Senior quarterback Kellen Clemens had a very good day throwing accurate passes and because of that senior wide receiver Demetrius Williams had a great day receiving the ball. Clemens was consistently hitting receivers on the mark. He didn't lock on to one receiver but eyed the entire field and spread the ball around. Dennis Dixon lofted a few long balls with a nice touch that has been developing through the spring and into fall camp. Dixon hit TE Dante Rosario with two 30-yard touchdowns in 7-on-7 drills. As usual throughout fall camp, Demetrius Williams creates significant separation on almost every play and caught every ball thrown his way. James Finley had two huge catches in traffic and continues to provide a spark for the offense.He is perhaps the most animated player on the field and while he talks the talk with plenty of confidence, he has been backing it up all fall with amazing hands and the athleticism to get open and run.
In the one-on-one wide receiver versus defensive back drill, Aaron Gipson stuck right with his man. At 5-9, 180, Gipson has enough power to stay with a physical receiver and has plenty of speed to boot. Safety Patrick Chung continues to show why he has earned a starting spot in the secondary as a redshirt freshman. Chung jams the receiver at the line then has enough speed to stick with the receiver after his initial move to get open. In normal scrimmage conditions, Chung sprints all over the field from his safety position and uses his speed to get a hand in front of the receivers face or make the first hit on most plays. He seems to have good instincts on where the ball will be thrown and once he decides where to go, he gets there in a flash.
Jonathan Stewart worked with the second-team a bit today and looks more comfortable with each practice. His balance and fluid movements make his running look effortless.
The team continued to work on special teams, a theme throughout the week. Overall, the offense looked very sharp in passing drills today and most importantly, every starter on offense and defense was healthy and played today. Rosario wore a yellow shirt to alert defenders of his injury, but he appeared to be running at full strength and caught the ball well today.
The Oregon depth chart (see below) for the Houston game was released today with some surprises on it. True freshman defensive end Nick Reed will travel to Houston as a back up to senior Devin Long. Three other true freshmen, running back Jonathan Stewart, free safety Jairus Byrd and long snapper Mark Sunga will also make the first road trip with the team. Running back Andiel Brown could be returning kickoffs and is listed as a back up to Justin Phinisee as a punt return specialist.
Some pre-season test results were also released today. This year five Ducks are listed being able to bench press more than 400 pounds. Junior Haloti Ngata topped the list with 505 pounds followed by Matt Toeaina (455), Brian Truelove (435), Enoka Lucas (425) and Ian Reynoso (400). Ngata also topped the team with a squat of 615 pounds. The complete results of the testing can be found in the Official Media Release dated Aug. 27, 2005.
Oregon will travel to Houston for a Sept. 1st game that will be televised live on ESPN2 with a kickoff time scheduled for 4.p.m Pacific Daylight Time.
|WR||6 Demetrius Williams||DE||92 Devan Long|
|4 Jaison Williams||49 Nick Reed|
|LT||60 Max Unger||DT||96 Haloti Ngata|
|64 Mark Lewis||97 Cole Linehan|
|LG||77 Palauni Ma Sun||DT||45 Matt Toeaina|
|61 Josh Tschirgi||90 David Faaeteete|
|C||55 Enoka Lucas||DE||95 Darius Sanders|
|51 Jeff Kendall||56 Victor Filipe|
|RG||59 Ian Reynoso||WLB||34 A.J. Tuitele|
|63 Jon Teague||22 Chris Vincent|
|RT||75 Geoff Schwartz||MLB||42 Brent Haberly|
|78 Jacob Hucko||33 Blair Phillips|
|TE||44 Dante Rosario||SS||84 Anothony Trucks|
|or 85 Tim Day||30 Kwame Agyeman|
|QB||11 Kellen Clemens||LC||5 Aaron Gipson|
|10 Dennis Dixon||7 Rodney Woods|
|TB||24 Terrence Whitehead||ROV||15 Patrick Chung|
|21 Terrell Jackson||3 Demetrius Spates|
|or 28 Jonathan Stewart|
|WR||80 Cameron Colvin||FS||28 J.D. Nelson|
|26 Kyle Weatherspoon||9 Ryan DePalo|
|or 32 Jairus Byrd|
|HB||85 Tim Day||RC||31 Justin Phinisee|
|82 Dan Kause||8 Jackie Bates|
|WR||18 James Finley|
|1 Garren Strong|
|KR||15 Patrick Chung||or||27 Andiel Brown|
|31 Justin Phinisee||or||41 Sharrod Davis|
|PR||31 Justin Phinisee|
|27 Andiel Brown|
|HO||16 Brady Leaf|
|10 Dennis Dixon|
|K||36 Paul Martinez|
|20 Matt Eversen|
|PK||36 Paul Martinez|
|20 Matt Eversen|
|P||14 Matt Dragich|
|98 Aaron Knowles|
|LS||90 Erick Steimer|
|52 Mark Sunga|
|SS||90 Eric Steimer|
|75 Geoff Schwartz|
(Marty Martindale and John Feeney contributed to this story)