Blount Now 5th String

Oregon's Chip Kelly indicated today that running back LeGarrette Blount has been reinstated to play for the Ducks. Blount had been suspended because of an incident following the conclusion of the Boise State game on Sept. 3rd. A plan had been in place since Sept. 25th, that on the condition of fulfilling all the academic and behavioral requirements, Blount would have a chance to be reinstated.

Kelly mentioned that once he had gathered sufficient information he submitted his decision to Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti, University President Richard Lariviere and Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott. According to Kelly there was no delay in making the decision regarding Blount' reinstatement.

Kelly would not go into detail what requirements that were placed on Blount citing privacy issues because of the academic records.

As far as the rest of the team's reaction Kelly felt it was very positive.

"I announced it (the decision) this morning at our team meeting and they all applauded," said Kelly. "LeGarrtte (Blount) spoke to them briefly and I think they are all generally excited for him. It was a long road back for him but he did everything we asked him to do."

When asked how Blount looked today in practice, Kelly's response was typically short and to the point.

"He looked okay," replied Kelly. "He was out there running around."

Blount has been working with the team for nearly all the season on the scout team as the suspension did not keep him off the practice field. He has gone through all the same conditioning and contact he would have even if he had been on the active playing roster.

Would Blount be a weapon against Arizona State this weekend? Last year, Blount scored an unusual touchdown against ASU in Sun Devil Stadium when he spun off the back of a defender while not touching a knee, then ran into the endzone. So far it seems, the only thing that has been done is reinstating Blount and as of Monday no plans have been made where Blount might be used.

"We haven't talked at all where he fits in rotations or things like that," said Kelly of Blount's possible contribution this week. "I talked with Gary Campbell (running backs coach) this morning just to inform him that he's (Blount) coming back."

In practice on Monday, Blount lined up fifth with LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, Andre Crenshaw and Remene Alston ahead of him.

Blount's suspension lasted for nine weeks in which he missed eight games. One week was also during Oregon's bye week prior to the Washington game.


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