"The one thing about Josh is that he kind of doesn't act like a freshman," said Kelly after practice,
"Josh is a real even-keeled kid and he's picked things up. It'll be exciting when we get to some competition days and some scrimmages to see what he can do, but he definitely has a physical skill-set that's been impressive so far."
Andy Mac noted that Kenny Rowe won the day on defense.
Rowe was seemingly everywhere, especially during the final 11-on-11 period, when he had an interception off a tipped ball and broke up a pass on the very next play.
Rob Moseley also reported that Chip Kelly handed out four scholarships this week.
Chad Peppars was awarded a scholarship by Kelly on Monday, along with defensive back Brian Butterfield (for the second straight year), center Max Forer and receiver Justin Hoffman.
• Ted Miller ran a series of Pac-10 preseason position reviews and now that they're done has compiled the totals per team. The Ducks finished second on his list just 1 point behind the other Pac-10 school in Oregon.
• Ken Goe has a nice feature piece on Oregon's go-to guy, WR Jeff Maehl.
"He really took a step forward toward the end of last season," UO receivers coach Scott Frost said. "I think it was just a light that flipped on. Around that Arizona game, you could see it in practice and in the games. He took a step forward from being one of our good players to a guy you could count on to be open any time you run a route."
As spindly as he still looks, Maehl added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason.
"He's gotten mentally smarter too, and he's running great routes," Frost said.
Maehl could be set up this year for a monster season, if the UO passing game picks up where it left off.
And according to the Heisman Pundit, Maehl is the most underrated player in the Pac-10.
He always seems to be open and he makes a lot of tough catches. Caught 53 balls for 696 yards and six touchdowns last year. Should be a security blanket for Oregon’s new quarterback this season.