Sunday, August 22, 2010
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• The AP poll was released yesterday and shows Oregon came in at the #11 slot, exactly where the coaches poll has them.
• Saturday was competition day and the defense pulled out a victory on the last play of the day 138-136. Chris Courtney and Rob Moseley give their impressions.
From Chris' report: True freshman wide receiver Josh Huff continues to impress, as he had another terrific practice making great catches all over the field.
Huff dominated 3-on-2 drills versus the defensive backs and was a force when his number was called during 11-on-11's.
From Rob's report: [Jeff] Maehl had a big day, and is obviously a very trusted resource for both Costa and Thomas. Dior Mathis made a couple nice plays for the No. 3 defense, with an interception of Bryan Bennett and a tackle of [Dontae] Williams in the backfield.
• Ken Goe spoke with Nick Aliotti on competition day and the last play of the scrimmage.
It wasn’t settled until the final play of the final drill, when Josh Kaddu and Eddie Pleasant came off the backside on a blitz to sack quarterback Darron Thomas, with the offense on the defense’s 3.
“Live by the sword, die by the sword,” said defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti of the blitz call. “You’ve got to make them think fast. That’s the way I look at it. They’re either going to score fast, or we’re going to get them.”
• Rob Moseley shares a feature story that appeared in yesterdays R-G, as Darron Thomas and Nate Costa each have backers among teammates.
“Nate’s one of my best friends in the world,” Holmes said. “I want to see him do well. Darron’s a teammate; I want to see him do well. I’m kind of stuck in the middle.”
“We’re all teammates out here,” Pleasant said after practice Thursday. “Even though I am closer to Darron than Nate, I don’t show favoritism. Because I don’t make the decisions. I just wish the best for both of them.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:06 AM