Kelly Happy With Condition of Team

Eugene -- The Oregon Ducks practiced behind closed doors again on the second day of fall camp but Head Coach Chip Kelly was happy with the physical condition of his team after the off-season workouts that the students-athletes are responsible for.

(PHOTO) Freshmen Terrence Daniel (45), Byron Marshall (9) and Pharaoh Brown (85) head to the showers following the second day of fall camp at the Autzen Stadium Complex in Eugene. (Photo by Steve Summers)

"They've done a very nice job," Kelly said of his team's physical condition. "They obviously know the tempo we play at. We really consider our physical fitness is a weapon. We don't ease into it. It is full go right from when we blow the whistle the first time."

Kelly went on to say that it was good that the true freshmen arrived on campus in June and were able to work with Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Radcliffe and that there wasn't much of a drop off between the true freshmen and the veterans.

A question was asked of Kelly that pertained to the seven-on-seven work that the team voluntarily. Apparently some of the offensive and defensive players switched sides, prompting the question to Kelly, if he could draft one offensive player to play on defense or defense to offense, who would it be? Kelly thought for a moment and said that he'd pick Kenjon Barner from the offense and Michael Clay from the defense.

That is an interesting selection considering that Barner starter his career off at Oregon as a defensive back and Clay was a fullback in high school, but perhaps one of the most memorable plays in recent Duck history was when Clay took a direct snap in a fake punt and ran for 64 yards, displaying some nifty open field running moves.

Redshirt freshman Carlyle Garrick is not listed on the official roster and when asked about Garrick's status, Kelly said that Garrick is "still on the team but not in camp."

AD officials were asked about Garrick's status and a athletic department spokesperson explained that only 105 personnel can be on the fall camp roster and that Garrick will be added when that number goes up once the season starts.


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