Last year, Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just four interceptions. He accomplished this despite wearing a knee brace for much of the second half of the season, which limited his mobility. With added rest for the bowl game against Texas, he ran for a season-high 133 yards. Now 100 percent healthy, he has a solid shot to top last year's remarkable statistical totals while leading a Ducks team that figures to play a huge role in the first College Football Playoff.
■ Chantel Jennings sits down with OC Scott Frost in part 1 of her Q&A session.
■ Autzen Stadium will get a little facelift along the inside of the bowl.
■ After Blake Barnett chose to commit to Alabama a couple of other QB's were given an offer by Oregon yesterday.
■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ started a fun new series "20 in 20" and has Walter Thurmond as his choice.
■ Dale Newton profiles a new face to Oregon football, long snapper Tanner Carew.
■ The Oregon softball team had a taste of the WCS this year but hungers for more.
The Ducks will try to get back to Oklahoma City next spring with [Cheridan] Hawkins again in the circle as their ace. The left-hander is well on her way to establishing a UO record for career strikeouts, with 542, more than halfway to Jess Moore’s record of 915. And Hawkins has 54 career wins, on pace to break Moore’s school record of 100.