Tuesday Practice Report

Eugene – The Ducks went back onto the field for a single session on Tuesday with more of the same going on – the offense had its moments and the defense continued to improve.

(PHOTO) Punter Josh Syria (80) practices by himself as his teammates conduct drills on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. (Photo by Steve Summers)

Practice again was broken up into segments that ran a total of three hours.

Dennis Dixon started things off by leading a methodical drive down the field with the help of Jonathan Stewart and the first team receivers, who caught everything thrown their way.

The defense clamped down in the second series, but Andiel Brown continued his impressive performance from the past couple of practices by knocking out a few good, long runs.

Jairus Byrd picked off a pass by Justin Roper and Spencer Paysinger continued to look great in pass coverage. If Paysinger's hands were just a bit better, he would have picked off a couple of passes today. Talmadge Jackson picked up another interception, this time off a tipped Brady Leaf pass.

Other highlights included a Dixon to Jaison Williams pass, then Dixon scrambled for 10 yards, answering any question why he's the starter. Later on in practice, Dixon took off again out of the outstretched hands of defenders to run the ball out of the backfield and into the end zone in a play that covered about 30 yards.

Stewart showed his athleticism on a couple of pass receptions, one on a leaping, fingertip catch.

John Bacon had an interception, and Talmadge Jackson broke up a play that impressed those watching from the sidelines.

Tonio Celotto was not at practice suffering from a staph infection. Derrick Jones was in pads, and then out of pads, causing Head Coach Mike Bellotti to say, "Derrick Jones, unfortunately, his history is not practicing."

A scrimmage will be held on Friday, although Bellotti has not decided if it will be open to the public.

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