Oregon Football

Will Mastro continue rotating backs?

September 11, 2018

The Ducks are fortunate enough to have a sea of running backs all healthy to start the season. While Tony Brooks-James has become the leader of the group and listed as the starter, it's clear a number of guys will play.

Jim Mastro talked about how he plans to continue rotating his guys and what he's been teaching his backs so far.

You can see the full video interview below or read the highlights below.

On the competition:

"They understand, the competition is awesome. They know to play they gotta produce. Competition is the greatest thing you can have in a room."

Will Oregon continue the heavy rotation:

"We'll see. Right now they're all doing certain things really well. You'd like to narrow it down but you never know."

Will Oregon pare it down this weekend:

"I don't know about that. I know this week you will just because they're all doing some things. They're practicing hard. It's hard to take a kids playing time away when he's doing everything you're asking him to do. So it's a great problem to have. Right now we have 5-6 we feel comfortable with."

What leads into the decision to play a guy longer:

"Production. Just a guy that's hot. CJ (Verdell) was hot last week in the second half so he played a little more."

On the improved pass protection:

"Huge. A year ago I don't know how much of a priority it was. As long as I'm coaching they're going to learn how to protect the quarterback. And I gotta give them credit, they've done an unbelievable job so far this year. If they can't protect the quarterback they aren't going to play."

On responding to a new run scheme:

"We're asking them to run a little bit different than they're used to. It's a different mentality than they've had in the past."

On San Jose State's defense:

"They play hard and they tackle well. I'm not sure they have the kind of depth they need. They come out playing pretty well though."

On the talent difference:

"It's a faceless opponent. It doesn't matter who they're playing. It's about doing everything correctly."


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