"Fair At Best"

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti termed Friday afternoon's practice, "fair at best", as the newcomers joined the veterans for the team's first full practice in pads with live tackling. In particular, Bellotti voiced much of his displeasure with the pass offense and run defense, which were decidedly sub-par today.

Bellotti said that the team, "flew around and showed good spirit", but he was quick to point out that he didn't think the team "executed very well" and didn't perform like a "Top 20 team." The quarterbacks were simply mediocre today, seeming to have great difficulty completing passes 10 yards or more in 11-on-11's. Much of this had to do with the stellar play of the vaunted Oregon secondary today, though the pass protection and decision-making was the worst it's been all week. Under duress, Nate Costa showed good poise and was slippery moving around in the pocket, gaining good yardage when he was forced to run, though, the pass defense ruled the day. Virtually every player in the secondary had a notable play today. Jairus Byrd continues to demonstrate good anticipation and ball skills, Patrick Chung made a number of plays in run support and is clearly the vocal leader of the defense, and even freshman John Boyett got in to the action, making some terrific pass breakups and flashing a good nose for the football.

The running game also continues to be consistent and is showing signs that it is capable of being just as potent last season. Jeremiah Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Andre Crenshaw, and Remene Alston have improved each and every day by contributing an awesome blend of speed, agility, and power. Johnson especially shined today, breaking off a number of outstanding runs that could have gone for touchdowns in games. He maintains the same kind of start and stop ability he had prior to his knee injury last season. A player who has made tremendous strides since last season is wide receiver Terence Scott. Everyday he seems to do something that makes you take notice and Friday was no different. While the passing game was anemic today, Scott appeared to make the most of his opportunities, coming up with a handful of catches that went for huge yards, including a touchdown during 11-on-11 scrimmaging. Scott credits his new focus on the game of football and his day-by-day approach for his successful start to fall camp.

"What's in my mindset is one day at a time," says Scott, "that's all I can focus on. I can only focus on now. When I get off the field, I've got to focus on the meetings. When I'm in the meeting rooms, I can't look to tomorrow, I've got to focus on today. That's includes practicing, film, and taking care of myself off of the field, with treatment and all that good stuff. Then, when tomorrow comes, let's wake up and go to work again."

Notes: Chris Harper only threw lightly today and did not participate in passing drills, or passing plays during scrimmaging. Bellotti said that, "if there are no setbacks, I think (Harper) will throw tomorrow and be full-go by Monday." In other injury news, Bellotti mentioned that he anticipates Dominic Glover (lower back) and Jamere Holland (knee) to be ready to participate as early as Monday of next week. Tonio Celotto also missed practice today due to a concussion he suffered yesterday in practice and Javes Lewis suffered a mild ankle sprain during 11-on-11 scrimmaging today. Both players will be re-evaluated tomorrow to determine if they will be able to participate in tomorrow evening's scrimmage. The scrimmage is set for 6:45 p.m. inside Autzen Stadium.


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