"They refuse to let people run on them. We have to be that team that can punch and counter-punch."
"Perfect. We've got them right where we want them if they're painting their field."
There are guys who just don't surprise you when they make a play and Aaron Nichols is one of those guys. He's so consistent at everything he does. He plays all three (receiver) positions, he plays on almost all of our special teams. He's just a fabulous player.
We've really tried to designate good competition, making sure we're slotted in practice with Ryan Katz and our first string offense against the first string defense. We want him to see the speed constantly.
Since last spring, we've done a lot more live work so the quarterback can have all the live bullets flying around him and practice the poise he will need to have in great quantities playing in real games.
49ers Sign Keaton Kristick, LeGarrett Blount After The Draft
In a year where nearly as many Pac-10 players were signed without being drafted (24) as were taken in the draft, either a lot of teams were cautious about the players the conference produced, or else they felt they could get good value without expending draft picks, the important thing is to get a chance to go to camp and make good.
San Francisco didn't draft any linebackers, but did acquire Ted Ginn Jr. from Miami in a draft weekend deal, so there isn't an overflowing number of linebackers Kristick will have to compete with, which might bode well.
San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said "Speed, quickness, power and a dash of attitude," was what he was looking for in the draft, which included DB Taylor Mays from USC.
In Kristick and Blount, the 49ers got those same qualities in their post-draft signees as well.
Blount, however, subsequently opted for an offer from the Tennessee Titans instead.
San Francisco is not one of the NFL's premier franchises any more, but they aren't in disarray either. So Kristick signing as a free agent with a team that is potentially competitive, but isn't so loaded as to be nearly impossible to make the roster, could even be better than being a late round draft choice in some places. In either case, the opportunity has presented itself; now it's a matter of making good on that opportunity.
Breaking News: LaMichael James Arrested
February 17, 2010
By KEZI 9 News Staff
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Another Oregon Duck football player gets into trouble. University of Oregon Running Back LaMichael James has been arrested for domestic violence by Springfield Police. He was booked at the Lane County Jail just before three o'clock Wednesday morning.
Bail was initially set at $100,000, and efforts to get the amount reduced to $40,000 were unsuccessful. James entered a plea of not guilty, and was eventually released just before 4 PM Friday, but required to wear an ankle bracelet for electronic surveillance for five weeks, until he returns for a pretrial hearing on March 24.
Area police made every effort at their disposal to deny or delay James release.
The identity of the "girlfriend" accuser has yet to be make public.
UO Cheerleader Courtney Eckhart, who identified herself as James' girlfriend, (not the one filing a complaint) has spoken out in support of James.
"A year ago we were at the Sun Bowl sending off our seniors off. It’s crazy how fast it goes by. But now it feels good for me. It’s an accomplishment."