Eugene, OR-- First day of padded practice.. done. Oregon football wraps up day one of pads, looking more primed and ready, as opening day inches even closer for Ducks.
But even with the team looking more prepared for the start of the season, teammates still couldn't shake the thought that they will be without senior wide-receiver Brenden Schooler, for six to eight weeks, after he suffered an ankle injury last week.
"You never want to see someone go down," Delgado said. "It hurts a lot especially with Schooler being the leader, knowing the offense and being an impactful guy."
With Schooler out for at least the first few games of the season, his starting position is wide open. Josh Delgado, Mycah Pittman and JR Waters have all shown glimpses of their potential this off-season, which could help land themselves a starting role in this Oregon line-up. But to Delgado and his other receiving teammates, winning the starting position is not what is important.
"Really we all approach this together," Delgado said. "We don't look at it like as a thing like I want to play instead of him. We really just help each other."
"It's not about competing with each other," Pittman explained. "It's more about pushing each other and trying to become the better player on and off the field."
No one on this young receiving core is harder on themselves than freshman Mycah Pittman. The standout receiver has who has been impressing fans and teammates alike with his incredible hands, including a spectacular diving catch last week, has set himself a lofty goal for the season. Don't drop the ball. To fans and the media, the young receiver has kept his word, but to Pittman, he has already drop one.
"I'm gonna be 100 percent honest with you guys," said Pittman. "I was running a stick route, my face-mask got grabbed, it hit my hands it came out and I count it as a drop."
Even though his goal of not dropping a pass may be up for interpretation, Pittman is not going to let this set back bring him down.
"I'm really upset, but it's all good," Pittman said. "I'm not gonna lie I almost cried," he said jokingly.