Oregon’s offense makes significant strides in second fall scrimmage

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One could say that the Oregon Ducks fall camp is going just how you would expect it to.

In the first scrimmage last week, the Ducks defense got the better of the offense and there were some penalty issues. But a week later, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and his group took a significant step towards where they want to be.

“(It was a) night and day difference, for sure. It feels like that first scrimmage the defense had their way for most of it, and early on in this one the offense came out and they came out fast and strong,” Mario Cristobal said. “They finished drives. The first series was a 3-and-out, but after that, they got going and got the momentum.”

Cristobal said that the second scrimmage, which wasn’t open to the public or the media, lasted about 150 plays and that everything went as smoothly as possible, including a couple of overtime situations.

All in all, just very efficient, operating really well. They eliminated penalties, especially pre-snap penalties, which was a big issue in scrimmage one. Played cleaner, played faster, and finished. All in all, today was a better day for the offense, and with the defense, we saw some positive progress on both sides.

It’s good to hear that Oregon’s preparation for the season is going all according to plan. With the Ducks’ depth in nearly every position, Oregon has a lot of questions that need to be answered personnel-wise, but that’s a good problem to have.

There are only 14 days until the 2021 season begins and Fresno State comes into Autzen Stadium Sept. 4 for an 11 a.m. kickoff. The Bulldogs actually start their season a week earlier by hosting UConn.