by Rob Moseley
The Ducks kicked off their normal game week practice schedule, after having had an extra day to prepare for the opener.
Venue: Moshofsky Center
It was a relatively cool, breezy day in Eugene, so to be ready for anticipated warmer temperatures in Virginia on Saturday, the Ducks went indoors for practice late this morning.
"It was warm," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "It was nice. It was just right."
The Ducks got back to work after Saturday's win over Nicholls, and settled into their normal midseason schedule after building an extra day into the practice week for the opener. That meant the tempo today was just a little faster, the latest adjustment for newcomers to make.
At least one new face, freshman outside linebacker Torrodney Prevot, felt in his element in the heat -- after looking to be in his element with five tackles against Nicholls on Saturday.
"I missed this," Prevot, a Houston native, said upon entering the Mo for practice. "I needed this!"
Helfrich after practice was asked about Prevot's play in the opener, and cited his natural pass-rushing ability. "He's gonna be really good," Helfrich said.
Highlights: The morning opened with Alejandro Maldonado making a 36-yard field goal in a one-shot, "clutch" situation. There was clutch for the offense and defense to close the practice, with the offense needing a touchdown to win, but the defense got the better of things with both the ones and twos. A Marcus Mariota pass fell incomplete to end the ones' chance, and Erick Dargan had an interception for the twos.
Mariota also had an early interception snared by Derrick Malone, who made the big play right off the bat after leading the Ducks with 11 tackles Saturday. But for most of the morning, Mariota was on point, peppering the secondary with completions to the likes of Daryle Hawkins, Bralon Addison and Josh Huff. The receivers paid him back at one point when Hawkins and Addison sealed off defenders with blocks down the field on a long run by Mariota.
Other observations: With the first game in the books, the roster can be expanded beyond 105 players. A handful of potential additions underwent physicals today in order to join the team for practice Tuesday. ... Linebacker Oshay Dunmore will wear No. 47 for future games, in order to allow for he and running back Kenny Bassett to be on special teams at the same time when necessary. Each wore No. 31 against Nicholls. ... After playing inside linebacker Saturday, Tyson Coleman took some practice reps outside today. ... Tyner looked quick on run plays and again showed off his receiving skills a couple times, something that impressed me in August. Like De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall, Tyner doesn't need a ball to be right at his chest to catch it. He can go out and bring it in if it's over his head or to either side. ... Terrance Mitchell made an interception on the first 11-on-11 snap for the defense against the scout team. Surely he's itching to get back on the field after his early ejection Saturday. ... Tony Washington followed that play by breaking up a pass to a running back, an area where the Ducks were hurt by Nicholls at times last week. Washington's pass breakup technique: flatten the back as soon as the ball arrived.