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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Defense Dominates Spring Drills

Two days after Oregon’s first major scrimmage of spring practice, coach Mike Bellotti praised the efforts of his young defensive linemen and said his offensive line needs improvement.

The offensive line Saturday was without all five starters from last fall due to graduation and injuries, allowing reserve ends Will Tukuafu and Brandon Bair to lead the day in tackles.

Bellotti said middle linebacker John Bacon, cornerbacks Jairus Byrd and Walter Thurmond III, tight end Ed Dickson and offensive tackle Bo Thran stood out on film.

Of course, the defense is benefiting from not having to learn a new system, so it is to be expected that they would be playing better than the offense at this point.

Five Oregon quarterbacks combined to connect on seven of 24 passes for 81 yards, with more than half of that yardage coming on a 45-yard completion from Dennis Dixon to Jaison Williams.

Dixon completed two of six passes for 49 yards but added 41 rushing yards on four carries.

But the majority of the 68-play scrimmage was all about the defense.


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