Yes, there'll be intense focus on Jeff Lockie, Morgan Mahalak and the others taking snaps this spring in an effort to become Marcus Mariota's successor. But while that group is doing its thing on Oregon's practice field, the potential front-runner for the job will be working out at Eastern Washington's rec center, of all places. Transfer Vernon Adams won't be around for spring ball, but his arrival in Eugene later this summer will add true sizzle to the battle.
■ Nik Brownlee wonders if the Oregon offense will change without Marcus Mariota.
■ Noah Smith gives Mark Helfrich credit for his efforts as the Chip Kelly's replacement.
■ Jordan Ingram goes back in time and looks at the original "Men of Oregon."
■ Tyson Alger takes a closer look at pitcher Conor Harber.
■ Oregon narrowly escaped with a victory last night and won 4-3 against St. John's in the 12th inning.
Up Next: Game two in the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m., with Oregon left-hander David Peterson (1-0, 3.12) facing righty Cody Stashak (2-1, 3.00).