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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 John Hunt, Rob Moseley, and Chris Courtney have your Monday practice report.

John: Receiver Josh Huff looked like he could get on the field, as he was catching balls and trotting around apparently pain-free. Receivers coach Scott Frost said caution could win out in terms of getting Huff back playing in the Spring Game on April 30.

"He looks like he could play now,'' Frost said, "but I don't think it's a big hurry.''

Rob: Michael Clay had a couple nice plays in coverage during 7-on-7, diving to break up one attempt and streaking downfield to blanket David Paulson on another. 

The Ducks did their 3-on-3 blocking drill again, with Karrington Armstrong and Taylor Hart waging a couple interesting battles, and James looking very sharp setting up his blocks. Wade Keliikipi did a nice job at one point of shedding a Hroniss Grasu block and bringing down a back. Dungy had the catch of the day on a deep ball, sprawling out to bring it in, and Will Murphy adjusted well to an underthrown Bennett pass to make a reception. Ayele Forde trucked Brian Jackson in a red-zone scenario.

Chris: The hit of the day came courtesy of senior cornerback Anthony Gildon who blasted junior running back Kenjon Barner on a screen pass during redzone drills. 

Though Barner took some time on the turf to collect himself after the hit, he got up under his own power and walked woozily to join the team after practice was whistled over. 

 George Schroeder shares a feature story from the R-G as he looks at the camaraderie of the Oregon coaching staff.

 A.J. Jacobson has a Q&A with LB Michael Clay.

 Walk-on QB Dustin Haines was suspended after being arrested over the weekend for resisting arrest.

 Kenny Ocker details the unsung hero of the Oregon football program, equipment manager Kenny Farr.

 The Pac-10 conference has hired former NFL executive Jim Steeg to plan and execute the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship game.

 Freshman CB Troy Hill is opening some eyes at practice.

 John Hunt says Eddie Pleasant is working hard to drive away the bad memories of losing the title game.

“It’s the second year in row we lost a BCS game, and it hurts,’’ he said. “It’s a salty taste in our mouth, and there’s nothing we can do about it other than come out every day and work hard. We were at the top of the top of the pedestal, and we lost on a nationally televised game.

“It hurts right now, but we’re out here working hard to fix that problem.’’


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