Valenzuela Gives It All

Robby Valenzuela has a couple of games marked on his calendar that he'd like to win. One is at Cal against the Bears, the other is at Corvallis in the Civil War against Oregon State. That is not to say the second game of the season against Oklahoma isn't important, but for a player that Head Coach Mike Bellotti consistently referred to during spring workouts as one of the leaders of the defense, the two Pac-10 teams are two that he particularly wants to win.

"Everyone looks at the Oklahoma game, and I want to win that game too," says Valenzuela. "I look at Cal and OSU, and those are the two main games I want to win."

Standing 6-feet-2 and weighing in at 303-pounds, the senior who majors in Sociology plays as hard in practice as he does on game day – at 110 percent. He is a rare commodity being a defensive lineman that played as a true freshman and last season recorded 31 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss. Whenever the Ducks have needed consistency and durability, the name Robby Valenzuela seems to pop up.

Now that he is a senior Valenzuela says that he takes advantage of the opportunities that he has to play as hard as he can and leave everything on the field. And his leadership style?

"Lead by example," says the modest Valenzuela. "And give it my every best."

Robby V. says he and his fellow line defenders hope to contain opposing quarterbacks more this season. Given the depth and speed that the Oregon defensive line can boast, that might spell h-e-a-d-a-c-h-e for a lot of opposing offensive coordinators. For sure, Valenzuela is not afraid to mention what his ultimate goal for his team is – a national championship.

The Ducks will start their quest for Valenzuela's goal on September 11th against Indiana.

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Practice Notes:

The Ducks scrimmage on Saturday started earlier than the reported 3:30 p.m. time, catching not only a few beat reporters but also the game officials off guard. The day saw several hundred fans turnout on a warm sunny Saturday afternoon. Bellotti said after the workouts that two of the better receivers Demetrius Williams and Cameron Colvin were held out nursing minor injuries. It was an interesting comment by Bellotti that he mentioned Colvin as one of the better team receivers.

Freshman quarterback Dennis Dixon continued to impress onlookers with his running. Dixon rushed for one touchdown of 28 yards. Just prior to Dixon's touchdown, senior running back Kenny Washington had a zigzagging run of 46 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brady Leaf threw a touchdown pass of 9 yards to freshman fullback Jerome Johnson. Senior quarterback Kellen Clemens was 3-for-10 passing and 76 yards with a long of 50 yards. Redshirt freshman Johnny DuRocher was 4-for-11 and 37 yards with one interception. Dixon was 5-for-12 for 46 yards and an interception. Leaf was 4-of-9 for 55 yards and the one touchdown.

Sophomore tight end Dan Kause had three catches for 71 yards with a long of 50 yards, while freshman wide receiver Jaison Williams had three catches for 55 yards. Senior wide receiver Marcus Maxwell had two catches for 61 yards. Junior tight end Nate LiaBraaten caught one pass for 17 yards and Johnson had an additional catch to go along with his touch down reception for a total of nine yards.

Rushing statistics included Dixon's touchdown and a total of five rushes for 52 yards. Washington had three carries for 57 yards. Freshman Terrell Jackson had 8 touches for 20 yards and walk-on Andiel Brown had five carries for 33 yards. Senior Ryan Shaw was the workhorse today totaling nine carries for 15 yards.

Defensively, the Men-In-Green (defense) recorded three sacks.

On the injury front, center Josh Hagemeyer was taken into the locker room by cart and Bellotti reported that he had an ankle injury. Bellotti also said that Devlin Bayne suffered a shoulder injury. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. Others that were either held out or had been banged up yesterday were Adam Snyder with an ankle; Charles Favroth with an ankle; Enoka Lucas with a bruised thigh and Terrence Whitehead with a bruised thumb.

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