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Oregon 2016 Spring Game Open Thread

The Oregon Ducks take the field in a game, in Helfrich's words, that will resemble American football. There are a lot of things to watch for in this game including the quarterbacks, snaps from the center, and development in the secondary.

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2016 Oregon Spring Game

Location: Autzen Stadium

Kickoff:  11 am

Where to Watch: PAC-12 Network

The Ducks break out 100-year old throwback uniforms.  They have the old interlocking UO, the webfoots title and old logo, the words to the fight song that virtually no fan knows on the sleeves, and the logo of the original Pacific Coast Conference.  (Washington tried to bounce the Ducks from the league and leave them out in a new expansion, FYI)

This year, Duck fans will be able to see all the quarterbacks play today that will suit up in the fall.  Dakota Prukop has gone through spring camp, unlike Adams, and we will be able to directly compare and overanalyze every snap he takes because the long college football offseason is a desert and the spring game is the oasis.  Travis Jonsen has been pushing Prukop this spring and we'll see if he can firmly place himself as the backup, or maybe the starter, who knows.

I'm most interested to see the centers snap the football.  In the TCU game last year the lack of quality snaps was perhaps the most crippling part that resulted in the loss.

The defense lost a lot of starters last year but will debut Hoke's 4-3 defense, that I don't suspect will be too much different from the 3-4 that Oregon ran last year in terms of personnel used.  A few players switched positions and we get to see a defense considered too archaic for today's football to go against one of the most innovative offenses in the country.  The only schematic difference I expect to happen is a lot more 1-gapping, which allows each individual player to be much more aggressive than the 2-gapping system the defensive line played with last year.

Johnny Ragin III and Mondeaux have gotten multiple notes in the practice reports.  I'm also very excited to see the defensive backs, who started off as the weakness on the defense at the beginning of the year but turned into the best part of the defense by the end.

Oh yeah, and Charles Nelson is back on offense and is probably going to make amazing plays because that's what Charles Nelson does best.  Taj Griffin and Tony Brooks-James will get a lot of carries and the depth at wide receiver will be in full effect.