Football training report: August 17

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One of the central tenets of Oregon football culture under a new coach Dan Lanning is “connection”. It’s also a big reason the Ducks have healthy competition for kicking roles this fall.

Ducks return second-team all-conference kicker Camden Lewis in 2022, as he looks to follow up on a 2021 season that saw him make his first 10 field goal attempts of the year. It might not sound like the best situation for another kicker, but the Ducks have indeed improved their depth for this fall — thanks to the program’s value on “connection.”

Helping push Lewis to placekicker while vying for kickoff duties are transfers Alex Balls and Andre Boyle. Bales has started in two New Year’s Bowls in the past two years at Cincinnati, and Boyle has made spot appearances on kickoffs and punts for Washington State in the past two years — including against the Ducks in 2020.

Now the two are in Eugene, competing for roles under Lanning and special teams coordinator Joe Lorig.

“I really connected with them during my visit,” Boyle said. “Their philosophies, their ideas – the future they have for Oregon football is incredible.”

Bales, who played in the Peach Bowl against Georgia two seasons ago before kicking off against Alabama in a college football playoff semifinal last season, even let some scholarships elsewhere to play for the coaches he connected with at Oregon.

“The connection goes a long way,” Bales said. “Coach Lorig reached out to me and made me feel at home.”

Boyle has experience kicking, kicking off and clearing. He said he focused on kicking and kicking with the Ducks, but the staff saw value in all the versatility. He’s learning even more now that he’s in Oregon.

“It’s good to be around new kickers, new players,” he said. “Everyone has different backgrounds and coaches they’ve been with, so it’s nice to learn from new people, new coaches. It always gives a fresh perspective on how you work through things. “

Boyle and Bales said the environment among all specialists was both friendly and competitive. There’s a connection between the players, just like the coaches who recruited them from Oregon.

“Every day we make ourselves better,” Bales said. “We help each other. Whether I start or not, I want the best for this team. I want to be here, I can have an impact on this team.”

Notable: The Ducks held a competitive third-rep period on Wednesday, in which the side with the ball that lost had to stay on the field for the next rep. They also drilled into late-game situations at the last second, with the attack both protecting a lead and having to come from behind. And they went over more “4 minute” situations where the offense is looking to protect a lead. …Former OU offensive line coach Neal Zoumboukos watched part of the practice from the touchline.

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Main Receiver Chase Cota
On how the Ducks have been training since Saturday’s scrimmage

“I think we reacted very well. Our first practice was good, but yesterday I think it was really good. And then today was a bit lighter for us – we had the spiders – but I think we were real quick for the short practice so I think we’re stacking up some good days.

Close end of second year Terrence Ferguson
Going into sophomore college with a right-wing classmate Moliki Matavao

“We’re really excited to have another year. Mo and I both learned a lot from last year. Going through a full season is long, it’s hard on your body. So we learned a lot With this new coaching staff, I think we have the opportunity to go and do explosive things in the passing game, and also get our noses in the running game. So I think we’re really excited. and we have a good opportunity ahead of us.

Post-practice interviews:

Main Receiver Chase Cota

junior kicker Alex Balls

junior kicker Andre Boyle

Close end of second year Terrence Ferguson

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