As the second week of fall camp begins to wind down for the Ducks, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was forced today to make two notable position changes to help address depth concerns in other places. Most notably, redshirt freshman defensive back Dior Mathis was moved to wide receiver today to help make up for the obvious absences of Josh Huff and Blake Cantu.
"I don't know if we have a new receiver, we're just trying to figure out some spots for some kids," said Kelly of Mathis' move to offense. "He was the one kid in the secondary that we felt could 'cross-train.' It'll add some depth to us and (defensive backs coach) John (Neal) felt real confident that (Dior) knows what he's doing defensively...to flip him back to defense wouldn't be that difficult."
In addition to Mathis' versatility, his speed is another asset Kelly believes translates well to offense.
"He can fly, for number one," said Kelly. "He's on our track team, he has great speed and if you looked at his high school tape, he was a dynamic player with the ball in his hands.
"I love his attitude and he's real game about it," Kelly continued. "It could be a two or three day experiment and he goes back or it could be, I don't know...we're trying to find spots for everybody and utilize it."
Huff was sidelined once again Friday afternoon as he continues to recover from an unknown injury. Since last Saturday, Huff has dressed in a helmet and shorts. Cantu has been absent altogether from practice sessions since Wednesday, as Kelly offered no update on the Southlake, Tex. native other than to say, "we don't have the final verdict on all of that."
Walk-on senior defensive end Nick Musgrove made the switch to offense as well this afternoon as it appears redshirt freshman tight end Curtis White could miss considerable time after suffering a lower leg injury on Thursday. Kelly all but acknowledged that it's almost certain that White will miss the LSU game and stated that he is unsure of what Musgrove's potential at tight end could be.
"I don't know," admitted Kelly when questioned about Musgrove's ability to contribute offensively. "If Curtis is definitely gonna be out for at least the beginning, we don't have much depth at tight end right now, so our decision was to bring Nick over."
The second week of fall camp ends Saturday as the Ducks have a doubles day scheduled. The morning session runs from 9:00-10:30 and the afternoon session goes from 1:30-3:45. Both practices are open to the media and general public.
Sophomore defensive linemen Ricky Heimuli and redshirt freshman Tony Washington once again assumed spectator roles this afternoon as both players recover from leg injuries. Heimuli was fully padded, but didn't participate in team drills as he wore a heavy brace around his ankle. Washington sported a helmet and shorts as he partook in individual drills only as he was restricted by a stiff knee brace. No timetable has been given on either player's return.
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