A Question of Communications

PASADENA -- The Oregon Ducks desperately need to get a win over the UCLA Bruins on Saturday in the Rose Bowl and in the week's game preparation, on field communications has been the focus during practice and will need to be fixed when Oregon face UCLA in a game set for kickoff at 12:30 p.m. and to be carried nationally on Fox.

"We had a lot of uncharacteristic errors tonight from a communication and penalty standpoint," said Mark Helfrich in his Arizona post-game comments to media. "There’s a lot that we have to rectify.”

When pressed on how to fix the communications problem, Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum said this on Wednesday.

"First in practice you change somethings in practice; you may slow things down a little bit, emphasis communications; you can have no talk periods where guys have to look at each other and signal."

Pellum went on to say that on Wednesday it was a lot better.

Meanwhile after practice, according to the Ducks' official blogger Rob Moseley, Helfrich reemphasized the communication issue.

“The burden of communication is on the sender, not the receiver,” UO coach Mark Helfrich told the Ducks after practice (as reported in Moseley's blog).

Moseley went on to report on a conversation he had with senior corner back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu indicating that making eye contact or at least making sure that the other players are receiving the on field communications has been a problem all year and something the Ducks are working to correct.

The question about Oregon's ability to communicate will be on show Saturday when the Ducks face the Bruins in a game scheduled for kickoff at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will be carried on Fox.

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