When Marcus Mariota and his offensive linemen speak of their winter weight gains, they mention their increased time and commitment in the weight room. That side of the story is both accurate and understandable: Setting personal bests in the squat and bench is flashier and more palatable than discussing setting an alarm for 3 a.m. to wake up and drink a protein shake, as some Ducks are doing.
■ Michael Kim profiles Keanon Lowe now that he is the top returning wide receiver.
■ Andrew Greif says the Ducks aren't quite at full throttle yet now that the halfway point of spring practice has been reached.
■ Mitchell Tolman was named the national hitter of the week on Tuesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, a day after he earned Pac-12 player of the week honors.
Tolman hit .600 (9-for-15) with six RBIs in No. 23 Oregon’s five wins over Portland and UC Riverside last week. The sophomore cleanup hitter leads all Ducks this season with a .351 batting average (ninth among Pac-12 hitters) and is second in on-base percentage (.466) and slugging percentage (.504).