( Video ) NO. 2 OREGON HAS ITS FULL ATTENTION AIMED DIRECTLY AT WYOMING – Helfrich and the Ducks Focused on a Much Improved Cowboy Team
At his weekly press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich was clearly focused on this new look Wyoming team.
And rightly so considering the Cowboys are led by first year head coach Craig Bohl who’s resume includes two-time National Coach of the Year along with three consecutive FCS National Championships ( 2011, 2012 & 2013 ) while coaching at North Dakota State.
Not only has Bohl led his Cowboys to an early ( 2-0 ) season start with wins over Montana and Air Force, he also has his defense ranked 13th nationally in ‘rush defense’ allowing just 42.0 yards per game and 27th nationally in ‘total defense’ allowing 253 yards per game.
“They’re an extremely well coached team” explained Helfrich when asked to provide an overview of the Cowboys.
“You can see the differences from the Wyoming film from last year to this year,… and significantly the difference between the North Dakota State film and where they are now in terms of the development of their program. They’re very multiple on defense. Offensively they want to be physical and run the ball and take their shots in play action.”
Although most teams from the Mountain West Conference defensively don’t necessarily strike fear into opposing head coaches, however with Bohl at the helm of the Cowboys, this defense has the Ducks and Helfrich’s attention much like Michigan State had.
“Our defense that our offense plays against is I would say more similar to Michigan State than different in that way of that they line up in similar ways and attack from multiple areas” said Helfrich when asked to describe the Cowboys defense.
“These guys are completely different. They base their roots out of a 4-3 Tampa 2 defense, but then they’re all over the map. They play a little match man with pressure,…a bunch of third down coverages,…some quarters, some man. They mix in enough of everything to make you prepare for a lot of stuff. It’s just like anything…we want to identify it,…communicate it,…and execute it.”
VIDEO: Watch Mark Helfrich’s Tuesday press briefing by clicking on the video box above.