What's Quack'n: Herbie needs to be fully loaded vs. CAL
No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 CAL
Questions are lingering following Oregon's heartbreak OT loss last Saturday against No. 7 Stanford: how will Oregon bounce back? How to game plan against another top 25 team? Was this Justin Herbert's best performance?
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- Junior QB Justin Herbert
- Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo
Senior RB Tony Brooks-James
Herbert looks scary good
Was this the best game that you’ve seen with junior starting quarterback Justin Herbert in an Oregon uniform? Maybe there are others that come to mind, however, the QB does look more and more comfortable with each game that passes and when asked how comfortable he felt against Stanford, that ranks towards the top of his list:
“I think it’s up there,” says Herbert. “The coaches did a great job of having a great game plan and just making sure we were comfortable with it. We knew what we were doing going into the game and I think we executed really well.”
The resilient youth
Life lesson #7: It’s how you learn from your mistakes and how you get up after falling. How and in what way will Oregon take the OT loss vs. No. 7 Stanford last Saturday? Some guys will flush it and move on. Others may continue to use it as motivation. Either way, offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is pleased with how the team has responded since the game clock hit 00:00 last Saturday.
“I think we all know, some younger faces here, the older you get you forget how resilient youth is and I think that our guys have been really good about responding and I think at times we older heads take it worse than they do… But they’ve been really good and we’ve moved on.”
- OC Marcus Arroyo
Dillon Mitchell balled out, and he’s not done yet
Ducks junior wide receiver Dillon Mitchell had a monster game against the Cardinal last Saturday: 14 catches for 239 yards. This was quite the performance despite the loss. He is a magician on the sidelines, making defenders look like fools trying to tackle him, and according to offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, he has much more to give:
“He is a really special player,” says Arroyo. ‘We got some guys on the team who are capable of that, more often than not. You just got to put them in the right places and execute… He’s a perfect example. He had a really good game. I expect more out of him.”
Continued trust in Hanson, Verdell
Costly snaps and a costly fumble at the wrong time. Junior center Jake Hanson and freshman running back CJ Verdell unfortunately committed their mistakes at a crucial time against the No. 7 ranked Stanford Cardinal. But senior running back Tony Brooks-James still has continued trust with the ball in their hands:
“As far as putting my trust in Hanson and CJ, I would sat my trust doesn’t waiver with those guys,” says Brooks-James. “Everybody makes mistakes, it’s just at that moment in time that happened to be the most crucial mistake. But other than that, if it’s a 4th and 1 situation, I’d still put CJ in, I’d still have Hanson snap the ball. I trust them guys and believe in them guys.”