To fill the void until the Ducks resume preseason camp with a double day Monday, some impressions from the past week. Here are five guys who from my vantage point on the sideline seemed to help themselves over the last few days.
Eric Dungy, receiver
Coming into the preseason, the receiver spot wasn't exactly a major question mark -- Josh Huff, Bralon Addison, Keanon Lowe and Daryle Hawkins all returned after playing significant roles in 2012. You could count De’Anthony Thomas with them as well, when he plays an all-purpose role. But what about the next guy up? Some days, it looks like B.J. Kelley. Some days, it’s Chance Allen. By the end of Saturday’s practice to wrap up week two of camp, to my eye Dungy stood out. He made a few nice plays during the clutch scenario late in the day, capping a solid week of work. That said, I’d expect all those guys to factor in to some extent right off the bat this season.
Dior Mathis, cornerback
The Ducks are obviously in good shape at corner with returning starters Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell, plus Troy Hill, who started six times in 2011. Mathis looks poised to fill out the two-deep again, and made several interceptions early in the week. But he really stood out on special teams, blocking field-goal attempts both on Thursday and Saturday. If he could keep that up come Aug. 31 and beyond, what a weapon Mathis will be.
John Mundt, tight end
With Pharaoh Brown limited this week by a lower leg issue, there were more reps to go around for the other tight ends, and Mundt stood out to me. I’m not sure his hands are up there with David Paulson’s quite yet, but he catches just about everything thrown his way. He has picked up Oregon’s offense very quickly and has played in some special teams situations too.
Torrodney Prevot, outside linebacker
Like Mundt, Prevot is a true freshman who looks like he might have the chance to help the Ducks in 2013. His emergence would be key, because if Prevot can provide depth at outside linebacker, the Ducks might feel more comfortable freeing Tyson Coleman up to play inside. Two departed starters need to be replaced inside, most likely by a rotation of veteran players, and Coleman could be among them after working there this spring – particularly if Prevot is ready to help outside.
Matt Wogan, placekicker
The true freshman had a reputation as a guy with a big leg, and he really began to show it off in the second week of camp, both on field-goal attempts and kickoffs. He’s still working on consistency, and the placekicking job remains a battle with veteran Alejandro Maldonado. But the talent that attracted the Ducks to him became apparent over the past few days.