by Rob Moseley
After taking two of the last three days off, the Ducks kicked off a double-day session this morning.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields
Format: Helmets only
Situations: Several teaching periods, some seven-on-seven and kicking drills, and an overtime period to end the day.
Highlights: Freshman cornerback Chris Seisay put on a little show in seven-on-seven. He was in coverage for a deep ball that was just a touch underthrown, and came up with the interception. Moments later he broke on an out route to break up a pass near the sideline. Then he had a receiver blanketed down the field, and the QB was careful not to underthrow this one — so safety Tyree Robinson was able to swoop in and make an interception over the top.
The offense did have a few nice moments of its own during the period. Blake Stanton leaped high to snare a pass over the middle from Marcus Mariota, Jake Rodrigues connected with Bralon Addison on a deep ball, and Daryle Hawkins kept his focus to haul in a pass that had been tipped into the air by a defender. It was great body control after the trajectory was altered; similarly, Darren Carrington had a catch in positional drills earlier in the day in which he twisted back to snare a ball that was thrown behind him.
Most entertaining period: The overtime drill. With the team split into two squads, Mariota's group got the ball first and quickly converted. Hawkins made an athletic reception and took it in for the score. Matt Wogan came on for the PAT, on the practice field that used to be the soccer/lacrosse field, and banged the kick through the uprights, over the hedges ringing the fields and off the side of the Moshofsky Center.
The other squad put together a drive and was poised to re-tie the score, until Erick Dargan came up with an interception in the end zone to end the drill. The field-goal kickers were then called upon for several kicks with the rest of the team ringing them as a distraction. Alejandro Maldonado made 3-of-4 attempts, including both from 45 yards out, while Wogan converted 2-of-4.
Other observations: Punt drills took place from midfield, allowing the returners to work on decision-making — whether to field a kick or let it bounce in the event of a possible touchback — while punters worked on ball placement in that situation. … As he told media last week would be the case, tight end Pharaoh Brown was no longer in a cast this morning.
Up next: The Ducks return to the practice field this afternoon for a competition day.
BASKETBALL - M
BASKETBALL - W
GOLF - M
GOLF - W
TENNIS - M
TENNIS - W
TRACK & FIELD
Sat, Jan 25
at San Diego State or North Carolina