- Portland Tribune - Sports
Coming up: Oregon (7-5) vs. Brigham Young (10-2), 5 p.m. PT, Dec. 21, Las Vegas Bowl. The Ducks leave for Las Vegas on Monday.
TV, radio: ESPN, KXL (750 AM)
• Coach Mike Bellotti lists 10 potential NFL players on the Ducks, led by receiver Jordan Kent, linebacker Blair Phillips and tight end Dante Rosario. He also believes center Enoka Lucas, offensive guard Palauni Ma Sun and safety J.D. Nelson have good shots at making the league.
'Dante can play a lot of places - tight end, H-back, defense, special teams,' Bellotti says.
Defensive linemen Matt Toeaina and Darius Sanders and receiver James Finley would be longer shots, Bellotti says. A remote candidate is backup linebacker Jon Pope, who could wow scouts.
'He runs well, and he's a beast in the weight room,' Bellotti says.
• Receiver Jaison Williams has been allowed to practice - and play against OSU last month - without danger of further damaging the 'bilateral stress fractures in his lumbar spine,' trainer Kevin Steil says.
'It's painful; however, it's just pain tolerance that allows him to be able to play through it,' Steil says. 'The doctor is very confident it should be OK - as long as we protect it.'
Williams wears padding on the lower back during practices, which have involved modified hitting. 'He's wearing a splint all the time - besides practice - and a bone stimulator to speed up the healing process,' Steil says.
• Phillips (knee) will definitely play against BYU. 'It's still going to be sore,' Steil says. 'But he has a desire to play.' … 'Blair's the most serious,' Steil says, of injured players. 'But everyone else should be good to go.' … Brady Leaf (ankle) returned to practice last weekend, and fellow QB Dennis Dixon continued to look really good. … The Ducks got their 16th verbal commitment, according to educk.com: safety Todd Doxey, 6-2 and 180 pounds, from San Diego.
- Jason Vondersmith