Friday, August 12, 2011
Duck Stuff Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice update and included the video above with CK talking to reporters after practice. Rob noted these plays of the day:
During a scenario in which the offense was backed up to its goal line, Marcus Mariota kept it on a running play that would have gone for a 90-plus-yard touchdown. Tacoi Sumler had a nice catch-and-run on a rep with the ones late in the day, and a couple plays later Darron Thomas broke through the line for a long run. Bryan Bennett also had a long run just before practice ended.
• Chris Courtney also attended practice and notes the following:
The Duck defense feasted on a number of interceptions thrown by all three quarterbacks today. Redshirt freshman defensive back Erick Dargan led the day with two picks that came during 3-on-2 drills versus the receivers, where as cornerbacks true freshman Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and redshirt freshman Dior Mathis were able to each snag an interception a piece.
• Ken Goe believes Justin Hoffmna and Daryle Hawkings plan on playing their way into Oregon's plans at receiver.
Partway through the first week of fall camp, both appear to be holding down receiving spots on the two-deep depth chart. “One of the best abilities is dependability,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “That’s what you have in Hoff. You can count on him to always be in the right spot, always do the right thing. He’s the kind of kid you can point to for your other kids and say, ‘You need to take a look at Hoff and figure out how to do things right.”
“Daryle is a very hard worker, and he listens,” Hoffman said. “Those are good characteristics to have. Like a lot of our receivers, he’s very athletic. That definitely helps. He’s getting a lot better, fast. It’s good to see.”
• Dale Newton asks, how up is the upside for Darron Thomas in year two?
Darron Thomas is one of the most competitive athletes you will ever watch, so much so that he bested every single quarterback he faced in his first year starting. Yesterday DSH ran the numbers, and in all 13 of Oregon's games, including matchups featuring Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Nick Foles and Cam Newton, first-year starter and redshirt sophomore Darron Thomas had the higher passer rating. Phenomenal when you think about it.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:44 AM