Odds and Ends Heading into Fall Camp

The Oregon Ducks will start fall camp on August 5th and will welcome 100 athletes onto the practice field of the Autzen Stadium complex. The first practice for the yellow squad will be held at 12:30 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. and then later in the day (4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) a second session for the green squad will take place.

The players report in the day before on Aug. 4th.

Scrimmages scheduled for Aug. 9, 18 and 24th. Fan day this year will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

The Ducks return 43 lettermen. The statistical leaders from last year include senior running back Terrence Whitehead is the leading rusher from last year (1,144 yards, six touchdowns, and 104.0-yards per game.) Quarterback Kellen Clemens will be the starting quarterback headed into fall camp. Last year Clemens threw for 2,548 yards on 223-for-372, 22 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 231.6-yard per game average passing. Senior wide receiver Demetrius Williams is the leading returning receiver after catching 47 passes for 594 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Ducks return junior safety J.D. Nelson, who recorded 66 tackles last season, 39 solo and 27 assisted tackles. Senior defensive tackle Devan Long recorded 7.5 sacks for a loss of 56 yards. Long was also the leading tackle-for-loss specialist with 15 tackles for 80 yards. Senior cornerback Aaron Gipson recorded the most interceptions last season with four. Senior cornerback Justin Phinisee returned 17 punts last season for 261 yards, 15.4-yard per punt average, one touchdown for 73 yards. Sophomore running back Andiel Brown is the most experience kickoff return specialist returning to the squad. Last year, Brown one return for five yards.

Senior Tim Day was the leading receiver for scoring last year with eight touchdown receptions. This season Day, 6-4, 265, will be designated H-back and former fullback junior Dante Rosario, 6-4,243, is slated as the starting tight end. According to information released to the media by the University, Oregon will employee a new offense that will field both the H-Back and tight end.

The Ducks will open the season on Sept. 1st by travelling to Houston, Texas to face the Houston Cougars. The game will be televised on ESPN2. For the first time in school history, both Washington (Oct. 15) and Oregon State (Nov. 19 FSN) will play at Autzen Stadium during the season. Oregon will play a total of six home games including Montana (Sept. 10), Fresno State (Sept. 17, TBS), USC (Sept. 24, ABC) and California (Nov. 5). Oregon travels to Stanford (Oct. 2), Arizona State (Oct. 8), Arizona (Oct. 22), and Washington State (Nov. 12 FSN).

(Note: all practice time are tentative and subject to change without prior notice.)

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