Going Through the Motions

The Oregon Ducks started winding down Tennessee Tech preparation on Thursday as they performed a lot of situational and mental work at practice. Chip Kelly spent a short time with the media before making contact with Jim Rome.

After a week that saw the Oregon Ducks lose John Boyett and Carson York for the rest of the 2012 college football season, Thursday's practice and media session was a nice reminder that the Oregon Ducks are still going through the same motions as they would during any other week.

"Lot of situational work," said head coach Chip Kelly when asked what went down in practice today. "Mental based stuff."

Whether it was because of his interview with Jim Rome that followed his daily practice report or something else, Kelly did not have much to exchange with the Oregon media today.

On the topic of individual players, Kelly addressed Keanon Lowe and Derrick Malone.

"(He's) a kid that's taken advantage of the opportunity that is presented to him," said Kelly when talking about Lowe. "(The) great thing about this game is that you get out of it what you put into it. (I'm) Really happy for him. He's working his tail off."

Lowe, after spending time on special teams and seeing limited action in 2011, has stepped into a big role of being one of the starting wide receivers for the Ducks. He currently has five receptions for 46 yards and no touchdowns and figures to be one of the bigger players part of an Oregon offense that is looking to not skip a beat in 2012.

As for Derrick Malone, he is another player that has been working his tail off to try and put his name out there for the coaches.

"Derrick's done a really nice job," said Kelly. "(He's the) next linebacker in after Kiko, Boseko, and Michael Clay."

Kelly was also quick to point out that the other linebackers are not far behind.

"They're all close," said Kelly on Oregon's depth a linebacker. "You'll see them all in there whether it's in the first quarter or the fourth quarter. It's good for us to develop that depth, especially early in the season because it's going to pay dividends for us at the end of the year."

Other than Lowe and Malone, Kelly addressed the concern that the offensive line had trouble with Fresno State's defensive line this past weekend.

"We had individual breakdowns, we didn't have schematic breakdowns."

Oregon will resume practice on Friday before taking on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium.

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