The talk of the post-practice media session surrounded the arrival of Dwayne Benjamin at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in his bid to make a return to football after spending his last four years on the hardwood of Matt Knight Arena. Benjamin will join a young Ducks receiving corps and immediately add size to the group. At 6'7" the next tallest receiver on the roster is another Dwayne, that being Dwayne Stanford (6'5"). The Dwayne duo of Benjamin and Stanford could team up to be the tallest receiving duo in the PAC12 and possibly all of college football.
Benjamin was an observer for the most part in his first practice as he hasn't played a down since his days at Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana during the 2010 season.
"We're kind of in the experimental phase right now," said head coach Mark Helfrich.
Dakota Prukop is feeling a lot more comfortable this week as he is also settling into his new role.
"It's going great. I'm exactly where I wanna be... of course there's always things you can improve on," said Prukop, "but in terms of running at the high tempo and having an understanding of what's going on all around me and managing the offense and making sure guys are where they need to be I'm feeling really comfortable."
Prukop also went on to talk about what it has been like working with new quarterbacks coach, Dave Yost has been, "I gel with him real smooth. He's a real personable guy and he can coach each player how they are best coached and you can see him adapt from player to player... he's done an outstanding job."
Helfrich weighed in on the performance of all of his quarterbacks thus far into spring camp.
"At this stage there's so many moving parts and you need to know when it's your fault and you need to know when it's somebody else's, especially those three new guys they're not sure who's fault it is yet and that's part of the development but they've all done some really good things," said Helfrich.
When asked about a timetable for naming a starter for the season Helfrich replied bluntly, "No... whenever our first game is."