De’Anthony Thomas mentioned to reporters after practice that he did in fact participate; hopefully you read my story from Saturday in which he said he planned to play against UCLA. Thus, I feel comfortable passing along that, yes, he was back running around out there, and yes, he looks as quick as ever. … Mariota’s inability to get the offense into the end zone late was ironic, because he was absolutely on point otherwise. He had beautiful arcing, touch passes to Daryle Hawkins, Chad Delaney and Huff over the course of the morning, all for touchdowns. … Best defensive play might have been a leaping interception by Reggie Daniels, and swooped in from behind the intended receiver on the scout team and came away with the ball.
■ Sophomore running back Byron Marshall was named the running back performer of the week by College Football Performance Awards. The 5-foot-10, 201-pound back rushed for 192 yards on 21 carries to go along with three touchdowns in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Washington State Cougars. (courtesy of Justin Wise @ ODE)
■ Jason Quick and Dominic Vieira gives us a sneak peek at the UCLA Bruins.
■ Charles Fisher talks about some new Oregon strategies that reveal old secrets.
■ Ken Goe gives a thumbs up to the Nick Aliotti-Mike Leach controversy and how it was handled in the aftermath.
■ Kevin Gemmell has some nice things to say about the state of Oregon when it comes to college football.
■ Ted Miller continues to have Oregon at number one if the latest Pac-12 Power Rankings.
The Ducks, who have probably been the nation's most consistently dominant team, will get to show their stuff down the homestretch of the season, starting with a visit Saturday from UCLA with ESPN's "College GameDay" in town.