Highlights (from Wednesday's Practice Report)
- The Ducks got a break from the artificial humidity as they practiced outside yesterday in full pads.
- A number of players came down with interceptions, including Tony Washington to end the day. The coaching staff seemed pleased with the interceptions, especially after none were intercepted against Nicholls State.
- Mariota looked great during a red zone drill, with 4 of 5 passes going for TDs.
- Oregon's defensive line had the upper hand on the offensive line during some drills.
Video Of The Day
Oregon's motivational video for Nicholls State
Tweet Of The Day
"@philsteele042: Last week UVA became first CFB this century to punt 13 times in a game and still win." Translation: zero chance vs Oregon.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) September 5, 2013
- There was a bit of talk yesterday about Virginia's defensive front, and how they're preparing for Oregon's speed. Sounds like the Hoos are getting a bit optimistic that they'll be able to slow down Oregon. "All it comes down to is conditioning and execution!" said every team that's been steamrolled by Oregon over the past 4 years.
- Andrew Grief takes a longer look at the defensive line, which is definitely going to give the Ducks a challenge. They have two 290 pound tackles, and two talented defensive ends.
- Rob Moseley takes a look at it from Oregon's perspective, where they'll need to prepare for a not often seen 4-3 defensive front. While the scheme makes things easier in some respects for Oregon, the amount of after-snap twists Virginia runs will keep Oregon's linemen on their toes.
- Football Study Hall takes a look at box score anomalies of the BYU/Virginia game. Virginia overcame a pretty pathetic offensive performance by getting the most of their turnover and field position opportunities.
- Oregon has announced a new track coach, Curtis Taylor. He will help coaching sprints, hurdles, and relays. He comes from Laney College in Oakland where he was the women's head coach for eight years.