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Oregon Football

Practice Recap: 8.8

August 8, 2019
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During warm up drills Thursday, injured WR Brenden Schooler wheeled himself to the sideline on his knee scooter, a cast on his foot. After being out there supporting his teammates during practice, offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo saw Schooler on the sideline and yelled out emphatically: “Schooler!”

Schooler raised his hands in the air. Then multiple players let out some yells in support of their teammate, whom we found out Monday will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after a foot procedure.

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It was a great show of support. And even better was seeing Schooler still out there supporting his team even though he had surgery only a few days back.

A few others also were not practicing.

Freshman safety Jamal Hill was out after he had been mentioned for turning heads in practice over the last few days. Junior tight end Cam McCormick, freshman wide receiver Lance Wilhoite, sophomore defensive tackle Popo Aumavae and junior cornerback Deommodore Lenoir were also sidelined.

Fresh off his position change to cornerback, sophomore Daewood Davis was a nonparticipant as well. But he was wearing pads for the first time this week, a welcome sign for a DB unit looking to add to its depth.

Wide receiver Johnny Johnson had a massive play during a 2-on-1 warmup drill. After catching the ball and turning upfield, he put his head down and ran through freshman safety Max Wysocki – to the loud cheers of his teammates.

No receivers had drops during wideout drills, other than one by freshman JR Waters on a ball that was a bit underthrown. Drops for this unit have been a big topic of discussion, and an issue new WR coach Jovon Bouknight has been addressing.

Finally, just throw the ball up to Juwan Johnson and he’ll find a way to catch it.

JJ6 had multiple catches in a redzone route-running drill where the ball was either a little too high or a little outside where he was running. But with the Penn State transfer's massive catch radius, he was able to pull them in.

During unit drills, the running back group was bringing the juice. Tons of yelling and screaming greeted all of the backs -- even if it wasn’t their turn in the drill.

It looks like a unit that is highly competitive and bringing out the best in each other.

There were no 11 on 11 periods during the open viewing period for media. 

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