Mariota, in particular, has something to prove after racing out as the Heisman front-runner but then fading with a knee injury that limited his ability to run and react.
■ Kevin Gemmell has Haloti Ngata, LaMichael James and Joey Harrington on his list of the top 25 players from the Pac-12 in the BCS era.
■ Andrew Greif lays out four ways Oregon can beat BYU today in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
■ BYU hopes not having Kyle Collinsworth won't be missed against the Ducks today.
■ Five star guard JaQuan Lyle committed to Oregon yesterday.
Oregon officially gained a commitment Wednesday from JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was one of the nation's best uncommitted players remaining in the class of 2014. He chose the Ducks over Oklahoma State and Memphis.
■ George Horton talked with the media after practice yesterday at PK Park and talked about Scott Heineman's injury among other topics.