Oregon heads into its third week of spring football with a to-do list of items on tap

The Oregon Ducks football program will be off from football activities for the next two days before they open up their third week of spring ball on Tuesday, April 13th. There is still a ton of work to get done over the next three weeks of April. Head coach Mario Cristobal laid out the plans for the next week for the Ducks.

“Going into next week, we still have to cover situations to be able to scrimmage next Saturday,” said Cristobal. “So, four-minute, two-minute, two-minute before the half, two-minute before the end of the game. We got to low-red [zone], short-yardage and goal-line.

“When we get to those phases, then we’ll start to do some of the more unique stuff, the backed up stuff as well. We’ll head into Saturday and we’ll scrimmage, full tackling and everything.”

That Saturday scrimmage will be an important one for the program. Oregon will get a chance to glance ahead to see what they’ve got developed in a game-like situation, where they need to improve, and how much can Oregon continue to stack onto the plates of this roster in the spring. Positions won’t be won during this scrimmage as the Ducks still have their spring game, a full off-season of training, and fall camp to go through, but it should give Oregon’s staff and players a window into where they currently are at.

“We want to keep developing guys and put guys in situations that demand their very to best to make a play,” said Cristobal. “Find out who we can count on to do that, and the guys who aren’t ready yet, we need to develop those guys.”

The Ducks have held five spring practices that have consisted of mostly situational work, individual work, and installing Oregon’s offensive, defensive, and special teams playbooks. Cristobal said the Ducks are focusing on the basics for now, but things will ramp up as more and more of Oregon’s install gets completed.

“We’re in football 101 right now,” he said. “I would say from an install standpoint, we are four to five practices away from being fully installed.

“Then we’d like to use those last four or five practices to revisit all the install stuff and then be ready for the spring game.”

Oregon’s spring game is scheduled for Saturday, May 1st inside Autzen Stadium.

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