Highlights: With the team in pads, a period was spent on a full-contact drill in which a ballcarrier had to advance – in tight quarters – past three levels of blockers, matching an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman, a tight end and a linebacker, and a receiver vs. a defensive back. Pretty simple stuff: The defense is looking to get off blocks and make tackles, the offense wants to sustain blocks long enough for the runner to get by.
[Royce] Freeman slipped a couple arm tackles on one run, and ran over a safety at the end of another. Marshall and Benoit made it through the gantlet, and Charles Nelson ran through a couple guys grasping at his ankles. Hroniss Grasu and Johnny Mundt cleared the way for a Griffin run, and the trio of Matt Pierson, Koa Ka'ai and Austin Daich got Kenny Bassett into the end zone.
■ ESPN has a season preview video for the Ducks available here.
■ Andrew Greif sat down with Arik Armstead for a Q&A session recently.
■ Marcus Mariota, Jeff Lockie and Hroniss Grasu took to the links recently and Oregonlive has it captured on video.
■ If you didn't catch De'Anthony Thomas do what he does best check this video out (link) from Thursday night.
■ Pat Pannu has the Michigan St. vs Oregon games listed as the top non-conference game to watch this year.
■ Dale Newton says there are three more reasons this might turn out to be a special season for the Ducks.