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Oregon Football

Practice No. 3 Takeaways

March 10, 2018
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Spring practice No. 3 for the Ducks means the first day of full pads. Before practice Coach Cristobal met with the media to talk all things football here’s what stood out to me. 

One of the biggest areas that Cristobal wants to work on going into this season is committing less penalties. The Ducks were ranked as one of the worst teams in the country when it came to penalties last year and Cristobal seems set on fixing that. At practice today they had two referees on site to help. Cristobal talked about how a majority of the penalties came from pre or post snap problems so the Ducks will be working on fundamentals and play calling to try and eliminate the problem. 

Next on Cristobal’s agenda is making as much use of the time that they have. Cristobal joked, “We only get 4 hours, I wish we could get 16 hours but we are going to work hard for the 4 hours we get”. There was a ton of positive energy today at practice all the players and coaches were pumped to be back in pads. Coach Feld brings a level of energy to practice that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, he is always screaming and running around with his Duck boxing gloves. 

Finally, Cristobal talked about the importance of recruiting and the role his coaching staffs plays in recruiting. Gone are the days were you can have one or two coaches exclusively dedicated to recruiting. “Every coach has to be a good recruiter now and what that means to us is being a wholesome man”. He went on to talk about how he recruited his current staff. “ I’m a hard worker so if I see someone who is putting in as much time as me I would make a note. All these guys are hard workers”. 

Here are positions and players that stood out to me at today’s practice. 

O LINE- this group is looking big and they are looking aggressive. Under new coaches I am really excited to see this group play. Replacing Crosby is going to be a challenge but I think it is one this group is up for. 

RB- is another position that needs a player to step up and replace a dominant player. Led by Tony Brooks-James and coach Jim Mastro this group of guys is looking fast and mean. I really love the dedication to details that Mastro brings to this squad. 

Tyler Shough- All the QB’s are looking good right now but I wanted to single out Shough because he seems to have adjusted really well to Oregon so far. He looks like he has gotten bigger and stronger and looks calm and collected in practice. 

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