Big Plays Highlight Final Scrimmage Before Spring Game
April 19, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's offense dictated much of the one-hour controlled scrimmage Thursday in its final tuneup before the Ducks' Spring Game April 28 at Hillsboro.
Senior quarterback Joey Harrington played in only the opening series, but he made the most of his time by completing 6 of 7 passes for 75 yards, capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Keith Allen. He led all receivers on the day with 113 yards along with five receptions. Backup quarterback Scott Vossmeyer also connected with Allen on a 75-yard pass play.
Junior wideout Jason Willis also served as a prime target, hauling in six passes for 88 yards. 'I thought he came to play and he made a lot of plays.'
'We did the no-huddle offense and some of that stresses the defense a lot,' Bellotti said. 'I thought the offense took charge in that drill and put the defense on its heels. That may have set the tempo for the whole day.'
The Ducks' defense, however, was missing defensive lineman Zack Freiter and cornerback Rashad Bauman, both of whom are nursing minor injuries. Running back Maurice Morris and wide receiver Keenan Howry also didn't participate because of minor injuries.
'I thought our lack of depth on defense hurt us a little bit,' Bellotti said. 'When you have Zack Freiter and Rashad Bauman out, that takes a way a lot of the punch from the defense. (But) Keith Lewis made a ton of plays and saved a couple of touchdowns.'
Reserve sophomore quarterback Jason Fife took full advantage, though, completing 9 of 11 passes for 100 yards to rebound from an off-day during last week's scrimmage.
'(He) continued to improve today and came of age a little bit,' Bellotti said of Fife. 'He did some nice things that won't even show up in the stats - managing the team and doing those type of things.'
Sophomore transfer Onterrio Smith led the ground game with seven carries for 39 yards - 38 of those on one play. Another Ducks sophomore, Kenny Washington, had five carries for 43 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run on his second attempt.
'I'm not sure we improved on both sides of the ball,' Bellotti said. ' I think the offense was a little bit more dominant today. That tends to ebb and flow during the course of the spring. But when you have eight or nine returning starters on offense and only three or four on defense, that's a difficult thing. It's a great opportunity for some young kids on defense.'
The annual Spring Game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
O. Smith 7-39Shaw 6-17Washington 5-43, 1 TDAmundsen 5-(-6)Fife 5-10, 1 TDVossmeyer 4-22Lombardo 3-(-11)Harrington 1-2
Fife 9-11-0, 100 yds, 0 TDHarrington 6-7-0, 75 yds, 1 TDVossmeyer 3-5-0, 10 yds, 0 TDLombardo 2-3-0, 102 yds, 0 TD
Willis 6-88Allen 5-113, 1 TDAleman 5-42Daniels 2-(-1)Peelle 1-17
Rosenberg 1-1 (23 yds)Siegel 0-1 (Smith block)
Niakan 1-2Siegel 2-2