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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

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

John: The Oregon Ducks wrapped up the final Moshofsky Center practice of the spring on Wednesday, really the final practice of spring drills, as Saturday’s Spring Game will be just that – a game.

“Yeah, it’s a full game,’’ coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re kicking off, punting. It’s a full go.’’

Rob: Cliff Harris had an interception in 3-on-2 that was negated when Kelly called pass interference. James Scales intercepted Bryan Bennett during 7-on-7, and Kenjon Barner had a long breakaway run in 11-on-11.

Other than that a lot of the top moments were from the usual suspects, guys like LaMichael James and David Paulson, though this was another practice where I came away thinking Colt Lyerla and Issac Dixon showed some things that indicate they could help the team as role players in the fall. And despite that interception, I thought Bennett generally threw the ball pretty well.

Chris: Maybe the biggest news coming out of Wednesday's practice was the return of previously suspended walk-on quarterback, Dustin Haines. Haines, who was suspended indefinitely nearly two weeks ago.

"Yep, he's returned," Kelly stated. "We'll handle his punishment internally, we know the situation and we'll take care of it from there." 

 George Schroeder believes the O-Line will be the unit to watch at the Spring Game on Saturday and the key to how successful the regular season will be.

But pay special attention to Karrington Armstrong, Hroniss Grasu and the other guys on the offensive line. See how they perform. Then hope they get better this summer, and that significant growing pains aren’t necessary.

When next fall’s push comes to shove, they’ll be the difference.

John Hunt notes that Cliff Harris has been getting practice time at the safety position this spring.

Secondary coach John Neal said Harris has grown so much “between the ears’’ that he has experimented at times this spring with playing Harris at free safety.

"A guy like Cliff is such a natural football player – anywhere you put him, he’s a good player. I’ve been playing him a little bit at free safety just to get him comfortable there, just in case something goes wrong."


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