Perhaps the best player in the country leads Oregon into the start of preseason camp on Aug. 4. There's nobody in the nation the Ducks would trade Marcus Mariota for, after he passed up the chance to be the possible No. 1 overall NFL draft pick this past spring by returning to school.
■ The Pac-12 bloggers rate Byron Marshall as the 22nd best player in the conference while ESPN has him at #97 in their top 100 players in the country.
■ Tyson Alger wonders if Devon Allen is too fast for football.
■ Dale Newton thinks the Oregon OL this year might just be a hidden weapon.
■ ATQ has Kenjon Barner in the #10 spot in their "20 in 20" series.