Spirits seem to be high around Autzen Stadium as the Ducks finished practice today. Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum was all smiles and by his own account “fired up.” With the impending meeting with the Cardinal just days away, it is promising for Oregon fans to see coaches with such a positive outlook on the game.
“Practice is going well, the kids’ attitude has been great and the effort has been great. We have a game this week so we’re really fired up,” said Pellum.
Despite what previous coaches had stated in regards to Oregon circling their meeting with Stanford too much on the calendar last season, coach Pellum doesn’t seem to feel that was the case.
“I don’t recall that. If coach Helfrich and coach Frost said that, then it might have been, but I don’t recall that,” said Pellum.
Despite an offensive explosion last week against a dinged-up Oregon State team, coach Pellum still sees the Cardinal as a run first team even without last year’s star of the game Tyler Gaffney.
“Stanford is still Stanford. They’re a tremendous running team and they always had some great skill players so we have to prepare for everything. They’ve opened up their arsenal so we have to be prepared for however they try to attack us.”
“We have to play with great pad level, better than we have been playing with. We have got to get off blocks and run better than we have ever run,” said Pellum.
In respect to stopping the Stanford offense, Oregon’s defense will be bolstered by the return of Arik Armstead. Armstead has missed the last couple games but was seen in full pads and practice gear. Coach Pellum lists him as “day-to-day” but the lineman had no wraps or extra padding on his injured foot.
Ducks "Fired Up" to Face Cardinal
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