In a candid moment at Saturday’s team press briefing, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost momentarily lifted the veil of secrecy and surprisingly spoke about his teams recent rash of injuries.
Primarily his star quarterback, Marcus Mariota.
Breaking from team policy, if only for a moment, Frost discussed the severity of Mariota’s injured knee describing the damage as a partially torn MCL.
It happened he said in the second half of the UCLA game in late October. Frost explained from that moment on, the Ducks offensive game planning had to change so as not to damage the knee any further.
Frost noted his play calling in the second half of the Bruins game kept Mariota in a confined area of the pocket where he was able to either hand the ball off on inside runs or throw quick out patterns to help eliminate any possibility of further hits and damage.
“The kid couldn’t even jog two days before the Stanford game” explained Frost.
“We didn’t want anybody to know obviously to protect him as much as we could.”
Knowing what he knew at the time, Frost said he was frustrated to hear all of the negative reports about Mariota’s performance which certainly affected his standing for personal accolades, namely the Heisman Trophy.
“If people would have known how bad he was hurt and then watch him perform like that, it was a warriors performance” explained Frost when asked about the Stanford loss and how his injury affected that game.
“It really was,…and he almost brought us back at the end of the game to give us a chance to win. I was surprised to see him run as fast as he did. I’m just so proud of that kid,…who he is as a person and as a football player.”
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