A player who has recently stepped up, and in a big way, has been JC transfer WR Terence Scott. He was easily the best wide receiver out there today and linked up with Dennis Dixon on a handful of occasions for huge yardage. Scott is a viable threat in the open field with speed to burn. After initially struggling with route running and creating space between himself and the defender, Terence Scott has come a long way after the first two weeks of Fall Camp and seems to be more and more comfortable with each passing day of practice. He and Dixon were on the same page all day, a connection that could result in some big plays this year for the Ducks.
The coaches were also well aware of the rededicated Cameron Colvin this afternoon. Colvin with the ball in the open field is a scary thought for any defense. He has another gear that few players have on the football field which he put on display along the sideline after a nice grab from the arm of Brady Leaf. When they are on the field together, Leaf often looks to Colvin to get open and be his go-to receiver because of his reliable hands and playmaking ability.
With injuries steadily mounting and small bumps and bruises keeping several players out today, many younger players had the opportunity to put their talents up against the vets. One such player was Talmadge Jackson III. Jackson got reps with both the first and second team defense at cornerback and showed why he is ready to contribute this season if needed. He had two clean interceptions and ended one with a dazzling juke on David Paulson as he attempted to return it all the way for a defensive touchdown. Talmadge Jackson III has been one of the surprises thus far in Fall Camp, looking smooth and natural at the corner position after playing primarily running back in high school.
One of the mysteries of Fall Camp was solved today as William Wallace was on hand for his first practice thus far after arriving in Eugene at 3am on Sunday. He was dressed down in only shells and got some work in with Coach Radcliffe working on conditioning. At the end of practice, Coach John Neal spent time on technique with Wallace.
After being released to participate in non-contact individual drills, Ryan DePalo was able to assume his free safety position once again on Monday and play sparingly. At this point, he still doesn't have the initial burst or speed he had this past Spring but looks to be making substantial strides towards a remarkably quick recovery from a torn ACL. He made a great break on a ball intended for Brian Paysinger from Nathan Costa and was able to bat it down as he closed in to make the play. It appears DePalo will see playing time this year but it is uncertain how long it will be before he is able to practice and play full contact and full speed.
With so many bumps and bruises in the secondary, Willie Glasper is one of the guys who has the opportunity to step up and earn himself playing time. During Monday's practice, he did just that showing a vast amount of improvement in coverage. Glasper appears to be bigger, stronger, and faster than he was in Spring ball. He is aggressive on the outside and is ready to play this year, and make a contribution in a big way.
To avoid the nagging injuries that so often hamper players at the beginning of the season, Coach Bellotti has made it a point to cut back on the number of reps given to players like Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson. They've both proved what they can do and there is no sense in putting that on the line, especially in week three of Fall Camp. Andiel Brown took full advantage with easily the best day from any of the running backs. He had three long runs that could potentially have gone the distance but the run that stands out was a play where he cut to the outside and met Jeff Maehl with a stiff arm to the facemask, giving himself an additional six yards along the sideline before being gang tackled. The only knock on Andiel Brown this afternoon was his propensity to put the ball on the turf after some of his long runs.
The hit of the day went to Kwame Agyeman who had a great practice on Monday. WR Rory Cavaille made a nice catch and turned the ball up the field, gliding along until Agyeman absolutely cracked him from the blindside and sent him sprawling onto his backside. It was a loud collision that sent the ball into the air like a lame duck which OL Max Unger was right on cue to corral and continue running up field. It appears Unger has the breakaway speed and the ability to cut on a dime that you look for in an offensive lineman.
With the departure of DL Victor Felipe from the Oregon Football team, Kenny Rowe and Tonio Celotto have become ever more important to Coach Gray and his unit. They both played with the second team defense and made an impact. Rowe was very disruptive in the backfield and although he didn't record any sacks, was able to chase the quarterback out of the pocket on several instances. There is good reason for the emergence of Will Tukuafu into a starting position along the defensive line this fall. He is big, strong, and agile and looks to be in great shape after an up and down Spring camp. Jeremy Gibbs went full contact today and had several good battles with Fenuki Tupou on the outside today. Gibbs could be a playmaker from the defensive end position if he can stay healthy.
Dennis Dixon, Brady Leaf, and Nathan Costa all looked good today. Dixon hooked up on several long passes with Terence Scott, throwing a sharp ball with a lot of confidence and decisiveness. Other than a pick thrown into the hands of Talmadge Jackson III, Brady Leaf looked solid this afternoon giving his receivers the ability to go up and make a play on the ball on numerous plays. Costa continues to show a remarkable accuracy against tight coverage fitting a ball right inbetween the numbers to Rory Cavaille with safety Todd Doxey closing in fast on one play while hitting Aaron Pflugrad against straight-jacket coverage from Anthony Gildon. Cody Kempt and Justin Roper did not receive an extensive number of reps this afternoon.
Practice is scheduled from 3:35pm to 6:05pm tomorrow afternoon.
Cameron Colvin has been one of Brady Leaf's favorite targets thus far in Fall Camp.
Chad Peppars goes for a piggyback ride on Cameron Colvin after a low throw from Cody Kempt.
Coach Neal along the sidelines talking technique with today's newcomer, #36 William Wallace.
Javes Lewis could smell the endzone on this play, but forgot the ball as it harmlessly hit the turf. A disappointed sideline bystander, Walter Thurmond III, yelled at Lewis, "C'mon now Javes! You better get your sleeping bag ready because you're sleeping in the hallway tonight roommate! You can't be my roomie with hands like that!"
John Laidet lays out for an overthrown ball but comes up short on the play.
Talmadge Jackson III had a huge day as his tight coverage here forces Justin Roper to tuck the ball away.
Talmadge Jackson III had not just one interception...
...but two interceptions on the day.
Kwame Agyeman had a great day in pursuit from his linebacker position as he went up against Jaison Williams on this particular play.
Rory Cavaille had a rough afternoon as he bobbles a pass over the middle here. Later in practice he would be the victim of a blindside hit from Kwame Agyeman and an unsatisfying set of up and downs with Coach Bellotti following the conclusion of practice.
Ryan DePalo was back practicing today and was able to watch Anthony Gildon make a great play to knock down this intended pass.
Terence Scott had a huge day as he slipped past the secondary again on this play and connected with Dixon for a long touchdown pass.