Notes From Spring Practice: Day 7

As Oregon approaches the halfway mark this spring, a definite rhythm and tempo has been established making practices quick, efficient, and full of energy. For a Monday, this morning was particularly spirited, as both the offensive and defensive units showed tremendous promise today.

1. Monday was a bit of a role reversal for quarterbacks Nate Costa and Darron Thomas. Throughout much of the spring, Costa has exhibited the steady hand and consistent play, while Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance, though hasn't been able to maintain his stellar play for long stretches. Today, that came to an end. The Houston native had arguably his best practice of the spring as he demonstrated good pocket presence and terrific field vision and awareness. Thomas was particularly impressive during 7-on-7 drills where during one series he went 4-for-5; hitting junior tight end David Paulson on three consecutive plays and capping off the drive with a redzone touchdown pass to Jeff Maehl. Thomas and Paulson connected a number of times this morning, potentially signaling the establishment of a vaunted passing tandem.

Where Thomas excelled, Costa struggled some. Costa did not appear as sharp and as unflappable today as he has in the six practices leading up. During 7-on-7's, Costa was responsible for a "pick six" at the hands of sophomore cornerback Cliff Harris as well as a drive-killing interception during 11-on-11's that was pilfered by senior linebacker, Bryson Littlejohn.

2. Defensive line had a very stout performance during 11-on-11's today. While LaMichael James tore off his usual amount of big plays, the line held strong for the most part. Senior defensive tackle Zac Clark and junior defensive end Dion Jordan both showed up today. Clark was a particularly disruptive force all over the field. Whether it was dropping off in coverage and making an athletic pass break up or gaining penetration in to the backfield, Clark was certainly on point.

Odds and Ends: Offensive lineman Mark Asper went down with an apparent shoulder stinger about an hour in to practice today. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gave no word on Asper's status, but it did not appear to be serious.

Offical Oregon Injury Report:

Blake Cantu (WR) - shoulder Charlie Carmichael (OL) - knee Nick Cole (WR) - hamstring Anthony Gildon (DB) - ankle Talmadge Jackson (DB) - shoulder Marvin Johnson (DB) - ankle Josh Kaddu (LB) - foot Malachi Lewis (TE) - hamstring Dewitt Stuckey (LB) - hamstring Carson York (OL) - shoulder

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