Freshmen and Seniors alike got their first taste of daily doubles on Saturday. The Ducks went light in the first session today and put the full pads on for the second session of the day. Despite this, coach Mark Helfrich stated that the energy level and effort throughout both sessions was at a high level.
For the most part, these players have been through daily doubles, it is a bit of a sport standard. However, for newcomers the speed and demands of the college game can come as quite a shock. Fortunately for Oregon
, the squad has leadership all over the field and often times the new freshman have to look no further than their unit mates for pointers on what they need to do.
“Our older guys have been awesome. It’s been amazing. When you’re helping a guy at your position, that is a guy who could take your job and they know that. That really speaks to the type of guys that are on our team,” said Helfrich.
Helfrich also called out defensive lineman Arik Armstead as a player who has been stepping up his game and has learned how to practice. Early returns are that his dedication to football; instead of playing two sports, has caused him to be more of a force along the line.
Both he and De’Forest Buckner have been called on to anchor a defensive line which has lost a good amount of talent from the previous season. Helfrich stated that the defensive line has been “really good” in the first week of practice and those two have much to do with it.
The Ducks have meetings on Sunday before they repeat the process with another two-a-day on Monday. The first scrimmage of the fall camp is on Tuesday and by all accounts the offense will be fully installed and ready to roll.
It will be interesting to see where they are against a defense who will only be half way there, according to Coach Pellum’s timeline.
Oregon starts light in the morning, moves to full pads in the afternoon as Oregon runs through it's first set of daily doubles.
The first week of practice is in the books as the Ducks are just 3 weeks away from kickoff