Spring Day 11: Helfrich hopes to play 'game'

EUGENE -Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the "goal" is for the spring game to be just that: a game. But, whether or not May 3 acts in accordance with that desire will be determined over the next few weeks he told reporters Wednesday.

EUGENE -Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the "goal" is for the spring game to be just that: a game. But, whether or not May 3 acts in accordance with that desire will be determined over the next few weeks he told reporters Wednesday.

"Knock on wood we can play a game," he said. "Ideally we play a game, as much of a football game as possible, with a couple of modifications. I think that's what the fans want and what the players want."

Helfrich followed that up by saying it would scored as a football game would be, unlike his first go last spring when the offense beat the defense 65-10.

Defensive coordinator Don Pellum said he's looking to see who on his defense is ready to step up next Saturday.

"Now the lights are on, it's your stage, it's the spring game, who's going to get out there and make plays," he said.

Might we see running backs Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner out wide more this year?

According to running backs coach Gary Campbell, both have moved out their at times this spring.

"Both of those guys have great hands and run great routes. They're not up to par with some of the receivers, but they're capable," he said.

Campbell said he "thinks" Tyner will play in the spring game. Tyner has suffered a couple of "tweaks" according to Campbell, but "nothing serious".

Pellum was asked specifically about the progress of redshirt freshman linebacker Danny Mattingly. He gave the following response:

"His knowledge is good, his movement is good, we just need to continue to feed him reps. We're excited about him, I think as we get through spring into fall camp you're going to hear his named called a little bit more," he said.


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