And So It Begins...

Friday morning marked the official start to the 2009 Oregon Football Season. After the team finished their first walk-through of the season, they headed into the Club Section at Autzen Stadium for Media Day.

Coach Chip Kelly addressed the media first Friday morning. Kelly set the tone and reiterated some of his beliefs and expectations for this season.

One of the topics Kelly discussed was the emergence of leaders on the offensive side of the ball. Going into Spring Practice, Kelly mentioned that the offense was looking for some seniors and leaders to step up. After a spring's worth of practices and a summer of conditioning, Kelly believes Jeremiah Masoli, Nathan Costa, Jordan Holmes and Edward Dickson have stepped up into leaders going into the 2009 season for the offense.

When asked if there was a particular area he was most looking at and evaluating, Kelly replied, "Both of the lines." Due to the loss of 7 offensive linemen from last year and two returning starters missing spring practice due to injuries, Kelly said he was excited to see which less-proven guy works his way into the starting lineup. Defensively, replacing three-quarters of the starting defensive line from last year is yet another situation Kelly will be paying attention to.

One reiteration from Coach Kelly from spring practices has been his desire to have the best offensive players practice against the best defenders. This practice is something Coach Kelly looks forward to continuing throughout the season.

"We believe ones against ones is the way we should do things, iron sharpens iron…We're going to put Jamere Holland against Walter Thurmond as many times as we can get those guys matched up against each other… and we're going to find out who can play football," Kelly said.

It will be a one day at a time focus for Kelly and his staff for the month of August. Their final summer session is on August 25th, and only after that will the coaching staff begin the preparations and practices solely focused on Boise State University.

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