EUGENE-Saturday brought a couple of firsts for the Ducks this fall.
The team had their first two-a-day, practicing once in the morning and again in the afternoon, while lightning warnings forced Mark Helfrich and his staff to think quick on their feet and move the second session into the Moshofsky Center.
And now, after seven practice sessions, the team can offer a brief exhale with its first rest day tomorrow, the first week of fall camp now behind them.
"Anytime you can get that much stuff on tape and get to Sunday [that's a good thing].
"You're never where you want to be. You're always getting better and always striving for something else. Why'd we drop that ball or why did we make that mistake? You're never satisfied. I like where we're going. But you've got to go there," Helfrich said.
In four years as HC at Oregon, Chip Kelly was know as much for his fast-paced practice sessions and his fast-paced play on game-days. The question many have wondered since Helfrich took the helm, is will that remain the case?
It appears it does, implementation and installation will take precedence for the first few weeks of practice, during which Helfrich wants to ensure his newcomers are able to fully grasp the wide array of things being thrust upon them.
"We had a couple of lagging periods of installation today offensively and defensively," Helfrich said of the first week's pace. "There were some young guys not lining up quite as quickly, but that's par for the course this time of year. The thing that's encouraging is that the guys are starting correct themselves more and more."
Once again Helfrich labelled the defensive line as the standout bunch.
"The biggest group that is standing out, that I've brought up several times, is the defensive line. Those guys are playing their tails off. They're physically very dominating to begin with and great guys. Not normally can you say that about your defensive line group as a whole, but they're playing great and I'm very excited about them."