Mark Helfrich wasted no time in addressing the issue of the back up to Royce Freeman saying that Byron Marshall was an obvious choice though other candidates have the same kinds of skills sets that both Thomas Tyner and Marshall have. No set time frame was announced when a decision would be reached though it is likely that competition would start immediately. The Ducks practiced on Monday in shells -- that is in jerseys, shorts and helmets. Pads won’t come on until the middle of the week.
Helfrich also steered around questions about transfer quarterback Vernon Adams by saying “nothing has changed” in regard to Adams’ being able to join the team. Helfrich has never actually discussed Adams since the Adams had announced his intention of enrolling into Oregon’s School of Business as a graduate Student and that he had signed a financial aid agreement with the University. Essentially, a financial aid agreement (FAA) specifies that the University will provide aid to a student-athlete upon enrollment. FAA’s are as scholarships and count against the total number of scholarships (85) a Division I university can award for football.
Other questions regarding key personnel included the status of offensive linemen Tyler Johnstone and Elijah George. Both are very highly regarded by the coaching staff. During spring workouts, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood characterized Johnstone as the best player among the offensive linemen and added that George is a player with very high potential. When asked if both Johnstone and George would be fully ready to go for fall camp, Helfrich would only say, “I really hope so.”
Helfrich did say in a passing comment regarding a story done earlier in the summer in when he was commenting on the equity of NCAA rulings when in similar cases players received one-game suspensions and “he (Darren Carrington) got a six-game suspension.” No announcement yet has come from the University as to the length of Carrington’s suspension and Carrington was not available during the player question and answer period.
Oregon opening game is on Sept. 5, 2015 at Autzen Stadium against Eastern Washington with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific and will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.