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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley, Ken Goe and Chris Courtney have your Wednesday practice update.

Rob: "I thought our defense has responded really well, on Monday and today," UO coach Chip Kelly said. "The offense needs to come to play Friday."

The first-string defense in particular had a strong practice, as Darron Thomas and the No. 1 offense didn't establish much momentum during the second half of the morning... The No. 2 offense led by Bryan Bennett had much more sustained success, but the day ended with an overtime drill, and neither offense was able to get into the end zone.

Ken: Linebacker Kiko Alonso had the hit of the day, when he leveled tight end Brandon Williams from the blind side.

Williams couldn't get to his feet immediately, and didn't return to practice.

"We're full speed," Kelly said, shrugging off a question. "It was a clean shot. It was one-on-one. People can get taken down one-on-one. I just don't want people diving and leaving their feet, but that wasn't a bad shot at all. That stuff happens in this game."

Chris: Tipped passes at the line of scrimmage, stingy run defense, and hard-hitting play marked the defense's performance inside the Moshofsky Center this morning.

The one offensive player who did enjoy success against the defense Wednesday was junior running back Kenjon Barner. Barner, who has seen time lined up at a myriad of positions this spring. His slashing runs and effectiveness catching the ball out of the backfield and turning it in to significant gains highlighted the offense's day. 

 Ted Miller and ESPN have a spring game viewing guide. ESPN will be broadcasting many games from around the country including the Ducks on April 30 and Stanford's this Saturday.

 Ken Goe calls LB's Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay, "impact guys."

“The thing that this group brings, their strength, is their energy,” (LB coach Don) Pellum said. “They run around. What I’m really excited about with these guys, they make a lot of plays. We tally tackles per day, and these guys get to the ball.”


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