Soccer Practice Report: August 16th

Venue: Outdoor exercise fields
format: Full pads

An analogy Dan Lanning A popular use is that the day after a game – or in this week’s case a training game – is part of a doctor’s visit. You diagnose your condition and receive a prescription for recovery.

The exercises immediately after the doctor’s visit serve to improve. How did the Ducks look earlier this week after their scrimmage Saturday and the opportunity to analyze it in the days that followed?

“I thought today,” Lanning said Tuesday afternoon, “was probably our best fall camp workout yet.”

The Ducks were back in full pads Tuesday for the first time since scrimmage. The team was off practice on Sunday – making the metaphorical doctor’s visit – before returning to practice on Monday and putting the pads back on on Tuesday.

Jordan Riley practice

The afternoons have been warm in Eugene this month, and those are the days when camp can become a grind. The novelty has faded, but the opening game still seems like a small dot on the horizon.

But Lanning loved what he saw on Tuesday.

“Our guys are starting to take responsibility for what training is like, really depends on their performance and the energy they bring,” said Lanning. “People just came here with the right attitude and said, ‘You know what, I want to be better today. I don’t expect this to be just another day. And they did that well.”

It wasn’t just Oregon’s attitude that was impressive. Attention was also paid to detail to address scrimmage issues diagnosed by the coaching staff in the film briefing.

Sean Dollars Justin Flowe practice

“In today’s practice and yesterday’s practice, we’re trying to recreate the moments that happened in the scrimmage that we screwed up,” said Lanning. “So if we had an incorrect fit against a certain look or didn’t get a cadence or a move right – we try to rewrite that to make it happen again to see if we’ve corrected it. And I thought that was coming from our boys.”

Remarkable: Competitive periods in practice on Tuesday included some 1v1s between guys in different position groups at the start of practice, an impromptu field goal attempt in the middle of practice to test the readiness of these units, and a 4- Minutes situation to tight exercise which required the offense to attempt to protect a lane whilst killing the clock. … After training the night before, the Ducks held a “home run derby” with tennis rackets in the Autzen Stadium. The event was part of a series called “Duck Olympics” which included a free throw shooting competition hosted by the UO women’s basketball coach Kelly Gravesand a bowling night.

Malaesala Aumavae Laulu practice

Quotable:

junior defender Brandon Dorlus to establish yourself as a leader
“Last year I didn’t really practice how I play in the games. I was really slow and didn’t like the way I practiced. This year I took a big step to find something every day that I can get a percent better at. I’m just trying to take the other guys with me and lead every day.”

junior defender Steve Stephen IV on returning to action after last season’s injury
“Constantly just being a recovery specialist to make sure I’m doing everything possible: hydration, what I’m doing off the field, stretching, cold water, hot tub. Things like that for my recovery, keeping that at an additional cost.”

Interviews after the internship:

head coach Dan Lanning

junior defender Brandon Dorlus

junior defender Steve Stephen IV

Junior Outside Linebacker Mase Funa

Sophomore defender Treven Ma’ae

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