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Friday, April 19, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Mark Helfrich talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Rob Moseley has practice notes which included a scored competition session and then talks about Oregon's brand new faces at the place kicking position.

Practice: The final score was 81-66 for the offense, but Helfrich compared it to a basketball game that was close most of the way and then got one-sided late when one team made its free throws and the other missed a couple three-pointers. Sophomore tight end Pharoah Brown, who might be enjoying as much of a breakout spring as anyone on the roster, caught a late touchdown in a clutch drill, and there were a couple other significant pass plays that tilted the scales.

Place kickers: The Ducks will also have a new snapper and a new holder, raising the specter of three new players at the three key positions on a unit whose chemistry must be impeccable. Snapper Jeff Palmer and holder Jackson Rice have graduated, and the team is auditioning new players for those roles this spring.

■ Joe Packer introduces us to possible backup quarterback Jeff Lockie.

■ Peter Neal wonders if Thomas Tyner will live up to fan expectations.

A slew of injuries may force a different format for the spring game.

Tony Washington is preparing to fill some big shoes.

■ Kevin Gemmell says the Pac-12 is trending up on the latest big board for the NFL draft and guess who is at the top of the list? Yeah, Dion Jordan.

Oregon's Dion Jordan moves up from No. 6 last week to No. 5 this week.

Will be a dynamic 3-4 outside linebacker if he stays healthy. Elite speed and range for his size and he's alleviated some questions about whether he can cover, even as he profiles as a very good pass-rusher.


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