Saturday practice update

Cameron Colvin was back and was looking strong and sharp as usual. There has been talk that Colvin has been the best performer of the fall camp so far. He uses his size to block out the corners and just looks powerful out there. After he catches the ball, he seems to get it against his body faster than any Duck receivers.

Demetrius Williams and Garren Strong were out of their protective casts and were jogging around. Strong looked a bit sore but Demetrius looks fine and will see the field very soon.

James Finley was the player of the day. He caught every single ball, most of them in traffic and broke away from the defense on several occasions for long runs after the catch. He is Kellen Clemen's go-to man on the field right now, which is quite an accomplishment for a junior college transfer.

True freshman Walter Thurmond had two big hits over the middle today. Although fairly skinny, Thurmond is showing good positioning and is not afraid to hit bigger players. Defensive back coach Neal was very animated today and was getting a little upset with some of his defensive backs for going for the ball instead of watching the receivers' hands. Neal instructed his backs to watch the receiver and as soon as they put their hands up to catch the ball, to knock the ball down by watching the receivers' hands. Redshirt freshman sensation Patrick Chung received a good scolding for trying to intercept a ball in the end zone instead of just knocking it down. He was beat on the play, and Neal was not too happy.

The offense and defense both had their high points in the scrimmage portion at the end. Kellen Clemens looked fairly sharp today, as he saw most of the quarterback action, and was hitting Finley for some big gains. He rocketed a few balls into traffic that looked like they should have been picked, but they were finding the receiver. Justin Phinisee had a nice pick of Clemens and was his usual physical self on the field. He was really sticking with his man and used his strength (5-11, 200) to outmuscle the receiver both at the line and down the field.

Anthony Trucks just wants to hit somebody. In the scrimmage, the defense was instructed to just wrap up the offense and not bring them down, but he received a stern warning after he knocked down a receiver after a catch. A few plays later, Trucks tackled Tim Day hard and sent him flying out of bounds. LB coach Don Pellum had a little chat with him after that... it's hard to complain about a player breaking the rules in practice when all they want to do is knock the offensive player out with a strong hit. Trucks and Tuitele are beginning to look like quite a pair on the field.

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