1. With only days to go before Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and his staff make a decision on who will begin the season at quarterback for the Ducks, Nate Costa and Darron Thomas kicked off the third week of fall camp in rather mediocre fashion. Neither quarterback "wowed" during team drills, as both players never appeared to get settled throughout the course of practice. Of the two, Costa may have had the better day overall, exhibiting superior steadiness running the offense. Thomas may have had his roughest day to date as he bobbled a number of snaps from under center and struggled getting the offense in the endzone during 11-on-11 team drills in the redzone. While Kelly was far from downtrodden by his offense's performance, he acknowledged that there is much work still to be done on that side of the ball.
"We need a lot of work," admitted Kelly after practice, "Our quarterbacks have to do a better job understanding what to do in those situations. We can throw it away when we have a field goal (option), but on two-point conversations, throw it up, because it doesn't matter if it's intercepted...(defense) have to run 108 yards to get anything out of it."
2. Senior wide receiver D.J. Davis, true freshman tight end Curtis White, and junior tight end Brandon Williams all had impressive days this afternoon catching the ball. Williams particularly shined, demonstrating his terrific size and athletic ability catching balls in the middle of the field and rumbling for big yards. Though the Ed Dickson comparison would appear to be natural on the surface, Kelly was quick to point out that Williams is still grasping the nuances of the Oregon offense.
"He just got here," said Kelly, "He's been through spring ball and now he's in the middle of fall camp, so he's still learning...it takes a long time to figure out kind of what we're doing offensively and he's still getting better each day. There's certain things he's mastered, but he's got a lot to continue to work on."
3. In order to presumably keep sophomore running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner fresh for the beginning of the season, true freshman Dontae Williams and Daryle Hawkins -- who is battling with true freshman Bryan Bennett for the third string quarterback position -- received the majority of the reps at the position on Monday. Williams continues to show the promising upside he possesses, as he ran with speed and authority this afternoon. Hawkins also exhibited promise at running back and wide receiver, where his outstanding athleticism lends itself to a wealth of option for Kelly offensively.
"We're just trying to maximize," said Kelly, "He's not redshirting anymore and we have some depth issues at times...LaMichael isn't going to be playing in the opening game and you could have (a situation) where Kenjon and LaMichael are banged up, so it's just a way to kind of maximize him.
"He's not in the hunt at quarterback at 1 and 2. He is in the hunt at 3's, so when he's not getting reps at quarterback it's, 'Where else can he help us out as a football player?'"
Official Oregon Injury Report:
RB Remene Alston (foot), WR Blake Cantu (shoulder), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), WR Josh Huff (ankle), TE Malachi Lewis (foot), LB Derrick Malone (n/a), LB Casey Matthews (back), CB Terrance Mitchell (ankle), WR Lavasier Tuinei (hamstring, TE Curtis White (shoulder), TE Brandon Williams (hand)
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