Similar to the Ducks' first competition day of fall camp, the offense overcame a considerable deficit to the defense on Thursday's day of competition to clinch the coveted yellow practice jerseys for the second time in as many weeks. The final score was 172-161, with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly saying that he was satisfied with the way his offense responded late in practice in order to rally from behind for the victory.
"They put themselves in a hole a little bit and then they got themselves out," said Kelly. "I think the quarterbacks understood a little bit better that it's about completions, not throwing the ball down the field and forcing the situation.
"Turnovers are what kill you...but they did a good job. It was a good competition day."
Some stars for the offense today were wide receivers Eric Dungy and Rahsaan Vaughn; two players who caught nearly everything thrown their way and who were consistent moving the ball down the field. In fact, the past few days have arguably been Dungy's best as a Duck; showing a particular propensity for getting behind the secondary and making leaping catches over defenders, as of late.
"Eric has done a nice job in camp," remarked Kelly of Dungy. "Really, he's been one of the kids who's been consistently catching the football real well out wide...He's getting better in the blocking department, he's got a real good knowledge of what we're doing route-running wise; you can tell he worked extremely hard this summer."
Thursday was also the first day junior quarterback Darron Thomas was made available to the media since it was confirmed that he was a passenger in Cliff Harris' vehicle when the All-American cornerback was cited by Oregon State Police for going 118 mph on I-5 southbound, just south of Albany.
As one might expect, Thomas was peppered with questions surrounding his involvement in the traffic stop after practice this afternoon.
"I want to tell the media the facts about the situation," Thomas stated. "I was separated from Cliff (in Portland) and I called Cliff to come pick me up and bring me home. I was asleep in the car and when I woke up, the police was right at the window, talking to us about (speeding)."
Thomas admitted it was a mistake to be in the car that night, but said that he's not upset with himself at all. Thomas had returned to Portland that night from an East Coast visit to Bristol, Conn. and ESPN and thus, had not originally travelled from Eugene to Portland, with Harris.
When asked whether or not Thomas participated in smoking the marijuana that was detected via scent from the patrolling OSP officer, Thomas denied involvement and stated that Harris wasn't the original driver when they had departed from Portland.
"Not at all," said Thomas. "Like my first statement, I wasn't with Cliff when I first got to Portland. I called him to bring me home from Portland and I got in the car and he wasn't the driver or nothing like that.
"When I woke up, the police were there."
"Not at all," was then Thomas's abrupt response to questions regarding: Whether or not he had other options coming back from Portland, whether or not he's been subject to a drug test since being enrolled at Oregon and whether or not he smoked marijuana that night with Harris.
Fall camp resumes Friday with an afternoon session taking place from 1:15-3:30. The practice is currently open to the media and general public.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Huff's status has not changed since coming down with an undisclosed ailment last weekend. Like days previous, Huff wore a helment, jersey and shorts as he largely observed practice from the sidelines Thursday...Redshirt freshman defensive end Tony Washington was sidelined as well as he recovers from an apparent leg injury...Sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli participated in individual drills with his teammates today, but was withheld from team activities as he wore a heavy brace around his ankle area...Redshirt freshman tight end Curtis White left practice today with ice around his ankle and was seen sporting crutches after practice had concluded. He said his status was, "day-to-day"...Sophomore wide receiver Blake Cantu did not dress for Thursday's afternoon practice...Maligned redshirt freshman running back Lache Seastrunk had maybe his finest day in pads, breaking a couple of long runs up the middle and coming up with a tremendous catch downfield after getting rocked by an opposing defensive back as he went up for the grab.
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