And so it begins. On a very cold, wet day the 2012 Oregon Ducks football team came together for the first time.
After joking that it was "the worst practice ever" Coach Chip Kelly expanded in an interview broadcast on oregonlive.com that it was really good. Kelly said that Michael Clay, John Boyett and Carson York showed good leadership to the new guys.
Kelly added in response to a question from the media that "Arik Armstead and Evan Baylis (two new recruits who enrolled early) didn't look lost out there and ran around pretty good." When asked what he told Armstead about his first practice, Kelly said "I told him to jump in the deep end and start swimming, son."
Kelly added "We teach to the fastest learners and don't wait for guys to catch up."
What is Coach looking for in the quarterback competition? "Same thing we look for in all positions; we want to see improvement from practice 1 to practice 15."
It should be noted that while Kelly has closed all practices, it doesn't necessarily mean that he and the players aren't talking. In addition to Kelly's talk with the media, RB Kenjon Barner also talked to csnnw.com.
Let's look at five of the best position battles that will begin to unfold during spring practice.