Attack and Finish.

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti answered questions from the media on Tuesday morning in a telephone conference. Bellotti said that while his team looks forward to playing No. 3 ranked Michigan on Saturday at Autzen Stadium, that he wants his team to focus on the things they do to be successful and help them win. <br><br> Bellotti said that the two keys to the game are line of scrimmage play and turnovers. <br><br> The mantra for the Ducks this game is Attack and Finish!

The Oregon mentor indicated that practice this week has gone well and he expects that the team will remain focus to details. He believes that the both Oregon and Michigan will emphasis the line play and that whoever is able to control the line of scrimmage will have the advantage. Bellotti analyzed Michigan's offensive line as having the ability to tie up a defense. Michigan, according to Bellotti uses their fullback and tight end effectively to give running back Chris Perry room to make plays. Speaking of Perry, Bellotti likened the 6-1, 200 running back to Arizona's Clarence Farmer and Oregon State's Steven Jackson. Perry is a big back who has 549 yards and eight touchdowns through three games this season.

"He (Perry) has the ability (cause defenders) to miss in space or run over people in space," remarked Bellotti.

Does that mean that Oregon is overwhelmed by the prospect of facing such a dangerous runner? Oregon intends to focus on containing Michigan's strong running attack so that their equally dangerous passing attack is not so unpredictable. Bellotti has much respect for the Michigan passing game and describes it as being very efficient. Quarterback John Navarra is 46-of-84 for 580 yards or 193.3 yards per game, four touchdowns and one interception. Navarra's prime target has been Braylon Edwards, who has 13 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Perry is not only a running threat but he also has 10 catches for 84 yards and one touchdown. When asked about Oregon's match up defensively with Michigan's taller receivers, Bellotti thought it was not necessarily a size issue but rather a competitive issue. He sees improvement in the pass coverage by the Oregon defenders.

"I think we are doing a better job technique wise and disguising the coverage," said Bellotti.

Bellotti also recognized the Michigan defense as having great team speed and the ability to bring several tacklers into a play. So far this season, Michigan has outscored opponents by a whopping 41 points per game. In fact, the Wolverines have only allowed 10 points scored on them in the first three games. Interestingly, both teams have had three interceptions so far this season. Michigan's defense has not recovered any fumbles while Oregon's defense has recovered three fumbles. Bellotti described Michigan's secondary as a unit that plays with reckless abandon. The Ducks according to their headman will have to continue to do what they do best and that is presenting a balanced offense.

"Our goal is to continue to do what we do," said Bellotti. The Ducks so far this season have had a successful balanced attack. Quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife have combined for 57-of-89 passing for 852 yards or 284.0 yards per game, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Ducks have rotated four backs in the first three games and have rushed for 481 yards and two touchdowns. Bellotti said the Ducks intend to "keep them (Michigan) off-balance by mixing the run and pass."

Samie Parker, the Ducks leading receiver will be available for the Michigan game. The 5-10 speedster turned an ankle against Arizona last Saturday night. Bellotti thought that Parker's injury did have a silver lining in that it gave juniors Kellen Taylor and Marcus Maxwell an opportunity to show what they can do. Both responded in the Arizona game. Taylor had three catches while Maxwell had two. The play of sophomore Demetrius Williams in the Arizona game, was one that caught the most attention. Williams finished the night off in the desert of Arizona with five catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Oregon offensive lineman Mike Delagrange did not see action last week at Arizona, but Bellotti indicated that the 6-6, 340 tackle will practice later Tuesday or Wednesday. The decision regarding Delagrange's availability for the Michigan game will be made on Thursday or Friday. Bellotti praised the play of Ian Reynoso who filled in on the offensive line in Delagrange's absence. Bellotti thought Reynoso's improved play gives Oregon coaches "more choices."

This season, a question session with Mike Bellotti would not be complete until someone asks about the uniforms. Bellotti said that Oregon's uniforms have changed several times since he has been with the program. However, Bellotti is less concerned with what uniforms the players wear as much as he is concerned with what the players do when they are wearing the uniforms. The head coach's goals are to win football games and he believes that the focus will remain on the Ducks doing the things they do to win those games.

"The uniform is less important than the players and coaches you play with," concluded Bellotti.

The Ducks found success by attacking Arizona and finishing the game off in a contest that was the best performance by an Oregon squad since the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks will need to pick up the attack where they left off in Tucson in order to finish and beat Michigan Saturday

The Ducks are ranked No. 22 nationally will kickoff their contest with the No. 3 ranked Wolverines at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Saturday. The game will be carried live on ABC.

To listen to the complete media conference, click to Oregonlive.com's Mike Bellotti football teleconference.

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