Two days removed from their opening day victory over Nicholl’s State, the No. 3 Oregon Ducks went back to work Monday to prepare for the Virginia Cavaliers.
The game week preparations began in the indoor heat of the Moshofsky Center Monday morning to better simulate the higher temperature and humidity of Charlottesville, Virginia where the Ducks will play on Saturday.
Trying several times to sidestep the question, Helfrich did admit to the manufactured temperature of the Ducks indoor practice facility.
“Yeah” said Helfrich smiling when asked if the indoor practice was to simulate the heat.
“It was warm,…it was nice,…it was just right.”
The Cavaliers are coming off of a respectable 19-16 win over BYU which certainly grabbed the attention of Helfrich and the Ducks.
When asked about Virginia, Helfrich was quick to respond.
“They play defense really well” he said.
“They really dominated the game ( BYU ). They really got after ‘em up front….BYU traditionally a great offensive line. They’re four down guys,…their middle linebacker,…their safety was the national defensive player of the week. They’re really good right up the middle,…their four down guys, the mike-backer,…their safeties are all really good.”
The last time Oregon ventured east to play football was in 1970 when the Ducks traveled to West Point, New York to take on the Army Black Knights at Michie Stadium.
On that Saturday 43 years ago, the Ducks and Army fought to a 22-22 tie in a season that saw Jerry Frei’s squad go 6-4-1.
This week, the Ducks once again travel cross country to make their very first appearance in school history in an Atlantic Coast Conference ( ACC ) facility, when they play at Scott Stadium.
While much is made of cross country travel in college football, the nearly six hour flight east doesn’t seem to concern Helfrich.
“I think certainly west to east there is” explained Helfrich when asked if to much is being made of cross country travel.
“I think east to west there’s real jet lag,…there’s more hours in a day ( west to east ),…and going that way ( east to west ) there’s less….we’re kicking off at 12:30 ( PST ),…that’s pretty much when we practice so that’s not a factor.”
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