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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
The fifth day of practice and we have reports from Rob Moseley, John Hunt and Chris Courtney. Here are some thoughts from each reporter.

Moseley: The defense led 119-118 entering the final play, a pass breakup that Chip Kelly said would require replay review to properly score. I continue to be impressed with the improved consistency in the hands of Malachi Lewis. Jeff Maehl had an otherwise very solid day, while Eddie Pleasant was all over the place on defense.

Hunt: It was far from perfect, but the offense found a groove – Costa and Darron Thomas were, for the most part, effective and efficient – and the defense played with speed and energy. “I love the spirit,’’ Kelly said. “We still made mistakes, which I think is understandable for Day 5, but I think the energy and the effort out of those guys was outstanding.’’

Courtney: If there was one guy who had a slight edge over the other this afternoon, the nod would likely go to Costa, who played turnover free football in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills while also displaying deft downfield passing. During one particular 11-on-11 session, Costa rolled to the right and delivered a nice deep ball to senior wide receiver D.J. Davis for a big gain. The very next play, Costa found sophomore running back LaMichael James on a dumpoff, which James promptly took the distance for what would have been a score.

Adam Jude shares a feature story on the place kicker competition.

Rob Beard will have to sit out the season opener against New Mexico while serving a one-game suspension for his role in an offseason fight, leaving the uprights open for freshmen Alejandro Maldonado and Eric Solis, a walk-on, to elevate their chances of winning the job permanently.

“They’re all going to compete,” special teams coordinator Tom Osborne said.

Solis is a smooth, dead-on kicker from close range, Osborne said. Maldonado, meanwhile, is “strong-legged” like Beard, the coach said. An added bonus, Maldonado is also versatile — he’s working on placekicking, punting and kickoffs during camp, and Osborne said he could be used in all three areas.

Ken Goe talked with Coach Kelly about the QB depth chart.

"It's just how it falls," Kelly said. "We literally have not had one meeting about who is playing where. Each position coach is kind of rotating. ... We're just trying to get guys as many as reps as we can. There has been no depth chart talk. We don't have to do that. We're getting about 140 reps per practice. There are enough to go around."


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