Monday Practice Notes

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly

Monday morning's practice inside the Moshofsky Center once again demonstrated the great focus and attention to detail that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks have personified thus far this season. With only a few days left before the Ducks take on UCLA this Thursday, Kelly said that he was very pleased with what he saw from his team today.

Monday's practice marked the conclusion of the Ducks final "physical" work day before they gear up for the visiting UCLA Bruins on Thursday night. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said that he was pleased with his squad's overall effort today, in particular the defense, who rose to the occasion to stop the offense during the Ducks' clutch drill to end the day. On the whole, Kelly said that he's very happy with the way his defense has performed halfway through the season.

"I think they've been really good," stated Kelly. "They bring a lot of pressure -- we're right up there in the country in sacks, we're right up there in tackles for loss -- we can really put pressure on the quarterback in a lot of different ways that can allow people to get to get to the quarterback."

Kelly also allowed himself to reflect on Oregon's victory in Los Angeles last year against UCLA. Going in to that game, Oregon's depth was challenged, as many players -- including former quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former safety T.J. Ward -- were sidelined with injuries or illness. Though the Ducks expect to have more players at their disposal come Thursday, Kelly remained impressed with the grit demonstrated by his team against the Bruins last season.

"The one thing people don't really realize when we went down to UCLA was how banged up we were," opined Kelly. "The travel roster was at 64 for Pac-10 games and I think we had 58 healthy guys at the game...we were so banged up down there at a lot of different positions but I think it was one of our bigger (wins). The whole effort by the whole team down there was outstanding."

Official Oregon Injury Report:

RB Kenjon Barner (head), OL Everett Benyard (ankle), DT Zac Clark (leg), CB Anthony Gildon (leg), RB Lache Seastrunk (ill), DE Terrell Turner (leg)

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