Oregon's Offense, Defense getting more comfortable

The new players and coaches are adapting to spring ball.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 2:54 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- As Oregon football spring practices continue, the new players and coaches are getting more comfortable with each other. 

Newly hired defensive coordinator Andy Avalos already has a good idea of personnel thanks to the coaching staff. 

"With the coaches that have been here already we've obviously relied on them having the knowledge of what the guys do best and to put guys in different positions that they're going to be able to succeed in, or keep them in positions that they already succeeded in." Avalos said. "As we get on the field it's about watching the film and see who is out there playing fast and who feels comfortable."

As for offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, he is well aware of his personnel. His relationship with senior quarterback Justin Herbert has become almost telepathic, which could only help the Ducks. 

"I think the thing you get natural at that level right now with me and him is he'll come back with a question knowing what I'm going to ask," Arroyo said. "It's kind of like you start reading each other a little better like, 'hey I know what you're going to say, I got it' and you're like, 'alright you got it.' Or 'hey can I try this,' and you're like, 'that's a good idea.' Just experience. You can't replace that, you know?"

The Ducks had the 41st ranked total offense and the 55th total defense in all of FBS last season.

Oregon will hold its annual spring game on April 20. 

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