By Rob Moseley
Venue: Autzen Stadium
Saturday’s season-opener for the Ducks against South Dakota continues to approach, with the Oregon football team on a modified game-week schedule in the transition out of preseason camp.
Because the team began specific preparations for the Coyotes a day earlier than usual, today’s workout was something of a hybrid Wednesday/Thursday style practice. That meant no hitting, like a Thursday, but a little more tempo, like a Wednesday.
With no hitting, the emphasis is on assignments and communication. From the sideline, the Ducks seemed very vocal, but obviously the players and coaches want to see even more of that Thursday.
“Make sure everybody’s mentally ready, prepared for the game,” safety Reggie Daniels said. “Go over all our reps, all our keys, our drops and fits, where we fit and where we’ve got to go. Just want to make sure we’re solid on everything come game time, so there’s no mistakes.”
Afterward, Hroniss Grasu, Keanon Lowe, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Torrodney Prevot were called up to critique practice in front of the team. “We were solid, but we’ve got to be great,” Lowe said. “The cool thing is, we’ve got another chance tomorrow to be perfect.”
Other observations: No highlights to offer from this one, since the Ducks were going through the specific plays they’ll use Saturday against the Coyotes. … The kickoff, kickoff return and punt return teams all got extensive work. Freshman outside linebacker Justin Hollins looks like an early contributor on the punt return and kickoff units. … Depth on the offensive line has been bolstered this week by the addition of walk-on Jim Weber out of Beaverton’s Southridge High. Weber, who was assigned No. 60, is working at guard and center now, but could eventually move over to the defensive line, where the Ducks originally had him pegged.