Few, if any players, had a case of the Mondays this afternoon as the Ducks returned to the practice field to kick off the second week of fall camp. Among the attendees taking in practice today was renowned sportscaster Gus Johnson, who will call college football games for FOX Sports this season after making his name as an energetic play-by-play man for CBS's March Madness coverage. Johnson addressed the team after practice Monday, though it is unknown as to what his message to the team was.
More so than in week one, the Ducks ran a bevy of situational drills towards the end of the day on Monday, in addition to the typical 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations that are featured during a conventional practice. Given a specific amount of time to engineer or thwart a comeback, the offense and defense squared off in a number of tightly contested battles that provided a handful of highlight reel plays. Arguably the most memorable play of the day came from wide receiver Eric Dungy, who hauled in a deep pass from second-string quarterback Bryan Bennett by making an acrobatic leaping grab over junior cornerback Scott Grady. The catch drew ooohs and awws from practice attendees and gave the offense a small "victory" over the defense during the hurry-up sequence.
"They did a nice job," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly of his team's overall performance in the manufactured pressure situations. "As many times as you can put them in to situations is what practice is all about...It's about not trying to get it all on one play. It's about trying to manage it and trying to make sure you can get some first downs."
True freshmen Marcus Mariota and Devon Blackmon both had their moments during the hurry-up session as well, as the two connected on an intermediate route that Blackmon took to the endzone after making one defender miss near the sideline.
With a variety of players coming up with remarkable plays practice-in and practice-out, many may wonder how much jockeying is taking place with regard to positioning on the Oregon depth chart. The answer is "none" according to Kelly, who once again addressed questions about where certain players stand.
"We're gonna wait till game week (to make any depth chart decisions)," Kelly stated. "You'll see some guy on Saturday and go, 'Wow, he played unbelievable,' and then he doesn't play unbelievable the next day.
"It's more a consistency thing over the span of things. We're not playing for another three weeks, I think. When we get in to game week, we'll know exactly what our rotation is."
The Ducks continue their week of practices tomorrow with a morning session from 9:00 to 10:30 and an afternoon session from 1:15 to 3:30. Both practices are currently open to the public.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Huff was a spectator for most of the day as he recovers from an apparent leg injury. Huff wore a helmet and yellow jersey this afternoon, but wasn't in full pads like the rest of his teammates. The injury doesn't appear serious in nature, though no word was given on Huff's status after practice...Sophomore defensive lineman Ricky Heimuli participated in Monday's practice, but was seen wearing a small walking boot at the conclusion of the day. Like Huff, no indication was given on Heimuli's status moving forward as the injury does not appear to be major.
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