Highlights: There was some great action when the travel squad went head-to-head early in practice. Freeman had a couple long runs, one of them keyed by a loud block by Nelson on a linebacker. Danny Mattingly answered for the defense, containing Marcus Mariota on one play and then bringing down a runner in the backfield on the very next play. … Marshall did a nice job of reaching behind himself and hauling in a pass during 11-on-11. On the defensive field that period, Juwaan Williams had one of the day’s biggest hits...
■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Cal Bears.
■ The biggest challenge for Oregon on Friday will be trying to defend Cal QB Jared Goff according to this report.
■ Tyson Alger and crew hand out mid-season awards for Oregon and Marcus Mariota takes the MVP honor.
■ Mariota also picked up national offensive player of the week yesterday by the Senior Bowl.
■ Coaches are wondering if they can clone Marcus Mariota.
■ It might not be too long before we see Andre Yruretagoyena back on the O-line.
■ Derrick Malone shares his latest installment of "life as a linebacker."
■ The game against Stanford on Nov.1 has been scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be televised on Fox.