Ducks Continue to Battle Playbook

Heading into the third week of fall practice, head coach Chip Kelly and the 2012 Ducks are focused on defeating a familiar foe: the day. Kelly said the team would not begin preparation for opening opponent Arkansas State until after this Thursday's practice.

Instead they'll continue to battle the playbook, Kelly said, estimating that 90% of it's entirety has been "coached, taught and implemented," and that the both veterans and newcomers alike are well versed.

"They (newcomers) get everything just like everyone else," Kelly said. "They're taught just the same way as everybody else and it's their responsibility to keep up."

For sophomore tight end Colt Lyerla it's been catch-up before keep-up since his return to fall practice last Tuesday. Lyerla missed the first two weeks of camp for undisclosed reasons.

"He's getting better," Kelly said of Lyerla's participation. "He just lacks some practice that they other guys have."

The Hillsboro-graduate is widely expected to fill the lofty hole that graduation and injuries left with David Paulson and Curtis White's departure from the team. But as shirtless photos spread across the Internet drew comparisons to Batman-villain Bane, conditioning is far from a concern.

"Fortunately for us, he worked out really hard with (strength and conditioning) coach Radcliffe and the rest of the guys during the summer time," Kelly offered. "He had a good summer from what I understand."

If learning the playbook and conditioning have been onuses this fall, add team building as another. When asked if the team-building activities over the weekend accomplished just that, Kelly retorted "every day we get together is a good team-building day for the Oregon Ducks."


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