Football practice report: October 9


place: Outdoor practice area
The form: Helmet and shortsIn many ways, of course, Friday did not seem normal at all. Players wore masks when they did not keep their helmets, and coaches wore full masks. Equipment managers wiped the gear before practice, and in some cases re-wiped it among reps. Later, UO head coach Mario Cristobal Met with the media as usual, though the press conference was held through person rather than zoom.

In many ways, though, Friday actually felt like a return to normalcy for the Oregon football team, which took place four weeks before Stanford hosted and a week before the November 7 to 2020 season to open the presidential camp. Was opened.

“On the first day of practice, what would you expect from our program,” Cristobal said. “A lot of juice, a lot of energy.”

Ducks looked different, without Justin herbert Crime is going on, and without Try dye Setting the tone on defense. At quarterback the Ducks “feel like they are in great hands”, said Cristobal Tyler shuff And Anthony Brown Practice in new coordinator Joe MordhwajFriday is the system. Overall, Duck’s reference to “knowing what to do and where to be on the first day of workout camp did not look like one”.

Pre-practice was also different. The team takes a little less than an hour to undergo a daily test for COVID-19 which is mandatory for the medical staff to approve a return to play this season. Nearly half the team of ducks were tested, while the other was in their morning meetings, when the group swapped to complete the process.

“Our day is not very different from the time we usually start,” Cristobal said. “… its structure was really good. There was a really positive response from the players.”

Herbert and Dye were not the only familiar faces missing on Friday. The Duck will have to replace all five starters on the offensive line after dealing with the junior left Penny Sewell Selected to train for the NFL Draft. On defense, the secondary is without Thomas graham jr, Jevon holland And Brady Breeze.

Offensive line – which returns a player with early experience, Steven jones – Used several different groups on Fridays. George moore, Rayon walk, Tj bass And Malasala Oumvay-Lulu All got continuous work with the first unit, reshuffling to different positions; Alex forsyth And Jonathan Dennis There are challenges to play over time. Secondary, adulteration Jamal Hill Rehearsed in the nickel position of holland Veron McKinley III And Nick Pickett On security.

There is one more month to practice before the season starts, and so there is plenty of time to sort through the various options in those position groups. This is normal for this time of year, and so even though Friday may look a bit different in some ways, this year was a welcome change after months of uncertainty.

Highlight: Mica pitman was doing Mica pitman Things right off the bat. In the first 11-on-11 period of the season, he went up for a 50–50 ball against a big corner and brought it just below the sideline. Late in practice, Jack wakechi Made a similar game against a safety, to the delight of the offensive group. It is always fun to watch the team react to a big play by a walk-on guy; They know how hard those people work, and seeing that it is good. … Hill played scoop-and-score during 11-on-11. Holland gave up some big shoes, apparently. Hill was his understudy last season, and it was heartening to see him make a big play on day one. …

Tyler shuff practice

In the run game, CJ Verdell In the 11-on-11 period and gained a long lead over the next rep Austin Foulou Wrapped and scored for defense Cyrus Habibi-Likio. … Black millen One of the plays of the day was almost, hitting and hitting the side-defender in the backfield Lance willowit Opened behind the defense for a long completion. Koch ruled a sack, however.

Other observations: Senior linebacker Sampson Niue Cristobal said he could not play this year for personal reasons. Niue was projected to open camp with the No. 2 defense MJ Cunningham; new Noah Sewell Representatives met with that group in Niu’s absence. … Defensive line recruitment Jaylen Smith Practicing on the offensive line to start the season provides some much needed depth. His future is on defense, Cristobal said. When Smith was on the field, he was experienced Steven jones Will arrive on the line with him and help him in formations and assignments before the snap. …

Freshman defensive back Donta manning And Jj greenfield Cristobal said the injuries were limited to “Friday”. Neither seems an important long-term issue at this point. … Placekiers were 5-of-6 in drills with starter returning starter Camden Lewis Going 3-for-3. … Pre-practice walk-through, during freshman receiver Crish Hutson Queued as a receiver out of line for a representative. But he assumed that the slot receiver was also away from the line, and so he stepped into the line to keep the formation legal. A small detail, but also a heads-up moment by a true fresher.

Post-practice interview:

head coach Mario Cristobal