Chris' thoughts: The defensive front seven had maybe their best day of the spring as they wreaked havoc against Oregon's offensive line for much of the day. Senior defensive tackle Brandon Bair, sophomore defensive end Dion Jordan, and junior Josh Kaddu, were just a few of the guys who were able to get penetration and "sack" or hurry the quarterback on Tuesday.
Rob's thoughts: The play of the day, or at least the one that drew applause from the large crowd at practice, was a one-handed catch by Lavasier Tuinei of a Thomas pass.
• John Hunt thinks that Darron Thomas had the more "efficient" day.
• Ted Miller looks at the true freshmen in the Pac-10 and declared some were ready to play.
DT Ricky Heimuli, K Alejandro Maldonado: The 320-pound Heimuli offers a big body in the middle of the D-line. Maldonado is in the thick of the race to start at kicker. (The two touted frosh RBs could get into the mix, but No. 3 is deeper than we want to go).
Miller also noted that Casey Matthews has made in onto the Butkus Award watch list as the best linebacker in the country.
• Ken Goe calls Josh Kaddu and Boseko Lokombo are double trouble for opposing offenses.
Lokombo, 6-3, 223, doesn’t have Kaddu’s heft or knowledge of the system. But he has the kind of athletic ability that demands playing time.
“The first four or five days of camp, he picked off a ball every day,” [linebacker coach Don] Pellum said. “And he got his hands on a lot of them. His athleticism is something we really need in this defense.”
Pellum called Kaddu “tremendously agile and really explosive. Josh can pass rush and he can cover. He can do both. He’s very cerebral.”