Vossmeyer talks about ILB

Scott Vossmeyer was recruited as a quarterback when he came to Oregon four years ago, but somewhere along the line the opportunity arose for him to switch from the offense to defense. This year the senior from Brea, Calif. is in a position to make a contribution on the field in his final season as a Duck. <br><br> "I played linebacker in high school," said Vossmeyer. "The opportunity came up and I decided to go ahead and play linebacker, it was actually my decision."

Scott wears No. 10 and says he is having fun playing on the defense. Coming out of high school, the Journalism/Public Relations major was his high school's two-time MVP and all-time passing leader, throwing for 2,025 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Last year Vossmeyer recorded one tackle and time will tell about more time at the inside linebacker position. At 6-4, 223-pounds he has the size and strength to play and would like to see the Ducks win a national championship. He also possesses an aggressive side to his football personality that propels him to hit people. Was there much transition from playing linebacker in high school to playing linebacker at Oregon?

"There is a big transition as far as working with your eyes and getting your feet to follow your eyes," observed Vossmeyer.

Did it help playing quarterback to transition?

Although a lot of people will ask that question, Vossmeyer doesn't think that it as big an impact as some would imagine. He points out that defenders know the route concepts just like a quarterback does.

"You are thinking about so many things when you are on defense...when you play middle linebacker it is like being the quarterback," Vossmeyer summed up.

The Ducks continue their practice in preparation for the first game of the year against Indiana on September 11th, at Autzen Stadium.

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Practice Notes:

A number of players including Jackie Bates, Keith Allen, Justin Phinisee and Marley Tucker were held out of practice.

Welcome to the Pac-10: Sophomore free safety JD Nelson made a big time hit on freshman wide receiver Jaison Williams. "A bell-ringer," as described by Brian Shandera.

Today's practice included a number of 1-on-1 drills. Ryan Gilliam looked particularly impressive returning kickoffs. Paul Martinez was also showing a strong hang time in his punts.

Some celebrities were in attendance along the sidelines including Men's Basketball Coach Ernie Kent, PGA golfer Casey Martin and former Duck and pro wrestler Josh Wilcox.

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