Reserves Given the Most Time in Ducks' First Spring Scrimmage
April 7, 2001
EUGENE - Oregon concluded its first week of spring football drills indoors with a one-hour scrimmage Saturday afternoon in the Moshofsky Sports Center that focused on taking a long look at some its younger players, according to head coach Mike Bellotti.
Returning quarterback Joey Harrington guided the first-team offense through only one series that ended with a 47-yard field goal from newcomer David Rosenberg, and tailback Maurice Morris finished his day with only one carry for five yards before giving way to a host of players vying for playing time in supporting roles.
Harrington completed three of four passes for 42 yards and was sacked once for a loss of two yards by defensive end Quinn Dorsey before handing the reins over to returnees Jason Fife and Scott Vossmeyer as well as newcomer Chris Lombardo.
Fife, who is completing his second year with the Ducks and holds the edge in his battle to earn the backup quarterback job behind Harrington, demonstrated he is clearly ahead of the other two contenders, completing seven of 11 passes for 119 yards and touchdowns of 13 and 15 yards.
'My initial thought was it was okey,' Bellotti said. 'I think we need to work a lot on communication, and that's coaches-to-players and players-to-players in terms of making sure we understand what we're doing and where our help is. We also need to do a better job on first downs - both sides of the ball. If we win the battle of first downs, we have a chance to win the series or the possessions battle. But we can't give up big plays and it doesn't matter if it's first string, second string or third string, I'm not tolerant of people walking into the end zone against us.
'Jason Fife got an extended opportunity and I thought did some good things. I thought he improved today. We did not plan to play our acknowledged starters a great deal. We wanted to give them a little bit of work but the majority of time spent live this spring will be with our twos and threes to determine who has gotten better, who has elevated their game and should be playing for us.
'Defensively, I thought Quinn Dorsey did some things,' Bellotti added. 'We've known that he's athletically gifted. There are some technique things and some intensity things that he needs to work on but I thought he also made some strides today. I think Wesly Mallard did some good things today too.'
The four quarterbacks spread the football around to eight different receivers, with Keith Allen catching three passes for 46 yards, while Paris Warren, Willie Walden, Cy Aleman and Gary Daniels each caught scoring passes of 13, 15, 25 and 30 yards, respectively.
Tailback Ryan Shaw led all rushers with 33 yards on four carries while transfer Onterrio Smith converted his four carries into seven yards.
Linebacker Jerry Matson recovered the only turnover of the day, scooping up an Allan Amundson fumble.
Oregon will return to work next week with practices on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Harrington 1- -2
Amundson 5- -6
Lombardo 3- -13
Fife 7-11, 119 yards, 2 TD
Lombardo 3-4, 60 yards, 2 TD
Harrington 3-4, 42 yards
Warren 2-49, 1 TD
Aleman 2-35, 1 TD
Daniels 1-30, 1 TD
Walden 1-15, 1 TD