Defense Records O Games Triumph
Friday, August 15, 8:00 a.m.

If Thursday's practice was any indication, the Oregon defense is slightly ahead of the offense as we near the midpoint of Fall Camp. Now, keep in mind, that's based on skills like Sumo soccer, melon eating, big glove boxing and big boy punt returning. But a victory is a victory and the defense came out on top in the football team's annual "O Games".

Kenjon Barner lost his Sumo battle against Brody Wilkins, but his defensive teammates rallied late.

The events primarily featured newcomers and were hotly contested in the 95-degree heat. Blake Ferras got the defense on the board first by catching a towering ball launched more than 50 yards by a Jugs machine. The offense fought back with a pair of wins in Sumo soccer on goals by Brody Wilkins (on a diving header) and LaMichael James. James shocked favorite Scott Grady, who clearly had prior experience playing that other kind of football.

Jennings Stewart (right) had his nose bloodied, but defeated Dewitt Stuckey in the best bout of the day.

There are worse things you could be doing on a hot summer day than eating watermelon.

With the offense clinging to a 3-2 lead after the two teams split a pair of boxing matches, the D reeled off three straight points for the win by taking home the watermelon eating crown and scoring a 2-0 shutout at the dunk tank.

It's back to business later this morning for the first of two practices on the day, starting at 10:30 a.m. The afternoon session (5 p.m.) will push the Ducks past the midpoint of Fall Camp.

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