Work at Doing What the Ducks Do Best

Last week it was a little rough on the Oregon receivers. While the Ducks gained 197 yards in passing, there were a number of uncharacteristic drops along the way. This week, the Ducks are re-dedicating themselves to catching the ball and doing what they do best. After practice this week, Terence Scott stopped and chatted about what is going on as the Ducks prepare for Boise State on Saturday.

The Oregon Ducks are 3-0 for the season and ranked 12th in the Coaches Poll and 17th in the Writer's poll. This is all well and good but the Ducks want to get problems ironed out, so that means the receiving corps is putting in some extra time to work on fundamentals like catching the ball.

eDuck Sports caught up with wide receiver Terence Scott after practice this week and he talked about what is going on with the receivers. One of the questions some have asked is if weather conditions contributed to the drops both teams suffered in Oregon's 32-26 double overtime victory against Purdue?

"I'm not a person to make excuses," says Terence Scott. "We have to catch those. You put us in (the) coldest weather or the hottest weather, wherever we go, we have to catch those."

Scott is the leading receiver in terms of total yardage with 176 yards on 11 catches, or 59.3 yards per game. He has hit paydirt twice, and also has a touchdown run on a 51-yard flysweep against Utah State. His longest catch was for 60 yards and a touchdown in the opening game against Washington. Last week against Purdue he was held to one catch for 17 yards.

When we spoke to Scott he had just finished some extra work in practice. Something that Coach Mike Bellotti indicated in his weekly press conference that the receivers would be doing, but in talking to Scott it was clear the senior wanted it that way.

The Ducks might be very happy that they did put in the extra time because Boise State is a team that is very quick and has held their two opponents to just 148 yards per game. That means the Ducks are going to have to be sure that when the ball comes their way, a grab has to be made.

One of the guys BSU is going to be relying on is junior cornerback Kyle Wilson, 5-10, 185. Wilson is a 2007 Second-Team All-WAC performer and is on the 2008 Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Wilson has four interceptions in his career and a total of 81 tackles (67 solos), and had a pick late in the game last week to help the Broncos seal a 20-7 win over Bowling Green.

Will the extra effort the Duck receivers put in pay off against Boise State this weekend?

"It should be a fun weekend," observed Scott of the upcoming game. "We have to dial it in as an offense, defense, special teams. As a team we have to dial it in and go to work. We can't go out thinking we're going to win, we just have to go to work and do what we do best."

Kickoff for Saturday's home game at Autzen Stadium is at 12:30 p.m. The game will be carried live on OSN and also aired on OSN radio plus XM radio.




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