UO, OSU gearing up for football

Both UO and OSU are excited for the newly announced upcoming football season. However both school's acknowledge it will be different.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 4:54 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 4:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal and OSU head coach Jonathan Smith held media availability on Friday to discuss the newly announced upcoming fall football season.

The Pac-12 announced on Thursday the seven-game season will begin on November 6 with the Pac-12 Championship Game scheduled for December 18.

This comes after originally postponing all athletic competitions until at least January 1 due to Covid-19. 

Both teams plan to have two weeks of strength and conditioning and walk-through practices before beginning fall camp. Oregon's first day of practice is set for Friday, October 9.

Smith says OSU is aiming for an October 9 or 10 start date.

As for Oregon, Cristobal says all of UO players are in Eugene and he plans to have conversations about future NFL plans for those who have yet to declare such as potential first-round pick Jevon Holland and defensive tackle Jordon Scott.

There is no word as to whether the players who have declared will return such as cornerbacks Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir. Cristobal confirmed offensive lineman Penei Sewell will not return. 

Cristobal also says he is excited about quarterback Tyler Shough who will be considered one of the favorites to earn the starting quarterback spot.

“Tyler proved a lot over the opportunities he’s got over the last couple years," Cristobal said.

Smith says 95 percent of OSU's roster is on campus.

Earlier this month the Pac-12 announced is partnership with diagnostic testing leader Quidel to provide daily Covid testing for student-athletes. Both UO and OSU confirmed the test machines arrived earlier this week and the universities are in the testing certification training phase.

OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes says a model football schedule could come as early as next week.

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