by Rob Moseley
Oregon held its fifth practice in the last three days, wrapping up a two-a-day session with a competition day.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields
Format: Full pads
Situations: Red zone and second-and-long were a focus, and the punt team got some work.
Highlights: After what head coach Mark Helfrich deemed a somewhat sluggish scrimmage Tuesday — he wanted to see a more physical team out there — the coach seemed to consider today's two workouts a bounce-back for the Ducks. Perhaps the fact this afternoon was a competition day got their attention. As is typically the case, the competition day came down to the final few reps, with the defense holding off the offense for a 25-24 victory.
The first scored period is detailed below, with the offense having an early edge. But the defense quickly turned the tables, and held a narrow advantage most of the rest of the afternoon. Torrodney Prevot sacked Jeff Lockie and Dior Mathis intercepted Jake Rodrigues to help the defense pull ahead. That despite some nice completions in passing drills from Marcus Mariota to Evan Baylis, Chance Allen and Daryle Hawkins.
The defense really helped its cause during the red-zone period, keeping the offense out of the end zone. Alejandro Maldonado made a field goal of 29 yards and Matt Wogan connected from 34 yards out to get the offense on the board, but the defense still gets points in those cases. Kenny Bassett got the No. 3 offense down to the 5-yard line with some tough running, but a muffed snap ended the possession. The defense secured the win during second-and-long periods to end the day, with DeForest Buckner's pressure ending one series on two plays, and Tyson Coleman and T.J. Daniel also providing pressure that earned the defense points.
Most entertaining period: The first of the afternoon, a physical goal-line drill with three blockers granted three downs in which to help a ballcarrier get 10 yards past three defenders. Of the 11 reps, the offensive guys got the ball past the goal line six times, the last one a fumble that freshman center Doug Brenner recovered and advanced for the "touchdown." The offense also got points when receivers Blake Stanton, Josh Huff and Chad Delaney pushed past three defensive backs; from the O line trio of Jake Fisher, Karrington Armstrong and Mana Greig; from Brenner, Brian Teague and Jamal Prater; from Cameron Hunt, Matt Pierson and Jake Pisarcik; and when three running backs defeated three linebackers, with Josh Huff scoring behind the lead block of, of all people, De'Anthony Thomas.
The defense got on the board first when Taylor Hart made two tackles and Arik Armstead added a third to start the drill. Tyson Coleman, Rahim Cassell and Tony Washington teamed up for another victory; Troy Hill, Oshay Dunmore and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu earned one as well; as did Erick Dargan, Reggie Daniels and Issac Dixon. But the most dominant series featured Christian French making tackles on all three downs.
Other observations: During a special teams drill that worked on blocking and tackling in space, Brett Bafaro, Tyree Robinson and Dunmore all made nice tackles, while Hart and Buckner did well as blockers. … Dylan Ausherman has had the edge in recent days, but this afternoon Maldonado got the better of the punting drills to my eye. … At one point during 11-on-11, I literally wrote down "DAT is good." Award-winning insight, there. … Boseko Lokombo looks like a man among boys out there sometimes. Today, though, he came in to thud up Colt Lyerla after the tight end caught a pass, and there wasn't much thud delivered. Lyerla is a brick wall.
Up next: A single workout Thursday afternoon.
BASKETBALL - M
BASKETBALL - W
GOLF - M
GOLF - W
TENNIS - M
TENNIS - W
TRACK & FIELD
Sat, Nov 29
Football 5:00 PM
at Oregon State
Fri, Dec 05
Football 6:00 PM
Pac-12 Championship Game
Santa Clara, Calif. (Levi's Stadium)