Dillon Gabriel impresses in Oregon Spring Game

Oregon quarterback Dillon Gabriel throws during warmups ahead of the Oregon Ducks’ Spring Game
Oregon quarterback Dillon Gabriel throws during warmups ahead of the Oregon Ducks’ Spring Game / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

Oregon football had its annual spring game on Saturday. There is a lot of excitement around this team who is heading into unchartered waters and the Big Ten Conference later this year.

The game started with the traditional salute to the United States Military, complete with an F-15 flyover.

The standout performer for the game was Quarterback Dillon Gabriel who took some time to warm up but finished 14 for 21 for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice.

Running Backs Jay Haris and Brison Cobbins lead the ground game combining for 114 yards and a score, Cobbins had two carries, one for a 60-yard score in the third quarter.

Both teams were over 50 percent on third down for the contest. The Green scored on all three of their red zone chances while the White Team scored once on two chances.

On the receiving end, several wide receivers had solid performances. Gary Bryant Jr. finished with four catches for 31 yards, most occurred in the second half.

Jordan James had a big day for Oregon. James had 51 yards on the ground for the Ducks but also caught five passes for an additional 73 yards through the air.

Defensively, Solomon Davis and Jestin Jacobs led the way combining for 14 total tackles. Teitum Tuioti had 2.5 tackles for loss along with being credited for two and a half sacks on the afternoon.

The first score of the game was off a foot, something Duck fans are not very used to seeing. Grant Meadows hit a 49-yard field goal to open the scoring at 3-0. In the end, the score was 28-23 in favor of the Green Team.

Gabriel showed over sixty minutes of a running clock that he could lead. Despite missing several passes, he was able to get the ball into some tight spots for receptions. The Big Ten is coming and Oregon looks to be ready.

The Ducks now break for the summer before their first Fall Camp in the Big Ten begins in July.