De’Anthony Thomas did not have a protective boot on when leaving practice, as reported by local media on hand. … Helfrich had a little fun during one-on-one punt block drills. When 6-foot-7 DeForest Buckner took a rep, Helfrich joked it was "like kicking over the Empire State Building.”
■ Jason Quick and Beth Maiman take an early look at Washington.
■ Jason Quick believes the Huskies are more prepared than they have been in a long time to defend against Oregon's fast pace offense.
■ Charles Fisher says Marcus Mariota has crossed the threshold of efficiency and has now entered the advanced stage of zone reading.
■ David Piper @ATQ kicks off the annual "I Hate Washington Week" with an early look at the Dawgs.
■ Care to relive the moment Oregon football started its upward trend? The Pac-12 Network will air the 1994 Oregon-Washington game tonight, set your DVR's.
■ Dale Newton grades the Colorado game and likes the cohesion and consistency players are showing.
■ Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week yesterday.
Entering Oregon’s game at Washington on Saturday, Mariota is eighth nationally in pass efficiency rating (176.33), second in points responsible for (126), second in yards per carry (12.07) and ninth in total offense (339.2 ypg).