Wednesday Practice Notes

With one more day of practice before the Ducks take the field Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium versus the Washington Huskies, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly discussed, among other things, prepping for a Husky team that will be without its best player.

1. With Washington senior quarterback Jake Locker ruled out of Saturday's game at Oregon with fractured ribs, the focus turns to young Keith Price, a redshirt freshman with only nine pass attempts to his name and who will make his first collegiate start against the No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Though Price maintains comparable athleticism to Locker, experience certainly isn't in his favor. Yet, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly vows his team won't prepare any differently for the Compton, Calif. native.

"It's the same thing with (Kevin) Prince and (Richard) Brehaut," said Kelly. "I don't think in this short week are they going to drastically change their offense. They run so many things right now that's there enough for them to choose from with what they're going to run with Keith. Keith is a very good athlete...but we'll continue our same preparation."

2. With Kenjon Barner out for the past two games nursing a concussion, true freshman Josh Huff has made the most of the additional playing time he's received. Mostly a wide receiver, Huff has found himself toting the rock out of the backfield on a number of different occasions in relief of Barner. While Huff's contributions in the running game could be minimized as Barner prepares to return, Kelly has been satisfied with the versatility that Huff has provided.

"The one thing we're doing with Josh is making sure we don't just overload him and give him too much," said Kelly. "He can do a lot of different things, but we still have to remember that he's a true freshman."

3. Speaking of Barner, Kelly says his decision to bring him to Los Angeles last Saturday for the game against USC had a lot to do with Barner's valued sideline perspective.

"I just felt like we needed him down there," said Kelly. "I know LaMichael (James) needed him. LaMichael talks to him a lot and they see things a lot alike. We usually bring 31 or 32 (players) on offense and just looking at where we were, we were probably going to bring someone who was probably going to be a redshirt kid anyway...we felt on the offensive side of the ball that having Kenjon there would be helpful to us."

4. After losing players the likes of Will Tukuafu and Walter Thurmond last season, many wondered which players would emerge as leaders for the 2010 edition of Oregon football. Surprisingly, it hasn't been only a handful of players, but instead a large group of guys that have assumed the mantle this season. Kelly remarked that this team's situation is unique in that respect and it wasn't something he necessarily expected heading in to the year.

"I think it's a great thing," admitted Kelly when asked about his number of team leaders. "I think it speaks volumes to what this group is all about. Everybody takes a vested interest and they're not waiting around for someone else to do something. You watch how we practice and what we do, there's not one guy that stands out, it's an entire group that stands out."

Notes: Barner rid himself of the red non-contact jersey this morning, exchanging it instead for the standard issue white jersey worn by all the offensive players. He was "full go" today working with the first and second team offense and continue to look rather promising with regard to getting his first game action this weekend since suffering a concussion at Washington State nearly four weeks ago.

Official Oregon Injury Report:

DB Marcus Davis (leg) and CB Anthony Gildon (leg)

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