When Marcus Arroyo came out to talk to reporters on on Wednesday there were a lot of questions about what drew him to Oregon and what did he know about the Ducks before arriving.
"Being from this side of the country originally, Northern California, I know a lot about it," said Arroyo on what he knew about the Oregon program prior to arriving in February. "Coach (Jeff) Tedford was on of my mentors and obviously had a lot of success here."
Arroyo also had an interesting first reaction what Taggart called him to offer the job on the staff.
"My first response was 'I have to buckle my seat belt, I'm taking off right now and I'll call you back when I land," is how Arroyo described his reaction to when Taggart called to offer the job. "It was flattering first of all...outside of getting back on this side of the coast where my family is from, and coming to place as special as this place it was flattering and I couldn't be more fired up."
Arroyo first met Taggart in Tampa when Taggart was the head coach at USF and Arroyo was on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With spring into its second week, Arroyo thinks his quarterbacks have been doing a great job not only on the field but in the film room and learning the playbook. On the field he think the athletes are trying hard to be "1-and-0" just for the day, meaning that the coaches want the players to focus solely on the task at hand, whatever that goal is for the day.
Another couple of familiar refrains from Arroyo is "playing fast" and "attention to detail."
Specifically, Arroyo was asked about Justin Herbert, a player that Arroyo describes as having "great poise" and having great demeanor.
One of the tasks that Arroyo faces is building a particularly strong relationship with his Co-Coordinator Mario Cristobal. The two ride together to work, spend lots of time together in the office and clearly have a lot of mutual respect. According to Arroyo that is a a building process is a "huge component" of must be accomplished in order for the team to have success.
While the first questions to Arroyo center on the quarterbacks, his other charges on the offense are the wide receivers. Naturally one of the first questions to him, now that he's had a chance to see the players work on the practice field is about senior Charles Nelson, one of the most versatile athletes in college football.
"Charles' versatility is huge," said Arroyo of Nelson. "I'm really excited about Charles being able to different things."
For now though, the Oregon coaching staff continues to watch the little things in practice -- protecting the ball, not making mental mistakes and having lots of enthusiasm with the desire to improve each day.
Oregon will conduct a situational scrimmage on Saturday at Jesuit High School in Portland when more demands will be placed on the offense and the coaches to continue to improve while getting to know each one better on a day-to-day basis.