Unofficial workouts underway in Eugene

Eugene, Ore. -- Friday was an active day for the Oregon Ducks as players went through unofficial, voluntary workouts led by the Ducks' strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe. Workouts started about 5 p.m. and nearly 70 athletes including members of the men's basketball team, women's soccer and softball teams, the majority of the football squad plus a recent NFL draft pick.

(PHOTO ABOVE) Several Oregon offensive and defensive linemen sit in the shade for the 2006 eDuck After Workout Photograph. (Photo by Steve Summers)

The workout consisted of a number of exercises plus one of Ratcliffe's favorites -- running. Toiling in the hot June sun reminiscent of soldiers going through a form of basic training may have been a real eye opener for several of the incoming freshman from the 2006 recruiting class.

Due to a change in NCAA rules, incoming freshman can now enroll into summer session on scholarship. All but seven of the 2006 football signees are presently enrolled at Oregon in summer session. The remainder of the 2006 recruiting class is expected to be on hand when fall camp starts August.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Running back Jonathan Stewart relaxes prior to the start of an unofficial workout on Friday, June 30, 2006 at the Univerisity of Oregon in Eugene. (Photo by Steve Summers)

Several new recruits including Cody Kempt, Justin Roper, Jordan Holmes and Remene Alston participated in the training.

Workouts will normally be conducted on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout July and this week temperatures have been above normal for June.

"It was nice today," said sophomore running back Jonathan Stewart. "It was hot on Monday too."

The thermometer reached nearly 100 degrees on Monday. Next week the workouts will be interrupted by the 4th of July but things will be back to normal next Thursday.

(PHOTO LEFT) Baltimore Ravens receiver Demetrius Williams heads to the training field on Friday to workout with his former team, the Oregon Ducks on June 30, 2006. (Photo by Steve Summers)

One familiar face to the training routine was former Duck and current Baltimore Raven Demetrius Williams. Williams is headed back to the Bay Area in California before heading back to the Ravens' training camp next week.

Earlier in the day, the latest verbal to the Oregon 2007 recruiting class was at the Casanova Center. Myles Wade, 6-2, 305, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic HS, ended speculation and made his intentions known to Oregon's head coach Mike Bellotti that Wade would accept a scholarship offer to play football for the Oregon Ducks starting in the fall of 2007.

It was also learned that Associate Athletic Director Jim Bartko has accepted a position with the University of California with the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director. Bartko indicated that he would be one of three senior associates at Cal and will start his new job next week.

A formal announcement by the University of Oregon regarding Bartko's departure is expected next Monday.

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