OREGON RB C.J VERDELL SAYS HE’S READY FOR A HEAVIER WORKLOAD – The Sophomore Tailback is Healthy and Focused on his Durability

For a running back, durability is paramount.

Not just for his college team, but for his future if he’s planning to play in the National Football League.

Oregon sophomore tailback C.J Verdell understands the role he’s going to play in this seasons edition of the Oregon Ducks offense and knows in order to be successful and productive he’ll need to be on the field.

“The biggest thing I’m taking into this season is a focus on taking care of my body,” Verdell said on Wednesday.

“Coming in earlier, doing little things like stretching, just doing my best to make sure I can be durable for this whole season.”

Part of that durability is being able to take the weekly pounding a running back receives during a long season.    Verdell has added six pounds to his 5 foot 9 inch frame for his second full season, which isn’t a lot, however the added weight does help when it comes to taking hits.

On Wednesday the Ducks practiced in full pads for the first time in fall camp.

Hampered by a nagging hamstring injury during his redshirt freshman season, Verdell ran for 1,018 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

“I’m ready to go,” Verdell said.   “I still get treatment, but it’s mainly maintenance.   I’m trying to keep my body as healthy as possible for the season.”

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