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Oregon is loaded with questions heading into 2017

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Oregon Ducks football postgame interviews for Saturday, November 26 game against the Oregon State Beavers. If you missed anything from the players or coaches following the Ducks 34-24 loss, fear not, that’s why we are here.

OVERALL GAME OVERVIEW:

“We could have handled a couple of those sequences better. Had a couple drops early before the rain. We haven’t had those things come up. Had the time in the red zone where we just dropped the ball. We were untouched on the fumble in the red zone. Just had to be more efficient in all those phases.”

BEAVER RUN GAME:

“Give them credit for executing that plan. We have to stop them. And, continue drives with our offense. They did a nice job milking the clock, and pounding it, for sure.”

FRUSTRATION LEVEL WITH INABILITY TO STOP RUN:

“Got to stop them. Part of it was the line of scrimmage. Part of it was missed tackles. Part of it was misfits. Give them credit.”

FUTURE OF THE TEAM:

“We’ll have some time to just debrief on everything. We do that every year. Whether it’s a great season or a season like this. We’ll recruit. Then heel up mind, body with the players. They need to finish out strong academically in the next couple weeks and move forward.”

YOUNG PLAYERS LEARNING CURVE:

“That is one thing we talked about in there. This feeling, not only of this game, but this season is something were not accustomed to or comfortable in any way, shape, or form. The only people that can solve that are the guys in that room."

Oregon v Oregon State
The Ducks biggest weakness in 2016 was their run defense, led by defensive coordinator Brady Hoke. Mark Helfrich saw his career record slip to 37-16 after a dreadful 4-8 season in 2016.
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UPCOMING DISCUSSIONS WITH ROB MULLENS:

“I haven’t had any of those conversations.”

LEAVING FOR RECRUITING TOMORROW:

“Yes.”

JUSTIN HERBERT’S FUTURE:

“Well, I think he put some balls on the money in the rain. Did a nice job managing the rush. Got us in position at the end to make a play, and that’s all you can ask from the guy. The only ball, after the field goal. The late one across the middle. That was not a great decision. Just trying to force it late. That guy, that guy battled his tail off since he started playing.”

ROLE IN OFFENSE IN 2016:

“Big part of any offense, being diverse and keeping the defense against the wall with passing and running. We just got to sort through the tough times.”

THE RAIN:

“I mean, I think it played a factor. We got to learn how to try and control those things.”

OSU RUNNING GAME:

“Definitely. They played keep away, and kept us off the field. That was their strategy and it played in their favor. We just got to try and turn that around.”

REFLECTION OF SEASON:

“It’s been a tough season. A lot of the guys in that locker room deserve better. 4-8 is not where we want to be. It’s very, very….I don’t know, very quiet in the locker room. A lot of guys probably want to go back and do that over again. And, nobody wants to feel that feeling again.”

PLAYER JOB SECURITY:

“That’s out of our control. Go out there and play every game as hard as you can. If we’re going out there and giving our best effort, and we care for them. Sometimes it’s a business-type of decision. Everyone knows we’re going out there and giving 100 percent.”

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Royce Freeman rushed for over 100 yards in Saturday’s rain-soaked Civil War loss in Corvallis. The junior running back has a major decision on the horizon. NFL or senior season? We shall see soon.
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COACHING STAFF RETURN:

“He’s (Helfrich) done a lot of great things here. He’s definitely built a lot of different things that I’ve seen here since I’ve been here under him. A lot of positivity coming from him. A lot of players feed off that.”

NFL FUTURE:

“I’m going to take a look at all my options. I’m definitely going to take my time. Just reflect on all that and rely on my peer-support group to make a decision.”

LEANING TOWARD LEAVING:

“No, I’m not leaning toward anything. I’m just going to reflect and rely on my peers.”

THE TOUGHEST PART:

“Just seeing the way our season went with everything. Football is not an easy sport. Sometimes it’s X’s and O’s, and sometimes it’s things you need to factor in. I think the reflection period will do me good."

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