Oregon Fall Camp: Day 6 - Afternoon

As the first week of fall camp winded down, the first doubles session of August wasn't without it's own share excitement. While the running game had the upper hand earlier in practice, the defense responded in kind to end the day.

1. The battle at quarterback Saturday afternoon was a microcosm of the competition at the position during the entire first week. After showing steady improvement over the past few days, both Nate Costa and Darron Thomas had some difficulty establishing consistency today as the defense came through with a sterling effort to close out the first week of fall camp. Of the two, Costa seemed to show the best command of the two despite still struggling with having his passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. During the Ducks' hurry-up drill to begin practice, Costa was victimized by sophomore defensive end Dion Jordan and redshirt freshman Boseko Lokombo who each deflected passes.

Thomas was also relatively average this afternoon, failing to click with his receivers like he had in the three practices previous. Errant passes and interceptions to linebackers Spencer Paysinger and Dewitt Stuckey during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, respectively, headlined his day.

The first week certainly had its fair share of ups and downs, but Oregon head coach Chip Kelly isn't ready to throw the baby out with the bath water quite yet.

"We just gotta keep working and perservering and finding out which guys fit," said Kelly after practice,

"We're just trying to get as many plays as we can so we can coach those guys off the tape."

2. Cornerback Terrance Mitchell and wide receiver Keanon Lowe made the most of their opportunities this afternoon as both players had encouraging days closing out their first week of fall camp as true freshmen. Mitchell tallied his second interception in as many days, picking off redshirt freshman quarterback Daryle Hawkins during the first 7-on-7 session of the day. Lowe had maybe his best day of camp so far as he was seen making plays in the short, intermediate, and deep passing game. His speed and leaping ability appear to be his two biggest attributes to the wide receiver position.

Notes: Before suffering what appeared to be a tweak to the knee, sophomore running back LaMichael James and his running mate, fellow sophomore Kenjon Barner, had a strong day on the ground. Both players flashed the tremendous speed that has them pegged as one of the most feared backfield duos in the entire country. James was walking gingerly with ice on his knee after practice and is day-to-day...True freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett continues to impress through the air and on the ground, ripping off a handful of Dennis Dixon-esque runs Saturday during 11-on-11 team drills...Lastly, true freshman running back Lache Seastrunk continues to struggle some adjusting to the offensive learning curve. Seastrunk collided with Costa in the backfield on during one sequence in 7-on-7's and remained a bit tentative getting lined up correctly in the backfield.

Official Oregon Injury Report: DT Zac Clark (back), LB Michael Clay (leg), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), WR Justin Hoffman (head), WR Josh Huff (ankle), OL Darrion Weems (back), TE Curtis White (shoulder)

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