• Adam Jude watched yesterday's practice and came away impressed by one particular cornerback.
True freshman cornerback Terrance Mitchell had two interceptions, one each on Nate Costa and Darron Thomas, and broke up at least two more passes.
“T-Mitch just keeps showing up. We thought he would be a play-maker for us and he has,” Kelly said. “He’s got a demeanor about him and a way about him that he doesn’t act like he’s a true freshman.”
• Chris Courtney, also covering the practice, liked what he saw from WR Justin Hoffman.
Hoffman had what might have been his most impressive practice of the spring this morning. Hoffman appears to be developing a strong connection with [Darron] Thomas.
Hoffman had his way with the defensive backs in one-on-one drills, running superb routes and showing very good speed; torching sophomore cornerback Cliff Harris during one particular play. Hoffman also provided the catch of the day during one-on-one's with an incredible one-handed grab he made while falling backwards.
According to Oregon head coach, Chip Kelly, Hoffman's work ethic, in addition to his stellar play, has given him an opportunity to see considerable playing time come the fall.
"It's got nothing to do with guys getting banged up," said Kelly, "Justin Hoffman's played really, really well."