Spring Practice – Day #3 DUCKS IN FULL PADS – KELLY PLEASED WITH HIS TEAMS EFFORT & FOCUS
It was an unusual site to see on Friday afternoon outside of the Moshofsky Center. No, not the Ducks being in full pads for the first time this spring, but head coach Chip Kelly’s wide smile and obvious good mood. That’s not to say Kelly is always in a sour mood, ( although some believe he is ), but let’s just say he was especially chipper on Friday and it was easily noticed. ( You’ll see what I mean at about the 4:40 mark of the video when Kelly directs his attention to OL Nick Cody )
Besides Kelly’s obvious good mood, the Ducks practiced in full pads for the first time this spring. Kelly told reporters the effort was good and allowed his team to practice with more intensity since they were in full gear and able to play at a more physical pace. “We’ve got pads on, we can protect ourselves, so we can come off the ball” said Kelly. “It did pick up a little bit from that standpoint. You could tell as those guys were running around that it’s a little bit different feel when we’ve got pads on.”
From what we were able to glean from his post practice comments, both sides of the football worked on red zone drills today. Kelly seemed pleased with the teams focus, however he was certainly more complimentary of the defense than the offense. Take from that what you will.
Kelly also addressed whether or not sophomore RB / WR De’Anthony Thomas will run track this spring. Kelly suggested track is available to Thomas and it’s an individual decision, however when reporters asked Thomas if his plans included track, he said that decision would be up to Kelly and the coaching staff. It’s likely Thomas will concentrate his spring athletics on football and getting physically stronger.
Kelly also discussed his defensive backs and rover position telling reporters Brian Jackson has done a good job so far as well as Erick Dargan. That’s one area of the 2012 Ducks team ( defensive backs ) that isn’t lacking for bodies and talent. Secondary coach John Neal is taking full advantage of getting a good look at that talent through the dozens of repetitions his unit runs during these spring drills.