The Ducks will now turn to Nicholls and preparation for their first game. But before Saturday's practice, the first of game prep week, the coaching staff will have to make the difficult discussions we mentioned yesterday.
The intent entering Thursday's scrimmage, was for frosh to play themselves onto or off the field this fall. For now, we'll have to wait and wonder who did enough.
Those decisions will be made tonight, once coaches make evaluations and will be disseminated to each player prior to Saturday. At this point, there does not appear to be any plan for that information to be shared with the media.
Helfrich did say it was an injury free day. Along those lines, Thomas Tyner left practice without a boot and no sign of a hobble, giving credence to earlier reports that he'll return to practice Monday.
The picture seems to be clearing up at linebacker, with both Don Pellum and Nick Aliotti listing off standouts. Pellum rattled off Derrick Malone Rodney Hardrick Rahim Cassell and Tyson Coleman at inside linebacker. While Aliotti gave a top six of Boseko Lokombo, Tony Washington and Coleman on the outside and Malone, Hardrick and Joe Walker inside.
Aliotti said he saw some really good things today and that some guys showed that they can play. Without watching tape, Aliotti hopes that some guys who were "close" stepped to the forefront during the scrimmage, but wouldn't explain who those "close" players were.
Pellum said the decision to redshirt each of the freshman LBs (Tyrell Robinson, Danny Mattingly and Torrodney Prevot) will come down to their value on special teams. Thursday's scrimmage provide lots of special teams opportunities.
Regardless of who starts, Pellum says Coleman's versatility at each LB position will give him plenty of snaps this fall.
According to Pellum frosh OLB Prevot has been "very consistent in has pass rushing," saying there has not been any fall off from start to end of camp.