This morning I published a story about Oregon's ongoing summer workouts, which wrap up this week, and the benefits to the class of incoming freshmen that are on hand.
The bottom line is, their presence this summer is a huge plus. They figure out their way around campus and the athletic department, they get to know staff and teammates, and they take a couple of classes to get an idea of the academic-athletic balance they'll need to work out.
My approach to this story, however, focused on just how much the workouts they're doing will prepare them for fall camp. And in the opinion of two second-year players I spoke with, Cody Carriger and Byron Marshall, the answer is, not a whole lot.
(Yes, it would be nice to speak with the freshmen directly about their expeirence. But UO coach Mark Helfrich wants to give them the chance to go through orientation first, once camp starts. So the second-year guys were the best point of reference right now.)
The reasoning behind the story was simple: Fans love to know about newcomers. How are things coming along? Which ones are opening teammates' eyes early? Which ones look like they'll play early? Which ones will end up redshirting?
Ultimately, it's way too early to answer most of those. Both Marshall and Carriger made the point that veterans aren't around the newcomers enough right now to make any real strong impressions. Preseason camp will be the ultimate testing ground. And it will be a big step up from summer workouts.