In his final press briefing of the week, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich gave very little information Thursday as to his teams readiness other than to say ‘they’ve had a great week of preparation’ leading into Saturday’s match-up with No. 7 Michigan State.
Certainly in a time with social media, camera phones and national media, that’s not surprising given the fact that most teams including the Ducks want to keep their practice and game preparation as private as possible so as not to give the opponent an added edge in any way.
And given the hype and national attention of the game and what it could mean to the national championship selection picture, words from each camp have remained pretty standard coach speak.
“Today was very productive,…we’ve had a really good week of preparation” said Helfrich Thursday when asked about his teams demeanor.
“I think our guys are right where they need to be from a physical stand point. And then toward the end of the week we’ll just try to tie up everything from a mental stand point,…a confidence stand point and roll.”
HELFRICH ON COLT LYERLA
Earlier in the week, a feature article surrounding former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was released by SBNation and painted the University of Oregon Football program in a less than favorable light.
According to the article, Lyerla said during his recruiting process he was close to selecting USC as his school of choice however he changed his mind and decided on Oregon when he claimed a high powered Duck booster promised him… ‘a car, a house,..all these things.’
After Thursday’s practice session, Duck coach Mark Helfrich addressed the allegations made by his former 5-star tight end.
“The reaction to that part of it was exactly what,…I think the athletic department released a statement” said Helfrich.
“I really don’t have anything else to say other than when he left here, I think he even said that he was happy and left on good terms,..and I wish him well in every phase of his life.”
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