by Rob Moseley
The Ducks held a single practice this morning, kicking off their final double day of August.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields
Format: Helmets only
Situations: For the last morning two-a-day session, some work on installation and fundamentals, but also some clutch scenarios for the whole team.
Highlights: It was a morning of extremes; mostly a lot of teaching periods, interspered with some high-intensity clutch situations. Right off the bat, Alejandro Maldonado and Matt Wogan were summoned for surprise field-goal attempts, and each went 2-for-2. Then in the middle of the practice, a single third-down snap on which the offense came up just shy of the first-down marker. Edge, defense.
There was also a seven-on-seven period highlighted by a nice leaping grab from Daryle Hawkins, and explosive pass breakups by Reggie Daniels and Derrick Malone.
Most entertaining period: The day ended with two clutch scenarios, one in which the offense needed a late touchdown and the other needing a field goal. The defense got the better of the two drives in which a touchdown was needed; Tony Washington's sack was the key play while the ones were on the field, and Erick Dargan intercepted a tipped pass with the twos.
Needing a field goal, the ones converted, as Maldonado drilled a 37-yard attempt. The twos also got into position for a field-goal attempt; Mark Helfrich used a timeout to ice the kicking unit, and it worked, as a muffed snap/hold led to a missed 49-yard attempt for Wogan. Notablly, despite the awkward hold, Wogan still had nearly enough leg strength to muscle the kick through.
Other observations: The kickoff and kickoff return teams both spent some time on onside kick situations. ... Cornerback Stephen Amoako drew praise for his effort covering a kickoff down the field for the scout team.
Up next: The Ducks wrap up their final two-a-day session of this preseason later today.