Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was made available to members of the media following the Ducks' Monday morning practice inside the comfy confines of the Moshofsky Center. Earlier in the day, sophomore running back LaMichael James was named to the AFCA All-America team in recognition of his tremendous on-field exploits so far this season. When asked if the team takes pride in those types of awards, Kelly admitted that it is a nice feather their cap.
"Anytime you get a running back (recognized like that), he doesn't do it by himself," said Kelly. "It's well deserved on his part, but I think it says a lot about the offensive line, receivers, quarterback, the whole group...they'll take some pride in that."
Kelly was also asked whether or not he received the apology that Arizona kicker Alex Zendejas issued after he waved his finger in the direction of Kelly after converting a 29-yard field before halftime of the Ducks' game versus the Wildcats last Friday. Kelly, who attempted to ice Zendejas with two timeouts prior to halftime, had this to say about the kicker's apology.
"That's interesting because the official said he didn't do that," stated Kelly who seemed to hint he was looking for an unsportsmanlike penalty on the play. "I accept his apology, he's a classy kid, but the officials in the game said that that didn't happen so it must not have happened."
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