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Spring Game Preview: Offense

April 29, 2021
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We’ll all be watching Saturday’s Spring game together. Not in the same house, but rather on the television at the same time. But fans or not, won’t change what Oregon does on Saturday.

Mario Cristobal will have a checklist for Saturday and hope to see a number of things, both good and bad to take a closer look at on film this Summer.

Make no mistake, it will be very vanilla. You won't see many new plays or formations on Saturday. There's no reason to tip your hand to your competition. But we’ll see a few things and will either be put at ease or left with some concerns until the Fall. 

Here's what I'm looking for from the offense on Saturday.

Quarterback:

Keep Anthony Brown off the turf and don’t force the football. That's pretty much what I need to see out of Brown on Saturday. Consistency, comfort, control. Just be that calming presence that knows where all your players need to be on every play. If someone is out of position or runs the wrong route, pull them aside and explain to them what they didn’t do right. 

For the rest though, I want to see you cut it loose. I though Jay Butterfield was easily the second best quarrterback two weeks ago. Ty Thompson had some great moments but also had a number of freshmen moments, which was to be expected. I’m not sure how much Robby Ashford we’ll see. But one of these guys has to be ready. They are only a play away and I'm frankly more intent on seeing what Oregon has behind Brown on Saturday than actually watching Brown. 

Running Back:

Nothing. I'm not concerned about injuries or depth here. They have two known commodities in Travis Dye and CJ Verdell. Anything after that is simply gravy. We won't see Trey Benson who is frankly the one I'm most excited to see. Seven McGee also has yet to arrive to Eugene and I anticipate him making plays this Fall in the offense. 

Wide Receiver:

Don't drop the football. Well that’s an obvious one. But you won’t see Redd, there's not much to see from Johnny Johnson and Mycah Pittman. So it’s the young guys. Who's going to step up and is Troy Franklin going to follow up with what I thought was a great performance two weeks ago with an encore or even better? The Ducks have a vast arsenal of receivers now and I’m hoping to see them all utilized within the offense this season. I'll also be keeping tabs on who Anthony Brown targets most from this group.

Tight End:

This week we heard Spencer Webb talk about how his blocking has improved. I want to see it. He was featured in the offense two weeks ago and I'm betting he has a huge season in this Joe Moorhead offense. There was a lot of talk about Patrick Herbert the last two weeks too. I really want to see him in this offense and how he’s used more than I want to see Webb. Because the two young guns, Moliki and Terrance are coming and coming hard. This has now turned from one of the weakest parts of this team to a strength in two years. 

Offensive Line:

It's really, really hard to focus on the offensive line when you’re watching a game. Your eyes naturally track the ball. It’s natural.

I really want to try and pay close attention to this group. How the first team performs. Who’s the first couple of guys in with the 1’s? How do the 2's look? Who moves around. Does Alex Mirabal have his 7-10 guys he feels confident in playing good minutes? Who are those second five? My two biggest areas I want to focus on Saturday are QB2 and the offensive line. 

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