1. While Tuesday's practice wasn't precisely the showcase many had been looking forward to, there was enough intrigue to keep the sidelines buzzing with fans and the large media contingent that was on hand interested. Both Nate Costa and Darron Thomas played solidly today, as neither player made an inordinate amount of good or bad plays. Thomas continued to display good accuracy and poise in the pocket when he wasn't being flushed; finding open receivers and delivering the ball on target rather efficiently. Costa looked good this afternoon as well, making hay during 11-on-11 team drills in the red zone as he engineered a handful of touchdowns in that area. Though he did throw an interception that bounced off the hands of true freshman running back Dontae Williams, he was clutch inside the 20, running and throwing for a touchdown a piece during one particular 11-on-11 session. When asked how much stock he puts in to Costa outperforming Thomas in the redzone, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said he would temper his encouragement until reviewing the tape.
"There's a lot of factors," said Kelly, "You've got to look at the tape and see where we are. The tempo has to pick up...for the first time out it wasn't bad (though). We got a lot in."
2. The defensive front seven had maybe their best day of the spring as they wreaked havoc against Oregon's offensive line for much of the day. Senior defensive tackle Brandon Bair, sophomore defensive end Dion Jordan, and junior Josh Kaddu, were just a few of the guys who were able to get penetration and "sack" or hurry the quarterback on Tuesday.
"I don't think it went as well as we thought it was going to be," admitted visibly upset sophomore offensive lineman Carson York, whose unit was brutalized by the Duck defense,
"(The defensive line) is playing really well. I hope some of the problems that were here today were because of them and not because of us. They're playing really, really well."
3. With running backs LaMichael James (knee), Kenjon Barner (hand), and Remene Alston (right foot) all sidelined with injuries, true freshmen Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams got the majority of the reps at the position today. Seastrunk appears to be settling in more and more with each passing practice, demonstrating great agility, slippery moves, and surprising strength running between the tackles. Williams also looked good given the opportunity to tote the rock, as his combination of strength and speed sets him apart from just about every back on the Oregon roster. Though Kelly would like to get his top three backs back on the field, he was pleased with the performances of Seastrunk and Williams today.
"They're gonna get a lot of reps right now," said Kelly, "And when they get their reps, they gotta take advantage of them."
"They still have to understand the game, what the situation is, and all those other things...but for a week in, I'm pleased with both those guys."
Notes: Junior linebacker Dewitt Stuckey had his most impressive day of the fall as he tallied an interception and registered the hit of the day during the Ducks' kickoff coverage period. After dealing with a nagging knee injury last season, Stuckey has transformed his body, becoming more lean and muscular, putting himself in position for plenty of playing time this fall.
Official Oregon Injury Report:
RB Remene Alston (right foot), RB Kenjon Barner (hand), OL Jamaal Burrell (ribs), DT Zac Clark (back), LB Michael Clay (leg), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), WR Josh Huff (ankle), RB LaMichael James (RB), OL Darrion Weems (back), TE Curtis White (shoulder)
Entire Carson York interview:
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