The Ducks are not only replacing their quarterback, they are replacing the best player in program history. Heck, Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, is one of the greatest players in Pac-12 history. Oregon was good before Mariota and will be good after him. Still, he's been behind center for three years, so this is a significant transition. Further, with many suspecting the starting job is Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams' to lose, and he won't arrive until the summer, that means the establishment of a post-spring pecking order won't even approach an endgame. The guy with the most at stake is junior Jeff Lockie, Mariota's backup the past two years. He needs to make a strong statement with his play and leadership. If he does, it could give him a meaningful advantage when Adams arrives.
■ Nik Brownlee takes a sneak peek at the Oregon non-conference schedule this fall.
■ Coach Morris talks about the misconceptions regarding the 4-3 versus the 3-4 defensive fronts.
■ Dale Newton says Jeff Lockie embodies the best of the Oregon tradition.
He understands better than anyone he can’t be Marcus Mariota, but he knows where the ball should go, and he’s a much better athlete and passer than many have given him credit for. Especially me.