“We’ve talked about the rivalry and the history of the rivalry,” Helfrich said. “We have a sense of urgency and pressure to perform everywhere.”
Senior transfer quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has faced these Washington Huskies before. On Sept. 6th 2014, back when Adams Jr. was with the Eastern Washington Eagles, Adams Jr. torched the Huskies for 475 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Adams Jr. has been dealing with an injured finger in his first season as a Duck, but that hasn’t stopped Washington head coach Chris Petersen from speculating that Adams Jr. will make his return to the starting line-up.
While Adams Jr. has been out, the Ducks spent the last two weeks experimenting at the quarterback position by splitting game reps between Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie.
“From a package standpoint and a schematic standpoint, I think I know where we are but we will keep that internal,” Helfrich said.
Senior defensive lineman Deforest Buckner has been a bright spot in a shady defensive group for Oregon. Helfrich views being double blocked as the ultimate sign of how good Buckner is.
“More often than not it’s two or three offensive lineman, sometimes two and a tailback, and that’s where we need all those other guys to win the one-on-ones,” Helfrich said.
Following the double overtime loss to Washington State on Oct. 10th at home, this week’s practice has been more “chippy” according to cornerback Arrion Springs.
“Guys have been more physical and vocal, both good things; trying to ramp that up a little bit at different times both in the scout teams and the stuff we do against each other,” Helfrich said.