Day Five Report: First Day In Full Pads

Day Five Report: First Day In Full Pads

EUGENE- While Friday marked the first day of fall camp in pads, it was also another competition day. According to Mark Helfrich the offense and defense played each other to a stalemate until the final play.

EUGENE- While Friday marked the first day of fall camp in pads, it was also another competition day. According to Mark Helfrich the offense and defense played each other to a stalemate until the final play.

Helfrich was reluctant to divulge the details of how it ended, but did say the offense won the scrimmage 69-68, but was docked 10 points on a celebration penalty. That was all that was said.

Oregon center Hroniss Grasu recounted the final play in greater detail, revealing perhaps another wrinkle in the Oregon offense.

"We had a big run. Josh Huff hit the hole really good and he got to the end zone and rather than give the ball to the ref he dropped the ball," Grasu said.

Huff hitting the hole could indicate a screen pass, but in the context of Grasu's explanation, it appears the senior wide receiver might be taking snaps in the backfield.

The Ducks took seven live plays Friday, Helfrich said. A quick injury update, if you want to call it that. De'Anthony Thomas was available for post-practice interviews and was all smiles, no indication for concern for his health.

Asked if the new facilities have aided productivity, Helfrich could only smile.

"Any inefficiency is just our stupidity, our learning the building. That's one of the biggest things, is the time from office-to-meeting room, meeting room-to-locker room…is really streamlined. The instructional compacity in this place is unbelievable.

Grasu also gave some insight into the defensive line depth, stating that he faces Wade Keliikipi, Taylor Hart, Ricky Havilli-Heimuli and Tony Washington as part of the "one group". Nothing earth-shattering, but it appears that's a tentative depth chart at this point in camp.

Helfrich applauded Havilli-Heimuli's practice effort so far, crediting much of it to him "finally feeling 100-percent".

Grasu's take on the sophomore DL trio:

"They're animals. They're definitely going to be superstars in the future, once this graduating class goes. The defensive line is set for a long time. The speed and the mentality that they have is really picking up."

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