1. After all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the opening day of fall camp for the Oregon football team subsided, the Ducks got down to business Tuesday as they continue their search for a starting quarterback come September 4 and their season opener vs. New Mexico at Autzen Stadium. Day two was kicked off by redshirt sophomore Darron Thomas, who lead the first team offense at quarterback during the Ducks' "Fuji"/hurry-up drill. The up and down play that troubled both Thomas and senior Nate Costa on Monday, carried over once again to the practice field this afternoon. Despite displaying improved decision making, neither player ever appeared to be truly comfortable in the pocket today, evidenced by the wobbly passes and misfires in the short and intermediate passing game. With the exception of both players finding redshirt freshman wide receiver Blake Cantu for big gains donwfield, Thomas and Costa didn't provide many fireworks in the passing game, deferring regularly to sophomore running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on dump-off passes out of the backfield.
"They've both been up and down," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly when asked to evaluate his quarterbacks thus far,
"There's been some times when they've been really good and made some really good plays and there's been other times when they've made some mistakes. We're looking for those guys to be more consistent."
2. Aside from the battle being waged atop the depth chart between Thomas and Costa, true freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett continues to make the most waves individually at the position. Bennett was once again very accurate and judicious with the ball today, displaying great field vision and consistency in and out of the pocket.
"Bryan's doing a really nice job," said Kelly, "He's really picked up things in terms of what we're doing for two days in.
"He's probably a little bit more advanced than some quarterbacks that come in here because of the background (playing high school football at Crespi) he came from. It's just kind of a matter seeing where they are, seeing how many reps we can get him, and just see how this thing falls out for him."
3. The Oregon defense had themselves a very strong today. Though they failed to force a plethora of turnovers, the defense's speed and pursuit to the ball was extremely impressive as they limited the running game for the most part Tuesday. Redshirt freshman defensive end Anthony Anderson particularly shined, wreaking havoc in the backfield on consecutive plays while working with the second team defense. The one big turnover the defense did create during team drills was initiated by redshirt freshman linebacker Bo Lokombo as he batted a Costa pass at the line of scrimmage which fell into the hands of senior linebacker, Bryson Littlejohn.
Notes: Sophomore wide receiver Justin Hoffman appears to be carrying over his impressive performance this spring with an equally encouraging display this fall. Hoffman caught virtually everything thrown his way as he ran with the first team offense in place of senior D.J. Davis, who was absent due to class...The Ducks put in a lot of special teams work today giving folks a chance to see how the kicking and return game has progressed during the offseason. Sophomore punter Jackson Rice had a good day today as he was booming punts to James, Barner, and true freshman running back, Lache Seastrunk. Barner appears to be the most sure handed punt returner, while Seastrunk struggled mightily tracking and positioning himself underneath the ball, muffing return opportunities about a half-dozen times...Speaking of Seastrunk, the Temple, Tex. native had quite possibly the offensive play of the day with his long, weaving run to end practice that displayed his tremendous open-field speed and cutback ability.
Official Oregon Injury Report:
DT Zac Clark (back), DB Erick Dargan (knee, ankle), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), DB Dior Mathis (sick), RB Lache Seastrunk (sick), OL Darrion Weems (back)
*Grasu, Seastrunk, and Weems all dressed down and participated fully in drills on Tuesday.
Oregon Fall Camp: Day 2
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