Notes From Spring Practice: Day 11

The Ducks took to Pape Field Wednesday morning in full pads. It marked the 11th practice for Oregon this spring.

1. It was an up and down day for the defense today, and the performance of sophomore corner back Will Wallace embodied the hit and miss play of the defense. During a wide receiver and defensive back passing drill, Wallace on his first snap broke on an Aaron Pflugrad stop route and dove for a pass deflection. His next repetition in, Wallace bit and was beaten by a Blake Cantu post-corner route. On his third rep Wallace would bounce back and broke on another Pflugrad route and intercepted the ball.

2. Defensive coaches noticed the up and down play of the unit. "Someone take charge out there… We're half asleep," yelled Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti early on from the sidelines at his players. During the initial 11 on 11 session, the first string offense took advantage of the seemingly sleepy defense. The offense, lead by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, ran an efficient first series without the ball hitting the turf. In the drive, Masoli completed all five of his passes and was complemented by two LeGarrette Blount runs.

3. Cornerback Kenjon Barner was moved to running back today and was noticed by Head Coach Chip Kelly. "Kenjon caught my eye a little bit. He did some nice things," said Kelly. "He's a real smart kid. He's a real competitive kid. He's got some great athletic abilities. With the short little work he got today, I was kind of impressed...," Kelly continued. Coach Kelly went on to elaborate that Barner would be moved back to corner for the fall, but he would now have the experience to play running back if the Ducks needed him to do next season.

4. Barner's move allowed Chris Harper to spend a vast majority of his time on the field back at wide receiver. Harper was with the first team offense at receiver during the 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 drills. He worked with both the running backs and receivers a bit during individual position drills as well. Harper had one of the nicer catches of the day during the initial 11 on 11 series. Harper plucked a Jeremiah Masoli pass from above his head with one hand along the sideline.

5. The snapping issues seem to have improved today, and Kelly noted the lack of errant snaps. "Those guys are getting better every day. They just need reps, we're getting there."


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