Ducks Put on the Pads

Sunday's practice marked the first day the Oregon Ducks wore their pads and made contact for the 2004 season. Several players nursed various bumps and bruises and one player will be examined tomorrow to determine the extent of a knee injury. <br><br> Head Coach Mike Bellotti was generally pleased with the workout, though indicated he has high standards and the hitting and popping was not as loud as he would like.

He conceded that part of that was due to the large number of incoming freshman participating – and getting used to his expectations.

"Overall both sides (offense and defense) did some good things," said Bellotti of the day's workout. "We'll get a lot good film to evaluate."

While one of the highly touted freshman wide receivers, Cameron Colvin, was held out of practice to reduce swelling from a jammed thumb the other, Jaison Williams continued to impress onlookers as well as the head coach. On one reception, Williams made a quick cut, causing corner back Sam Hughes to cross his feet. Williams then zoomed around Hughes to make a nice over-shoulder-catch and dash off toward the end zone. Bellotti is impressed with Williams, citing not only the youngster's speed and endurance but also his attitude.

"He's a big body, at 6-4.5, 234, eight-percent body fat," observed Bellotti. "He's the real deal."

Bellotti pointed out that the running backs continue to impress him and noted Ryan Shaw and Kenny Washington's effort today.

On the injury front, Bellotti said that freshman tight end Ryan Keeling may have injured a knee and will have a precautionary MRI performed tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury. Bellotti also acknowledged that walk-on freshman wide receiver Collin Cram, 5-11, 172 has a sprained ankle.

Bellotti thought that there were several players suffering from hamstring pulls but thought that all the players would be available Monday. The head coach believed the reason for the hamstring problems resulted from the increased speed that the players are operating at now as opposed to conditioning drills.

Oregon will open the season on September 11, against Indiana and then travel the next week to Norman, Okla., to meet the Sooners on a nationally broadcast game.

Notes: Tonight's rebroadcast on Comcast will feature last year's Civil War. Next week will be last year's Michigan game.

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