• Rob Moseley reports on yesterday's practice and noted his plays of the day.
First big thing that caught my eye was D.J. Davis pancaking Scott Grady in a one-on-one blocking drill. Moments earlier, Dior Mathis drew kudos from John Neal for shedding a blocker in the same drill.
Catch of the day was by Justin Hoffman, who reached up to snare a pass from Thomas and hauled it down. Avery Patterson did his Kenny Wheaton impersonation by jumping an out route thrown by Costa near the goal line.
In a team run period, the No. 1 defense got the best of things thanks to stout individual efforts by Clark, Brandon Bair, Kenny Rowe and Paysinger. The No. 1 offensive line came back in one-on-ones and did a nice job against both the ones and the twos.
• Chris Courtney also attended and was duly impressed by the defensive line.
Defensive line had quite possibly its best of day of the spring this morning. Behind senior defensive end Kenny Rowe and senior defensive tackle Brandon Bair, the Duck front seven was impressive as they stymied the vaunted Oregon rushing attack for much of the day.
• Working a special assignment for the Oregonian, Nick Daschel has three posts for your enjoyment.
In the first he reports that Chip Kelly call the QB competition a work in progress.
“It’s a work in progress,” Kelly said. “We don’t have to have a quarterback until September. They have good days and they have bad days. They’re throwing the ball a little better right now, but they’ve got to do a better job of making decisions when we’re in game situations.”
Next up is the defensive line, which is developing a solid rotation.
Kelly noted that he’s been impressed by the play of tackle Zac Clark and ends Terrell Turner and Dion Jordan, and mentioned that redshirt freshmen linemen Anthony Anderson and Taylor Hart are starting to step up.
Finally, Daschel looks at "Sackmaster" Kenny Rowe who is using this spring to refine his game and improve his NFL draft stock.
"Last year, I was all right, but I could have done better," said Rowe, a classic letting his actions speak for himself-type player. By the time Rowe is finished at Oregon, those actions could place him among the most prolific defensive ends in school history.
Oregon defensive end Terrell Turner, who has known Rowe since middle school, said his teammate is known as "The Quiet Storm."
"He's quiet, but then before you know it, he's on top of you," Turner said.
Bring a tornado Kenny!