Saturday, August 13, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley shares his video as Chip Kelly talks with reporters after yesterday's practice. The offense won the first competition day by a score of 192-188. One reason was the play of DT and LT.
Lavasier Tuinei and Darron Thomas hooked up several times for big plays; it was the closest I've seen Tuinei look in his effort to replicate the production Oregon got from Jeff Maehl last season.
• Chris Courtney also covers day 5 of fall camp and files this report.
A young player who has continued to impress is true freshman running back, De'Anthony Thomas. Through the first week of fall camp drills, Thomas has captivated practice attendees with his superlative skill and potential. One of the highlights of the day was a bobbling catch down the seam that Thomas was able to haul in with a defender on him; a catch that likely would have went for six if it had been a Saturday in September. Pulling the trigger on the play was redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett, who may have had his best day of the fall, firing passes to receiving targets all over the field.
• Kurt Liedtke looks at the history of Oregon fan videos in the fourth episode of his Vlog. Well done Kurt.
• Ted Miller and ESPN look at #4 Oregon in this "Inside the Top 25" video.
• Ken Goe notes that according to CK the three-way battle for the starting center job is wide open.
• Aaron Fentress believes the special teams unit needs minimal retooling.
• Ted Miller shares his preseason All-Pac-12 team where you will find several familiar Oregon players.
• Miller was busy yesterday and has a story on who makes the jump from good to great in the Pac-12. This player caught my eye.
LB Michael Clay, Oregon: Smart and athletic -- very quick -- Clay saw a lot of action last year, and he did nothing to suggest he won't meet high expectations.
• Will a rebuilt offensive line be able to keep up with the frenetic tempo of play that CK demands? Aaron Fentress has the story.
• Rob Moseley shares a feature story on Daryle Hawkings, no longer just a utility man for the Ducks, he is savoring the chance to show his receiving skills.
“He can be a great receiver, if he just works hard and focuses,” UO senior wideout Lavasier Tuinei said. “He has the potential to be something. He just has to step up and show it.”
If attitude and work ethic count for anything — and they so often do — Hawkins figures to make big strides now that he’s attending meetings and doing drills full-time at receiver.
“He’s done some nice things in the last couple days,” Kelly said Wednesday. “He’s improved so much fundamentally, because he’s concentrating on one position.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:16 AM