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May 4, 2011
DSA talks spring on 95.5 The Game
The Oregon Ducks concluded their 2011 spring camp with the annual spring game on Saturday. Duck Sports Authority spoke with Portland sports flagship radio 95.5 The Game's Chad Doing about Oregon's progress.
Chad Doing, 95.5 The Game: We know about Kiko Alonso's run-in with the law. If Chip decides to remove him from the team how will the Ducks deal with the loss depth-wise at the linebacker position?
A.J. Jacobson, Duck Sports Authority: Certainly they would go with Dewitt Stuckey right away. Dewitt and Kiko were very close at one and two during the spring so they would move Stuckey there immediately. I think they would probably try to find themselves somebody else too, they might shuffle some guys around to get the best three on the field. That's generally what you do in these type situations. Assuming Stuckey stays healthy there is no reason to think he can't mind that middle linebacker position quite well.
95.5: In the spring game who were your biggest surprises for the Ducks?
DSA: You know what's interesting is one of the guys who didn't show up much in the spring camp but then had a nice spring game was North Carolina safety James Scales. I thought he made a couple really nice plays in that game. There were a lot of defensive people showing up. I thought the defensive tackles like Wade Keliikipi looked really good. Defensive end Dion Jordan looked great. That spring game wasn't a great game for offensive explosiveness. It was all about the defense and controlling the line of scrimmage on the defensive side of the ball. If I were to hand out game balls a lot of those are going to go out to defensive players. Of course we did see LaMichael James but he was no surprise when he got the edge on that stretch play and took it in for a 50 plus yard touchdown. We know LaMichael can do that. I think people got see Ayele Forde who looked really good all spring and then got to show some of his power in that spring game. That's the beauty of these spring games. Everybody gets a chance and if you are going to stand up, that's the time to do it in front of all those people.
95.5: What about disappointments?
DSA: I would have to say that it would have been nice to see some wide receivers step up. I'm not going to single out anybody and say 'he is a disappointment'. But I will say that the wide receiver group did not look deep this spring game and it didn't look deep this spring camp. Scott Frost knows his business and he's doing his job. Now he needs some bodies. Luckily those bodies will be coming in this fall. They've got four excellent wide receivers coming in, one of the top wide receiver classes in the nation last year. So they've got four of these guys coming in including Rahsaan Vaughn who is a junior college transfer so he's more of a ready to play type of guy. Then they've got Devon Blackmon coming in to help that wide receiver group, B.J. Kelley and the kid from Florida Tacoi Sumler. These guys have got some great speed coming in and I think they are all going to get a real serious look, a lot of it due to this spring when the group was just not getting good separation.
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