Highlights: During a game week it isn't often that the No. 1 offense and defense go head-to-head. They're working against the scouts primarily. An exception is a point during the week in which a defensive unit is left out on the field to face, in quick succession, plays run by the No. 1 offense and No. 2 offense. Those units rotate onto the field while the defense stays out there.
Today featured one such period. Taylor Hart wrapped up Byron Marshall at the line on the first rep, and DeForest Buckner followed suit against a second-team running back. Thomas Tyner reached the second level on a run, and Ayele Forde squirted through the line on the fourth rep, after which the starting defense was given a reprieve.
The No. 2 defense then faced four plays in the same format, with Erick Dargan stopping a short pass near the line of scrimmage and Tyner getting bottled up at the line. The No. 1 defense then got back on the field for one more series, allowing a completion by Marcus Mariota to Johnny Mundt but otherwise holding its own.
■ Andrew Greif previews the Colorado game and says it's more about attitude than altitude.
■ GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted where you can learn all you need to know about the game at Colorado this Saturday.
■ Justin Wise sits down with Erick Dargan for a Q&A session.
■ Dale Newton says Marcus Mariota's Heisman candidacy is still going strong.
■ Ted Miller has the latest Pac-12 stat attack and you'll find Oregon on many of the categories.
■ Jason Quick has a good article on Ayele Ford's important contribution to the kickoff coverage unit who also happens to be an aspiring digital artist.
“My advantage is I’m shorter, so I can get under their pads, throw them out of the way, and make the tackle,’’ Forde said.
For Forde, kickoff coverage has become an art.