• Rob Moseley asks the players the question on everyone's mind; how to get back to the BCS and win this time?
• Rob Moseley supplied the video above as CK talks about the second day of practice. Here is a select sample from the accompanying story:
Several young players are getting looks as returners of both punts and kicks, including De'Anthony Thomas, Devon Blackmon, Ife Ekpre-Olomu and Keanon Lowe, with Tacoi Sumler handling kickoffs. Kelly said the Ducks are confident in Kenjon Barner and Cliff Harris on punts, and in Barner, Harris, James and Josh Huff on kickoffs but want to find a few more options.
• Chris Courtney also covered the second day of practice, here is a teaser from the article:
True freshmen De'Anthony Thomas and Colt Lyerla had impact outings at running back and tight end, respectively. Thomas, once again, had his way with a defense that appeared to struggle with his uncanny speed and vision. Arguably, his most impressive play came on a reception in the flat from true freshman quarterback, Marcus Mariota; a play that showcased Thomas' staggering explosiveness down the sideline as he jetted past defenders.
• Michael Clay and Terrell Turner talk about building team chemistry as they try to show the newbies the way. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
• Aaron Fentress notes the coaches are looking to find the next untested gem in a group of incoming freshmen.
“No one knew who was going to be the next Dennis Dickson," Kelly said of the 2008 season. "No one knew who was going to be the next Jonathan Stewart. Nor did I."
• Rob Moseley shares a feature aticle from the R-G on the high expectations the Ducks have on returning to the BCS.
“We’re doing the right things,” senior tight end David Paulson said during the team’s media day session before its first fall practice later in the day. “It’s just trying to take it one step further.
“We’re doing everything we can do to find that extra 1 percent to put us over the top.”
• Oregon Fan Day and Spirit Tee unveiling is set for Saturday August 27th. A lot of fun activities for the whole family down at the Mo Center, details here.
• Dale Newton who will replace Jeff Maehl as the go-to receiver in tough situations.
Maehl wasn't fast but he got open. He wasn't big but he came down with the ball. He was tenacious, retaining a lot of the hard-nosed cornerback's attitude that shaped him.