DE Jalen Jelks

The more the players talk the more some becomes very evident. It is very clear by the first thing redshirt junior defensive end Jelks said about the difference between this year and last.

The first thing that stuck out to Jelks was the "tempo difference" during the first day of spring practice.

All season long last year, observers had wondered if the Ducks were in that good of physical condition, as it was apparent by the 4-8 record that perhaps some corners had been cut by the former coaching staff for unknown reasons.

This year though, those corners are not being cut. Head Coach Willie Taggart, who said on Tuesday how surprised he was to see the Ducks so "weak." Taggart of course had first hand knowledge of Oregon teams that were simply in better shape than all of their opponents, when Taggart was an assistant at Stanford.

Now it seams, the same type of uptempo in practice that was introduced to college football by a former Oregon coach -- Chip Kelly, is back at Oregon and judging by the response for Jelks, the players couldn't be happier.


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