Kelly Assesses Team's Preparedness

After a soggy, yet crisp practice Wednesday morning, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gauged his team's readiness for the season opener versus New Mexico this Saturday.

After three hard days of practice in pads, the Ducks scaled back some as they inch closer to Saturday's game versus New Mexico at Autzen Stadium. The team was in helmets and shorts today, getting good work during individual instruction and situational drills this morning. As game day draws near, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly likes his team's preparedness and the way they have maintained their day-to-day focus.

"We specifically went hard (last) Saturday because we wanted to get three days in in pads" said Kelly, "Today was an extra day just to review. Offensively we did some clock stuff in the last period, just trying to get back in to that rhythm...I thought their attention and their focus was really good."

Kelly has also been pleased with Darron Thomas' daily progression thus far leading up to the season opener. After being newly minted as the Ducks' starter at quarterback, Thomas has received plenty of work with the first string offense, which Kelly's contends has helped settle Thomas in.

"I think Darron has stepped up," stated Kelly, "He's getting a lot more quality work with the 1's because we know who our starting quarterback is gonna be. He's put himself in a situation where he's really starting to develop chemistry with the wide receivers and understand the timing and things like that...he's done a real nice job of picking up the game plan, he's got a pretty good understanding of what we're doing, and I'm excited to see him play on Saturday."

Official Oregon Injury Report:

OL Karrington Armstrong (ankle), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), TE Curtis White

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