What's Quack'n: Who will step up in McCormick's absence?
Injuries, touchdowns, and rookies, oh my!
The No. 23 Oregon Ducks jumped up one spot in this week’s AP Poll thanks to a convincing 58-24 win last Saturday over Bowling Green. Now, Oregon looks to another non-conference opponent, the Portland State Vikings.
We got to speak to offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, QB1 Justin Herbert, TE Jacob Breeland and RB Taj Griffin. Swipe through!
Arroyo pleased with Herbert's 5-TD performance
Justin Hebert completed just 10-for-21 of his passes, and despite throwing two interceptions, Herbert also threw for five touchdowns and rushed for one. All while setting a milestone of 4,000 career passing yards and beating out former QB greats Joey Harrington and Marcus Mariota. Coach Arroyo was pleased with his performance vs. Bowling Green:
“Some good stuff. Lot’s of stuff to build on. Definitely some things he wanted back. We are real critical of how we play at that position here. We have been for two years. I think he’s done an awesome job of taking critical coaching and he is very critical of himself. There are some really good plays on tape and some things we got to learn from.”
The fourth down call was gutsy but perfect at the same time
That call on fourth down in the second quarter when Herbert threw the ball downfield to wide receiver Jaylon Redd for the touchdown… yeah, that was always two-down territory as head coach Mario Cristobal said on Monday’s press conference. What a throw that was from Herbert and route from Redd. Perhaps we shall see these two link up a bit more throughout the season…
“It shows they [coaches] trust us. I don’t think the play could have gotten any better for us,” says Herbert. “I think that’s about as good of look as we’ll see. Jaylon ran a great route and I had some great protection, so it fortunately made my job a lot easier.”
TE Cam McCormick suffers season-ending injury
Some unfortunate news coming out of Saturday’s win was sophomore tight end Cam McCormick breaking a bone in his leg and will be out for the remainder of the season. So who will step up in his absence? Last season, Herbert found steady hands in tight end Jacob Breeland who may be the clear replacement, but let’s not forget about senior transfer Kano Dillon, junior Ryan Bay, sophomore Hunter Kampmoyer, or freshman Spencer Webb.
“We got plenty of guys to step in and do the job,” says Breeland. “We’re not really stressing about it too much.”
Run Taj, Run!
Finally Ducks fans got to see that Taj Griffin speed in the open field. On Saturday, Griffin had a short completion from Herbert that he took to the house for 80+ yards. In a deep running back group, where will Griffin fit in and how will Oregon utilize all that speed?
“Anyway to get me into space. All I need is a small crease,” says Griffin. “Just whatever way I can get set up for success to get to the secondary.”
Good luck from there trying to catch him.