Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
■ Mark Helfrich talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.
■ Practice reports from Rob Moseley on the morning and afternoon sessions.
Morning: Getting the chance now to watch Marcus Mariota not just on Saturdays but each day in practice is something I won't take for granted. During seven-on-seven this morning, he was as locked-in as you can be. Three completions to Eric Dungy, another to Daryle Hawkins, and a rifled screen that was deftly hauled in by Thomas Tyner, who spent a series of the drill with the ones. There was also a nifty short pass to De'Anthony Thomas who made for the sideline and then, just as Ifo Ekpre-Olomu arrived to make the "tackle," deftly cut back and was off to the races.
Afternoon: Among the one-on-one drills was pass coverage for the linebackers. Derrick Malone and Boseko Lokombo had interceptions, Danny Mattingly stuck tight on Kani Benoit, and Brett Bafaro ran almost step for step with Thomas Tyner, who still managed to make the catch. There was also pass-rush for the linemen, with Jake Fisher and Taylor Hart having a spirited battle, and Arik Armstead and Andre Yruretagoyena engaging in another.
■ Andrew Greif talks about the long competition for starting jobs.
■ Alex Hausman believes the Pac-12 looks rougher this year but the Ducks look tougher.
■ Brian Flinn explains a new passing scheme in the Oregon arsenal.
■ TE Pharoah Brown left the afternoon practice session yesterday with a cast. Not good new at all.
■ Chip Kelly made a trade for Jeff Maehl yesterday which makes six ex-Ducks on the Eagle roster and a sneak preview of what the Eagle offense might look like this year with CK at the helm.
■ Dale Newton has a good piece on Marcus Mariota titled, "Aloha Means Touchdown."
And when things break down or the defense overcommits, Mariota can make a big play with his feet. He's a great judge of when to run and when to keep a play alive, making the defense defend one more player, a 6-4, laser-armed passer who also has the ability to run for 80 yards and a score.
He's a freakish combination of intelligence, leadership, maturity and ability, and the perfect triggerman for the Oregon offense.
Captain Comeback [Joey Harrington] thinks so. He called him "scary good."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:51 AM