Royce Freeman and the other newcomers continue to have more thrown at them as the week progresses. The Ducks did some work on their kickoff return team today, and Freeman took some reps as a blocker along with fellow freshmen Khalil Oliver, Jimmie Swain, Henry Mondeaux, Jalen Jelks and Justin Hollins, with Charles Nelson among a big group of possible return men.
“The coaching staff is helping me get situated and adjusted,” Freeman said. “… It’s definitely a change, but the other backs have welcomed me and showed me the ropes.”
■ Andrew Greif breaks down the running back position group now that fall camp has started.
■ The Pac-12 Network got to see what Mark Helfrich is like during practices.
■ Keith Olbermann poked fun at the NCAA over some recent self-reported violations by the Ducks.
■ Charles Fisher looks back at three years of FishDuck.com, quite the learning curve.
■ Kenny Wheaton and the most improbable play land at #6 on ATQ's "20 in 20" list.
■ Dale Newton believes the development of the LB's is crucial for success in 2014.
■ Keanon Lowe is expecting to improve his game in his senior season.
“One of my goals this season is to be the best blocking receiver in the country,” said Lowe, who joined his teammates for the fourth practice of preseason camp Thursday afternoon.
“Another (goal) is to show everyone that I can make plays and catch the ball, and do all the stuff all the receivers are doing,” Lowe acknowledged. “I have my role on this team, and we’ll see where it goes.”