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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley covered competition day at the Moshofsky Center yesterday as the offense picked up the win, 98-95, and won the right to wear the black jerseys next week. Here are Moseley's plays of the day.

Aside from James’ big run (49 yd. TD), new safety Eddie Pleasant had a diving interception across the middle off a Thomas pass, which momentarily gave the defense the lead. Earlier in the day, Jeff Maehl made a spectacular, finger-tip catch near the sideline on a pass from Costa.

Chris Courtney also attended and was glad to see the return of Lavasier Tuinei.

Tuinei looked sharp returning to practice this morning after suffering a minor ankle injury last week. Tuinei demonstrated outstanding versatility in both catching passes in traffic and stretching the field as a deep threat. He particularly excelled today during 2-on-3 drills versus the defensive backs; appearing completely uninhibited by his ailing ankle.

Ted Miller stopped by on his week long swing through the Pacific Northwest and has some quick thoughts on the QB competition between Costa and Thomas.

Both appear capable of competently running the offense. Here's a guess that Costa owns a slight lead (understand that coach Chip Kelly offered no such analysis). Costa clearly knows the offense and seems confident running it. He also appears to be regaining confidence in his knees, despite three surgeries. He showed some nice quickness both scrambling and running the spread option. Thomas has a lot of skill and upside as a runner and passer. He does, however, tend to lock on his intended receiver, which led to a couple of picks Friday. By the way, No. 3 quarterback Daryle Hawkins made a number of nice passes.

John Hunt offers his assessment on the first win by the offense.

The offense built a lead on, among other things, a long pass from Nate Costa to Justin Hoffman, but the defense fought back. Then equally long breakaway runs by Remene Alston and LaMichael James gave the offense the win.

Odds and ends:

A new system of play calling was introduced this spring that uses poster-board-sized placards, each containing four images.

The Ducks are ranked 10th in the ESPN preseason poll.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly has accepted an invitation from the USO to take part in a tour of Iraq and Afghanistan to visit U.S. military personnel next month.


1 comment:

Dave said...

10th? I'll take that!