Darron Thomas had been Oregon’s starting quarterback for less than 24 hours, and he was handling the upgrade with nearly perfect execution and the kind of precision Chip Kelly would appreciate.
Saturday morning’s football practice? It went well. As did Thomas’ reaction to working exclusively with the first team.
And then he moved on to Oregon’s annual fan day festivities, which took place Saturday afternoon inside the Moshofsky Center.
As you’d expect, Thomas was one of the main attractions. He sat at a table, between running backs LaMichael James and Remene Alston, as hundreds of Duck fans streamed by, offering congratulations and asking for autographs.
He chatted, and he posed for photos, and he seemed very comfortable with all of the attention.
Until someone asked him to sign the puppy.
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• Ken Goe says there is no quarterback controversy, at least for now. Some quotes from the story below.
Everybody seemed on board with UO coach Chip Kelly's decision to name Darron Thomas as the starting quarterback.
The Ducks actually are in a good situation, with Thomas getting a relatively weak slate of nonconference games with which to grow into the job, and Costa in reserve, a steady veteran who can come off the bench if something goes wrong.
The Ducks love the way third-stringer Bryan Bennett, an incoming freshman, has grasped the offense, and the panache with which he handled last week's scrimmage.
I think if the UO defense is as good as advertised, there is going to be less pressure on whichever quarterback is on field, be it Thomas, Costa or Bennett.
• Stay tuned for a couple of video clips from the Comcast preseason special which aired recently.