Highlights: Alejandro Maldonado, who connected from 34 yards out at UW on Oregon’s only field-goal attempt of Pac-12 play so far, hit from 37 and 47 to open practice today. … During the first 11-on-11 period of the day, Mariota looked to hit Josh Huff on a short route. The ball was tipped at the line, slowing its flight, but Huff hung in the air and maintained his focus to make the reception regardless. … During a period focused on run plays, Tyler Johnstone got to the second level and made the pads pop hitting a linebacker. Thomas Tyner was the beneficiary of extra yardage thanks to that block. …
Chad Delaney found big holes in the secondary a couple times, for completions from Mariota and Jeff Lockie. … During the final period of the day, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had a pick-six, Brian Jackson intercepted a deep jump ball and Joe Walker knocked down a pass before a running back could make the catch. … Also during that period, offensive lineman Brian Teague, filling in as usual at tight end, hauled in a pass to his body despite being hit right when the ball arrived.
■ Ted Miller has a mid-season report card for the Ducks and likes what he sees.
■ John Canzano talked with Marcus Mariota on his radio show Monday.
■ Josh Huff and Bralon Addison are on schedule to break some Oregon records this year.
■ The Oregon-UCLA game on Oct. 26 at Autzen will be carried by either ESPN or ESPN2 at 4 pm and if the stars align might even host College GameDay.
■ Dale Newton gives us a quick look at the Wazzu game.
■ Nick Aliotti has some advice for the Cougars, "I would throw some deep balls."
■ GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted where you can learn all you need to know about the game on Saturday.
■ O-line coach Steve Greatwood likes what he sees so far out of Thomas Tyner.
Greatwood said along with speed and agility, Tyner's patience in his offensive linemen to open holes between the tackles – and his willingness to run in traffic, period – is inherent but can be tough to teach to young backs.
“Most guys early on want to bounce everything outside and that’s not where the hole’s going to be,” Greatwood said. “He’s really got a good feel for not outrunning his blocks because, let’s face it, on sweep plays he could be out there five yards ahead of my guys.”