Judging punters is complicated by a lack of what Helfrich called "high-intensity situations." Without the benefit of punting in a full-on formation, it's hard to gauge a player's comfort kicking under pressure. And that is, by definition, a punter's job.
"That's a tough position to assess," Helfrich said. "Live punting is a scary thing to a certain extent and you just don’t get enough reps seeing a guy in a high-intensity situation. We’ll try to create that as much as possible but there’s not enough time of it."
■ Oregon lost to UW yesterday 1-0 in a pitchers duel.
The Ducks (22-9, 7-4 Pac-12) mounted a ninth-inning rally loading the bases with two outs, but Washington (21-6-1, 9-3 Pac-12) closer Troy Rallings escaped with his fourth save when Shaun Chase lined out to left field.
Oregon and Washington will wrap up the three-game series today at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks will send Jeff Gold (7-0) to the mound looking to win the series.