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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ken Goe, Rob Moseley and Chris Courtney have your Friday practice reports.

Ken : Josh Huff, Oregon's deep-threat receiver, suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left knee midway through practice Friday as he attempted to adjust to a long, Darron Thomas pass in the Moshofsky Center.

There was no contact on the play.

Here's hoping Huff isn't seriously injured and makes a quick recovery.

Rob: The second week of spring drills for the Oregon football team concluded with a competition day this morning, won by the defense to wrap up a strong week of practice for the guys on that side of the ball. 

The score went back-and-forth most of the practice (frankly, I got the impression it might have been massaged a little so the defense could be rewarded for strong showings Monday and Wednesday) and the defense pulled it out with some key stops in the last 11-on-11 session of the practice. In particular, I thought Josh Kaddu and Dion Jordan were standouts all week as the defense made up for losing last week's competition day. I presume the defense will wear black jerseys for the Ducks' next practice as a reward for the victory.

Chris: Junior running back LaMichael James provided a handful of offensive sparks this morning with two runs during 11-on-11 team drills that were eerily reminiscent of memorable touchdown runs last season. 

His first highlight reel run came as James rushed off tackle left before reversing field briefly then cutting back left, catching the defense out of position for a big gain and evoking memories of his 72-yard touchdown run at Tennessee. James' second run virtually mirrored his 76-yard touchdown scamper vs. Stanford, as James burst through the line and outran a pursuing Cliff Harris en route to a "touchdown." 

 Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an idea of taking our conference global after the TV negotiations have concluded and he has experience doing just that.

Dale Newton believes Kenjon Barner needs to blossom as a receiver and then looks at the top stories two weeks into spring practice.


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