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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley and Chris Courtney have your Saturday practice reports. Rob also has some pictures posted here.

Rob Moseley: PLAYS OF THE DAY: With the pads on, running backs found it a little tougher to find room today, as opposed to the last couple days, typified by Brandon Hanna busting into the backfield to stuff James on one 11-on-11 rep. 

Erick Dargan had a nice couple of moments, leaping in front of Brandon Williams to intercept a Bryan Bennett pass and diving to tip away a Darron Thomas pass intended for Lavasier Tuinei. 

Thomas also had a pass dropped by Josh Huff, after John Boyett swooped in and dropped Huff with the biggest hit of the spring so far; Huff stayed down for a moment but returned a few reps later. Bennett connected with Blake Cantu on a nice deep ball after Cantu got behind Scott Grady.

Chris Courtney:  Saturday was the first full "competition day" for Duck head coach Chip Kelly's bunch, as the offense controlled many of its battles with the defense this afternoon, prevailing 102-92.

The performance given by the offense was certainly a team effort, as quarterbacks Darron Thomas and Bryan Bennett demonstrated admirable displays moving the offense. Thomas picked up where he left off on Thursday, showing continued poise and decision-making moving around the pocket finding Josh Huff and David Paulson with regularity this afternoon. Bennett improved some from an up-and-down Thursday practice, providing additional glimpses of his athleticism and arm strength on Saturday. The highlights of his day were two deep throws to Daryle Hawkins and Blake Cantu that likely would have gone for touchdowns in an actual game.

 A.J. Jacobson from Duck Sports Authority has a  Q&A with cornerback Anthony Gildon.

 Ken Goe notes that the Ducks are looking at new ways to make their TAZR package a bigger part of the offense, especially when it comes down to LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner playing together.

“We need to get those guys in space, where we’re not handing off and 11 guys are chasing them,” UO coach Chip Kelly said Saturday after the Ducks’ 2 ½-hour practice in full pads. “If we get guys rushing the quarterback and we dump it down, that’s huge.


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