1. While the defense retained the black jerseys by defeating the offense 66-63 on competition day, this day was a particularly impressive day for the Duck receiving corp. D.J. Davis, Diante Jackson, and Lavasier Tuinei all had tremendous practices showing flashes of their outstanding potential. In typical form, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly wasn't quick to dish copious praise, but he certainly acknowledged their improvement throughout the fall. "I don't feel good yet," said Kelly, "but I feel better. We're still unproven out there. There were a couple too many drops and there were some assignment things...again we're going to be inexperienced out there, but I like the athleticism and I like the toughness of the group." Davis was maybe the most consistent receiver of the day, making a number of very difficult catches in traffic, while Jackson and Tuinei were the most dazzling, as they both made unbelievable leaping graps over defenders on deep balls. Jackson, in fact, may have registered the catch of the fall with his effort, as he seemingly climbed the back of the defender to make a tough catch that gave the offense the early lead during the first competition period.
2. David Paulson's stock continues to rise and it appears he has moved past Malachi Lewis to number two on the tight end depth chart. "David's doing a really nice job," remarked Kelly, "He's really had a very, very good camp. He's the one -- besides Ed [Dickson] -- who has been our most consistent tight end at that position. He's continued to work to get stronger and to get faster, he has a great set of hands, he's a really, really smart football player. He's really put himself in a position where he's going to play a lot for us."
Odds and Ends: The intensity of practice and the action on the field has been constant from Day 1 till now. Competition days naturally boost the aggressiveness of the play and today was no different. Willie Glasper and Lavasier Tuinei were seen mixing it up during one particular 11-on-11 session and punches were exchanged between Tyrell Irvin and Charlie Carmichael who ultimately had to be separated by teammates. LaMichael James returned to practice today after being absent the last three days due to illness. He looked very sharp, however, and continues to demonstrate terrific speed and versatility.
Notes from Fall Camp: Day 15
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