EUGENE, Oregon — The Ducks were in helmets and shorts on their 10th day of fall camp from the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex on Friday. It was a somber mood after the tragic passing of Willie Taggart’s father, John, on Thursday.
There are more important things in life than football. Thursday was a reminder of that when Oregon’s head coach lost his father. My condolences go out to the Taggart family. Mr. John Taggart, 70, is in our thoughts.
Incredibly, Coach Taggart was at practice on Friday. It truly illustrates the character that was instilled in Willie by his parents. However, we realize that football comes secondary on a day like this. We wish to give the coach and his team their privacy.
There will be no quotes from me today.
After an offensive Thursday, the defense evened things up on Friday. It was their usual dominance exhibited thus far in fall training camp.
True freshman Thomas Graham Jr. continued to impress with the starters. Meanwhile, Ty Griffin was working with the first team defense, as well.
Right now, the Ducks have a plethora of defensive back talent, namely at cornerback. Alongside the two aforementioned CB’s, Ugo Amadi, Arrion Springs, Deommodore Lenoir and Tyree Robinson are vying for first team reps. This was a major weakness last season, but it’s certainly becoming a strength this camp.
The Ducks return to the practice field on Saturday for a full scrimmage. We will have all the details for you then. It should be a solid barometer after 10 days of fall practice.
We'll continue to post interviews with Coach T and his coaches/players on a daily basis.