What’s Quack’n: Let the Civil War begin
The battle for the state
Let the Civil War officially begin. As Oregon heads into rivalry week, head coach Mario Cristobal discusses the history of the Civil War, adjusting to the shorter work week, recaps the Ducks’ 31-29 win over Arizona State last weekend, and much more.
Scroll through to find the best from Cristobal’s Monday press conference with the media ahead of the Civil War this Friday at 1 PM (PT) in Corvallis, Oregon.
Civil War hype
The Civil War speaks for itself when it comes to motivation. Both teams with a dismay for the other; heated fan bases; and the winner having bragging rights for the entire season. Each season is the same no matter what the records are or where the game is located. Both teams want to win and want to win badly.
“I learned the intensity of it. It’s the oldest and longest rivalry between public universities in the country,” says Cristobal. “I know that the previous year, that was a pretty intense deal over there in Corvallis and that intensity carried over to last year’s game over here, so let’s just say I’ve always loved and been used to great rivalries and this one did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded all expectations.”
- CJ Verdell is good to go after taking a shot to the stomach/rib area vs. ASU last Saturday casting him to leave the game.
- Steven Jones, who was in concussion protocol last week, will have an answer whether he is cleared to play tomorrow. Cristobal says he is “very optimistic” for Jones’ return this week.
- Penei Sewell’s anticipated return fell on this week, but Cristobal said that “He will beed the full six weeks” to recover and will not play in the Civil War. On the other hand, there is a possibility he will be back for Oregon’s bowl game.
- Sampson Niu is good to go.
- Kano Dillon is “probable” following an ab injury late last week.
Troy Dye reaching milestones
Junior inside linebacker Troy Dye is good. He is everywhere on the field and is the leader of this Ducks run defense. Seems like week after week he continues to make plays and by the end of the season, the numbers don’t lie. This season is Dye’s second straight year with over 100 tackles and third year in a row he has lead the team in tackles.
“Great football player that is instinctive,” says Cristobal of Dye. “In my opinion, he’s just scratching the surface. He’s got the specs: long body type, athletic, explosive, got a nose for the ball, can knock you back, run by you, run around you… he is so valuable to this football team. It’s no surprise that he continues to produce at such a high level.”
Patience is a virtue
Where did Gus Cumberlander come from? Easily his best game in an Oregon football uniform last week vs. ASU recording two sacks and one fumble recovery. He is in his third season as a Duck and has been waiting patiently for his number to be called. And he definitely made the most of it.
Cumberlander has just been sitting and waiting, but coach Cristobal has his faith in his guys and it starts in the recruiting stages.
“My old coach used to say recruiting is the most imperfect science in the world and he is 100% right because you have to be able to project and say what’s this guy going to be when he gets on campus… What’s he going to be like three years down the road? I think Gus is an example: You saw the long body type, you saw the athleticism, played multiple sports, so recognition and reaction was probably something he was getting used to… But we are certainly thrilled and excited to have a guy like Gus.”