Oregon holds its fourth day of practice on Monday

Eugene, Ore.--Monday's practice sessions were the last of the split squad sessions as tomorrow the team goes into pads and into contact. For the last four days, the Oregon Ducks have been decked out in shells and helmets, as pads were unnecessary because contact was limited to an occasional bump. However tomorrow the contact will be much more intense as the first scrimmage of fall camp will be held.

Drills emphasizing conditioning was the order of the day but in passing drills some of there was more short passing and pitching as was the case in the spring sessions in April. Oregon's new spread offense allows the quarterback to operate from the shotgun and there can be as many as five receivers in any given play, flooding the defenders with all kinds of options.

The catch of the day was a diving one-handed grab by James Finley. Finley, the junior transfer from Compton College has already established himself as a player willing to sacrifice his body in order to keep the ball alive. Finley is quickly becoming one of the team leaders by his ferocious style of play.

Again as in earlier sessions both head coach Mike Bellotti and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton are very active in their involvement during practices. Both are stern in their admonishments but at the same time are very positive and reinforcing in the support to the players.

The Ducks will scrimmage tomorrow afternoon starting at approximately 1:45 p.m. although those wishing to observe the scrimmage should check Duck Pond as a note will be posted confirming the start time.

(John Feeney contributed to this report)

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