Since Monday, sophomore Drew Davis has been practicing with the first team offense in place of senior Jaison Williams. While the Oregon coaching staff isn't saying there will be a switch in the normal starting line up this weekend, it's clear that Davis has been practicing as a starter and doing quite well.
Interestingly, it might be a consequence of Davis working with the ones that Williams is having some the best practices of the season. How is it for Davis working out with the first string?
"I know the offense really well," said Davis. "Being a two, I make sure I know everything, my ins and outs of it. I'm running with the ones and I know with Jeremiah Masoli the ball comes a lot quicker and I have to be ready for it."
Davis has been practicing with the first unit but he isn't telling himself that he'll be the starter this week against Stanford. That's up to the coaches but what Davis will do is prepare himself to play an expanded role if called upon. He also isn't limiting himself to thinking that a starting receiver will just catch passes. In fact, if the situation calls for it he's ready to throw some blocks.
"If we're running the ball and we're still winning, it doesn't matter," Davis said of the role the receivers might have this upcoming weekend. "We'll block and do what we have to do. It's out of our hands, if the ball is thrown to us, we'll catch it."
Weather could be a big factor in which type of offense the Ducks will run. If it is dry most likely they'll pass more, if wet, then they'll run more. Either way Davis is prepared to make a contribution on the field.
Coach Mike Bellotti indicated that the wide receivers are rotating in and out working with the ones so it isn't clear that there is any serious consideration of changing the line. So maybe the wide receiver coach, Robin Pflugrad could help clear up the question. Hey coach, is Davis going to start in place of Williams?
Pflugrad was non-committal about who will start when asked Tuesday after practice but he did say that both Davis and Williams " had a great" and that was something the coach really liked.
Davis Ready to Help Against Stanford
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