After three weeks and nine spring practices, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich stressed to reporters on Friday his team is working extremely hard and making progress heading into fall camp.
Progress is certainly a positive, but the speed at which that progress is made is a different story.
“In spring ball,….it’s like you’re panning for gold,…there’s a bunch of crap and then there’s one fleck of gold and you grab it and build on that” said Helfrich after Friday’s workout.
The building part is what Helfrich describes as ‘teachable moments’.
“There’s a million teachable moments” explained Helfrich when asked about his philosophy of spring football practice.
“Today you could write a PHD on psychology in coaching and teammates,…and a bunch of stuff that happens,…whether it’s a guy that’s down,..that’s coaching somebody else or somebody that’s getting so many reps that he’s a little down which is an excellent problem….but we don’t stop.”
The teachable moments as Helfrich puts it aren’t always on the football field simply because continually slowing or stopping the tempo of practice to teach individually is counter productive to the teams overall philosophy – and that’s to run as many reps as possible during these fifteen spring workouts.
“The off days we have team meetings” said Helfrich.
“We’ll point those things out…of good and stuff we need to improve upon. Then obviously in their position meetings they’re constantly either reinforcing the good or,..hey this isn’t our way type of a deal, but by and large it’s really good but we have a high standard and we want to amp that standard up even more.”
In other tidbits from Helfrich’s post practice comments, he touched upon the battle for the Ducks backup quarterback spot as well as the progress of the tight ends.
VIDEO; Watch the Mark Helfrich press briefing by clicking on the image shown above.