Friday Scrimmage Notes

Friday's scrimmage to conclude the third week of spring practice was spirited. The offense was able to move the ball more successfully than they had in the earlier scrimmages, though the decision to hold Haloti Ngata out of the session surely was one big reason why. Still, more of the elements the offense has been working on were successful.

The scrimmage was approximately 80 plays and was evenly divided between running and passing. Statistical highlights:

Rushing: Whitehead: 7 carries for 69 yards, Terrell Jackson: 5 – 23, 1 TD, Andiel Brown: 6 – 28, Niles Mittasch: 5 – 37, 1 TD, Dixon: 8 – 40 yards, Clemens: 4 – -26.

Passing: Clemens 4-11, 79 yards, 1TD; Dixon 5-9, 65 yards, 2TD; Leaf 3-6, 21 yards, 1TD; Bennett 1-2, 5 yards.

Receiving: Weatherspoon 4-40, 2TD; Strong 3-33, 1TD; J. Williams 1-20, 1TD; Paysinger 2-14; Kause 1-6; Jackson 1-8; D. Williams 1-43; Montrose 1-5.

The special teams remain a concern; one PAT was blocked and two more were missed, as were both field goal attempts.

Punting teams went live before the scrimmage. The punt blocking unit was able to get a hand on two of the attempts, but those punts that were successful showed good distance – 40-50 yards – and good hang time – consistently in the 4:15 – 4:30 range.

Dennis Dixon led the 2's to a score in his second series, the 1's weren't able to find the end zone until their fifth – a series that featured 5 Terrence Whitehead rushes into the middle of the defense and was capped by a beauty of an inside option pitch to Kyle Weatherspoon for the touchdown.

After the session coach Mike Bellotti allowed the offense was "a little bit better today than last week" but that "was partly due to Haloti not being there" and that the defense "did not tackle as well today. We had good collisions but we didn't tackle"

Bellotti also noted that "Kellen threw a couple of very nice passes, his touch on the deep ball is improving".

Penalties were a continuing theme throughout the scrimmage, although the Oregon head coach stated he is "not concerned yet… the penalty flags now are good in the regard that we can learn from them."

The injury bug bit Paul Martinez (groin), Cameron Colvin (ankle), James Finley (knee contusion), Brent Haberly (quad bruise), Jon Teague (ankle), Ian Reynoso (lower back) but none are expected to miss any practice time.

Practices are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday of this coming week with the spring game set for 12:30 on Saturday, the 30th.

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