Well, that was quick.
Wednesday, August 25, 6:00 p.m., PDT
The Ducks finished what was essentially their final preseason practice out on the grass fields this afternoon, going for roughly 90 minutes in helmets (no pads) under a hot summer sun that produced temperatures in excess of 90 degrees for the second straight day.
Tomorrow's forecast calls for cooler temps, but the action will most certainly heat up with a full scrimmage (the only true one to this point) on the docket to close out camp. The scrimmage, which is scheduled to last about two hours, will be closed.
The most intriguing aspect of the scrimmage may be the fact that it will be the last chance for quarterbacks Nate Costa and Darron Thomas to prove their case to be the 2010 starter.
After Friday's O-Games - an annual lighthearted competition day - the squad will begin its game week practice on Saturday, focusing on Sept. 4 opponent New Mexico.
Freshman Curtis White turned in a gem with a one-handed tip to himself on a deep pass down the seam from Darron Thomas during 7-on-7. White has the talent to play right now, but will he be needed this year if David Paulson and Brandon Williams meet expectations? Top play 1B also came during 7-on-7, when Costa found Daryle Hawkins with a bullet that "Slash" made a nifty over the shoulder grab on.
Won the Day
Costa and Thomas. To go out there for 21 practices and compete head-to-head for arguably the most prized starting spot in the Pac-10 this season can't be easy. But the fact that they were able to deal with all of the attention and pressure that comes with it without cracking, says a lot about both men. At the beginning of camp I thought it would be important for one of them to clearly distance himself from the other, but the way things worked out is clearly better for the team as a whole. Both guys can do the job, and in a contact sport like college football, both may have to.
Brandon Bair and LaMichael James each had their sleeves rolled all the way up in a effort to either show off or get rid of the farmer's tan that comes with preseason camp ... Jeff Maehl was sporting a space-aged looking visor on his carbon helmet.
Longtime program supporter Seth Ford addressed the team, reminding them of the importance of having a good scrimmage before leading the end of the day cheer.
Darron or Nate?
Since both won the day, let's go with a Haiku that speaks to the misconceptions people have about the duo. (Yes, it's come to this)
Nate can't run, he throws
Darron is the next Dixon
Don't believe the blogs
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