There might not be a team in the nation that's deeper at running back than the Ducks right now. Before the postseason, it probably would've been 100-percent safe to say that Royce Freeman had the job on lock. And maybe that's still the case, but can anyone really count out Thomas Tyner, especially after that two-touchdown, 124-yards game against Florida State? Freeman still has the lead, but did the postseason performances diminish that at all? This spring could answer some of those questions. Then, you've got stud early enrollee Taj Griffin to add to the mix. He might not be 100 percent this spring due to a knee injury he sustained last fall, but expect him to be a factor in whatever ways he can -- the weight room, in meetings. And lest we forget about Byron Marshall who seems to be happy with his move to slot, but it would be short sighted to not give him a few carries to keep defenses honest, so he should take some reps there this spring too. Phew. And that's just the battle for the top few spots.
■ The Oregon baseball team rose 11 spots in the latest rankings to #8.
The Ducks' rise from No. 19 to No. 8 was the second biggest gain in the rankings -- and it might have come a week later than it should have.
■ Quiet bats led to Oregon's first home loss, 4-1 to San Francisco last night at PK Park.
Due to predictions of rain on Wednesday, first pitch has been moved to 3 p.m. at PK Park. Jacob Corn (1-0, 2.08) will take the mound for the Ducks against Sam Granoff (0-1, 1.80).