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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Equally Divided Ducks To Face Off

Found this at Yahoo! Sports...Mike

Steve Summers -
April 29, 2005 at 7:20pm ET

EUGENE - The University of Oregon's final football scrimmage of the spring will take on a different feel than in past years when the Ducks' hold their annual Spring Game, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Autzen Stadium.

Not only will the "new look" feature a revamped offense as Oregon has experimented with a spread attack that relies on multiple wide receivers following more than 20 years of a more traditional dual running back set, the coaches have attempted to divide the two squads as evenly as possible, with the intent of creating a more competitive scenario for the players.

Admission for the Spring Game is free of charge however spectators are asked to bring three non-perishable food items which will be donated to Food for Lane County.

Parking in the Autzen Stadium east parking lot is free, with gates to open at 9:30 a.m. Access into the stadium will be available through the south and east gates only, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The game will broadcast live on the radio by KUGN (590 AM) in Eugene-Springfield and KZZR (1230 AM) in Burns, and televised live along the Oregon Sports Network via Comcast Northwest Cable (Channel 14). In addition, ESPNU will air the game nationally on a delayed basis at 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Past Spring Games have been formatted to highlight the offense vs. the defense or the first-string offense and defense against the remainder of the squad. This year, the White Team will include six of the Ducks' 10 returning starters from a year ago who will be available for Saturday's scrimmage, while the Green Team will consist of four.

Returning starters Tim Day (TE), Devan Long (DE), J.D. Nelson (FS) and Ian Reynoso (OG) will be among the nine players who are not expected to take part in the Spring Game while recovering from injuries. Others who will be held out of Saturday's action include Rodney Woods (ROV), Mark Lewis (OG), Ryan Keeling (TE), Nate LiaBraaten (TE) and Darius Sanders (DE).

Returning starter Kellen Clemens will quarterback the White Team while Dennis Dixon will lead the Green squad. Joining Clemens will be tailback Terrence Whitehead , wide receiver Demetrius Williams , center Enoka Lucas , tight end/H-back Dante Rosario and cornerback Justin Phinisee . The squad will be coached by offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, running backs coach Gary Campbell , offensive line coach Steve Greatwood , defensive backs coach John Neal , linebackers coach Don Pellum and defensive graduate assistant Dietrich Moore.

Highlighting the Green Team will be defensive tackle Haloti Ngata , cornerback Aaron Gipson , defensive back Jackie Bates and strong safety Anthony Trucks . They will be coached by defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti , Dan Ferrigno (wide receivers), Michael Gray (defensive line), Neal Zoumboukos (tight ends) and offensive graduate assistant Luke Butkus .

The format of the game calls for traditional 15-minutes quarters in the first half, but is expected to evolve into a running clock the second half.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Buy Your Own X-Wing...

You know, why mess around with the small fry Star Wars-themed gadgets when you can go whole hog? If you really want a collectible that'll impress your friends, take out a second mortgage on the home and go for the life-sized X-wing fighter, one of only eight left in the entire world! Start your bid at $40K or, if you're one of those impulse shoppers, take the $85K Buy-It-Now option, which will net you free shipping, no less. See it now at Ebay!

Darth Vader Has His Own Blog??

Check it out here: Darth Vader Blog

Pretty clever...Mike

The VERY Dark Side...

Awesome review of the upcoming film is on this website. Be forewarned it goes into a lot of detail about the plot.

As there are only 3 weeks left until the premier I will be posting as much as possible on the upcoming film...


Saturday, April 23, 2005

Must Be Spring

Cherry blossoms and tee-ball. Cute picture of Jessie in his first uniform.

Cherry Cherub

Picture of Will out on the cherry tree in the front yard, too cute!

Friday Scrimmage Notes...

From Yahoo! Sports...Mike

Rick Morgan -
April 23, 2005 at 12:40am ET

Friday's scrimmage to conclude the third week of spring practice was spirited. The offense was able to move the ball more successfully than they had in the earlier scrimmages, though the decision to hold Haloti Ngata out of the session surely was one big reason why. Still, more of the elements the offense has been working on were successful.

The scrimmage was approximately 80 plays and was evenly divided between running and passing. Statistical highlights:

Rushing: Whitehead: 7 carries for 69 yards, Terrell Jackson : 5 - 23, 1 TD, Andiel Brown : 6 - 28, Niles Mittasch : 5 - 37, 1 TD, Dixon: 8 - 40 yards, Clemens: 4 - -26.

Passing: Clemens 4-11, 79 yards, 1TD; Dixon 5-9, 65 yards, 2TD; Leaf 3-6, 21 yards, 1TD; Bennett 1-2, 5 yards.

Receiving: Weatherspoon 4-40, 2TD; Strong 3-33, 1TD; J. Williams 1-20, 1TD; Paysinger 2-14; Kause 1-6; Jackson 1-8; D. Williams 1-43; Montrose 1-5.

The special teams remain a concern; one PAT was blocked and two more were missed, as were both field goal attempts.

Punting teams went live before the scrimmage. The punt blocking unit was able to get a hand on two of the attempts, but those punts that were successful showed good distance - 40-50 yards - and good hang time - consistently in the 4:15 - 4:30 range.

Dennis Dixon led the 2's to a score in his second series, the 1's weren't able to find the end zone until their fifth - a series that featured 5 Terrence Whitehead rushes into the middle of the defense and was capped by a beauty of an inside option pitch to Kyle Weatherspoon for the touchdown.

After the session coach Mike Bellotti allowed the offense was "a little bit better today than last week" but that "was partly due to Haloti not being there" and that the defense "did not tackle as well today. We had good collisions but we didn't tackle"

Bellotti also noted that "Kellen threw a couple of very nice passes, his touch on the deep ball is improving".

Penalties were a continuing theme throughout the scrimmage, although the Oregon head coach stated he is "not concerned yet… the penalty flags now are good in the regard that we can learn from them."

The injury bug bit Paul Martinez (groin), Cameron Colvin (ankle), James Finley (knee contusion), Brent Haberly (quad bruise), Jon Teague (ankle), Ian Reynoso (lower back) but none are expected to miss any practice time.

Practices are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday of this coming week with the spring game set for 12:30 on Saturday, the 30th.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ngata, defensive line impress in Oregon's spring practices

From Yahoo! Sports....Mike

By Jon Roetman, Oregon Daily Emerald
April 20, 2005

(U-WIRE) EUGENE, Ore. -- Defense continues to be Oregon's strong point as the Ducks enter their third week of spring football practice.

Head coach Mike Bellotti has been quick to sing the praises of his first unit lately, including its performance during Saturday's scrimmage at Autzen Stadium. The offense, still learning a new system, was held to eight first downs in 75 plays and didn't score until late into the hour and 15 minute workout.

"I thought the defense outplayed, out-hit and out-hustled the offense today," Bellotti said Saturday. "It had nothing to do with scheme, it was just attitude and desire.

"I was very, very impressed with the first team defense."

A solid chunk of Oregon's success can be attributed to its defensive line and its anchor -- junior defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The former five-star recruit from Utah's Highland High School has been wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield, blowing up plays before they ever get started. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 338 pounds, Ngata's nearly impossible to block one-on-one, and his presence on the field immediately upgrades a defense.

"Haloti is a great football player," Bellotti said. "He makes everybody around him better, because he attracts a lot of attention."

Ngata is the exception on a defensive line built with lighter, quicker athletes. Lining up next to the massive Salt Lake City native in the middle of Oregon's front four has been Matt Toeaina. After starting the spring at defensive end, Toeaina was moved to tackle to better utilize his talents. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 279 pounds, the junior will surely benefit from the double-teams attracted by Ngata.

While Toeaina said he is equally capable of playing both positions, he said it's been an interesting transition back to the inside.

"It's different from being on the end," Toeaina said. "You're more free on the outside. When you're on the inside there's so much more going on, and you have to get back into the rhythm of having contact every single play."

On the outside, junior Victor Filipe -- a former high school teammate of Ngata -- has been impressive and has appeared to have earned a starting spot at defensive end. At 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, Filipe is a high-energy player who will provide a solid pass rush.

"I'm very pleased with Victor Filipe," Bellotti said. "He's made plays, he's played with high intensity and a high motor. He's got to eliminate mistakes, but he's playing fast, and I'm excited about his athleticism."

Senior Devan Long, who has missed the majority of spring drills with a hamstring injury, will be the other end. The 266-pound pass-rushing threat enters his third season as a starter and has solidified himself as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Senior Darius Sanders has done an adequate job filling in during Long's absence.

Two young players that have shown promise but need to improve on their technique are sophomore defensive tackle David Faaeteete and redshirt freshman defensive end Devlin Bayne.

While the D-line has certainly been impressive, its leader said there is still more work to be done.

"I think we need to make a lot of improvements in certain areas," Ngata said. "The D-linemen need to work a lot on pass rush lanes and being stronger as a whole."

Updated on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 9:00 pm EDT

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Shotgun Summary...

From Yahoo! Sports....Mike

By Jon Roetman, Oregon Daily Emerald
April 11, 2005

(U-WIRE) EUGENE, Ore. -- Dennis Dixon gave spectators a glimpse of Oregon's new wide-open offense capabilities during the team's first spring scrimmage Friday in the Ed Moshofsky Sports Center.

The rising sophomore quarterback kept the ball on an option to his left and scampered for a 25-yard touchdown, leaving a group of defenders in his wake.

The San Leandro, Calif., native also showed off his arm, completing 4 of 6 passes for 36 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to redshirt freshman tight end Casey McKillip.

With the good, however, came the expected miscues of an offensive work-in-progress. Oregon running backs twice turned the ball over on fumbles. Senior quarterback Kellen Clemens was forced to backtrack 30 yards to recover an errant shotgun snap during the scrimmage's first offensive series. And head coach Mike Bellotti said he didn't see enough big plays from his wide receivers.

Despite mistakes, Dixon said the offense is heading in the right direction.

"(A new offense) is supposed to be like that," Dixon said when asked about his touchdown run. "But you've got to have patience, and patience takes time."

Things started out well for the first-team offense as redshirt freshman running back Terrell Jackson gained 11 yards on the first play from scrimmage -- a draw from the shotgun formation.

After another draw and an incomplete shovel pass netted a one-yard loss, the offense picked up another first down on a 9-yard completion from Clemens to sophomore receiver Cameron Colvin and an 11-yard pass from Clemens to junior fullback Dante Rosario.

However, things quickly turned sour as the drive ended after a bad shotgun snap and a pair of sacks by Haloti Ngata.

Clemens ended the day 6 of 10 for 45 yards, while sophomore Brady Leaf completed 3 of 7 for 40 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Ryan Keeling.

Sophomore running back Andiel Brown led all rushers with 42 yards on eight carries, while Jackson picked up 15 yards on six carries.

Clemens said he felt good during the scrimmage but is still adapting to offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's new system.

"Shotgun has been an adjustment," Clemens said. "It's a new protection now, new [passing] routes, and it's a whole new philosophy. It's get three yards, get three yards, get four yards and then bust a big one."

Defensively, Bellotti said he was pleased with some of the plays that were made but added the group needs to improve in several areas.

"Defensively, we need to do a better job of stopping the run," Bellotti said. "Canceling the dive, that's our goal and our mission in life, and we have to pressure the quarterback secondly."

Ngata proved to be the defense's biggest playmaker Friday, disrupting several plays in the backfield.

"You can't block Haloti one-on-one," Clemens said. "He's such a phenomenal athlete. He's definitely a force to be reckoned with on every single play. You have to know where number 96 is."

Bellotti said the biggest improvement to be made from a team standpoint is playing with more intensity.

"We had some hits, but I need to see more," Bellotti said. "When we turn the lights on, when we come in (to the Moshofsky Center) or in Autzen Stadium and say, 'this is live,' I want to see a dramatic difference in what happens, and I didn't see enough of that today."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Star Wars Revelations

Star Wars Revelations, a 40 minute independent film produced by Panic Struck Productions. The movie was made with the help of a large group of volunteers. It is very well done, most of the acting rivals and surpasses Episodes 1 & 2.

You can download and watch by picking one of the links on the Mirror Page. This is a 40mb file so you better have cable or dsl to view. The link I picked from the list was Benjamin UCR. Enjoy the film and let me know what you think.

Only 1 month and 2 days until the release of Star Wars III...


Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Invasion of Poker Family Has Struck Again...

The Wines Family

Well, I don't know what else to say. I decided to take a month away from poker after leaving Las Vegas. I did this for a few reasons. One reason is that I had lost a couple of monster hands in Vegas, and was quite discouraged. Another reason for taking some time off was simply to separate myself from the poker world, so I knew I could. Ever since I have started playing, I haven't stopped. I noticed, on more than one occasion, that I was playing poker when I should have been doing something else instead. This is not to say that I think having a hobby such as poker is a bad thing, but like anything else, it needs to be done in moderation.

I didn't even actually make it one month without playing. After three weeks I decided that I had proved to myself that I could take some time off, reevaluate the time I am willing to dedicate, and also reevaluate my game. Upon the reevaluation of my game I decided that I wanted to mix it up a little (stress little) more. For me that means occasionally raising with 6/7 suited when the position and times seems right.

I decided that I would play in the poker tournament in Creswell with Chuck on Friday. On my way to the tournament I thought that I was making a mistake. That tournament will cost any player between $85 and $110...ouch. I went anyway. The last time I was at this tournament I also didn't feel as confident as usual because the quality of competition is much higher than a regular tournament offered around town.

I sat down and started my tournament in my usual fashion...very slowly and patiently. I place a couple of moves here and there, and never got called when I was bluffing or when I was raising with a great hand. At first I was somewhat disappointed that nobody was calling me when I had the winning hand, but after not having turned my cards over once for the rest of the table to see, I decided that this was to my advantage. These guys had no idea what I was doing. I repeat...not once did I turn my cards over in the first two hours of the tournament. Unreal.

To make a very long story somewhat shorter, I place third in this tournament. There were 122 players, many of them skilled. I am actually very pleased with placing this high, not only because it is a great place to finish, but more because the players were so good. My third place finish brought me $1340. I gave Chuck back $60, minus the $85 I played with, minus $20 towards Dad's buy-in the next day, and I came ahead $1175. Phhhhhhhat.

This money comes at the perfect time because I needed some money to help fix the dent in the side of my truck. Ouch, my deductible is $1000, so it was the best time for me to place so highly in such a lucrative tournament. Of course I tell you about my truck because I know how po' my family is, and you fools ain't seein' none of it. I'm rich biatch. Okay, just kidding.

Anyway, love you all, and hope that everything is great. Talk with you soon!

Love, Dave

All About Defense

Got this article at Yahoo! Sports....Mike

Fundamentally it was the Defense
Steve Summers -
April 16, 2005 at 9:52pm ET

The Oregon defense highlighted the scrimmage on Saturday afternoon and while the observers on sideline may have found the practice less than entertaining, Oregon's head coach Mike Bellotti thought the defense stepped up the effort. While both sides of the ball are adjusting to the new Duck offense, the defensive side showed their experience and solid fundamentals in the controlled scrimmage in Autzen Stadium.

"I was very, very impressed with our first team defense," said Bellotti of the practice. "I really thought they flew around. They made the offense think. They took away some of the aggressiveness. Then they made some key open field tackles to stop some plays."

The three-hour practice was conducted on Brooks Field and a set sequence was followed that allowed the first team offense led by senior quarterback Kellen Clemens to take on the first team defense. There were no big plays during the scrimmage although there were a number of good runs including one run of nearly 17 yards by senior Terrence Whitehead . Whitehead finished the day with eight carries for 30 yards. The passing game was not especially sharp for any of the quarterbacks although Bellotti was quick to point out that the defensive unit has had a couple of weeks to get used to what the offense will do. As was the case last year, the offensive line was tasked to provide protection and today the offensive line struggled.

"I thought our offensive line in terms of overall pass protection was the poorest we've been all year," remarked Bellotti. "Again I think the defense stepped it up a notch."

With senior defensive end Devan Long still held out of contact, the underclassmen showed that they are fitting into the scheme of things for the green defense. Only two touchdown passes were made. One was 3-yard toss from Clemens to tight end Dan Krause and the other was a 1-yard score from sophomore Brady Leaf to sophomore Garren Strong . The Duck defenders were able to put pressure on all three quarterbacks, Clemens, Dennis Dixon and Leaf. Clemens finished up the afternoon 9-of-18 for 27 yards, while Dixon was 4-for-6 and 25 yards. Leaf led the way with 4-of-7 for 41 yards. Even though Long was not present other defensive ends such as Darius Sanders and Victor Filipe and Thor Pili caught the head coaches attention.

"We got good play from our ends, they all showed up," said a pleased Bellotti. "Nobody seemed to be a liability today and that was good."

The leader of the defense, junior defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thought that on a scale of 1-to-10 the defensive unit is improving with some work yet to do.

"I'd say are probably a seven or eight, we still have things to work on as a group," said Ngata. "We need to get a little more power but we're doing good as a group."

Last season Bellotti had indicated that protecting the quarterback was problem for the Ducks and after today's performance by the offensive line was there cause for concern?

"It's not about the offense now it is about the execution," remarked the coach. "It's about pad level. It is about striking. It's about pride. It's about recognizing movement schemes. It wouldn't matter if we running our old offense, the biggest thing now is getting back to fundamental techniques."

The kicking game struggled all day as the various Duck kickers only managed to put the ball through the uprights twice. There were a number of blocked field goal attempts.

Bellotti indicated that next week the Ducks would practice four times, twice in shells and twice in pads. The squad will scrimmage again next Friday and the coach most likely will script more situations into the scrimmage.

The learning curve has been steep at times for the team but again the issue of fundamentals is the key ingredient in the progress of this team. The offensive line is rebuilding itself after graduating four seniors last season and while it is obvious that the Ducks have size and talent, the experience factor is being developed - along with the basics.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

May The Force Be With You

The Wines Family
I want to start building up some excitement over the release of Star Wars Episode III. Let us be real clear about this...there is no possible way that George Lucas could screw this one up. I mean, the story has to be dark. The images have to bring fear and terror. All of the Jedi will die, something big will happen on Degobah, and the fight scenes should be fantastic.

I want us all to think about a few things. Repeat after me...PLEASE DON'T RUIN THIS FOR US GEORGE...PLEASE DON'T RUIN THIS FOR US GEORGE...PLEASE DON'T RUIN THIS FOR US GEORGE. Maybe since Episode I's release George has realized that, like in the originals, all aliens don't speak English. Hopefully George has realized that dialouge in a movie is very important. Think about the old lightsaber fights...there was always dialouge. Now, there is no dialouge. I remember thinking that Episode I could have been so much better if Darth Maul actually had more than three lines. George, please make us care about our characters!

Personally, I plan on watching each of the films in the next month so I am totally ampted up for the new release. I encourage you to do the same. Maybe we could make it a family thing, and pick a weekend where we could all meet at Chris and Jolene's and watch the movies together. The time is near. Are you prepared?


Saturday, April 09, 2005

Spring Training Continues...

Friday happenings at U of O Spring Training reported at Yahoo! Sports...

The Ducks worked for about two hours inside the Moshofsky Center at the Autzen complex. The practice was initially scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. but was delayed until about 4:45 p.m. The actual scrimmage was conducted as five Oregon quarterbacks rotated using a number of various plays out of a shotgun formation. Occasionally the quarterback did lineup behind the center but it was clear that the Ducks are working hard on a new look that is orchestrated by new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.

Statistically, senior Kellen Clemens was 6-of-10 for 45 yards passing while his back up sophomore Dennis Dixon was 4-of-6 for 36 yards. Sophomore Brady Leaf was 3-of-7 for 40 yards. Because of Smith's absence and Whitehead being held out, Jackson and Brown did all the work running the ball. Brown, a walk-on from Cleveland High School in Portland led the way with eight carries for 42 yards while Jackson had 15 yards on six hauls. Dixon also had three carries for 20 yards. One of Smith's teammates on last year's Les Schwab 4A All-Star game, Ryan Keeling was the leading receiver with three catches for 39 yards. Brian Paysinger had two catches for 26 yards.

A player that maybe having the best spring is junior transfer James Finley . The big receiver showed great speed and the ability to cut quickly. He also showed tenacity at staying with the ball to make a catch.

"I'll take a shot for a catch," said Finley of his courage. "Anything. Anything (to make a catch)."

Looks like the Ducks will make the most of the shotgun this year...Mike

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Masters

What a glorious trip. Augusta, Georgia in all of her springtime splendor and spending Monday April 4th at Augusta National Golf Club for the first practice round of the 2005 Masters.

Walking the same course where so many golfing legends have played. Standing in some of the same spots where golf history was made. Following in the footsteps of Arnie's Army or just catching the scent of the sweet dogwoods and azaleas.

The timeless echoes of past roars from the gallery drifted through the Georgia Pines as Char and I made our way through the crowds to catch another breathtaking view. If you love golf and the history of the game you should put a trip to Augusta on the top of your list!


Spring Raining, I mean training...

Found at Yahoo! Sports...

A cold wet day at practice
Rick Morgan -
April 8, 2005 at 12:05am ET

Practice was held in Autzen. It was cold wuith rain showers through out. A more boisterous group than what I saw Saturday. Now that the reorganized staff has settled into the routine, the offensive and defensive groups were much more vocal in support of each other and in their taunts to the other side of the ball.

Quarterbacks in red jerseys for "hands off".

There were several mishandled snaps from center by the QB from the shotgun. Enoka Lucas was serving as snapper. About a 50-50-blame ratio, half were weak or inaccurate snaps, half were fumbled by the receiving QB.

Mike Bellotti and Gary Crowton worked together with the quarterbacks and running backs most of the session. There were several series, offense versus defense throughout the practice. Flanker screen, play action, five receiver sets all were run through several times with each of the groups. Emphasis was placed on the receivers maintaining their spacing as they come off the line of scrimmage.

The offense worked on the inside pitch out of their option package early in the session, later they added a reverse.

The passing game included a more vertical attack than has been seen so far this spring, Kellen Clemens connected on a 30-yard touchdown to Jaison Williams .

Other standouts from the session, Dennis Dixon and Jaison Williams worked the option for a nice gain against the defensive No. 2's. Terrence Whitehead found a 12-15 yard gain with the dive option against the No. 1's. Clemens to Paysinger with an inside pitch from the option gained good yardage. T.R. Smith also was able to take an inside option pitch for the distance. A Clemens' scramble netted five yards and Bellotti was quick to acknowledge the nifty footwork that sprung Kellen from the defense, though the coach was equally quick to emphasize Clemens should "get vertical" when he decides to run and not angle toward the sideline. The defensive unit was aggressive and broke up several pass plays and intercepted two or three passes during scrimmages with the offense.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Spring Roster

Interesting article from Yahoo! Sports...

Spring roster update
Steve Summers -
April 6, 2005 at 3:01pm ET

I have the current roster updated and current as of the handout from last Saturday. A few things that jumped out at me:

The two biggest men on the team are Geoff Schwartz 6-7, 351 and. Paluni Ma Sun is 6-5, 365. That's NFL size. Haloti Ngata isn't so tiny. He's only 6-5, 338! Time certainly has a way of creeping up on all of us. It just doesn't seem all that long ago when an offensive lineman was considered big if he was 6-3, 285 pounds.

Terrence Whitehead is up to 220 pounds, up 10 pounds from last year. He's been showing good quickness in drills so far this spring. Whitehead rushed for 1,144 yards last year and scored six touchdowns.

Anthony Trucks is now listed at strong safety. Last year he was a starting linebacker. Obviously that could change. Was it an erroneous listing on the roster? We'll see... Anther player that saw time last season at linebacker was A.J. Tuitele and he like Trucks is now listed as safeties.

Drew Larson was one of the walk-on punters last year, but this season the Pendleton native is a quarterback.

Greg Barton of Barton Football Camps ( described Kyle Bennett from David Douglas High School as a player that was overlooked and is a steal. Bennett, at 6-4, 224 is a big beefy type quarterback and was throwing good spirals during drills. Will his addition mean that the Ducks will only recruit one quarterback this season?

Running back Terrell Jackson gained almost 10 pounds and is up to 196. He too is showing good quickness.

When he was at Jefferson High School in Portland, T.R. Smith played quarterback. Now that he's finally in a Duck uniform he is listed at 6-0, 210. Looks like the Ducks are going to have their share of big backs on the roster this season.

A former running back, Chris Vincent is now a linebacker and rumors on the sidelined had him running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash. Incidentally, Vincent is the oldest player on the roster. He was born on Sept. 3, 1981.

One of my favorite Ducks, tailback Andiel Brown out of Cleveland High School in Portland is on the roster. Brown is a walk-on and I'll never forget talking to him after the Idaho game last year. Brown saw action in the game and told me he never expected to play. He had the biggest grin on his face and was truly grateful for the opportunity just to be on the squad. I'll be rooting for him this year.

Some interesting names: Tony Salazar , the son of Alberto Salazar is a wide receiver. The younger Salazar played for Central Catholic in Portland. Silas Paul , a walk-on fullback from Lincoln of Portland, anybody remember Paul Silas?

The Ducks will scrimmage on Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Oregon's offense is promising to be very dynamic this year and so far there seems to be great enthusiasm among the team over offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's scheme is bringing in.

Oregon's Spring Roster

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Spring Training Starts!

Found this at Yahoo Sports!

Oregon Opens 2005 Spring Camp
Steve Summers -
April 2, 2005 at 8:21pm ET

The Oregon Ducks opened their annual spring workouts on Saturday with 87 of the 91 players listed on the current roster dressed in shells and helmets on a cool but dry morning. The Ducks' offense started the spring out working on an offense that Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti described as being brand new to the team. The offense contains new shifts, new options and an apparent new attitude of openness in communication among the offensive players and their coordinator, Gary Crowton.

"Seventy percent of the offense was brand new, maybe 80 percent," said Bellotti. "We feel the need to focus on the new things and spend a majority of time doing (new offense) because we know we can do the old stuff."

Crowton, the former head coach at BYU imported some thing similar to the high flying Cougar offense of Provo. While many expected to see Duck senior quarterback Kellen Clemens hurl the ball down field continuously during the first day what actually happened was Clemens tossing option pitches to senior wide receiver Dee Williams, handing the ball off to senior running back Terrence Whitehead along with throwing the ball. Meanwhile some of the things one would expect on the first day, conditioning drills, fundamentals and running routes are still the same, but with more spirit.

"Good intensity for helmet day," said Bellotti of the team's effort.

The Ducks must be in shells and helmets for the first two practices according to Bellotti. Oregon will dress in pads on Tuesday.

While the new look may change over the course of the spring there was reason to believe the senior stalwarts are ready to remove what Williams characterized as a "bad taste" -- the 2004 football season, and get down to business of playing football. The Ducks are coming off the worst season of Bellotti's tenure at Oregon, a year Oregon went 5-6 for the season. Williams found himself a recipient of Clemens pitches and this is something new for the Ducks' leading receiver.

"It's kind of crazy now I have to realize that I maybe running into linemen, so I have to run low," laughed Williams. "That's going to be a hard thing for me as I'm used to running high…but I'll get the hang of it."

For Clemens the change in offensive coordinator may mean less time scrambling away from rushing defenders and more opportunities to find receivers. In the sets on Saturday, Clemens operated from the shotgun formation, something he has seldom done in his three previous years. What advantages does it give him?

"Gives me a little more vision, get the ball out my hands that much sooner," said Clemens. "(Giving up) 40 sacks is not something we can do twice (two years in a row)."

One significant reason for last year's humbling season was the offense's inability to protect the quarterback. Whether that was a result of offensive line or quarterback play may be debatable but what is clear is that the Ducks intend on changing the number of sacks given up this year.

But since this was the first day of practice, Clemens was cautious in talking about the play. Even though there were some good running plays and there was good enthusiasm, it was only the first day of spring practice. What if anything was different? According to Clemens one thing that was different was Crowton.

"It was a different atmosphere out there," remarked Clemens of Crowton. "Very upbeat, very exciting he was the first one to coach anybody on the field…He's a bit more enthusiastic than what we've been used to."

The Ducks will workout during the month of April and are allowed 15 practice sessions. The first scrimmage is scheduled for next Friday.

Notes: Tight ends Tim Day and Nate LiaBraaten were in shells without their helmets along with corner back Rodney Woods . All participated lightly in practice but were the main candidates for shagging punts. The three are recovering from various injuries and may see limited duty this spring. Offensive lineman Mark Lewis was on crutches and did not participate.

A walk-on tryout was held for kickers on Saturday.

Bellotti also reported that special teams coaching responsibilities is being sorted out among the staff. Don Pellum is doing kickoffs. Neal Zoumboukos is coaching punting while John Neal is in change of punt returns. Gary Campbell is responsible for kickoff returns. Steve Greatwood is handling PAT and field goals while Michael Grey and Nick Aliotti are heading the point after and field goal blocking units.