The day began as usual with 10 minutes of 11-on-11 for guys on the scout team, but running Oregon's plays instead of the opponent's. Damion Hobbs had a nice option run, David Kafovalu broke up a pass at the line and Mike Garrity had a tackle for loss in the backfield. Kani Benoit made a nice cut to get to the second level on a run, guard Jamal Prater took at least one snap at left tackle and there was a spirited battle between Stetzon Bair and Jake Pisarcik, with Bair driving Pisarcik backward at the snap before Pisarcik set his feet and got Bair going in the other direction.
■ Ted Miller wonders did you know?
De’Anthony Thomas has scored five offensive touchdowns this season on just 31 combined rushes and receptions (6.2 Rush & Rec per TD). That’s even better than the FBS-leading pace at which he’s scored during his Oregon career (7.3 Rush & Rec per TD).
■ Bob Laws does an analysis of the game today and Jason Quick previews the matchup with Tennessee.
■ Erik McKinney notes it will be a big recruiting weekend for the Tennessee game.
■ Will freshman Johnny Mundt see extended playing time if Colt Lyerla continues to drop the ball?
■ Matt Krook begins practice with the baseball team after his "draft saga."
■ My prediction for today's game. Oregon 52 Tennessee 20.
■ I linked to a Ken Goe post yesterday where he had five questions for Tennessee. Dave had his own five questions that were in the comments and here they are:
1) Can you take us through how you felt watching LaMichael carve out that unbelievable run in the last meeting?
2) From your perspective, do your uniforms look a little "bitchy?"
3) Why are you so racist?
4) If you had to guess which Oregon defender will end your quarterback's season with a mind-blowing hit, which defender do you think it would be?
5) Can you even spell Volunteer?