Session 13 finishes off normal practices

Eugene, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks on Tuesday conducted the last practice in pads before the annual spring game. The Ducks ran though a number of drills including on-side kickoff and recovery drills. Oregon will conclude the 2006 spring workouts on Saturday in Autzen Stadium with annual spring game starting at approximately 2 p.m.

"The health issue is the most important thing," said Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti of how things are going for his team. "If we can get though the next couple of days healthy I'll feel really good."

On Thursday the Ducks will practice again but will do so in shells. The drill has taken its usual toll of lumps and bruises this year but interestingly no serious injuries have occurred. On Tuesday, back up center Mark Lewis suffered a slight sprain to his right ankle. However the trainers immediately applied ice to Lewis' ankle and by the end of practice he was walking around. Bellotti indicated that Lewis would be fine.

The team again ran through position drills including the offensive line working against the defense in pocket protection and pass rush. Ra'Shon Harris looked particularly energetic on defense and Geoff Schwartz looked good on the offensive side.

Jonathan Stewart was involved in two of the most impressive plays of the day. In the first, Stewart took a handoff and headed to the right and looked up and saw an opening. Cutting back sharply to the left, Stewart ran past everyone untouched into the endzone. The second play involving Stewart came toward the end of practice. Stewart, using his speed attempted to reach the endzone with only Jameel Dowling in his way. Dowling using good tackling technique stayed low and even though a violent collision took place, was able to keep Stewart from the endzone. Bellotti took notice of the plays. Was the cut back the type of play Bellotti has been looking for with Stewart?

"Yes, and the play down here was not what I was looking for," said Bellotti of the play that Dowling tackled Stewart. "He (Stewart) needs to learn to run with his eyes. It was a great cut back and he needed to cut back and not try to run over somebody."

A number of familiar faces were at practice today including Kellen Clemens who stopped by to say good bye to his former team. Clemens is heading back to Burns to spend the weekend and though he indicated he would not be glued to the television watching the NFL draft unfold, he thought he might end up being a New York Jet. Clemens admitted that many things could happen in the draft and he intends on spending Saturday with his wife horseback riding.

Another visitor was Justin Wilcox. The former Duck player and now current defensive coordinator at Boise State stopped by the say hello to his former coaches and enjoy a nice spring day at his alma mater. Justin Phinisee and Aaron Gipson were also on hand watching the team work.

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