3rd and Details

Eugene -- The Oregon Ducks concluded a morning practice session on Thursday again concentrating on the finer details of individual positions. The team was suited up in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) and spent the morning toning up the things that look so easy during a game, but are practiced countless times in practice.

As has been the case all fall camp, the morning session started off with stretching and some conditioning then moved to position drills. In position drills, the players repeatedly went through such things as hand offs with the coaches call that it was third down, positioning, stances and of course pace.

Darron Thomas and Bryan Bennett took most of the snaps when it came time for the Ducks to go through either the 7x7 or 11x11 drills. Today it seemed that the Oregon offense worked on the option mesh with Thomas showing his experience by having the best day. That is no slam against Bennett by any stretch as he too was hitting targets well.

As has been the case in morning practice sessions, the emphasis was on repetition and overall there weren't many spectacular plays. One of the best catches of the day was made by Eric Dungy, who hauled a pass in and kept his feet inbound to keep the play alive.

Sophomore Josh Huff was on the sideline but not in a boot.

Just as a note, Tacoi Sumler had a good day by creating a lot of space for himself and getting open during passing drills.

In every practice, special teams gets in a certain amount of work. Special Teams Coach Tom Osborne wore a microphone during special teams practice so that everyone could hear his instructions as typically the special teams units are spread all over the field. Today the punting and kick off units were emphasizing coverage rather than returns.

Notes: Blake Cantu was not at practice.


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