According to coach Chip Kelly, Oregon’s players were all accounted for on Monday, meaning there were no late arrivals from the five-day holiday break, nor were there any academic casualties after fall term grades came in.
“Everybody’s here, yep,” said Kelly, when asked if every player was eligible.
As for the practice itself, Kelly said he was pleased with the effort.
“It was the same enthusiasm and effort that we had last week, so I think those guys picked up right where they left off,” he said.
The Ducks will hold daily practices through Friday this week, take Saturday off, then depart Sunday for the site of their BCS title game against Auburn on Jan. 10.
• Speaking of academics, this Auburn blog says some Tiger players may have issues according to head coach, Gene Chizik.
• The ESPN All-American team includes RB LaMichael James and PR Cliff Harris.
• The Oregonian along with the Mobile Press-Register continue their series as they compare the Oregon O-line vs the Auburn D-line.
• The Heisman Pundit tries to figure out what players from this years bowl games will be 2011 Heisman candidates. Darron Thomas makes their list as they figure LMJ will go pro.
• The Oregonian would like you to meet their "Duck Fan of the Day," Penny Wilkes.
• Rob Moseley reports that Daryle Hawkins tries on his Tiger stripes as he emulates Cam Newton on the scout team.
“It’s a great honor,” said Hawkins, a 6-2, 192-pound native of Omaha, Neb., who turns 20 on Tuesday. “He’s a definitely a good player, well-deserving of the Heisman.”
“You get a lot of freedom to create plays,” Hawkins said. “That’s what he does on the field, so you’ve got to try to emulate that, to the best of my ability.”
“I’m just trying to help my team wherever I can,” said Hawkins.