Notes From Spring Practice: Day 2

Inconsistency on offense and opportunism on defense marked the second day of spring practice. On Wednesday, the quarterback group looked slightly more in rhythm, but was stymied during a handful of drills by botched snaps and scrappy play, defensively.



1. Senior running back, LeGarrette Blount, was seen once again wearing a walking boot on his right foot and sporting crutches Wednesday morning. No timetable has been set for his return, but the injury is believed to be rather minor.

2. Redshirt freshman tight end Dion Jordan was at practice today after having his flight delayed coming from Arizona back to Eugene. Jordan participated in most, if not all, of the drills, but appeared to struggle somewhat getting back into the practice routine; dropping a handful of passes.

3. The play from the quarterbacks was a moderate improvement from yesterday's initial practice session. Juniors Jeremiah Masoli and Justin Roper were a tad sharper today accuracy-wise in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Junior Nate Costa continues to be, arguably, the most impressive quarterback of the bunch. He was sharp once again in all drills he participated in, demonstrating good velocity throwing and decision-making ability with the ball in his hands. Costa is still recovering from his torn ACL last fall and will not be involved in contact team drills this spring.

4. Poor snaps from the center position were maybe the most disappointing thing to take away from Wednesday's practice. Junior Jordan Holmes was solid with the first team offensive line, though redshirt freshman Carson York had difficulty maintaining any consistency snapping the ball. Oregon offensive line coach, Steve Greatwood, was heard yelling, "You can't play football if you can't snap!". Oregon head coach, Chip Kelly, also made a point to the team after practice that turnovers on offense were simply unacceptable.

5. Senior cornerback Walter Thurmond III looks dominant at corner this spring. A la Jairus Byrd last season, Thurmond has continued to develop a knack for making plays and has intercepted a handful of passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills against the first-team offense. Today his terrific play continued.

6. The defensive line -- and the defense in general -- played with impressive intensity and aggressiveness on Wednesday. Senior defensive end Will Tukuafu and Junior defensive tackle Brandon Bair were two players of note that flashed good ability to collapse the pocket and fluster the quarterback. Junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger was seen flying around making plays and deflecting passes and appears, at this moment, to be the Ducks' most skilled linebacker.


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