Kelly: Oregon's pace 'a work in progress'

January, 4, 2011
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Oregon coach Chip Kelly is keeping things tight this week, essentially providing no media access other than official news conferences.

But bowl officials did provide some post-practice quotes Tuesday.

On Oregon's offensive pace:


"It always is a work in progress. Obviously, I think playing fast is a fundamental and, if you don't practice it every day and you don't continue to pay attention to it every day, you can kind of lose that edge. And, we really spend a lot of time in practice of trying to emphasize that. That's not all we do; that's just one facet of what we do."

On finding similarities between Auburn and any Pac-10 opponent:


"Not to say that there is or isn't, we never look at it that way. When we break down film -- and we broke down all 13 of their games -- we look at everything situationally. They’re not, 'They're like this team or they're like that team.' What do they do in red zone? What do they do in third-down situations? What are they doing coming out? How do they play in these situations, whether it's offensively, defensively or special teams. But we've never compared any teams we've played to another team."

On setting numerical goals on offense:


"We have one numerical goal that we talk about all the time and that's winning."

On quarterback Darron Thomas:


"Darron's been outstanding. He's gotten better and better as the season's progressed. For him to be a first-year starter and accomplish what he's accomplished so far is really a credit to him. He works extremely hard in the film room studying the game of football, putting himself in position to make plays and actually putting this team in position to make plays. I can't say enough things about how he's performed as a first-year starter. He's been tremendous for us."

Expect a lot more on Wednesday: Both teams have their first news conferences.

Auburn's news conference will feature Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and offensive players, including Cam Newton. The Oregon presser will feature defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and defensive players

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