"Helping these kids and mentoring has allowed me to grow up in that sense and find my comfort level teaching, really, I feel like I've come a long way."
■ The Michigan St. vs Oregon game on Sept. 6 will cost you a pretty penny if you're so inclined.
■ The Sporting News has named Marcus Mariota, Hronis Graus and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu to its preseason All-American first team.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers share their ideas on making the Pac-12 better.
■ Joe Daniel shares his thoughts on this years showdown with Arizona.
■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ says your vote counts and wants your help in determining the top 20 Ducks for the last 20 years.
■ George Horton (according to Tyson Alger) will be keeping a close eye on the MLB draft which begins tomorrow.
A year ago, six Ducks were deemed worthy enough of selections as Ryon Healy (3rd round/Oakland), Jimmie Sherfy (10th/Arizona), Cole Wiper (10th/Texas), J.J. Altobelli (18th/St. Louis), Christian Jones (18th/San Fran) and Brett Thomas (21st/Seattle) became the second biggest Oregon draft class in school history.
This season, Oregon coach George Horton is projecting another pillaging.