Oregon Football: Mark Helfrich and Ducks Prepare For California Golden Bears


Mark Helfrich and Oregon Ducks used their bye week to reset in preparation for the trip to Berkeley to take on Cal.

The Oregon Head Coach apologized for the score following the second worst loss in the History of Program at Autzen Stadium. Over the last two weeks, the Ducks Coaching Staff has done their best to not only get the team back on track but get them focused for a long road ahead starting Friday night with a Pac-12 Matchup with the California Golden Bears.

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There was plenty to clean up in the last two weeks according to Helfrich, “We’re trying to ramp everything up in practice. We want practice to be harder than the games. That’s one thing our guys have bought into and have trained to that level….whatever the matchup is and there’s 50,000 people screaming at you, you execute exactly as you did in practice. That’s it that’s all we need. Nothing more, nothing less.”

The Oregon Ducks Head Coach also talked about the issue this season of Leadership on both sides of the ball. Injuries have played a part, “That was one area that we knew there was a void. Those guys, Devon Allen, Dwayne Stanford, Johnny Ragin aren’t in there. That’s where we as coaches and some other voices have to step up and fill those voids.”

Helfrich was asked about Ragin’s status which was previously Out for the Season with a leg injury. He has been seen recently with less of a limp and a smaller brace. As far as his return this season it’s ‘hopeful.’

Wide Receiver Charles Nelson also spoke with the Media this week about how the team treated their off week and he is ready to get back to work, “Everybody should be happy because their here and everybody should be hungry because they are aiming to be better. I would just say everybody needs to be more confident in what we do.”

The Oregon Ducks will look for their first Pac-12 win of the season at Cal on Friday night(7:30pm Pacific Time, ESPN)