As week three gets underway at Oregon’s fall football camp, new Duck head coach Mark Helfrich say’s he’s beginning to see the separation between the younger players on his team and those more familiar with the nuances of his offense and defense.
“You find out where everyone is mentally from a learning stand point” explained Helfrich when asked about his teams week three preparations.
“At this point almost everything is in on both sides of the ball,…and that stacks up on some guys. When you’re running a play that you’re not 100% confident in yourself, and against a defense you’ve never run it against before,…there’s usually a little bit of separation,..but our young guys are battling that pretty well.”
Helfrich and his team held a single practice in full pads on Tuesday.
The theme of the day? Rather than hitting themselves in practice, the Ducks are more than ready to face off against Nicholls State University, a football subdivision team from the FCS.
The Ducks square off against the Colonels in a little more than a week on August 31st in Autzen Stadium.
“The guys are tired of hitting each other” said Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota after Tuesday’s workout session. “We’re really excited. We want to bust out these last couple days of camp and go out there and cut it loose.”
* Watch the post practice interview of Mark Helfrich by clicking the video box above.