When Mark Helfrich took the reins of the Oregon program from Chip Kelly, the expectation was that little would change since the former Ducks offensive coordinator was cut from practically the same coaching cloth as his predecessor.
When it comes to racking up yards and scoring points, it doesn’t appear as though there will be much of a difference under Helfrich. Oregon put up 65 points on nine touchdowns and 802 yards during its spring game on Saturday. Granted, the Ducks’ scrimmaged just the offense vs. the defense because of injuries, and a modified scoring system heavily favored the former rather than the latter.
Still, key players performed well. Quarterback Marcus Mariota went 13-of-15 for 169 yards and two touchdowns against the second-string defense. Receiver Bralon Addison reeled in eight catches for 136 yards and a score.
“As an offense today, we played really well,” Mariota said afterward. “We had a good rhythm going and that’s always key in this offense. With Coach Helfrich, not much has been different for us. It’s really about continuing our culture here. Really, we’re just building off what we’ve done this spring and really looking forward to the fall.”
Though the offense dominated, Christian French led the defense with nine tackles and a sack.
“Those guys, they’ve been tearing us up all spring,” Addison said of the Ducks defense.“They kind of know that it was pretty much just the scoring system.”
As is the case with most spring games, it’s difficult to make anything out of how Oregon performed today. But there weren’t any indications the Ducks plan on slowing down under Helfrich.