1. The focus for much of today's practice was on the running game as well as protecting a lead in the waning minutes of a close game. Quarterbacks Nate Costa and Darron Thomas once again received equal reps, with both players continuing their relatively steady play this fall camp. Costa had a second consecutive day of unspectacular, yet solid play; throwing the ball accurately and on time to his receivers, for the most part. Thomas was a bit less accurate compared to Costa, but he ran the ball well and showed good poise as the Ducks practiced protecting the lead in the final four minutes of a game. In fact, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly commended both players in their handling of the drill.
"Darron was good today in four minute," said Kelly, "I thought he did a really nice job of working the clock...they both did a good job of working the clock and doing what they're supposed to do in that situation."
2. Also for a second consecutive day, running back Dontae Williams and quarterback/running back Daryle Hawkins showed great aptitude toting the football as the Ducks limit sophomore backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner during the final days of fall camp. Williams was seen breaking off a handful of nice runs between the tackles today, as was Hawkins, who shows surprising strength and toughness for a player who's received the majority of his work at quarterback. Kelly also seemed pleasantly surprised with what Hawkins has provided at the position the past couple of days.
"He's not bad," remarked Kelly after practice, "One thing I love about Daryle is that he's got a great understanding. He's been in the quarterback meetings, so he understands what the running back is supposed to do.
"He's got a natural running ability and he's been impressive in the last day and a half basically he's been out there."
3. Wide receivers D.J. Davis and Eric Dungy had particularly good days Tuesday catching the football all over the field. While Dungy displayed sticky hands as he made difficult catches near the sidelines during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11's, Davis did the majority of his work in the middle of the field. The expectation is for Davis to have a banner year in this his senior year, and thus far, Kelly has been pleased with Davis' work throughout the fall.
"He's been one of the real steady guys throughout camp," said Kelly, "He's one of our hardest workers, he's a real dependable player, he's our best blocker at the wide receiver position...he's one of the guys we really rely on on the offensive side."
Official Oregon Injury Report:
RB Remene Alston (foot), WR Blake Cantu (shoulder), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), WR Josh Huff (ankle), OL C.E. Kaiser (back), TE Malachi Lewis (foot), LB Derrick Malone (knee), CB Terrance Mitchell (ankle), TE Curtis White (shoulder)
Oregon Fall Camp: Day 14
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