How's that for an answer?
"I love this team. They're guys that love to work, that love to compete," Helfrich said Thursday. "Every single thing that we've asked them to do, they've done to the best of their ability. Are they perfect? Not even close, myself first and foremost on that list. But, our guys know how to work and it's fun to be around."
An encouraging sign to be sure, but you'd need to look further down the Oregon depth chart to find another point of optimism.
Buried behind upperclassmen, you'll find one of six true frosh to suit up this year in OLB Torrodney Prevot.
The 6-foot-3 pass rusher, came to Oregon with the reputation for keep opposing quarterbacks on their tippy toes and through four games he's shown a knack for doing just that. He's recorded 1.5 sacks, broken up two balls at the line of scrimmage and made a number of excellent special teams plays.
So how good is Prevot?
According to Helfrich that might be the wrong question to ask.
"He has no idea how great he can be. But he works toward it," he said. "That guy in a year or two years or three years, is going to be totally different looking guy physically, he'll have a totally different make-up from a confidence standpoint."
Prevot is far from bulky, weighing in at just 214 pounds, with a frame that can certainly afford another 30-40. Changing his physique will be a key in his progression, according to his defensive coordinator and position coach Nick Alitotti.
"He's going to be a really good football player. He's a good football player now, when two things happen, he gets a little stronger and understands the system better, he'll be great," he said.
As stated above, Prevot has excelled in nickel packages, where he can use his long arms and speed to disrupt the timing of the opposing quarterbacks.