Today's practice ended with a remarkable few minutes for the defense against that scout-team offense; I don't think I've ever seen so many interceptions in so few reps. Boseko Lokombo tipped a ball into the air and caught it, Joe Walker tipped a ball Brian Jackson hauled in, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu hauled in yet another tipped ball, while Troy Hill, Dior Mathis and Erick Dargan all intercepted passes outright.
■ De'Anthony Thomas continues to chip away at long time school records.
■ Oregon moved ahead of Ohio St. in the AP poll and now sits at #2.
■ Andrew Greif took notes during a conference call with Virginia defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.
■ The weekly release for the Virginia game has been posted where you'll learn all you need to know about the matchup with the Cavaliers.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on the recruits who visited last weekend which included Arrion Springs, Braxton Berrios, Sam Jones and Tui Talia.
■ Ted Miller has Oregon in the #2 slot for the latest Pac-12 power rankings.
■ Here's a quick look at the Virginia game.
■ Oregon's speed isn't just about the running backs.
Starting OT Tyler Johnstone learned the bottom line on the O-line: Quickness and endurance outstrip sheer size. Last season Oregon averaged 299 pounds up front, a whopping 15 fewer pounds per man than national champ Alabama.
"Bama O-linemen need plenty of bulk to execute Nick Saban's smashmouth man-blocking schemes," says ESPN analyst Brock Huard. "But Johnstone and [center] Hroniss Grasu are equipped for a zone-run game predicated not on brute force but on movement, stamina and the ability to shield defenders, not necessarily pancake them. The goal is to cut down the initial man and scrape to the second level, eventually wearing down bigger front sevens."