We're in Day 2 of the new Quack Fix format. We'll see if it sticks. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Highlights (from Oregon's official practice reports):
- Oregon was in shells and focused on drills and some down and distance situations.
- Devon Allen showed a nice burst in drills to catch a 35-yard TD pass.
- Both freshmen running backs had impressive runs, with Thomas Tyner getting to the second level in the blink of an eye.
- Oregon's "Fuji" (hurry-up, two minute situation) drill saw both sides going with as much intensity as possible in pads, and the Ducks got in an impressive number of reps.
Blurb of the Day (from the Oregonian's article on De'Anthony Thomas):
New coach Mark Helfrich says Thomas’ role is "to be determined." Frost said he expects Thomas to be "more of a focal point" this year than last. And running backs coach Gary Campbell said he figures Thomas will "carry the ball more."
"I don’t see him carrying it 30 times,’’ Campbell said. "I’d like to keep it at 20 or under and still have him do the things he does out wide (at receiver).’’
Avery Patterson is back and 100%. The Register-Guard has a feature on him this morning with the video below.
- Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti is preaching effort to his players, especially for those young players struggling to learn the system. He expects a rotation of 23-25 players.
- RG's Steve Mims notes in his practice report that Colt Lyerla dropped about 15 pounds, and expects to play next season at right around 250. Matt Prehm from Duck Territory had a longer piece on Lyerla earlier yesterday if you missed it.
- Football isn't the only sport returning. Volleyball looks to capitalize on their run to Finals last season.
- Will Rubin had a few "bold predictions" over at Duck Territory, some of which are actually pretty bold.
Leave anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!