Highlights (from Tuesday's practice report)
- Oregon's a few weeks more experienced since their secondary struggles against WSU, and with another game against an air raid team, they've tweaked their secondary a bit. In nickel situations, Erick Dargan is playing the 3rd corner position, to make room for talented safeties Reggie Daniels and Tyree Robinson. It's nice to see the coaching staff adapt to what is unfortunately a pretty obvious deficiency of CB depth.
- Robinson, in particular, seems to be getting more playing time on 3rd down, to hopefully "solve" Oregon's 3rd down problems so far this season.
- 3rd down also saw more of Johnny Ragin and Derrick Malone, as they seem to have better pass protection skills than other inside linebackers.
- There was a moment Saturday when I had to double-check the depth chart, and make sure that I was actually seeing Kenny Bassett playing at RB in the 2nd quarter against washington. He was a bit surprised also, at least that he was playing at running back, and not wide receiver. He did a solid job carrying 6 times for 20 yards, including a couple very important first down conversions in the 2nd quarter. While it's fun see see the new stars like Royce Freeman run do amazing things on the field, it's always great to see former walk-ons make an impact on the field after all the effort they've put in over the years.
- Mark Helfrich's weekly press conference video is available here.
- Tyson Alger has a piece on Hamani Stevens and his injury on Saturday, and this may be the most injury information you'll ever get regarding an Oregon player.
- Have you ever wondered how AD Rob Mullens spends his game days? Oh, you haven't either? Well, now you know. Also, I want his shoes.
- One of Oregon's most important recruits in 2015 is Taj Griffin, whose brother Ty transferred from Georgia Tech this year. Tyson Alger talks with Ty about about his experience so far in Eugene, and even compares Taj, who sufferred an ACL tear year in his last year of high school ball, to De'Anthony Thomas. We've said it a lot, and it should be said again, the amount of talent Oregon has on offense is just disgusting.