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Football Practice Report: Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2022

Venue: Outdoor practice fields
Format: Full pads

The Oregon football team put full pads on for practice Thursday, and the next time the Ducks do so will be for their second scrimmage of this preseason camp, on Saturday.

In between have been work days no less important than the scrimmages, as the Ducks drill through every imaginable scenario that could arise when the 2022 season begins in September. On Thursday, for example, the team practiced "coming out" situations, with the offense backed up to its own end zone looking to move the chains and create some breathing room.

While the defense, meanwhile, looked to deny them that comfort.

"Coach Lanning's been doing an awesome job putting us through a lot of situations, and taxing us," defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi said. "I've think we've got a chance to improve if we can put ourselves in a lot of situations that are going to actually occur on game day. So that's our goal. And I'm pleased with the guys, the way they're responding to those situations."

Lupoi said all that drill work is also causing leaders to arise on the UO defense. He praised the way defensive back Bryan Addison communicated a pre-snap read at one point, and also the way linebacker Jeffrey Bassa is making his voice heard on the field.

A year ago Bassa was a safety who ended up being pressed into action as an inside linebacker, when injuries created a need there. Now he's establishing himself as a leader in the middle of the defense – and continually working to refine that voice.

"I always feel like that's somewhere I can improve on – communicating and getting calls to my teammates," Bassa said. "Because I see myself as a leader."

As Saturday's scrimmage gets closer, the Ducks will focus in on areas where they'd like to show growth since the first scrimmage of camp. Where their attention is not at, just yet, is on their 2022 opponents, Lupoi made clear.

"We've got so much more to go just with our own team," Lupoi said. "That's really where the focus is on improving every day – on ourselves."

Notable: Former Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell attended practice, and spent time watching drills with former UO assistant John Ramsdell. … Legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield also was on hand for practice, mingling with Lanning and players when the chance arose while watching from the sideline.
 

Quotable:

Senior punter Adam Barry
On working with the long snappers on punts as well as holding placekicks

"I think the chemistry is great. We've been here for a couple weeks, a month or so. We're already best buddies. It's crazy how we clicked like that. Snaps are great, hold's great, kick's great. We're just going to keep improving, trying to be great."

Sophomore punter Ross James

On his mentality after transferring from junior college
"Obviously I'm a younger guy, so I'm here to learn. But I'm also here to compete, at the same time. I feel like it's going really well so far. Having good competition helps make each other better, so that's something we're working for."

Post-practice interviews:

Defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi

Senior punter Adam Barry

Sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Bassa

Sophomore defensive end Bradyn Swinson

Sophomore punter Ross James