Like his predecessor, Helfrich explained that he could not answer questions about the on-going NCAA investigation, but gave the following statement:
"We have been/are/and will be 100 percent committed to compliance. Along with that we are committed to this process and respecting that process. We'll comment on that when we can," he said.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota said he does not believe the news of impending violations affected the team or how the practiced Tuesday and that has remained their main focus.
"From the way we practiced, I feel like guys kind of shrugged it off… that's our biggest concern right now is going out and practicing," he said. "We went out today and had a scrimmage. Everything outside of that is outside of our control."
The coaches have not discussed the investigation with the team recently, Mariota said, but believes the team will be briefed when it needs to be.
When asked how he handles keeping his players filled in with the investigation, Helfrich says he doesn't.
Second Spring Scrimmage
Like last Tuesday, Oregon held a scrimmage, which Mariota says was very similar to the first. Helfrich did say the they got their first live kickoff action of the spring. De'Anthony Thomnas, Keanon Lowe, Bralon Addison and B.J. Kelley all took reps receiving kicks.
Both Mariota and Helfrich said that scrimmage was "sloppy". Mariota keyed in on a high number of false starts, while Helfrich noted dropped passes. Helfrich thought the scrimmage was fairly balanced in terms of the offense-and-defense's performance.
A Huff catch and run for a score was a highlight according to Mariota, who said he did not throw an interception, an improvement over last week's effort when he was picked off by Dior Mathis.
"For myself, I think taking care of the ball [is a key]. I didn't throw one, which is good," he said.
Much has been made of the versatile junior tight end Colt Lyerla, who lined up tight, wide and also in the backfield last season. Lyerla has been moving around a lot this spring, according to Helfrich, who says he intends to use Lyerla in the same we he uses Thomas, Addison and Huff.
"I think he's a dynamic guy obviously with a ton of tools. We're going to try use him in every aspect. Everything he's been able to practice he's done really well. Whether that's blocking, running routes, running after the catch, carrying the ball."