What’s Quack’n: What to watch for in week 3
Monday's with Mario
The Ducks are now two games in and 2-0 in the 2018 season. After dominant wins over Bowling Green and Portland State, head coach Mario Cristobal addresses the media Monday morning to discuss the first few weeks of regular season play and what to watch for heading into game week vs. San Jose State.
Biggest Improvements from week one to week two
“The most important improvement area for us was in the way that we played.” I think every player played with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, and some really good effort. We saw effort across the board. We saw fundamentals improved, we thought that our pad level was better, we tackled better, we controlled the line of scrimmage better. We were much more efficient on offense. Offensively, we actually didn’t have a single penalty…. Overall, I just thought the attention to detail, the discipline, and the effort were better.”
-Head coach Mario Cristobal
With McCormick down, tight ends stepped up
Sophomore TE Cam McCormick went down last week vs. Bowling Green with a season-ending foot injury. And while McCormick is a big dude who can block well and has great hands, the depth at tight end with Jacon Breeland, Ryan Bay, and Kano Dillon stepped up big with Dillon also scoring a touchdown for the Ducks (while dragging in about six PSU defenders).
“Proud of those guys. Every single one of them. Jake [Breeland] went out there with a banged up hand and fought through practice and had a productive day. Kano [Dillon] obviously caught the touchdown pass and showed how physical he can be with and without the ball in his hands. And a guy that gets overlooked a bunch is Ryan Bay. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
-Head coach Mario Cristobal
The numbers don’t lie: Penalties are down
From averaging almost nine penalties per game last season, Cristobal has stated numerous times since being named head coach to now and beyond, that the number of penalties the Ducks commit has to get under control. And under control they certainly are: through two games, the Ducks have committed just eight total penalties.
“I’d like to say I’m really proud but we had five when we should have had one at the most,” says Cristobal. “So we have improved and we’re please with that kind of progress but it still has to get better… If you don’t shoot yourself in the foot, your chances go up exponentially throughout the course of the game.”
A special bond with San Jose State
Looks like four of Mario Cristobal’s assistants at some point have gone through San Jose State. No. 20 Oregon will host San Jose State at 2 PM (PT) this Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
“Whenever you play against your alma mater, there is something special about that. At the same time, the approach is so business-like here, that’s something that we’re really exuding as we continue to march along the course of the year that the approach that we have is stay humble, stay hungry, attack every single opportunity that we have created for ourselves.