The Pacific-10 Conference today announced that wide receiver Jeff Maehl was named the conference's…
Monday Practice Notes
2. After practice this morning, Kelly said that his team's tempo has gotten faster as the season has worn on. With only a matter of seconds separating one play from the next during practice today, there appeared to be little to no hangover coming off Oregon's key road victory at USC.
"We're continuing to kind of experiment with how we want to do things," said Kelly. "Guys are getting better and they understand the value of it. If it's a weapon for us, then we'll continue to do it."
3. Kelly also commented on the tremendous progress sophomore quarterback Darron Thomas has made from the beginning of the season, to now. Thomas' 19-of-32 passing for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns Saturday night against the Trojans has solidified him one of the conference's top signal-caller, yet his command of the offense extends beyond the impressive nature of his statistics.
"Darron's been great," remarked Kelly. "You've seen him get better and better each game. It's neat to see him continue to grow and develop. He handles all our protection up there and we've been sacked three times for the season. That's a lot of credit to our offensive line and what they can do, but also to Darron in getting us in the right protections."
4. The Oregon secondary played arguably their finest game of the season this past Saturday as they virtually eliminated any and all big plays for quarterback Matt Barkley and the Trojan passing game.
"It may have been," said Kelly when asked if his secondary turned in it's best performance of the year. "I know it was Talmadge (Jackson)'s best game. I can tell you right now that Ronald Johnson and Robert Woods are the best combination of receivers that we'll face, so (the secondary) really upped their game in a big way...for us to play that well in the secondary against that group really gives us a lot of confidence as we move forward."
Oregon Official Injury Report:
RB Kenjon Barner (head), CB Anthony Gildon (leg), OL C.E. Kaiser (hip), ROV Eddie Pleasant (shoulder)
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