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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Steve Summers, Ken Goe and Adam Jude report on the first day of Spring Practice.

Steve Summers: The most hotly contested position battles going in to 2011 take place in the trenches, where both the offensive and defensive lines look to replace three starters a piece. 


On Tuesday, returning starters Mark Asper and Carson York were joined by Nick Cody, Ramsen Golpashin, and Darrion Weems as the starting "1's" on the offensive line. On the other side, senior Terrell Turner was joined by defensive tackles Ricky Heimuli and Taylor Hart, who look to help fill the voids left by departing seniors Brandon Bair and Zac Clark. Junior Dion Jordan bookended Turner at the other defensive end position.

Ken Goe: Lache Seastrunk showed an ability to hit the hole like a streak of lightning while working with Oregon's offense.

Part of it, running backs coach Gary Campbell said, is Seastrunk's improved command of the UO offense. But there is more to it.


"I think it's a knowledge thing," Campbell said. "And I think it's a determination to prove that he can do it. I think he was very disappointed that he didn't make the travel team last year, and he's determined to prove that he can play at this level and be a great player at this level.


"That seems to be his mindset just talking to him. I wondered if it was just a lot of talk and no show. But I was really impressed with him today."

Adam Jude: Darron Thomas debuted his new uniform No. 5. Unlike last year at this time, when he was coming off knee surgery, Thomas enters the spring healthy, looking to refine his role as both a play-maker and a leader.


He seems to start of the right foot today, showing good touch on a number of passes. His best throw during an 11-on-11 drill was a 50-plus-yard toss to Kenjon Barner, who got behind cornerback Troy Hill to haul in the long touchdown.

 Ted Miller said there are no distractions as Oregon began spring drills.


You know what his focus is on this spring? Guess. Correct. Kelly's focus is on "winning the day." 


"I know I sound like a broken record," he said. 


LSU is "not even on the radar."

Could college football be played on Sundays this year if there is an NFL lockout? Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says he is considering the idea.

GO DUCKS!

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