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Mario Cristobal Updates Teams Progress

October 14, 2020

Wednesday afternoon Mario Cristobal spoke with media. With the Ducks kicking into high gear with a delayed Fall camp, today was another step towards the first fully-padded practice. 

Over the last few days we’ve been able to hear from various assistants and coordinators along with some of the veteran players of the team. 

Mario Cristobal spoke on Friday and will speak again on Saturday. Here is most of what he had to say on the team’s progress so far. 


Opening Statement:

“Today was practice No. 5. We’ve had four or five really challenging practices. We had a mental sweat day. We ran through periods of situational football. All of our special teams units. it was a day we feel we gained a lot of ground. Certainly productive.” 

On Poutasi & Randazzo

“Sam Poutasi should be mentioned because he’s done a very good job. He’s worked very hard on his body. Chris Randazzo will opt out for the season. Yes it is a Covid opt out. He's in classes now.”

On going live on QB’s in first scrimmage:

“We will not go live on the quarterbacks.”

What he’s learned through 5 practices about his team:

“Nothing is taking for granted. It’s a restart button every single day. The definition of culture and leadership is at the forefront of everything we do. A team that’s really determined to eliminate any type of entitlement. Very forward thinking group that we are challenging. We practice a certain way.”

When Oregon will scrimmage:

“First scrimmage will be on Saturday. It will entail everything. Get everybody off the field, put the coaches in the boxes. Call the game as if it was a live game. Everyone will get repetitions. We will grade it, just like a game. And then take that next step towards week two of camp. We'll scrimmage again the following Saturday.”

On Noah Sewell:

“Hard not to smile when you bring up that name, that family. He plays the game a certain way. He’s what you want in a player, a leader, your own son, a teammate. He’s learning a lot. Tough, physical, explosive, eager to learn. Owns up to a mistake. Can’t wait to turn him loose tomorrow.”

On Logan Sagapolu:

“Logan fits in perfectly with what we do. He's a naturally big guy. He was born to be big. You talk about big bones. He’s lost probably 35-45 pounds and he’s moving really well. He’s at center, he’s at guard. He’s gonna play this year, he’s gonna contribute.” 

On TJ Bass:

“TJ Bass reminds all of us as Shane Lemieux. He's a legit, powerful, explosive guy. He’s excelled at left tackle, he’s excelled at right tackle. If we asked him to play center, we wouldn’t skip a beat. He’s 10 minutes early to every meeting, always stays late.”

On Names to Know:

“I think some guys you know about. The leadership of Nick Pickett and Verone McKinley has been special to watch. I see Jamal Hill, Steve Stephens jumping out on tape, making plays. The young guys on the defensive line, between Keyon, Kristian Williams, (Brandon) Dorlus. Good seeing Adrian Jackson out there growing. And now he has an opportunity and it’s going to be on him. Love watching what Cyrus (Habibi-Likio) has done with his body. As well as Travis (Dye). These guys have changed. Alex Forsyth, he’s a natural leader. I think George Moore has taken a massive step forward. The wide receiver group overall has taken a massive step under Bryan McClendon’s tutelage. I’ll stop with all that there but I’ll go on and on. That’s real. The kickers and the punters, there’s consistency in hang time, with ball placement. Daewood Davis, most unselfish guy I’ve ever seen. Tough, tough, tough. A guy like Kris Hutson is a guy to watch as well. Special guy.” 

On Offensive progress:

“The defense is ahead, but there is enough back and forth it makes you believe you have a really good football team. Balanced. The defense is ahead, there’s more maturity there. There’s some really good play on the offensive side as its gelling.” 

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