Team 100-percent Focused on Nicholls

EUGENE- After three weeks of beating up on each other, the Ducks are now five days away from beating up on their first opponent: Nicholls State University. According to coach Mark Helfrich, practice has now shifted to offense and defense versus a Nicholls styled scout team.

EUGENE- After three weeks of beating up on each other, the Ducks are now five days away from beating up on their first opponent: Nicholls State University. According to coach Mark Helfrich, practice has now shifted to offense and defense versus a Nicholls styled scout team.

"Now it's 100-percent scout team. We're doing all Nicholls State (University), all the time," he said.

This is the same Colonel team that fell 77-3 to Oregon State a year ago, so basic logic dictates that Saturday's game will not be very competitive. Still, Helfrich assured the media Monday that he and the team would approach them the same way they do every team.

"Nobody likes to hear it, but we have our way," he said.

According to Helfrich each opponent is discussed once a week (in this case tonight during unit and O-D meetings), where the teams tendencies and personnel is broken down, after which the focus shifts to "all about us".

"That's how we try to approach everybody," he explained. "That's my message to the team, 'You'll see we don't approach these guys different than anybody else'."

Oregon also released their depth chart Monday (click here), leaving some fans with questions regarding some of the decisions.

Perhaps the most perplexing was former safety Oshay Dunmore listed as the third string drop/end, quite a transition for a player currently listed at 201 (he's probably closer to 220). Helfrich said the key factor for Dunmore was "versatility".

"He's a big fast, physical guy that's grown up. He and Reggie Daniels really took advantage of the redshirt situation, had a great summer and made themselves versatile," Helfrich said.

"Oshay's probably in a position where he can play every position in the secondary and up front. That's great."

Three players were listed behind Colt Lyerla at tight end, Johnny Mundt, Koa Ka'i and Pharaoh Brown, which Helfrich explained is due to the heavy competition at that position.

"That position is very much a work in progress. All of those guys have their strengths and weaknesses," he said.

Despite not having discussed, it Helfrich said it was "conceivable" that back-up quarterbacks Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues would see even snaps Saturday and that Lockie would be the second quarterback "if the situation arises" where Mariota is removed early.


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