Oregon – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Three

26 04 2009

oregonA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

The Ducks are building toward their final week of spring practice, and as they do so, they’re seeing the emergence of wideout Jamere Holland as, according to head coach Chip Kelly, the team’s “most productive receiver.”  Tailback Remene Altson, meanwhile, was forced to the sidelines with an injury to his left foot, and will likely remain out of drills for the remainder of the spring.  That left Oregon’s coaching staff looking to players like wideout Chris Harper and corner Kenjon Barner to add depth at running back, with mixed results.  Finally, look for Colorado’s Mark Helfrich to make a visit to Eugene in the near future, as Mike Belotti and Kelly continue to interview Kelly’s replacement as the team’s last offensive coordinator.

Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal reveals that perhaps no player “has done more this spring to impress first-year Oregon football coach Chip Kelly” than junior wide receiver, Jamere Holland.  Horowitz describes the 6’1″ and 185 pound transfer from the University of Southern California (2007) as  someone “virtually forgotten” last season when he had four receptions for 53 yards over the span of seven games, but a player who Kelly this year is complimenting as having “had a great spring” and establishing himself as the team’s “most productive receiver.”   Former head coach Mike Bellotti has previously voiced concern over Holland’s dedication to playing in Eugene, but as of now, Horowitz writes that Holland has impressed Kelly enough to  “likely . . . be part of the Ducks’ starting receiving corps along with juniors Jeff Maehl and Aaron Pflugard.”  The fastest player on the team (he has been clocked at 4.2 in the 40-yard dash), expect to see Holland also running for a spot on the school’s 4×100 relay team following the end of spring practices.

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Oregon – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Two

17 04 2009

oregonA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

The Ducks entered the week with LaGarette Blount back in uniform, and though out of shape, the junior still showed flashes of what made him one of the most dangerous running backs in the red zone in all of college football during this past season. Head coach Chip Kelly hasn’t been exactly impressed by the play of Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback, and tells The Oregonian he is still searching for a proven leader on this year’s squad; reporters suggest that Jamere Holland, junior wide receiver, who has stood out so far this spring, could be the answer to the latter, especially given his impact on special teams.  Meanwhile, experimentation continues along the Oregon offensive line and at running back in order to address depth concerns, with Kelly even drawing upon a deep tight end corps as a source of potential solutions — a move which The Daily Emerald writes shouldn’t hurt the Ducks significantly, especially given the breakout play of redshirt tight end Dion Jordan over the past week.

John Hunt of The Oregonian reveals that Monday of this week, the fourth day of spring practice in Eugene, LeGarrette Blount made an appearance despite an ailing sprained ankle which saw him on the sidelines for all of the opening week of camp.  Hunt notes that Blount didn’t participate much, sitting out 11-on-11 drills after running through a number of basic drills, and with LaMichael James still resting a hurt shoulder, the Ducks found themselves short at the tailback position.  Head coach Chip Kelly tells Hunt that he hopes to have Blount back at full-capacity by mid-week, while also hinting that, should recent sunny weather hold up, he would like to have the team return to the outdoor practice field where the Ducks’ did work Monday.

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Oregon – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume One

6 04 2009

oregonA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

The end of March found the Oregon Ducks opening spring camp with a new face at head coach and a familiar face acting as temporary quarterbacks coach. Chip Kelly sought to establish his own brand of up-tempo mechanics to the first scrimmages of 2009, which ex-head coach and now athletic directorin-training, Mike Bellotti, worked closely with quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli, Justin Roper, Darron Thomas, and Nate Costa.  LaGarrette Blount was glaringly absent early on in the week, nursing a hurt ankle, but gave way to a new name causing a buzz in the Ducks backfield, LaMichael James.  Meanwhile, Kelly attempted to bring under control rumors surrounding the athletic Chris Harper, promising, as he went, a much more prominent role in this year’s offensive playbook.

  • The Oregonian writes on March 31st that new head coach for the Oregon Ducks, Chip Kelly, showed he was determined to establish his own version of a spring practice regiment on the first day of camp Tuesday, gathering players for training inside the Moshofsky Center at 8:48 a.m., rather than running the afternoon drills common of ex-head coach (and new athletic director-in-training at the University of Oregon), Mike Bellotti.  The piece describes the first practice of 2009 as “fast – and loud,” with Kelly wanting to set a tempo which will force the team as a whole “to try to push [themselves] . . . harder than it’s ever going to be in the game so the game is the easy thing for us.”