Highlights: The day ended with a third-down drill that featured a number of nice plays by each side of the ball. Among the offense’s conversions were a Marcus Mariota pass to Byron Marshall, a couple Mariota runs, a Morgan Mahalak pass to Charles Nelson and a Mahalak run. Kani Benoit spun out of a potential tackle at the line and got to the second level, and Dwayne Stanford made the play of the day, a leaping, one-handed catch near the goal line.
But the defense made a bunch of stops, too. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu broke up a pass, as did Glen Ihenacho. Danny Mattingly stopped Royce Freeman just short of the first down, and Arrion Springs gave Austin Daich the same treatment.
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■ Rob Moseley says a year of experience has the linebackers poised for big things.
The chemistry and cohesion Oregon’s linebackers are building are intangible things so far. The goal is for them to result in improved production once the season begins, though the Ducks say they're not focused too much on statistics.
“I wouldn't say we're worried about that specifically,” Hardrick said. “We’re paying more attention to detail each day, and if we do that, things will solve themselves.”