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Oregon has reason to fear its first offensive play of the game Saturday against UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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The sum of opening plays by the 18th-ranked Ducks through five games is a lost fumble, an interception, two incomplete passes - though one should have been intercepted and another was originally ruled a lost fumble - and, here's the positive, a two-yard gain on a running play.
`Our first plays have not been outstanding successes,' UO coach Mike Bellotti Robert Michael Bellotti (b. December 21, 1950 in Sacramento, California) has been the head coach of the University of Oregon football team since 1995. His accomplishments at Oregon include an 11-1 season and #2 national ranking in 2001. Education
In the opener against Stanford, it took an official challenge by Bellotti to overturn the ruling on the field of a lost fumble by the Ducks, making it an incomplete pass. At Fresno State, the Ducks did lose a fumble on their initial play.
The first offensive snap against Oklahoma was an incomplete pass, though only because an Oklahoma linebacker dropped the football. After a bye, there was a two-yard gain on a run by Jonathan Stewart Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987 in Fort Lewis, Washington) is a junior running back for the University of Oregon Ducks. Early and personal life
Jonathan Stewart is the son of Jonathan Stewart and Lora Faison. at Arizona State.
Then came Oregon's opening play at California, an intercepted pass thrown by Dennis Dixon Dennis Lee Dixon Jr. (born January 11, 1985 in Oakland, California), is the starting Quarterback for The University of Oregon and is in his Senior season. Dixon was also drafted by the Atlanta Braves on June 7th, 2007 as an outfielder and spent the football offseason in the Braves that set the Bears up seven yards from the end zone.
`You know, Dad,' 12-year-old Sean Bellotti suggested to the coach on the flight home from Berkeley, `we should take a knee on the first play of the game. We'd be better off.'
Well, the 18th-ranked Ducks might consider it. Bellotti and offensive coordinator An offensive coordinator typically refers to the coach on a football team in the National Football League or College football who is in charge of the offense. This position aids the head coach by designing and scripting plays, delegating work to offensive position coaches during Gary Crowton Gary Crowton (born June 14 1957 in Provo, Utah, United States) is an American Football coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Louisiana State University. Crowton graduated from Orem High School in 1975 and went on to earn a B.S. have discussed the way the Oregon offense has been opening games.
`You don't mind if they're not successes, but they can't be failures,' Bellotti said, recognizing that two of Oregon's 11 turnovers this season have coming on opening snaps opening snap
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So what's up?
`It might be the excitement, it might be that it's a special play,' Bellotti mused. `I don't think so.'
What he is thinking about is how to open Saturday's game against the Bruins.
`This might be a very vanilla-type play,' Bellotti said.
The turnover game
Giving up the football is an obvious concern for the Ducks. Bellotti calls turnover margin the most important statistic in college football, which doesn't speak well for Oregon.
After three interceptions and a lost fumble at Cal, Oregon has lost the football 11 times this season. With seven takeaways from the opponents, that leaves the Ducks at minus-four overall in turnover margin, and only Stanford, at minus-five, has done worse among Pac-10 teams.
`In our offense, is there a higher possibility of turnovers?' Bellotti asked rhetorically. `No, not really.'
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congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion. area, but Bellotti said `we're willing to take that risk for the rewards.'
The concern on turnovers is perhaps greater this week because UCLA leads the Pac-10 in turnover ratio at plus-five, with 14 total takeaways, evenly divided between seven fumble recoveries and seven interceptions, two of the latter returned for touchdowns.
Lured to Mac?
Oregon basketball practice begins this week, and how could Jordan Kent Jordan Russell Kent (born July 24, 1984 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) is an American football wide receiver, drafted in 2007 by the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. not realize it?
`You think about it a little bit, and I'll definitely get by there if I can to check on things,' he said.
Kent, who lettered the previous three seasons playing basketball, said he hasn't entirely ruled basketball out, though football remains his priority. In addition to football for the first time in 2005, he played last season, between the end of the regular football season and the Holiday Bowl, and then during the Pac-10 basketball season.
The basketball roster will include Kent, because he could return for his final season of eligibility.
The difference this year is that he's made strides as a football player, to the point where professional scouts are checking him out.
And that might mean he needs to spend the winter in football workouts and timing sessions, if he's serious about an NFL NFL
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`If football doesn't work out, I'll make myself available for (basketball) and the same goes for track,' Kent said. `I know what my role is on (the basketball) team if I were to come back. It wouldn't take a whole lot of adjusting, so I'm pretty confident that I could make the transition.
`Come November, I'll have a better idea if that's something I need to start thinking toward.'
After the best game of his two football seasons, with six catches for 113 yards against California, Kent is third among the Ducks - and second for a wide receiver - in receptions with 15 for 193 yards and one touchdown. Kent has started four of the five games.
`He's getting better as a football player,' Bellotti said. `He's like a sponge, he wants to learn, he wants to get better ...
`The more he does, the bigger role he'll play.'
Filipe close to playing
Bellotti said `there's a better chance' that defensive end Victor Filipe could make his season debut Saturday.
A senior, Filipe hasn't played due to a dislocated dis·lo·cate
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2. elbow suffered in August, when he was listed on the depth chart with the No. 1 defense. If he didn't play at all, he would have the option of a medical redshirt because he played as a true freshman True freshman is a term used in NCAA sports, indicating that an athlete is playing the sport in his first year of college, rather than redshirting for one or more years to protect future college eligibility. .
Bellotti said redshirting Filipe was unlikely `because of our situation in the defensive line.'
The Ducks have lost two other defensive linemen for the season, and a couple others are slowed by injuries, though they have returned to play.
Bellotti said that even if Filipe isn't cleared to play Saturday, the redshirt season will remain unlikely.
`We're still not even at the midway point of the season and with a bowl game, we have a lot of games left to play,' Bellotti said.
`The first concern is his safety, and his ability to do the things he needs to do to protect himself and play football.
`Given the status of our defensive line, a healthy Victor Filipe would make a significant difference.'
OREGON VS. UCLA
12:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium The stadium is tucked between the Willamette River and Coburg Hills. The uniquely shaped bowl blends in with the wooded Eugene landscape. The shape also allows for unique acoustics, making it one of the loudest stadiums in NCAA Football for its capacity. . TV: ABC ABC
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