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.
Fall Camp is officially in full swing as the Ducks ticked off practice No. 3 Wednesday, and for the third straight day the overall intensity of the periods continued to build. There is still plenty of work to be done and ample practice time to do so, but the countdown to kickoff now stands at just 24 days and you can feel the excitement building on and off the field around the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields.
Format: Shells (helmets and shoulder pads).
Situations: When not focusing on individual position/unit drills, Oregon went through several different down and distance situations as well as punt and punt coverage.
Highlights: Freshman receiver Devon Allen showed a nice burst during a drill that pits two receivers against three defenders and put himself open for a perfect 35-yd TD strike from Marcus Mariota. Allen, a highly-touted speedster from Phoenix, has looked a little more comfortable each day. Another nice pass and catch saw frosh QB Damion Hobbs lead Ayele Forde into a nifty over-the-shoulder grab. 6-7, 286-pound Deforest Buckner busted into the backfield to smother a pass attempt by Jake Rodrigues, who had to be thankful for the non-contact jersey QBs wear during practice. Thomas Tyner gave a glimpse of his potential by picking his way through an inside gap and accelerating into the second level in the blink of an eye and fellow freshman back Kani Benoit had an impressive run after catch set up by a hesitation move to shake the initial intended tackler. Another reception of note saw Chance Allen make a diving, juggling grab on a dart from Mariota. Punter Dylan Ausherman unleashed a pair of long rainmakers during the first special teams period, including one that sailed a good 65-70 yards and out of the range of the potential returner. I purposely didn’t pay as much attention to Eric Dungy today in order to allow a few others to break into the highlights.
Most entertaining period: For me, 11 on 11 and “Fuji” (a hurry-up, two-minute type drill) will almost always be the most entertaining and today was no different with 11 on 11 being the call. Both sides were bringing it as hard as they could without full pads and crammed in an impressive amount of reps in true Oregon fashion.
Other observations: After a pair of 90-degree days to open camp, it was much cooler Wednesday as the low cloud layer never burned off, keeping temps in the 60s.
Up next: The Ducks will don shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the second straight day.