The natural ebb and flow of a football camp was on display Saturday when the Oregon football team conducted its second major scrimmage this spring.
A week after the offense put up explosive plays and ran the ball wall, the UO defense evened the score when the Ducks faced off Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The attack has also progressed, UO coach Dan Lanning said, but the big games were harder to come by this week.
“I thought we had better ball security overall from an attacking perspective,” Lanning said. “But I would say the defense probably got their way today.”
In the first major spring scrimmage seven days earlier, the offense had three rushing touchdowns by three different players. Saturday’s scrimmage featured no rushing touchdowns, with the offense heading into the air to cap drives as they put points on the board.
“I really felt that we reacted the way we wanted to,” said the junior defensive back Steve Stephens IV mentioned. “We watched the movie, fixed what we had done wrong in terms of adjustments and alignment – we just went back to it and did our thing today.”
Saturday’s scrum featured a few brief instances of rain falling around the Autzen stadium. The Oregon 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 and enjoy the weather and deal with it,” Lanning said. “We haven’t had a ton of that this spring, so it was good for us to see.”
The Ducks are now heading into their last full week of spring training, with practices Tuesday and Thursday followed by the spring game at Autzen Stadium on April 23. Then they will have one more practice to cap off the spring following next week’s show, to make final adjustments and evaluations before heading into the summer.
The team is relishing the chance to put together another solid week in their first camp under their new head coach.
“I love coaching these guys every day,” Lanning said. “They’re a fun group. They come to work and they certainly know there’s a ton of things we can improve on. But they’re a fun group to coach.”
Notable: Lanning said the coaching staff will meet this week to determine rosters for the Spring Game. … The Spring Game format will be “very similar to a game format,” Lanning said. … Lanning was asked Saturday about the addition of five-star offensive line rookie 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 he has a special talent that can impact us,” the UO coach said.
Wide Receiver Coach Junior Adamsarriving in Oregon from UW
“I always thought in the last three years when I played against them, they were physical, they played hard. Obviously I never had a chance to beat them, but that was always fun to play against them and compete against them.”
Close end of second year Moliki Matavaoon the course of the offense throughout this spring
“As a full unit in attack, I think we’re doing very well. Coach Dillingham has done a good job of finding more explosive ways to move the attack vertically down the pitch. I think that’s which we missed a lot last year. Right now we look really explosive.”
The head coach Dan Lanning
receivers coach Junior Adams
Junior defensive back Steve Stephens IV
Year Two Receiver Kris Hutson
Close end of second year Moliki Matavao