■ Vernon Adams was in Eugene earlier this month and treated it like a work week to soak up the Duck offense.
"I just went over the offense trying to get the offensive signals down," said Adams, who learned the hand signals from offensive coordinator Scott Frost. "I'm more of a visual learner. They were trying to talk to me over the phone and tell me the signals and show me why they did stuff, but I didn't really understand it at first until I went out there two weeks ago. ... I got a lot out of their offense in those five days just because I'm a visual learner."
■ ESPN announced that the Sept. 12 game between Oregon and Michigan State in East Lansing will kick off at 5 p.m. PT.
■ Omar Garibay talked with Charles Nelson on his transition to defensive back.
■ David Kinsler looks at the success of the football team and gives a lot of credit to their "by committee" approach for each position.
■ Tyson Alger says there are big questions around the Ducks rotation as they start a three game series with the dawgs today.
The Ducks will need whoever ends up pitching to perform regardless. Oregon is 5-10 in Pac-12 play and would likely need to win every series from here on out to even have a chance of cracking the postseason tournament. Fortunately for Oregon's pitchers, washington ranks in the bottom third in the Pac-12 in batting (.261 avg), just one spot ahead of the Ducks.