Friday Scrimmage Report

Eugene, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks put on the pads for the first time in Fall Camp for the 2006 season. The team conducted a practice that lasted just under 3½ hours and saw the Ducks go into Autzen Stadium and conduct scrimmage that allowed all five Duck quarterbacks opportunities to show what they can do.

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti was pleased with the progress his high powered offense has made during the week.

"I think early on I thought our defense was way ahead and the offense caught up in the last couple days," remarked Bellotti of the team's progress. "They (the offense) are a veteran group and I think it showed at the line of scrimmage today."

The offense certainly had the better of the day with Jonathan Stewart demonstrating that if the Ducks need to ensure some needed yardage, hand the ball of to No. 28 (Stewart's number). Dennis Dixon was impressive in his ability to spot open receivers and found Jordan Kent in the most spectacular play of the day.

Dixon found Kent on the left side and tossed a high pass. Kent leaped as if he was slam dunking a basketball, pulling down the football, gaining his footing and then brushed aside cornerback Jackie Bates and linebacker Brent Haberly to scamper some 60 yards to the end zone. The defensive players along the sidelines moaned in unison, "he's gone" as Kent came down with the ball and took a step.

Bellotti noted Dixon's leadership as something that caught the coach's eye during the scrimmage.

"His leadership was good, he made some crisp passes, he made the right decisions with the running game," Bellotti mentioned. "I liked what I saw, he had a good week in practice."

Stewart had one particularly impressive run for 18 yards as he bowled over defenders and continually kept his balance.

"I thought that Dennis Dixon did some really good things today, Jonathan Stewart showed some flashes of what he can be," Bellotti said. "I think our receiver corps is deep in terms of making plays. We just have to settle in on that. Defensively, we weren't as sharp today. Part of it was coming into the stadium today and the multiplicity of what the our offense does."

No one was seriously hurt today although Bellotti reported that Terrell Ward had knee surgery on his lateral meniscus today (Friday) and will be out 4-to-6 weeks.

Notes on the practice:
- Nathan Costa looks to be the solid No. 3 quarterback after completing a number of passes that were tight spirals and on the numbers.

- Tackle Geoff Schwartz is the apparent back-up long snapper.

- Jeremiah Johnson was held out of the scrimmage because of a sore toe. He was stepped on yesterday and it flamed up last night. Bellotti described it as something little can be done about and Johnson will have to play on it. Bellotti did not think it was a serious condition.

- A brawl broke out among the offensive and defensive linemen during drills. A mass of bodies, described by one onlooker as a "lot of beef" pushed and shoved until coaches broke the mass up. No one is quite sure who started the fight but it was easy to know who won it. Line coach Steve Greatwood had the final say as he directed all the big men, including bystander Cole Linehan (out with a shoulder problem suffered yesterday) to run the stairs. You fight as a team and run the stairs a team, just ask Linehan.

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