now he comes into 2013 regarded by many as the top cornerback prospect in the country.