Lubick On Spring Game; Reveals New Receivers

The Ducks wrapped up spring camp this morning after completing an indoor practice in the Mashofsky Center. Matt Lubick talked to the media about the format of the spring game and how the draft process worked for dividing the teams up for Saturday's game.

EUGENE, Ore-- The earliest version of the 2016 Oregon Ducks football team wrapped up their spring camp this morning after a more relaxed day of walkthroughs hidden away from the elements within the comfortable confines of the indoor practice facility the Moshofsky Center.

The teams for this Saturday's spring game were drafted yesterday by the honorary spring game hed coaches, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, and OC Matt Lubick.

The position groups were divided equally in terms of talent and then drafted as a whole unit. For example, two separate offensive line units were created with starters and backups mixed throughout each unit evenly. Then, the offensive line units were drafted as a whole, rather than player by player.

"So whoever got the first pick could say, 'I want the A offensive line or the B offensive line, or the A quarterback or the B quarterback.' That's kind of how we did it," Lubick explained after practice.

Coach Greatwood had the first pick in the draft and decided to go offensive line with his first pick. Lubick was asked who was the first quarterback taken in the draft but responded that the selection was "top secret."

Later, Lubick was asked what Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie's role would be in the spring game and revealed that the two quarterbacks have actually been playing some wide receiver throughout camp and to expect them to get reps at that spot in the spring game.

"We're a little thin at wideout right now with some knicks and knacks, Jeff and Taylor have done a great job at filling in at wideout," explained Lubick. "They know the offense, as a matter of fact, today those guys made a ton of plays and they're going against sometimes our first team DBs and they're getting open and making plays, so that's been fun to watch. 

"Taylor Alie has given us some great teach tape on how to run routes," Lubick added. "Have Devon (Allen) take notes, this is how you run a route."

Lubick went on to say that the addition of Lockie and Alie at the receiver spot is good in benefitting the competition for Allen, Charles Nelson and Darren Carrington, noting that if a quarterback can run good routes, then so should experienced wide receivers. 

The spring game will be aired this Saturday, April 30th, at 11 a.m. on the PAC12 Network. eDuck will be at the game and have comprehensive reports afterward.

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