It’s been an interesting week for the Oregon Ducks, coming off of their worst loss in recent memory, but they’ve had to regroup quickly, as a game that before the season would have looked like an easy cruise for the Ducks, has now become one that they must win.
Here’s our weekly look into what they’re saying:
“They’re playing with a ton of confidence,” said Helfrich, who is preparing to visit Colorado for the third time since leaving to join Chip Kelly’s staff in 2009. “The way things have set up for them, they’re absolutely riding high on offense, on defense, on special teams. They played really well last week, created a ton of turnovers, and you can see the confidence is building.”
“As a competitor, you want nothing more than to get back on the field and show that ‘Yeah, we lost, but we can bounce back just as fast,’” Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James said.
“We’re not going to let this legacy die.” -Linebacker Tyson Coleman
“That’s tough. I’ve never been there before, but I’m still kind of scared,” Adams said after Wednesday’s practice when asked if he could play at that altitude. “I’ve been hydrating a lot and hopefully I’ll be all right. I have a little elevation mask, a training mask I’m using, just trying to get used to it.”
“Coach MacIntyre had done a great job”, Oregon’s coach noted. “Obviously, they’ve done a tremendous job upgrading the facilities and all the things done to the stadium.”
“CU’s athleticism is at a much higher level than it’s been over the past few years. The lines on both sides of the ball are bigger and more physical. They made some changes defensively with bringing in Coach Leavitt and are schematically very different than they’ve been. They’ve built and improved gradually in a great way and now the wins have shown up.”