Mark Helfrich told the team after practice that it was, start to finish, the best of the spring so far. "If that's the standard, we're going places," he said, and therein lies the challenge, of course. "Every period, we competed — which they have been," Helfrich said later. "But the give and take of spring ball took effect. The defense would win a situation, and then the offense would come back. Collectively, everybody kind of surged." … The former starting linebacker tandem of Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay was on hand and watched practice. "I know there's days when you guys don't want to practice," Alonso told the team in the post-practice huddle, "but honestly there's nothing like it. Cherish it." ...
■ John Canzano seems to take issue with the latest Sporting News ranking of Pac-12 coaches.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Ted Miller looks at Pac-12 scoring per quarter for last year and Oregon ranked close to the top.
Oregon was dominant in all four quarters and, despite that, posted the best fourth-quarter margin of 78 points (137-59), suggesting the Ducks enjoyed producing a large margin of victory.
■ George Horton talks with reporters before the Washington St. series gets under way later today.