Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If any player can come in and play well on short reps, it's Huff

Josh Huff was sidelined with a knee strain in Spring Practice, but he did something that caught my eye.
He was wearing a red jersey and a boot, watching practice from the sideline. The Ducks were in full pads and working in an 11-on-11 period, complete with the sideline play cards and student assistants wearing officials jerseys, everyone going at full speed with the offense pushing the tempo.

It was what happened next that sticks in my mind. On one play, Bryan Bennett looks confused about the play call. Not unusual, he's a redshirt freshman quarterback, and the Ducks' blur offense requires the quarterback to think at a 118 miles an hour, with multiple reads and the responsibility to get the entire offense lined up on the same page and the ball snapped in fifteen seconds or so.

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