Masoli first on field for Duck spring football practice

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Jeremiah Masoli at the first day of spring practice.

EUGENE, Ore. -- The first Duck on the field Tuesday morning was Jeremiah Masoli, the quarterback suspended for all of the 2010 season in the wake of a misdemeanor burglary conviction.

Masoli took part in the entire first day of Oregon spring football, the first of 15 workouts for the Ducks.

Not so for LaMichael James, who showed up for a few minutes, talked with coach Chip Kelly and then left. Kelly said James will be on the field on Thursday. He didn't practice for academic reasons. James was suspended for the 2010 season opener after pleading guilty to misdemeanor harassment.

But from the coach on down, most Ducks agreed that the events since the Rose Bowl have been embarassing to say the least.

Masoli did show up at the Moshofsky Center despite speculation that he might transfer since he is suspended for the 2010 season. Masoli not only took snaps at quarterback, but he ran routes as a receiver as well.
Masoli's suspension opens the door for senior Nate Costa and red-shirt sophomore Darron Thomas to compete for the starting gig.

"It's just something that's naturally going to happen," Costa said. "I'm a good guy. Darron's a good guy. We're surrounded by good guys. That's just something that's naturally going to take place. It's not going to divide us. It's going to make us better because it's going to bring closer together as a team."

"Fortunately for us we don't have to pick a starter until New Mexico," Kelly said. "It's a long ways away. It's about getting those guys reps. I thought both of those guys did a lot of good things. They made some mistakes, but that's to be expected on day one."

The Ducks will conclude spring drills with the annual spring game on May 1.

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