Notes From Spring Practice: Day 6

The second week of spring drills for the Oregon football team is halfway in the books, as the Ducks concluded their sixth practice with their first scrimmage this April.

Like every other practice this spring, Tuesday's session this morning was closed to the media and general public as the Ducks held their first scrimmage inside the confines of Autzen Stadium, the first such practice this April that wasn't conducted inside the Moshofsky Center.

Though there are few details as to what actually occurred during the scrimmage, there were officials, the teams did not keep score, and the there was live tackling, this according to senior linebacker Michael Clay.

"I thought it went well," said Clay, when asked of his impressions of the team's first scrimmage this morning. "We finally got to take people down to the ground and tackle, so I think the scrimmage went really well."

According to Clay, this was the first instance in which the team participated in live tackling since the Rose Bowl, hence, the focus Tuesday was on being physical, getting back to fundamentals, wrapping one's head around schemes and sets.

"You always want to get better at the system," Clay stated. "You always want to get better at defining and learning different concepts for each defensive system. Spring is an important part of the whole process."

As far as individual standouts in today's scrimmage, Clay noted that sophomore defensive backs Dior Mathis and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had impressive showings for the defense today.

"Dior Mathis had a really good day and Ifo had a really big hit today," remarked Clay. "The young defensive backs are really showing up."

The Ducks inch closer toward the halfway point of spring drills when they return to the practice field Thursday morning.

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