Running back depth adds versatility

The running back progression is coming along this fall.

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 2:24 PM
Updated: Aug 9, 2019 5:23 PM

Eugene, OR -- Following Friday's practice, Oregon running backs coach Jim Mastro says you want the running backs to be clones of each other, meaning there is no drop off of play when you substitute.

"We're still a ways off," Mastro said. "But we're lightyears ahead of where we were a year ago."

The younger tailbacks are still progrssing, but once they do the team will have many options for the present and future. 

The Ducks have returners such as CJ Verdell, Travis Dye and Cyrus Habibi-Likio. They also have talented young players such as freshmen Sean Dollars and Darrian Felix. 

Mastro hopes the younger players will get more comfortable after Saturday's fall scrimmage. 

"We'll get the young guys probably a little more reps," Mastro said. "CJ, Travis and Cyrus will kind of spot them. The bottom line is to be fundamentally sound, understanding where we're supposed to be, why we're supposed to be there. We're throwing to our backs a lot more. Big deal is how to run routes, be in the right spot and be in the right place."

Oregon's fall scrimmage on Saturday is closed to the public. 

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