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Oregon’s offense still high-scoring in Helfrich’s first spring game

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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.

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6 Responses to “Oregon’s offense still high-scoring in Helfrich’s first spring game”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Apr 28, 2013 12:15 AM

    We’ll see how relevant the points are to the regular season. For comparison, Rutgers (the 98th best offense last year) put up 57 points in the spring game. Much improved offense or spring time pitch and catch?

  2. normtide says: Apr 28, 2013 1:00 AM

    Must be a great offense, because we keep hearing about how great a DC Nick Aliotta is. We never see him being great, but we always hear about it.

  3. oldforester says: Apr 28, 2013 1:21 AM

    With only 3 losses in the past 2 years, 4 straight BCS appearances the last two being wins, along with a national championship appearance against the synthetic pot champions, I would say Nick Allioti has been a significant part of a great run by Oregon.

  4. pjduffey says: Apr 28, 2013 7:30 PM

    I actually like Oregon, but it’s a little rich for an Oregon fan to make fun of LSU for synthetic pot problems when your coach bolted for the NFL (in part) to avoid sanctions for massive recruiting violations. Dontcha think?

  5. oldforester says: Apr 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    Don’t think you understand the actual story. Massive recruiting violations? The NCAA has already ruled out “lack of institutional control”, the two key players involved never played a down at Oregon and transferred. Chip Kelly didn’t bolt, he was the most wanted and recruited of all college coaches, he wasn’t running from anything. He was given a great opportunity based on his team’s success and took it, just like most people in America hope to, he moved on up.

  6. dannygjay says: Apr 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    I believe he was referring to Auburn as the sythetic pot champions. I don’t believe that pot is a performance enhancing drug, so the loss could have been worse had the players been more lets just say dedicated

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