DuckTalk: What's the word from Oregon practice Aug. 9th
What's the word around the Ducks
A look at who we got to speak with today following the Oregon Ducks fall camp practice No. 6:
- Special teams coordinator coach Bobby Williams
- Junior starting center Jake Hanson
Scroll through to find out more of what's going on with the Oregon Ducks...
Who will we see returning punts this season?
Probably one of the more nerve-racking positions on the field: the punt returner. Having to decide quickly whether to field the ball or call a fair catch while 11 guys are sprinting your way ready to lay down a massive hit milli-seconds after you catch the ball…
This position was primarily home to wide receiver Dillon Mitchell last season for the Ducks, but we got a glimpse of who special teams coach Bobby Williams has in his pocket and the qualities he looks for in this position:
“Reliability. We chart these guys every day on being efficient on catching the football. And that’s number one is possession of the football… we got a lot of guys who can get back there. We are still in the process of evaluating and seeing where everybody is.”
Williams goes on to list some guys who have practiced at punt return: Dillon Mitchell, Ugo Amadi, some young freshmen, grad transfer Tabari Hines.
Can we talk about that veteran Ducks o-line...
The offense starts up front with the offensive line. Without a solid group of guys communicating and working as one unit, tempo and momentum can be disrupted. So if you’re quarterback Justin Herbert, you got to feel somewhat comfortable with the group he has in front of him chalk full of starters heading into their third season working together.
Starting center Jake Hanson describes the offensive line, “Playing together for three years now, we’ve gotten more and more comfortable each year playing with each other. We feel like we know what everybody else is thinking to the right and left of us. We really feel confident with the group that we got.”