Oregon Football

"Best place in the country to play"

October 9, 2018

One of the most discussed parts of this Oregon team headed into the season was the offense. Most were curious how Marcus Arroyo would fare in his debut season at Oregon as offensive coordinator. 

Of course it helps your cause when Justin Herbert is your quarterback but Arroyo has seemingly passed the eye test this season so far. 

But now comes Washington and a very talented and disciplined defense. It's going to demand some creativity in order to get the Ducks into the end zone against the Huskies.

Marcus Arroyo spoke with media Tuesday about his offense, facing Washington and more.

On Washington's defense:

"They just do a good job. They're a well-coached team. Disciplined. Fundamentally sound. Any time you're playing with a team that does all the things that win in that regard, you gotta go out match that type of discipline and structure."

On UW's secondary:

"Yeah good players. A lot of experience. I think any time you got guys with that many snaps, you get a chance to be real good and they do a really nice job."

On being healthy on offense:

"I think the reality of it is you never know. You never know who you're going to have. I think that's one thing. You never know when someone is going to have to come up. That's one nice thing of having Breeland back and Tony back in the mix. I think they're going to add to the potential of what we can do."

On Verdell:

"As a redshirt freshman, first-year starter, the reality of it is he's finding out more and more about himself. You just get a chance to see him grow. He's done a nice job each week. He's playing really well for us. His balance, body control. The way he works, the way he practices. He practices really well."

On opening up playbook:

"No, I don't know. I think there's a fine line between finding new things to give your guys and doing a whole bunch of stuff you haven't done. We're believers of doing things one way and having our guys disciplined in what we do. I'm not big on surprises for our guys."

On focus during bye week:

Just little things like protection identifications. Little idiosyncracies that may give things away and tells. There wasn't a lot of things on our list that were brand new. It's almost a reset button. Reset back to some fundamentals. 

On playing at home (Advantage):

"Best place in the country to play. I mean there's no doubt about it. I've been a lot of places. This is as good as it gets." 

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