Notes From Spring Practice: Day 8

The Ducks were inside Autzen Stadium for the third time this spring, bringing a close to the second week of spring drills.

Friday brought with it some drizzle and the end of the second week of spring practice for Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks. This morning, Kelly discussed his impressions of his team at this point in the spring, as well as the improvements he'd like to see moving forward.

"I like our effort, I like our attention to detail, and I think overall, we're progressing and I'm really happy with where we are," said Kelly. "There's one or two kids at each position that aren't as consistent as we want right now, but they're still learning...We haven't had some of those younger guys step up the way I think they should.

"We need to develop our depth."

Depth that does appear to be developing is on defensive line, where the Ducks return three starters from last year's Rose Bowl team, along with quality experience in spades. However, the player grabbing the most spotlight in the defensive trenches is true freshman, Arik Armstead. Regarded as one of the nation's top players coming out of high school in the class of 2012, Kelly says that Armstead is already beginning to make an impression on him.

"He's done a really nice job," said Kelly. "I think all three of those kids [Armstead, Evan Baylis and Jake Rodrigues] have a maturity to them and have handled it [adjusting to college] well. I think the biggest complement to all those guys is, you don't notice them...I would argue those guys are ahead of some of those guys who were here last fall."

Senior offensive lineman Ryan Clanton has only faced Armstead twice in spring practices, but was very complementary of the Elk Grove, California native when he met with members of the media Friday.

"He is definitely large," said Clanton. "He's better than me when I was coming out of high school, we'll just put it that way."

Clanton also said that veterans such as Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Heimuli have been some of the toughest matchups for him and the other offensive linemen in team drills this spring.

The Ducks have the weekend off before returning to action Monday to start the third week of spring drills.

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