Highlights: After the kickoff team did some full-speed reps yesterday, the kickoff return team was in action this morning, though without live tackling. De'Anthony Thomas returned the very first rep for a "touchdown," and it looked to me like the "thud" tempo had nothing to do with that; it was a legitimate return. Now, of course, the question is whether any opponent will kick it to him in a game this season. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also had what looked to me like a legitimate breakaway "touchdown" return. Otherwise the scouts did a good job in coverage, including one return that was completely bottled up by scouts Bronson Yim and Blake Stanton.
■ The Pac-12 Conference announced yesterday that De'Anthony Thomas was named the offensive player of the week for his performance against Virginia.
■ OregonLive has the audio podcast with Mark Helfrich during his weekly conference call where he commented on Derrick Malone, Thomas Tyner and playing at maximum speed among other topics.
■ Marcus Mariota knows his accuracy numbers are down from last year and is working on improvement.
■ Tennessee coach Butch Jones calls Oregon Ducks "probably the most complete team I've seen in a number of years."
■ Thomas Tyner hopes that his 19th birthday on Saturday can rival his 18th birthday last year.
■ Learn all you need to know about the game on Saturday with this weeks football release.
■ Jason Quick notes LB Derrick Malone and Oregon's front lines have something to prove.
■ Ted Miller has the Pac-12 stats for week two and you'll find plenty Ducks on the list.
■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the Oregon running game and De'Anthony Thomas in particular.
De'Anthony Thomas is a great college football player, one of the most unique and exciting talents in the history of the game. Over his career he's averaged a touchdown every 8.5 times he touches the ball, and several of those have been of the "wow, what just happened!" variety. He stuns opposing crowds to silence. He can make an opposing tackler look silly in the open field, or other times he simply outruns them with an unknown gear only a few players ever possess.