Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon and Oregon State both took big steps in their fall camp progressions. The Ducks and Beavers are both playing in pads again and prepare for their first sets of scrimmages this weekend.
Here are some practice notes for Thursday, August 12th for Oregon and Oregon State. You can find post practice video of Ducks safeties coach Marcel Yates and Beaver defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar above.
With the Beavers in full pads, Sam Noyer took the majority of the snaps with the first team at Quarterback. Tristan Gebbia, who was out of Wednesday practice with an illness, was back with the team and led a touchdown drive capped by a BJ Baylor rushing score during the team period. Florida State transfer wide receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison also caught a long touchdown pass as well. Of note, defensive end Addison Gumbs, who has dealt with repeated injuries through his Oklahoma and Oregon State career is back in practice. He had a sack while taking some snaps with the second team. Gumbs missed all of last year with injury rehab after suffering a torn ACL vs. Hawaii in 2020. The defense continues to progress, according to defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar.
"We certainly want to be as aggressive as we can," Tibesar said. "We'll get some officials here on Saturday to see if we're being to aggressive. I'd say roll than giddy up as far as aggressiveness goes."
The Beavers will have a scrimmage on Saturday morning.
The Ducks put on the pads for the first time this fall camp, lining up for some 11 on 11 work. Defensive back JJ Greenfield and linebackers Jackson LaDuke and JJ Greenfield, among others, were unavailable. Based on prior timelines, the full install of the offense and defense is progressing along. With Jamal Hill and DJ James serving indefinite suspensions, safeties Verone McKinley and Jordan Happle will be leaned on for their experience. Happle, in particular, is embracing his role as the old man of the safeties room.
"That was something that helped me when I was first coming into college," said Happle. I struggled to learn the playbook. Older guys coming in on their own time taking the time out of their days to teach them and give them a perspective that they can learn differently to take it then easier."
"He's the old man in the room," safeties coach Marcel Yates joked. "He's not old obviously but for his age. He's the oldest in there. He can adjust. He can talk to you in our verbage. So talking to him is like, he's like another coach on the field."
The Ducks scrimmage will take place on Saturday.