Notes From Spring Practice: Day 13

A spirited competition day marked Monday morning's practice as the team was separated in to "green" and "white" in preparation for Saturday's spring game. The white team won the day with their 116-114 victory over the green.

1. Both Nate Costa and Darron Thomas were steady today as neither player has relented in a closely-contested quarterback battle that will almost surely spill over in to fall camp. Thomas was arguably the more impressive quarterback in 3-on-2 drills, demonstrating great velocity and touch on a variety of different throws. The "fastball" component of Thomas' game was put on display when Thomas connected with wide receiver Justin Hoffman deep near the sideline that would have went for six. Thomas accounted for two more big touchdowns, hooking up once again with Hoffman again on a beautiful deep ball over the middle, as well as, targeting redshirt freshman wide receiver Diante Jackson on a long pass that enabled Jackson to out-battle his defender in going up for the ball.

In 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills combined, Thomas unofficially went 11-for-15 and threw no interceptions. Costa posted similar numbers, unofficially going 9-for-12 with no interceptions. The biggest play of the day for Costa came on a perfect deep ball down the sideline that hit wide receiver Jeff Maehl in stride.

Odds and Ends: Sophomore running back Kenjon Barner continues to impress this spring; demonstrating every practice the reasons why he's such a vital part to Oregon's success. Barner was not only a stud toting the rock this morning, but he shined on special teams and in the passing game, as well. The play of the day came on a screen pass to Barner which Barner turned in to a quick six as he navigated his way down the sideline, outrunning the Duck secondary...Redshirt linebacker Bo Lokombo had a nice day today flashing tremendous speed and athleticism all over the field. Lokombo highlighted his day with a sack and an outstanding pass breakup at the line of scrimmage that nearly resulted in him making a miraculous interception.

Official Oregon Injury Report:

Kiko Alonso (LB) - knee 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 Carson York (OL) - shoulder

*Cole was the only member of this group to participate fully in Monday's practice.


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