- After completing 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns this past weekend against Colorado, Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Mariota joins De’Anthony Thomas and Bralon Addison as Ducks who have received the award this season. Thomas was named the Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in Week 2 against Virginia and Addison earned POW honors for his special teams performance against California the following week.
- Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad on Tuesday in the wake of E.J. Manuel’s knee injury. Dixon worked out with the team the day before signing with them. The Oakland native is not currently on Buffaloe’s 53-man roster and will presumably act as their third in-house option behind Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel over the next six weeks.
- De’Anthony Thomas’ status for Saturday’s game at Washington is still unclear, but he did have his walking boot removed and was seen walking at practice today without any noticeable limp. Thomas indicated that he wouldn’t take the field on Saturday unless he was 100 percent.
- The most recent cross country polls came on Tuesday and the Oregon women slipped one spot to No. 6 after finishing runner-up to Washington at this past weekend’s Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Oregon women are now ranked third in the West Region behind No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 Washington. The top two teams at the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 15 will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
- For basketball fans, placing Las Vegas bets on the Portland Trail Blazers this season may not be a wise choice. The oddsmakers at Bovada are giving the Trail Blazers 150-1 odds to win the NBA Championship, tied for 20th out of the league’s 30 teams. It is Portland’s lowest preseason odds since the 2006-2007 season. The Miami Heat have the best odds to take home the championship trophy at 2-1. The Blazers lost their preseason opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night by a score of 89-81.
- Two days after Colt Lyerla withdrew from the University of Oregon, a 2012 police report accusing the former Ducks’ tight end of assaulting three men has surfaced. On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune obtained a Eugene Police Department report, which states that three men claimed that Lyerla appeared to be either extremely drunk or under the influence of drugs and proceeded to assault them on the street in April 2012. One of the men who reported being assaulted, Joshua Daniel Thurston, claimed to approach Lyerla, who was “stumbling around” on the street, and told him, ”Take it easy, you have the spring game coming up.” Lyerla reportedly responded, “What’s your business with that?” and pushed Thurston and two other men to the ground. The report states that none of the three men required medical help, but initially wanted Lyerla prosecuted for physical harassment. Thurston told an officer that he and the two other men decided not to pursue charges in a followup interview on May 3. The case has since been suspended with no desire for prosecution.