One of the guys needs to be the guy by the fall, because Oregon may need him next year. True freshman Morgan Mahalak is a strong candidate for the future, with great passing mechanics and a superb ability to process information but it's hard to think he can get ready for the PAC-12 in just one fall camp, and it would be risky to squander a year of eligibility on a handful of plays, should Mariota go down at any point in the 15-game campaign the Ducks hope to complete this season.
■ Freshmen are making key contributions for the Oregon baseball team this year.
■ Oregon remains undefeated after winning 4-3 against Loyola Marymount behind clutch hitting.
Oregon’s clutch play off the bench and another spectacular catch by right fielder Tyler Baumgartner pushed Oregon to another win at Loyola Marymount. The Ducks scored a run in the top of the ninth to pick up a 4-3 win and a sweep of the three-game series.