Kelly: No timetable for return of Harris, Alonso
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly said Sunday that he has "no timetable" for the return of defensive standouts Cliff Harris and Kiki Alonso from suspension.
One day after the season-opening, 40-27 road loss to LSU, Kelly said "we'll address that as a staff this week," when asked about the status of cornerback Harris and linebacker Alonso for Saturday's home game against Nevada.
Kelly reiterated his post-LSU game comments about the factors that went into Oregon's defeat at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in the Cowboys Classic.
"Obviously, on the offensive side we made too many mistakes, penalties, drops, you know, and we had one fumble on offense and two fumbles on special teams that obviously hurt us and put us in negative situations," Kelly said. "I've said since day one that we're a young football team and it's going to be a situation that was we grow as a group we'll get better."
On the brighter side, "I thought our defense played really well," Kelly said. "We put them on a short field a lot of times."
Kelly mentioned that the Ducks were inconsistent in many areas, including the retooled offensive line.
"It was just inconsistent," he said, of the play up front on offense. "At times we had a couple nice drives and did some decent things. We had a 19-play drive in the second quarter; we shot ourselves in the foot on that drive but still overcame (those mistakes) to score. We've got to strive to be more consistent, even the guys (on the O-line) who have played before."
As for quarterback Darron Thomas, Kelly said the returning starter was "good, not great. I'm sure there's a couple throws and couple decisions he'd want back. He competed very hard. He just missed a couple things, but that's going to happen."