Tuesday’s session — players still call it "7-on-7," even though linemen began participating in recent years — was particularly interesting for those wondering about the prospects this fall for the UO receiving corps, which lost two starters to graduation and figures to need some help from fresh faces in 2011. Junior quarterback Darron Thomas spent a considerable amount of time throwing passes to freshmen Devon Blackmon and De’Anthony Thomas, perhaps a prelude of what’s to come when the season begins.
At every other position where the Ducks suffered significant losses to graduation — both lines, and at linebacker — several veterans are assumed to be in line to pick up the slack. But even UO coach Chip Kelly has acknowledged that freshmen will have a chance to help at receiver.
In an homage to the "Miracle at Memorial," this one is a fast-paced shoot-out. But although it threatens to become the "Annihilation at Autzen," Tedford's creative use of formation and schemes keeps Oregon's defense off-balance all game. It's a speed on speed, mano y mano chess match on both sides of the ball.