The natural ebb and flow of a football camp was on display Saturday when the Oregon football team conducted its second major scrimmage of this spring.
A week after the offense put together some explosive plays and ran the ball wall, the UO defense evened the score when the Ducks scrimmaged Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The offense showed some progress as well, UO coach Dan Lanning said, but big plays were tougher to come by this week.
“I thought we had better ball security overall from an offensive standpoint,” Lanning said. “But I’d say the defense probably had the day today.”
In the first major spring scrimmage, seven days earlier, the offense had three rushing touchdowns by three different players. Saturday’s scrimmage didn’t feature any rushing touchdowns, with the offense going to the air to cap the drives when it put points on the board.
“I definitely felt we responded the way we wanted to,” junior defensive back Steve Stephens IV said. “We watched the film, corrected what we did wrong as far as fits and lined up – just got back to it and did our thing today.”
Saturday’s scrimmage featured a couple of brief instances of rain falling around Autzen Stadium. Oregon’s defense in particular seemed energized by the conditions, rather than bothered by them.
“I was happy to see our guys go out there and work, embrace the weather and get after it,” Lanning said. “We haven’t had a ton of it this spring, so it was good for us to see.”
The Ducks now head into their final full week of spring practice, with workouts Tuesday and Thursday followed by the Spring Game at Autzen Stadium on April 23. Then they’ll have one more practice to cap the spring in the wake of next week’s exhibition, to make final adjustments and assessments before heading into the summer.
The team will relish the chance to put together one more solid week in their first camp under their new head coach.
“I love coaching these guys every day,” Lanning said. “It’s a fun group. They come to work, and certainly they know there’s a ton of things we can improve on. But it’s a fun group to coach.”
Remarkable: Lanning said the coaching staff will meet this week to determine rosters for the Spring Game. Format The format for the Spring Game will be “very similar to a game format,” Lanning said. Anning Lanning was asked Saturday about the addition of five-star offensive line recruit Josh Conerly Jr., who was announced earlier this week as an addition to Oregon’s 2022 recruiting class. “He’s obviously a special player and we think a special talent that can make an impact for us,” the UO coach said.
Wide receivers coach Junior Adamson coming to Oregon from UW
“I’ve always thought over the last three years when I played against them, they were physical, they played hard. Obviously I never got the chance to beat them, but it was always fun playing against them and competing against them.”
Sophomore tight end Moliki Matavaoon the progress of the offense throughout this spring
“As a full unit on offense I think we’re doing really well. Coach Dillingham has done great to find more explosive ways to move the offense down the field vertically. I think that’s what we kind of missed a lot last year. Right now we’re looking really explosive. “
Head coach Dan Lanning
Receivers coach Junior Adams
Junior defensive back Steve Stephens IV
Sophomore receiver Kris Hutson
Sophomore tight end Moliki Matavao