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Mario Cristobal discusses first scrimmage

October 17, 2020

Oregon football returned to its natural home in Autzen Stadium for the first scrimmage Saturday. Tyler Shough lead the first team offense and the play of the defense proved why it is the strength of the team at this time. Some young bucks continued to draw attention, while dominant returners like Kayvon Thibodeaux continued to shine.

Opening statement

“Just wrapped up a 120-130 play scrimmage involving offense, defense special teams. Played everybody in the squad, just about, I can't think of anyone that didn't get in. Overall impression I think it's your common first scrimmage. You get excited about some things, you get frustrated with others.”

“We need more consistency to our standard. I think we had some brilliant plays of physicality, of toughness, of execution and communication. We had some other ones that have a little more to be desired.”

“Both quarterbacks played pretty well, but we're gonna demand a lot more of them. The defense is ahead of the offense. Certainly if you had to judge it by who actually won the scrimmage I would say the defense did, but I would say the offense is certainly coming along and made a lot of plays as well. All in all, I think it's great to talk to a group of young men that understand what our standard is and that they know this is scrimmage one, which we treat like game one. We have a game in three weeks, and we gotta continue to get better and better. Came out of this with no injuries, it looks like at least nothing major.”

On quarterback play

“Both quarterbacks, they had their moments, both good and bad. Tough to say that there was any separation without looking at the tape, gotta make sure with the rotation of wide receivers and tight ends in there.”

“They both had their moments. They both are guys that we feel that we can win with. Tyler took just about every rep with the ones. Anthony took the reps with the twos.”

On players that stood out

“I thought our linebacking core, the older guys and the young guys really stand out. They are physical. They communicate well, they get lined up, they play fast. They are gifted, they play fast.”

“Jamal Hill really stood out to me today. Jamal Hill is a guy that in recruiting Jamal Hill we felt that we found ourselves a gem, a tremendous player, explosive, comes from an awesome family, loves the game. He showed up today, he had a really really important interception. So he definitely pops.”

“I thought CJ and Travis--they ran well, they ran hard. I thought Trey Benson really showed up today as well. I love seeing DJ Johnson out there. DJ is healthy. He's a big man and he can run and he can catch. He's really going to help us out. Patrick Herbert did a nice job. Isaac Slade continues to impress.”

“Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to be a problem when he's out there. And it's not just third down, on first and second down, he does really well. Probably one of the best plays of the day goes to Jordon Scott on a short yardage play Jordan just did a great job to split the double team in the gaps and coming up with a tackle for loss on a critical short yardage play.”

On Deommodore Lenoir

“This guy has come back as a purpose driven human being. When you look in his eyes from when he's at practice or when he's attending meetings this guy--he's on a mission. He's on a mission to be great. He's on a mission to be the best in the country. By the way he has started off in our camp I believe in him, we all believe in him he's a great football player and getting better and hungry to get better.”

On offensive line 

“We threw a couple different guys in at left tackle we all know about Steven but threw George Moore in. George Moore has had a really good camp so far. TJ Bass jumped out there as well. I thought that Alex Forsyth-- he's been like the glue. Him and Ryan Walk have done a really good job getting those guys inside solidified and just playing at a high level.”

“Guys like Sala, young guys (Jonathan) Dennis and (Marcus) Harper, (Sam) Poutasi’'s  been here a little bit Jaramillo has been here for a little bit. They're all they're gelling. Today we moved around a little bit on one of the sides and they performed pretty well.”

“Just judging from what I saw there. There's definitely some progress that lends us to believe that's going to be a good offensive line.”

On team’s progress at this point compared to the past

“I don't see much of a difference. I see some things that we’re probably a little bit ahead on and some things that we’re maybe not up to par yet. They're in better shape than we thought they would be. And so they've been able to maintain a high level of performance in practice. That helps.”

“I thought tackling might be an issue today. And I saw some good tackling. I saw some that we have to clean up there's no question about it. I saw some really good tackling. I saw that we need to relearn how to practice THUD, which is staying up and going full speed because sometimes we’re ending up on the ground, and we can't do that. We don't have enough bodies, That's where you end up getting hurt when guys are on the ground and get them but getting rolled up.”

On artificial noise at scrimmages

“We're waiting on the ruling for the ambient noise, what can be used or not. Once that's in effect, we'll be able to to crank that out, or crank that up as the conference sees fit. It's been really important for us to practice in a just empty stadium. Honestly you want to recruit players, coaches, staff that are okay with that.”

“We all know there is no place like Autzen Stadium.We've got to pack our juice. We gotta pack our enthusiasm, we gotta pack our own Autzen and unleash it come game day. You have to practice sustaining juice and energy throughout practice and you have to create practice periods that require you to respond in a place that's empty, that doesn't have a crowd where you have got to create your own momentum. All in all we've been preparing for it and I think we're going to benefit a lot from that.”

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