• Rob Moseley posted a feature story that appeared in print yesterday on the offensive line performance at the first scrimmage. After a slow start the group did pick up the pace.
In the middle of the scrimmage, however, the offense got rolling, largely owing to the line. In a pressure scenario with the ball at the 2-yard line, Nate Costa was behind center with the first-string offense as it methodically dug itself out of the deep hole and marched down the field.
Rob also included a video, just click on the video tab to watch.
• John Hunt compares JC transfer TE Brandon Williams to Ed Dickson.
He's a little smaller (6-foot-4, 226 pounds) than Dickson (6-4, 249) and won't be the load in the secondary that Dickson was, but he has the skills to get open often. And the Ducks have been splitting him out wide, a la Dickson, with good results.
"He's going to be a really good player because he cares," tight end coach Tom Osborne said. "It's just a matter of getting enough reps, enough time so he gets comfortable with what he's doing. He's got a whole new system, all the fundamentals and techniques, trying to combine that with learning what to do.
• Andy Mac starts off the "watch list" reports with an announcement that a pair of Duck players, Kenny Rowe and Casey Matthews, being selected to the Lott Trophy watch list.
The Lott award, named for former NFL great and USC defensive back Ronnie Lott, is given to the sport’s defensive impact player of the year with “impact” serving as an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.