The work put in Monday tilted toward the mental side. Without pads on, the Ducks did individual and position group drills, special teams work and walk-throughs of the new game plan. Oregon is working off a schedule prepared by the staff last summer, in the event the Ducks qualified for the title game, UO coach Mark Helfrich said.
■ Andrew Greif gives us a sneak peek at the national championship game.
■ In case you missed it yesterday here are the new uniforms for the title game.
■ Kevin Gemmell has Royce Freeman listed as having one of the top performances in 2014 for the Pac-12 and likes the way the Pac-12 showed up this bowl season.
■ Chantel Jennings says the Duck run game has dazzled despite the injuries to the O-line this season.
■ Ken Goe says we have taken a big step with the new college football playoff format but wishes it was expanded to 16 teams.
■ Dale Newton believes Oregon has built a top-tier program with coaching and being selective in the recruiting process.
Oregon places a premium on selecting players who fit the program’s goals and philosophy. Mark Helfrich remarked last Signing Day that the 2014 class included 17 team captains. They look for leadership and coachability, interviewing coaches, teachers and administrative staff to get a broader picture when screening the fit of a particular athlete.