The Ducks just missed the 50 point spread in their 62-14 expected rout of Portland State, but a win is a win.
While it’s tough to really guage how well things are going, given the less-than-challenging non-conference schedule, there continue to be some positive takeaways- namely the team’s discipline (much fewer penalties) and the crazy amount of talented newcomers (freshman and transfers).
Despite the positive trajectory of the program, at least a couple of questions remain heading into Oregon’s final non-conference game next week.
For starters, many are still wondering what the back up quarterback situation will look like. At least for now, It looks like Cristobal may be looking to Burmeister to back up Herbert this season. In two games, Burmeister has replaced Herbert three times but hasn’t had much time to show what he can do. Tyler Shough did get a few reps at the end of the game but did not throw a pass. Something tells me we’re going to be talking about this back up battle for a while longer.
Second of all, one has to wonder if the Oregon secondary will be ready for Pac 12 play? The good news is they held the Viking passing game to just 158 yards. The bad news is, they allowed PSU to score two passing touchdowns. The secondary also failed to get an interception in game number two. That wouldn’t be so terrible. . . if they weren’t playing against Portland State. This group is young (but talented) and they’ll likely make progress in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully things start to click a little better before Stanford comes to town.
At the end of the day, a 2-0 record is a good thing and at least this matchup allowed for a whole lot of Ducks to get some reps, while also letting the team work out a few kinks and solidify some “ORs” on the depth chart.
After the game, Head Coach Cristobal and several players took to the podium. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the post game presser:
Cristobal on competition:
“Real competitors are never affected by the outside elements. They’re just not.”
“For us to reach and obtain our goals, everyone’s got to play at a championship level on a rep by rep basis.”
Cristobal on playing multiple running backs:
“There might be a time when three of them touch the ball or maybe two of them. But up until that time constricts us or that moment kind of restricts us from doing so, we want guys playing. . . .We want a lot of guys getting experience because we’re gonna need every single one of them and more importantly, they’ve earned it.”
Cristobal on TE Kano Dillon’s touchdown:
“Obviously hard to ignore that (touchdown). Carried about six people into the end zone.”
Coach Cristobal on competition so far:
“We haven’t been tested. . .I want to say I totally respect both teams we just played. . .we just have a personnel advantage.”
Coach Cristobal on Quarterback rotation:
“Braxton has earned the right to play so wanted to see him in there running the offense and felt it was time to the get the other quarterback some reps.”
QB Justin Herbert on receivers/tight ends:
“I don’t think we need that one go-to guy. I think we’ve got so many weapons that just getting them the ball in general is a bonus.”
WR Brenden Schooler on starting offense success vs. Portland State:
“We were going to play to beat them (Portland State) but also play to prove to the country that we’re a team to be reckoned with.”
RB Tony Brooks- James on playing against the starting defense in practice:
“Iron sharpens Iron.”
On to the next. Oregon faces off against San Jose State on September 15th at Autzen Stadium. Then, the real fun begins.
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