It was unclear as to why Oregon cancelled their second practice today. It may have been the oncoming lightning storms which have been in the Eugene area the last few days or Coach Helfrich may have just thought the team needed a rest. Regardless, the Ducks finished up their morning practice today and look to have a team activity this evening.
With his first availability since the Ducks’ first scrimmage, Scott Frost gave his impressions of the team’s first scrimmage.
“We held out a few guys who were proven and gave a few guys chances. Any time you get in a first situation like that there is going to be some mistakes, but I was pleased with the effort and the talent level out there,” said Frost.
Once again, Austin Deich’s name got called out during the interview process. Coach Frost commented on his versatility. According to Frost, Daich can line up in all three receiver spots as well as at tight end. The Ducks have had a couple players who have been “dinged up“ at the position which has given him the opportunity to get a high amount of reps on the field.
“[Our focus] I think making sure our effort and intensity is there and our mental focus is there. It’s really easy the day after a scrimmage to mail one in. I thought our guys responded and didn’t do that at all today. We got a lot done today,” said Frost.
With the intensity turned up and a scrimmage in the rear view, the Ducks will spend some time with their feet up today recovering. As Coach Frost stated, “Recovery is just as important as work, so we want to get our guys back healthy.”
With half of fall camp in the past, Frost took a bit of time to reflect on the team’s goals and progress.
“You’re never quite where you want to be. If we had reached that point already, then we are probably not setting our goals high enough. Inevitably at this point there are still things to install and get better at. We have a long way to go before the first game,” said Frost.
After a light day, the Ducks will be back at it tomorrow looking for the continued improvement. From the sounds of things, the Ducks are on schedule to be prepared once the season begins.
As an aside, early speculation along the line is that Jake Fisher will move over to the blind side tackle position to take Tyler Johnstone’s position while Andre Yruretagoyena will take Fisher’s place at right tackle.
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