Football Training Report: August 5

Venue: Outdoor driving ranges

Format: Helmets and shorts

The first pre-season training Dan Lanning The Oregon era played out Friday afternoon as the Ducks began to ramp up their preparations for the 2022 season.

The first practice is always the one that gets mixed reactions. There is excitement in getting back to training and seeing the progress made in summer training. And there is urgency as it becomes clear where there is still work to be done before the first game.

Friday was no different.

“Good first day,” Lanning said. “Nowhere we need to be for the first game. But luckily we’re not playing the first game yet.”

Cabinet Pat Herbert

There was excitement on many levels, from a staff perspective. For one, the Ducks are largely healthy heading into camp. Some players who were limited at the end of last season, like tight ends Patrick Herbert and Cam McCormickand defensive linemen Brandon Dorlus and Keyon Ware-Hudsonare now back in the mix.

And newcomers to the roster who weren’t in attendance for spring drills took part in their first practice as Ducks. Recipient Caleb Chapman made a few big plays in his first practice since moving to Oregon, and freshman running back Jordan James also caught Lanning’s attention.

Offensive Lineman Athletics Josh Conerly Jr. at the length of the defensive back Khamari Terrell to receiver capture radius Kyler KasperFriday was a chance to take a look at many of the guys who made up Oregon’s impressive 2022 recruiting class.

Practice of Josh Conerly

Of course, now the recruiting rankings have gone out the window. Now is the time to play as college footballers. And show consistent improvement, every day.

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“One percent is what we strive for in everything we do,” Lanning said. “Where can we find this?”

Camp continues on Saturday. One area Lanning would like to see improved is sustained execution.

“Our guys looked fast,” he said. “But I will say around the eighth period today we seemed sluggish. It’s about learning how to play fast consistently, over time.”

The Ducks didn’t look ready for Friday’s game opener in the eyes of their new coach, but Friday wasn’t game day. Saturday isn’t either, but the first match will be a day closer. And Lanning will be looking to see if the Ducks are any better as camp continues.

Practice of Jake Shipley

Notable: Practice at the start of this preseason will be in the afternoon, a change from Oregon’s schedule in recent seasons. The Ducks started around 2:45 p.m. Friday and finished around 5 p.m.…To keep the players from overheating in the afternoon sun, staffers sprayed water on the guys who weren’t not in exercise at any given time. And there was a full practice period in which the Ducks went to sit on bleachers under pop-up tents and ingested liquids and popsicles. …

The training ended with a 2-minute exercise and the attack was able to score points on the board twice. … The south wall of the Oregon practice ranges has been retouched and the wording on the wall has been updated to reflect program priorities. Now the four words listed are “Connection”, “Tenacity”, “Growth”, and “Sacrifice”.

Ben Roberts Practice

Quotable:

The head coach Dan Lanning
On moving practice to the afternoon

“Football has to be tough. We want to force ourselves. And we’re going to play a lot of games in this position in the afternoon.”

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On promoting competition along his veteran offensive line
“You push them as much as you push other guys. So we’re moving guys around in different positions. Certainly none of them have been anointed to be in their place. There’s going to be some shuffling there. That is part of figuring out who your top five are ahead of. It’s not just assumed because of who it was ahead of.”

Jackson Powers–Johnson Practice

Post-practice interview:

The head coach Dan Lanning

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