Duck Special Teams Highlight Second Scrimmage
Aug. 23, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon offense was able to move the ball down field, but the defense tightened up, forcing the Duck offense to attempt seven field goals while allowing just two touchdowns in Oregon's second scrimmage of fall camp. Several defensive players, including all three starting linebackers, missed the scrimmage with minor injuries, making it difficult for head coach Mike Bellotti to evaluate the performance following the scrimmage.
'The best thing about today is that nobody got hurt,' Bellotti said. 'We're not playing with a full complement on the defensive side of the ball, but I think our offense has made strides in the execution part of it. I think we'll be at full strength by Monday and we'll be a different football team. And, we need to be a different football team because we haven't been the team we envisioned during fall camp simply because of nagging injuries.'
Oregon's defense stepped up despite missing key players, keeping the offense out of the endzone on the first four possessions, but kicker Jared Siegel connected on four field goals, including a 45-yarder on the first drive a 46-yarder on the second and a 41-yarder on the third.
'Overall, I was mildly pleased with the kicking game,' Bellotti said. 'Jared Siegel has much greater range than he did last year and I think greater accuracy. I think Jose Arroyo punted the ball well and I'm pleased about that part. I think we're ready to test this thing out in the real thing.'
Senior tailback Allan Amundson finally found the endzone on Oregon's fifth drive after quarterback Kellan Clemens drove the Ducks 30 yards in four plays. Amundson had carries of 15 and 17 yards, respectively to set up a one-yard score. Amundson finished the scrimmage with 41total yards, while Kenny Washington led the running game with 48 yards on 10 carries.
Clemens also led Oregon's second scoring drive, hitting tight end Tim Day for a seven yard completion before connection with George Wrighster for a 28 yard touchdown pass. Clemens finished the scrimmage completing five of seven passes for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Junior quarterback Jason Fife led the Ducks in their first drive of the day, completing four passes to set up Siegel's 45-yard field goal. Fife finished the day eight-of-14 for 48 yards. Neither Fife nor Clemens threw an interception and both led the Ducks to at least a field goal in all but one possession.
'I think Jason Fife has separated himself, although I was very pleased with Kellan Clemens' performance today and some of the things he did.'
Senior wide receiver Keenan Howry returned to action after missing the Ducks' first scrimmage, grabbing two passes for eight yards. Howry returned to his old form on special teams, returning a punt for a 78-yard touchdown.
'Keenan has showed that he hasn't lost a step in terms of punt returns and I think getting a guy like Keenan back makes a difference on offense.'
Wrighster led all receivers with 28 yards and senior Jason Willis had three catches for 22 yards.
Defensively, Robert Hamilton led all tacklers with eight tackles, including three unassisted. Aric Isfeld added five tackles and freshman Marques Binns nabbed the lone interception of the day. Binns also had an interception in Oregon's scrimmage a week ago.
Oregon will take part in Fan Day at the Moshofsky Center beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday before returning to practice at 3:35 p.m.
Rusing Washington 10-48; Amundson 5-41, 1 TD; Clemens 2-24; Smith 3-20; Hazel 1-13; Rowley 2-7 Whitehead 2-4; Collins 1-3; Lofton 1-2.
Passing Clemens 6-8-1, 55 yards; Fife 8-14-0, 48 yards; Vossmeyer 1-5-11; Hazel 1-2-4; Collins 0-1-0.
Receiving Wrighster 1-28; Willis 3-22; Parker 3-18; Daniels 2-13; Stray 1-11; Lia Braaten 1-9; Howry 2-8; Day 1-7; Mercier 1-4.
Tackles (Total/Unassisted) Hamilton 8/3; Isfeld, A. 5/1; Webster 4/0; Phinisee 4/0; Andrews 4/0; Levine 4/1; Spates 3/0; Martin 3/0; Gipson 3/1; Haberly 3/1; Matson 3/0; Moore 2/1; Tucker 2/0; Moore, P. 2/1; Kerney 2/1; Dixon 2/1; Clayton 1/0; Binns 1/1; Hughes 1/0; Nelson 1/0; Hnida 1/0; Trucks 1/0; Favroth 1/1.
Interceptions Binns 1-0
Sacks Hamilton 1-2
Fumble Recoveries Dukes 1