Welcome to our daily Oregon practice reports on Rob Moseley’s blog. Rob will take over as the primary writer of these updates on Friday, but until then, Andy McNamara provides his take on the workouts.
The Ducks’ second practice of fall camp is officially in the books and outside of a slight uptick on the thermometer to 93 degrees, it was remarkably similar to the first in terms of dress, locale and general drills.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields.
Format: Helmets (no pads).
Situations: Oregon went through several different down and distance scenarios toward the end of practice.
Highlights: Eric Dungy makes the highlights blurb for a second straight day thanks to a sliding catch in the end zone, capped off by a celebratory side bump with De'Anthony Thomas. As in past years, Dungy’s hands will always make him a regular contributor to the practice highlight reel. Jeff Lockie hooked up with Blake Stanton on a nice throw and catch with Stanton finding an opening between two defenders to make the grab. Freshman wide receiver Devon Allen did a nice job of breaking up a would-be interception by Dior Mathis on an underthrown ball.
Most entertaining period: 11 on 11. Good energy on both sides of the ball and the chance to see most of the newcomers incorporated into the rotation.
Other observations: Marcus Mariota’s ability to make so many different throws well was on display. Whether a deep ball down the sideline, a touch pass over the middle or a rifle across his body while on the move, the QB’s physical talent is fun to watch … You realize why there is so much buzz about Oregon on a national stage when you see All-America candidates De'Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu matched up downfield while fellow All-America candidate Marcus Mariota delivers the ball in their direction … Running backs Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and Lane Roseberry impressed catching the ball out of the backfield … The music playlist was slightly different from Monday’s workout, but Daft Punk’s Get Lucky aired for a second straight day.
Up next: The Ducks will don shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the first time on Wednesday.