Tuesday practice sunny and improving

Eugene, Ore. -- The sun broke out on Tuesday for the Oregon Ducks as the team ran through a number of drills during the two and half hour practice. The Ducks worked on running plays concentrating on blocking schemes on offense and the defense continued its impressive spring performance. Oregon's headman Mike Bellotti has taken notice of the defense's work.

"Defense is even ahead of where I would have expected," said Bellotti as he accessed the progress of his team this spring. "And as a result I'm not happy about the offense."

As the practice session continued though the starting offensive line began to come around and by the end of the practice its presence was being felt as big holes opened up for Jeremiah Johnson, Terrell Jackson and Andiel Brown.

"The number one offensive line had a good practice today," Bellotti reflected. "The twos (second string line) are still not consistent."

Probably the biggest difference between the two units was the intensity of the blocking. Even though the second string lagged behind it did appear to show some improvement over its performance at scrimmage last Friday.

All in all, the day was a routine practice. Oregon will hold a scrimmage on Saturday starting at 4:15.

Bellotti indicated prior to the practice that Michael Speed would probably miss the remainder of the spring workouts due to a thumb injury. The head coach also said David Faaeteete was being held out Tuesday due to a knee problem. Faaeteete was walking normally and did not show signs of any serious injury.

Notes: A number of players were sidelined with an assortment of minor injuries including:
Jeff Kendall
J.D Nelson
Patrick Chung
Ryan Erro
Jonathan Stewart
Ryan DePalo
Cameron Colvin
Derrick Jones

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