Oregon Offense Not as Sharp in Second Spring Scrimmage
April 13, 2001
EUGENE - Although the results may have been a little different, the formula remained the same as Oregon spent the majority of its second major scrimmage of the spring focusing on players looking to fill vacant starting spots or reserve roles in the one-hour controlled scrimmage that concluded the Ducks' two-and-a-half hour workout Friday afternoon.
Much like Oregon's first scrimmage a week ago, starting quarterback Joey Harrington guided the first-team offense through only one series, capping a six-play, 70-yard drive against the first-team defense with a seven-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Jason Willis.
Harrington completed his brief stint connecting on both of his pass attempts for 15 yards and running once for a two-yard gain before giving way to reserve signal-callers Jason Fife and Scott Vossmeyer.
The remainder of the scrimmage didn't fare quite as well as Fife completed only four of 12 passes for 28 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Vossmeyer was successful on only two of seven attempts for six yards.
The offense was able to account for only one other score - a nine-yard TD pass from Fife to tight end Willie Walden - prior to finishing the workout with three short touchdown runs in goal line situations starting from the five-yard line.
'I was a little disappointed with the execution of our offense,' head coach Mike Bellotti said. 'I was pleased because the defense is pretty thin right now injury-wise and I thought they rallied and showed a little heart later on.
'We need to develop a better field presence when Joey Harrington leaves the field. I think Jason Fife has the physical talent to do it, we just need to get him a lot of reps. Joey did a very nice job and obviously always does. I also thought Ryan Shaw ran the ball pretty well. He made the most of his opportunities.'
Defensively, Keith Lewis intercepted two of Fife's errant passes while defensive lineman Adam Isfeld momentarily grabbed hold of a third before fumbling the ball back to the offense. The defense also limited ball carriers to three yards or less on 16 of their 27 carries as well as nine completions in 22 pass attempts.
Willis was the only receiver to catch more than one pass, finishing his day with four receptions for 28 yards and one score, while Cy Aleman caught one pass for 48 yards. That catch occurred on the first play of the scrimmage on a pass from tailback Maurice Morris, who faked a sweep around the right side of the line after taking the handoff from Harrington and proceeded to throw the strike to Aleman.
Morris carried the football only three times for five yards but four other tailbacks each made their mark. Shaw rushed 10 times for 24 yards however transfer Onterrio Smith only needed two carries to equal the same output. Allan Amundson carried the football twice for 14 yards, including a three-yard scoring jaunt, while Kenny Washington included a five-yard touchdown sweep among his 12 yards on four carries.
Defensive end Quinn Dorsey continued his strong bid to inherit one of the openings along the defensive line with one quarterback sack to complement his two sacks from a week ago.
Oregon will resume spring workouts with three practices next week.