Reed Makes Camp List
Monday, August 18, 2:00 p.m.
I've got to admit I've been suffering from a bit of blog withdrawal over the past day and a half. Leaving town prior to Saturday's scrimmage was tough to take with only two weeks remaining until UW on Aug. 30. But I'm back - for better or for worse, depending on you the reader's point of view - for the long haul.
Today the Ducks are in the midst of their second to last two-a-day workout, having already gone for nearly two hours this morning in Autzen Stadium. Later this afternoon (5 p.m.) they will don full pads out on the grass practice fields. Today is easily the coolest day of Fall Camp in terms of temperature and a major contrast from Saturday's scrimmage under triple-digit conditions.
True freshman lineman Hamani Stevens worked out today with the offense for the first time after playing defensive tackle for the first two weeks of camp. The move shouldn't come as a surprise considering the fact that Stevens was one of the top prep center recruits (if not the top) in the country coming out of high school.
Hamani Stevens switched from the green jersey worn by the defense to a fresh, white No. 72 on Monday morning.
The watch list for the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year is out and senior defensive end Nick Reed is among the 35 players under consideration. Reed is one of only three Pac-10 players on the list. The watch list will be narrowed to 15 semi-finalists in early November. The award is the nation's fourth-oldest college football accolade.
I had the chance to catch up with Matt Evensen this morning to get his thoughts on the new higher goal posts at Autzen Stadium. Matt admitted that they make the uprights appear more narrow, but said that he guesses at least half of the stadiums in the Pac-10 already have the longer NFL-style posts. He likes the fact that the flags on the tips of the goal are higher and should provide a more accurate way to gage the wind. He also thinks it will help take the guess work out of high kicks from an officiating standpoint.