Defense Improves in Third Spring Scrimmage
April 25, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - The defense continued its progress Friday afternoon at Autzen Stadium as the University of Oregon football team held its third spring scrimmage. It marked the final scrimmage before the annual Spring Game on May 3 at Autzen Stadium at 1 p.m.
The defense scored twice, the first on a Kevin Mitchell 7-yard interception return on a pass from Kellen Clemens (4-of-8, 23 yards). The second came on a Terrence Whitehead fumble that found its way into the arms of cornerback Demetrius Spates, who raced 79 yards for a touchdown.
'Because we weren't a very good defensive football team last year, I was really pleased with the first half in that our defense looked to be capable of being a dominant next year,' Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. 'It was more about defensive execution today rather than the lack of offensive execution.'
Overall, the defense had four tackles for loss, three passes broken up and two fumble recoveries. Justin Phinisee recorded the lone quarterback sack from his rover position, stopping Johnny Durocher for a 6-yard loss.
Redshirt freshman tailback Chris Vincent found some holes in the defense, and even moved some piles on his own. He finished with 63 yards on 11 carries, including a 21-yard run late in the scrimmage.
'The first couple of series I was a little shaky, but then I got into a rhythm and started gaining some yards,' said Vincent. 'I got a chance to show what I could do against the (first team defense) today.'
Durocher, a freshman, led all quarterbacks by completing 6-of-11 passes for 45 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to tailback Terrence Whitehead. Senior quarterback Jason Fife (4-of-8, 23 yards), who tossed a 4-yard score to tight end Nate LiaBraaten and Clemens, a sophomore, each is vying for the starting nod.
'The quarterback race is still pretty even,' Bellotti said. 'I'll still have to look at the scrimmage film and at the stats.'
Passing (PC-PA-I Yds Tds)
DuRocher 6-11-0, 45, 1TDs; Fife 4-8-0, 23, 1TDs; Clemens 2-6-1, 10, 0TDs; Hazel 0-1-0, 0, 0TDs.
Rushing (Att-Yds Tds)
Vincent 11-63, 0TD; Whitehead 8-41, 0TDs; Shaw 12-28, 0TD; Parker 1-8, 0TD; Fife 1-5, 1TD; Clemens 1-3, 0TD; DuRocher 1- -6, 0TD.
Receiving (No.-Yds Tds)
Whitehead 2-22, 1TD; Cheney 2-17, 0TD; Parker 2-12, 0TD; Shaw 2-6, 0TD; Williams 1-7, 0TD; Vincent 1-6, 0TD; LiaBraaten 1-4, 1TD.
Siegel 39 (WR).
Mitchell (1-7 TD).
Siavii (3/2/5), Phinisee (3/2/5), Solomona (3/2/5), Lewis (3/2/5), Hughes (2/1/3), Nelson (0/3/3), Nelson (ï¿½/3), Andrews (1/2/3), Moore (1/2/3), Haberly (1/1/2), Levine (1/2/2), Vossmeyer (0/2/2), Matson (1/1/2), Gipson (1/1/2), Martin (0/2/2), Filipe (1/0/1), Sanders (1/0/1), Collins (1/0/1), Spates (1/0/1), Lynn (0/1/1), Trucks (0/1/1), Rowley (0/0/1), Valenzuela (0/0/1).
Phinisee (1-6), Siavii (1-3), Lewis (1-3), Matson (1-3).
Passes Broken Up
Mitchell 1, Nelson 1, Lewis 1.
Fumble Recoveries (No.-Yards)
Spates (1-79 TD), Rowley (1-0).