Day Eleven Report: Vets On Hand

EUGENE, Ore. - BYU's Bronco Mendenhall and staff were seen leaving the Moshofsky Center Thursday, but according to Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, there were more important visitors at practice.

EUGENE, Ore. - BYU's Bronco Mendenhall and staff were seen leaving the Moshofsky Center Thursday, but according to Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, there were more important visitors at practice.

Oregon hosted a "bunch" of WWII veterans, Helfrich said, including medal of honor and bronze star winners.

"It was an incredible honor. Very, very humbling. It was a great deal for our guys--the living history part of that," he said.

Offense Wins Competition Day

Oregon held its first scored competition day of the spring, with the offense winning 81-66, in what Helfrich described as a "closer that the score looked" competition. He likened it to a tight basketball game in which one team make its free throws and the other misses a bunch of threes.

Pharaoh Brown scored a key touchdown in a no-huddle situation, he said.

Filling Jordan's Spot

Helfrich was asked about Tony Washington's improvement this spring and was seemingly encouraged by the junior's performance.

"He's a guy that's really stepped up as a leader. A guy that we've talked about stepping up the role not only on the field as a player, but on the player as a leader," he said. "He's a guy that is universally liked. So he not only has that credibility as a player as a person as well.

The task of moving on without Jordan is one that will require a change of strategy at the position, Helfrich said.

"That's where you have to mix and match those guys. Whether it's how you blitz them, how you cover them, how you rush them, how you drop them. It's just different," he said.

Helf Breaks Down Back-up QBs

Helfrich said neither Jeff Lockie or Jake Rodriuges have separated themselves from the other in the battle to back-up Marcus Mariota. In asked how the two were different, Helfrich said the pair were "more similar than different."

"They're both intelligent guys, both tough guys. Jake probably has a little bit stronger arm than Jeff. Jeff is probably slightly more athletic than Jake," he said.


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