In the first two days of practice the Oregon coaches indicated that the team has run over 300 plays, stressing that did not include special teams or individual drills. With all that running its easy to see why Oregon players lack the overhanging guts. When looking at the Ducks, especially the big men, one sees svelte bodies that are muscular; every dieter's dream come true.
Conditioning is an ongoing process for players, and even though these are world-class athletes, sometimes some adds a couple of pounds that no one wants to see on him. Performance goes down and the chance of injury goes up. By running practices and stepping up the number of repetitions, anyone who might have been a bit out of shape by Oregon's standards, soon will be in shape.
This philosophy of increasing the tempo was first introduced to Oregon by former coach Chip Kelly and now carried forward by Mark Helfrich and his staff. On Sept. 5, 2015 will be the first test of just how effective the uptempo practices have been when Oregon faces Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium with a 5 p.m. (Pacific) kickoff. The game will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Oregonian is reporting that Chris Seisay has been suffering from back pain and has sat out a fair portion of the first three days of practice. There was no indication of a time table on why Seisay may return to full speed.
On Wednesday, defensive backs coach John Neal describe Seisay as one of the best players he's ever coached.