EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon and Oregon State held the second scrimmages of the fall this weekend. The Ducks ran about 150 plays across different red zone, third down, two-minute and special team situations. Oregon State saw some positive signs on offense.
All the quarterbacks saw scrimmage action. Returning senior Anthony Brown is the front runner for the starting quarterback job. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal says the team is close to officially naming a starting quarterback. Cristobal says the freshman quarterback trio of Ty Thompson, Jay Butterfield and Robby Ashford, are making strides as well.
"I feel like they're all different. They separate themselves in different ways, Cristobal said. "None of them do something poorly. They just excel at some things better than others. At the end of the day it's about moving the chains and scoring points."
Cristobal added that the competition for the backup QB role is tight.
The defense was one step ahead of the offense during Oregon State's first fall scrimmage. However, the offense stepped up on Saturday. Freshman quarterback Sam Vidlak and Colorado transfer Sam Noyer each threw a touchdown pass. Last season's starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia sat out due to soreness. Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith says the team is getting close to completing the official depth chart.
"I thought we threw it and caught it pretty well," Smith says. "The run game was there. Gaining the first downs, moving the chains and obviously ending up in the end zone showed up this scrimmage."