"It's tough. Some of those things happen, it's football. All we can do is get behind him and support him, and just try to be that support he needs while he's rehabbing," he said when first asked to address the loss.
Mariota was upbeat about the prospect of the slew of young wideouts filling the void.
"It's hard to replace someone like Bralon. He's a special talent, but at the same time, a lot of these guys are starting to step it up," Mariota said.
"I'm looking forward to all of these young guys stepping up. We have a lot of athletes on the outside and no matter we're going to get the ball around and those guys will make plays."
It was also the first time Mariota had been available since the news that Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd would be joining the team on the gridiron as a wide receiver. It's clear that working the four years of rust off has been a process, but Oregon's quarterback sees the potential.
"He's got good hands. That dude can really catch the ball and he's pretty nice with it after the catch. He can get some yards. No matter that dude's an athlete. He'll find his role on that team."
"That's the billion dollar question," he said. "The other day he had a play at the end of the scrimmage to score a touchdown and five other ones that were assignment errors, misalignments, or busts or things that can't happen. It's just that consistency to become that 'count on me' type of guy, which would be huge.
Lockie and Rodrigues
"I think they both had some good things and some things they can learn from. That's alway key especially in spring where they get some live action," he said.
Helfrich was asked if either had began to gain separation from the other as they reach the mid-point in spring.
"Jeff probably made more play than Jake overall, [walk-on] Taylor Allie also had a really good scrimmage. But not enough [separation] yet," he said.
The Ducks will hold their second scrimmage next Friday.