Spring drills begin for the Ducks.

Under cloudy skies, and brisk temperatures, the Oregon Ducks took to the practice field at the Autzen Stadium complex on Saturday for spring drills. The practice session was full of intensity and little horseplay. <br><br><I>(PHOTO LEFT) Freshman Johnny DuRocher delivers a pass to an unidentifed receiver on the first day of spring work outs for the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, April 5, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon. (eDuck/Dave O'Shea)</I>

The team participated in normal practice activities including passing drills, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. There was a spirited competition at the quarterback position between senior Jason Fife and sophomore Kellen Clemens. True freshman Johnny DuRocher also was included in the drills. Despite the competition, there seemed to be lot of camaraderie between the players.

(PHOTO RIGHT)#28 J. D. Nelson,FS;#52 Jerry Matson, LB; #99 Robby Valenzuela, DT; #4 Steven Moore,CB; #5 Arron Gipson, CB; #16 Keith Lewis, FS.(eDuck/Dave O'Shea)

Running backs Ryan Shaw and Kenny Washington both appeared healthy and running hard, as did Chris Vincent. Vincent had sat out last season after transferring from LSU.

The team wore their helmets and jerseys but there was not contact (hitting) involved in the practice.

Some other observations, Victor Filipe, who enrolled this term looked like a "beast," in that he is in great shape. Redshirt freshman Darius Sanders appears 20 to 25 pounds heavier than last season and has moved to defensive end. Corner back Marcus Binns appeared bigger than last fall.

A player who could be a star in the making is junior Kellen Taylor, 6-1, 190, who had several passes thrown his way.

WarDuck and Dave O'Shea contributed to this report.

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