Now just five days away from the annual Oregon spring football game, Duck head coach Chip Kelly praised his teams progress heading into the last week of practice, however his praise seemed tempered with cautious optimism. “I’m pleased” said Kelly after Monday’s practice outside of Autzen Stadium. ”We’re never satisfied. You always have to get better. Their attention to detail and what we’ve asked them to do is where it needs to be for us to be successful. It can always be better and everyone understands that.”
After Monday’s practice, ( the Ducks 13th overall of the spring ), Kelly told reporters the green and white teams for Saturdays spring game have been selected and did manage to get in a little work on their individual teams. Although Kelly wouldn’t elaborate on the specific players of each team, he did say the rosters would be officially set on Wednesday once the coaches determined which players were completely healthy and could play without injury.
One piece of interesting news did surface after Monday’s practice. Running back Kenjon Barner let it slip that he and QB Bryan Bennett were on the same squad and would likely face QB Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas on the other squad. A match-up that’s certainly worthy of the ESPN3 broadcast that’s being called by College Game Day host Chris Fowler and college football analyst Brock Huard.
The Ducks have one additional spring practice on Wednesday before the annual spring game on Saturday.