Wouldn't Trade His Players for Anybody

Oregon's Chip Kelly held a telephone media conference on Tuesday and a number of questions were asked.

Perhaps the most telling of the questions was regarding only one Oregon player being selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team -- tight end Ed Dickson, even though the Ducks won the Pac-10 title by two games. Kelly noted the discrepancy but had consolation in the fact his team won the conference championship and is going to the Rose Bowl.

Kelly observed that between Oregon and Arizona, the Pac-10's number one and two teams, only one player on the first team was selected. Kelly said that he "wouldn't trade his guys for anybody else in the country."

"When I look at the one-two finishers in the Pac-10 there is only one senior and that was Ed (Dickson)," noted Kelly of Oregon and Arizona's finish in the conference race and the number of players from each squad that made first team All-Pac-10. "At the end of the day it is a team game and the best award is being the Pac-10 Champion and we've got that one."

The Oregon head coach was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, a rare honor for a first year coach, but Kelly felt the award was a reflection of his team and coaching staff's accomplishments rather than his own.

Kelly is presently in New York City and his coaching staff is on recruiting trips throughout the country. Meanwhile the team is back in Eugene for finals week.

"Just because we don't have a game for three weeks our formula for success stays the same," Kelly said. "Our players need to bang out finals this week and be back for practice on Friday."

A number of questions were asked about Oregon's recruiting of Terrelle Pryor two years ago. Oregon was one of Pryor's finalists. Kelly felt that Pryor was unable to visit Oregon due to basketball commitments and pointed out that he only made two official visits, one to Ohio State and one to Michigan. A reporter asked had Oregon landed Pryor would they have still continued to recruit Jeremiah Masoli? Kelly was unsure though he did say that Masoli is "the ideal quarterback for us right now."

Kelly feels there are some similarities between Masoli and Pryor. Both are gifted athletes who can run and are great competitors.

When asked about Ohio State, the Oregon headman was extremely complimentary. He felt the Buckeyes are never out of position on defense and on offense run multiple packages running two or three distinct offenses. He also feels OSU is extremely well coached.

A question was also asked about how Oregon was able to rebound from a disastrous first-game loss to Boise State on Sept. 3rd. Kelly felt that it was a matter of having a bad game for the Ducks and that Boise State being a good team, not getting enough credit for beating Oregon. Kelly feels his team was able to pick itself back up and dust off to resume the season. He noted that the players and coaches have a very close and strong relationship and that helped to move forward.

Oregon lost to Boise State in the first game of the season 19-8. From that point on Oregon won the next seven games straight before stumbling to Stanford in a shootout, 51-42. The Ducks closed the season out winning the last three games to wrap up the conference championship. Oregon led the conference in scoring at 37.7 points per game and is sixth in the conference in scoring defense at 23.6.

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