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October 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Oregon week questions, volume three

Another round. …
Q: Can you list everyone who plays on the special teams?
A: It’s not quite as easy to do as you’d think since the teams change a little every week, and sometimes change during the game — the punt return team, for instance, varies on whether the Huskies want to leave the defense out there to account for a possible fake, or are pretty certain the ball will be kicked and set up for a return. But guys who have tended to be on the kickoff team include Josh Gage, T.J. Poe, Jordan Wallace, Quinton Richardson, Cort Dennison, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Greg Walker, Wilie Griffin, Fred Wiggs, Nate Fellner and Victor Aiyewa.
The KO return team has included some of the same up front. The wall before the returners has typically included Paul Homer, Andru Pulu, Austin Sylvester and Cort Dennison, and right now, Chris Polk and James Johnson as the returners. The guys up front last week included Tuiasosopo, Dennison, Aiyewa, Gage and Poe.
The punt cover team last week included WR Anthony Boyles, seeing the first action of his career. Adam Long has also been a standout on the punt cover team, making two tackles last week.
Q: How is Chris Polk this week?
A: He said Tuesday he’s sore but fine. “I’m sore, but this is exactly what we train for in the off-season,” he said. “This is why we condition and lift weights. It’s my job to take hits. My shoulder is fine. I’ve just got to do a little bit of treatment, a little bit of extra exercise But I’ll be good.”
Polk said after the ASU game that his shoulder will be sore until he has a chance to really rest it after the season. So it’s something that will have to be monitored all season. But all players have something this time of year.

Q: Could Curtis Shaw be moved to DB? Seems a shame not to use his speed somehow.
A: Haven’t heard that, and for this season, they don’t necessarily have a ton of depth at TB. He also has said he wants to be a running back. But after the season, with the coaches having their first full year to really evaluate players, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some position changes.
Q: How come the NCAA doesn’t allow teams that do not make a bowl game to have extra practices or camps at sometime during the year? Bowl teams get extra official coaching. Non-bowl teams don’t. Isn’t this an unfair advantage for bowl teams?
A: The practices are allowed as a way to practice for the bowl game in question, which I think we would all agree is necessary. It’s no different than any other sport. Basketball teams that make the post-season get to continue practicing, those that don’t, don’t. I don’t see it as unfair — if t’s a reward for doing well, guess it should also be seen as a motivation to do well. I’ve never heard any movement to change that, and especially with the way everyone wants to find ways to cut costs, if anything the move is toward shortening seasons, not lengthening them. So I don’t see that ever changing.
More later.



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