The Oregon football team was in full pads for practice Tuesday on the program’s outdoor fields, preparing for Saturday’s game at Arizona State (1 p.m, FOX).
The Ducks will be facing their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season, Kenny Dillingham, now the head coach of the Sun Devils. Earlier this week, Dillingham lauded the 2023 Oregon offense, noting that it’s been even more productive this season.
Some highlights from Nix ..
On how close the offense is to playing a complete game: “We’re really close. I think if you look at the other night, we were so close — besides the penalties, we would’ve played complete without those. I think when you look at the first half the other day, we moved the ball really efficiently and scored points in the red zone. Especially in the first quarter we didn’t settle for field goals, we put the ball in the end zone. That’s what helps. We’ve just got to do that for four quarters.”
On facing his former QB coach this week: “He’s a done great job in my development … but at the same time, it’s another game, and he is the opponent. And he’s thinking the same thing about us. I think it is cool to play against him and against a coach you worked with for so long, but I just think it’s another opportunity for us to go out there and put together a complete game.”
On Dillingham’s observation about the UO offense this season: “I think when you look at our guys, we’ve got a lot of returning guys who I think have contributed a lot this year with Troy (Franklin), myself, (Terrance Ferguson) and Bucky (Irving). Then we’ve added pieces with Gary (Bryant), Tez (Johnson) and Traeshon (Holden), and Jordan James continuing his role from last year. Then the offensive line has jelled really, really well. They’ve picked up from where we were last year and they’ve played really well. … They’re probably the reason why we’re doing everything, because they can handle so many things and they’re just really…