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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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

Rob: The highlight of the day was probably another session of the full-contact 3-on-3 hitting drill, with three blockers taking on three defenders in a tight, line-of-scrimmage setup, and a running back attempting to get past them. 

There were a few notable collisions up front, but for me the star of the show was LaMichael James. Early on he set up a block and cut the other direction to "score." Later he spun off a pileup that developed in front of him for another score, and moments after that he flattened lineman Axel McQuaw on the way to a third score. Finally, Colt Lyerla sealed off an end with a block and James slipped by him for yet another conversion. It was impressive in that James found so many different ways to negotiate the drill.

John: On Friday, there was a crispness to the offense, which made relatively few mistakes as spring drills wind down - Monday's practice will be the only real one remaining, as the Ducks will hold a pad-free workout Wednesday before Saturday's Spring Game.

Chris: Quarterbacks Darron Thomas and Bryan Bennett were more judicious with the ball this morning, despite the fact that many of the Oregon receivers still appear to suffer from a case of the drops. 

One drop in particular by sophomore wide receiver Nick Cole during 7-on-7 drills resulted in an interception by redshirt freshman Erick Dargan, who put an exclamation point on his already tremendous week of practice.

 Nike has introduced a camo jersey just in time for the Spring Game.

 Bob Rickert gives his impression of who has stood out in the first four weeks of spring practice.

 George Schroeder thinks that Kiko Alonso's redemption is worth celebrating. Good read.

Darron Thomas promises some "smash-mouth" football this year.

"We have to out-physical every team,'' Thomas said. "Most teams think we’re going to come out and run around and do these trick plays and run wide. We’re just going to hit teams in the mouth, beat ‘em and have ‘em say, “Wow, I don’t know what they did – it was beautiful.’’


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