Rest and Focus key in Ducks bye week

The Ducks look to rest and get healthy as they start a less intense week of practice.

After surviving their trip to Pullman, the Ducks get a week and a half of rest before their tilt with the Arizona Wildcats. Both teams will be coming into Autzen with perfect 4-0 records after the ‘Cats won on a last second hail mary capping a comeback against California.

Oregon is using this week primarily to focus on their technique, communication and getting healthy.

“We want to get back into shape, work on our communicating, that’s our biggest issue. We have to work on tackling and learn from what we did in the first four games and just getting better moving forward,” said Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

“We need to focus on our technique, I think that is what hurt us a lot in that game. I don’t think we got rattled but we didn’t focus on what we needed to get done,” said Jake Fisher, “The bye week allows me to heal a bit more. I feel good, going out taking it day by day and doing as much as I can.”

Oregon seems to be taking the lessons they learned in a tight game with Washington State to heart. No doubt, with Oregon ‘s #2 ranking every team they come up against is going to be giving them their best shot.

“I think that from the fact that Oregon has been a great team in the Pac-12 in the last couple years, every teams want to give us their best and show that they have gotten better from the last year,” said Ekpre-Olomu.

Oregon is going to be facing another team who likes to throw the ball around in Arizona with the caveat that they don’t abandon the run all together as the Cougars often do. Ekpre-Olomu had a particularly rough go of it, getting scored on twice by WSU’s Dom Williams.

“I need to go out there and play with confidence and get to the next play. Sometimes people are going to beat you but you have to get better from it and I’m sure that’s what I’m going to do this week,” said Ekpre-Olomu.

The Ducks continue a slower week of practice as they focus on their own play and how they can improve their techniques. Heavy film study and preparation awaits the Ducks as they get this Saturday off and await the Wildcats.


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