Duck Practice Pictures

The Oregon Ducks continue preparation for the season opener on Thursday night in Houston. Many questions have been asked if the Ducks will be affected by the high temperatures and humidity of Houston and if the roof of Reliant Stadium, where the game will be played will be open or shut.. While some might consider it a problem, Oregon head coach is not worried about weather conditions.

"I haven't lost any sleep about it," said Bellotti of the roof question after Sunday's practice. "Whatever it is they (Houston) have to play that way too."

The only concern Bellotti might have is whether the roof is opened or closed on Wednesday night when his team walks through the stadium. Bellotti would like his punt return specialist and pass receivers to know if they look up, that they will either see the sky or the roof.

(Photo right) Cameron Colvin (80) during practice on Aug. 28, 2005. (Photo by Marty Martindale)

Sophomore wide receiver Cameron Colvin had a very steady fall camp and looks to have a break out season as he landed a starting position for the first game of the season. Colvin, was a 5-star recruit out of De La Salle High School in Concord, California and drew the attention of Duck fans when he announced his commitment to Oregon on ESPN two years ago. As a freshman last season he played in all 11 games and caught 14 passes for 191 yards and scored two touchdowns. His longest pass reception went for 52 yards.

Colvin's best game last season was against Washington when he caught six passes for 45 yards and scored both of his season's touchdowns.

(Photo left) Dante Rosario (44) practices on Papè Field, Eugene (Ore.) on Aug. 28, 2005. (Photo by Marty Martindale)

When junior tight end Dante Rosario graduated from Dayton High School in Dayton, Oregon, many thought he would be a linebacker and those same people were surprised when Rosario played as a true freshman fullback. When Oregon's new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton came to town last spring, one of the things that happened was the fullback position was eliminated from the new Oregon offensive scheme. Rosario was moved to tight end, but really the position change is not such a surprise. After all, Rosario caught a total of 37 passes in his Oregon carrier for 409 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season he had 25 catches for 278 yards and six touchdowns with a long of 36 yards against California.

Rosario was slowed during fall camp due to an infection on his knee. However, on Sunday he was back in action preparing for the trip to Houston on Sept. 1st.

The Houston game will be carried live on ESPN2 with a scheduled kick off at 4 p.m.


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