Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Devon Blackmon and Chip Kelly talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Devon talks about sitting out last season, his impressions of his classmates and trying to make an impact this year. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and Molly Blue.
• Chris Courtney has notes from spring practice yesterday.
Monday ushered in the start of the second week of spring practice for the Ducks, as Oregon head coach Chip Kelly stated that his team looked sharp again, while also mentioning that his kickers received extensive work this morning. Senior Rob Beard and junior Alejandro Maldonado will compete once again for the job of starting placekicker after Maldonado served as Oregon’s primary kicker on extra points and field goals as Beard was hamstrung with a nagging injury last season.
“We got some chances to kick,” said Kelly after practice Monday. “We had great effort protecting those guys and it was the first time we saw those guys kick. They all hit their shots down there in the redzone. You don’t get to do it too many times, but it was good to get some live kicking.”
• Rob Moseley also had this comment from Chip Kelly regarding new kicking rules coming this fall.
Kelly said he'll review with the officials new rules in place for the 2012 season, notably those affecting kickoffs. In hopes of avoiding particularly violent collisions that can lead to major injury, kicks will be placed at the 35-yard line rather than the 30, a touchback will go out to the 25-yard line rather than the 20, and players on the kickoff team can only get a 5-yard head start before the kick.
• Baseball fans will like the Pac-12 Player of the Week honors bestowed upon sophomore outfielder Brett Thomas (was named Pac-12 Player of the Week,) and senior right-hander Alex Keudell (was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for April 2-8.)... and they beat USF last night 4-2.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:39 AM