by Rob Moseley
Venue: Autzen Stadium
Format: Jerseys and shorts
The Ducks were back inside the stadium today for their weekly up-tempo review of schemes and plays for Saturday's game, in this case Tennessee's visit to Eugene.
You'd be amazed at all the different scenarios they review, from onside kicks to taking a safety on purpose to blocking on interception returns. That latter technique came into play a couple times at Virginia last week, when both Terrance Mitchell and Dior Mathis had extended interception returns thanks to defensive teammates who turned into blockers for the returns.
The day began as usual with 10 minutes of 11-on-11 for guys on the scout team, but running Oregon's plays instead of the opponent's. Damion Hobbs had a nice option run, David Kafovalu broke up a pass at the line and Mike Garrity had a tackle for loss in the backfield. Kani Benoit made a nice cut to get to the second level on a run, guard Jamal Prater took at least one snap at left tackle and there was a spirited battle between Stetzon Bair and Jake Pisarcik, with Bair driving Pisarcik backward at the snap before Pisarcik set his feet and got Bair going in the other direction.
Now on to our weekly Friday feature ...
Scout-team spotlight: As a season develops, it's common for the same guys to stand out on the scout team week after week, and that trend is developing with the current roster. For the second week in a row, we'll start with kudos for Brian Teague, the walk-on from Portland who played tight end his entire career until moving to the offensive line this spring as a senior, due to depth concerns there.
Teague remains an offensive lineman on the roster. He does position drills there, and was at guard for Thomas Tyner's short touchdown run at Virginia last week. But when the Ducks go 11-on-11 against the scout team in practice, there's a greater need at tight end. So Teague sheds his knee braces and moves back to his old spot; on Wednesday he caught a few passes against the ones and twos on defense, including a "touchdown" during a red-zone drill.
"He had another solid week," UO graduate assistant coach Mike Keldorf said. "He has been consistent and has done everything we have asked him to do, above and beyond."
Another repeat appearance goes to defensive end T.J. Daniel. For the second straight week he needed to help the UO offense prepare to face some big, long defensive ends.
"T.J. really made some nice plays," GA Joe Bernardi said. "He used his big, athletic frame to give a great picture of what the D linemen from Tennessee are capable of."
Daniel played as a true freshman for the Ducks last season, primarily on special teams but also here and there as a tight end. He moved to the defense this summer and is in line to redshirt. That's been an adjustment for Daniel, he said.
"It has, but it's the best for me in the long run," Daniel said.
The transition to defensive end, he said, "is going pretty well. I'm picking up the defense pretty good so far. Scout team helps a lot, going against the ones and twos on offense. I think I'm getting better over time."
BASKETBALL - M
BASKETBALL - W
GOLF - M
GOLF - W
TENNIS - M
TENNIS - W
TRACK & FIELD
Sat, Jan 25
at San Diego State or North Carolina