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Oregon offense hums under Mark Helfrich

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11:15 AM ET 04.28 | All morning on television, social media and across the country, folks were buzzing about Chip Kelly and who he drafted. As soon as his former team kicked off their spring game, however, the talk -- at least in Oregon -- was more along the lines of, "Chip who?" The Ducks' offense didn't skip a beat in wrapping up spring practice and had a couple players remark that they were actually faster than they have been in the past. There was little to argue about after the offense rang up 65 points, 802 yards and nine touchdowns during their spring game on a beautiful Pacific Northwest afternoon on Saturday. "Very happy that our guys competed and were injury-free on the day," head coach Mark Helfrich said. "Marcus (Mariota) did a really good job" Jeff (Lockie) and Jake (Rodrigues) did some good things. They also did some things where they'll watch the film and go, 'Dang.' Just a couple of mistakes by each guy where they missed a throw here or there." As expected, Mariota didn't play much for the Ducks, but looked like a quarterback who will be one of the preseason Heisman favorites in 2013. He went 13-of-15 for 169 yards and two touchdowns while slicing through the second-string defense in four series.

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April 28, 2013  03:41 PM ET

802 yards! That's like my Spartans yardage for the season.

April 28, 2013  05:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

802 yards! That's like my Spartans yardage for the season.

Strong offense or weak defense?
Last time my Buckeyes played them, they were overcome with speed and strength!

GO BUCKS!!!

April 28, 2013  05:22 PM ET

This might have some merit if they hadn't been playing across the Ducks' defense.

April 28, 2013  07:19 PM ET
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This might have some merit if they hadn't been playing across the Ducks' defense.

I wouldn't give much merit to the outcome of any spring game.

April 28, 2013  07:20 PM ET
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Strong offense or weak defense? Last time my Buckeyes played them, they were overcome with speed and strength!GO BUCKS!!!

Haha, that's right..when tOSU took Oregon to the wood shed and won by 9..lol

April 28, 2013  08:11 PM ET
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Strong offense or weak defense? Last time my Buckeyes played them, they were overcome with speed and strength!GO BUCKS!!!

LOL, when was the last time that the Buckeyes play Oregon??? You are living in the past my friend!!!! :-)

April 28, 2013  08:14 PM ET
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I wouldn't give much merit to the outcome of any spring game.

Now this is true!!!!

April 28, 2013  08:52 PM ET
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LOL, when was the last time that the Buckeyes play Oregon??? You are living in the past my friend!!!! :-)

I like your perspective OT..always in the now! (and having a short memory can be an asset sometimes)

April 28, 2013  09:54 PM ET
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I like your perspective OT..always in the now! (and having a short memory can be an asset sometimes)

LOL, You're right!!! I don't like to go back 3/4 years!! It really doesn't serve any purpose!!!! We can always go back to 9/12/2009 when USC beat Ohio State in Columbus, but what would that mean to most people??? :-)

April 28, 2013  10:30 PM ET
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We can always go back to 9/12/2009 when USC beat Ohio State in Columbus, but what would that mean to most people??? :-)

Your right, but it may of cost tOSU a shot at being in the MNCG! Our buckeye friends may still be thinking about it..

April 29, 2013  08:21 AM ET

I note the O was putting up those stats on the 2nd string D.

April 29, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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I note the O was putting up those stats on the 2nd string D.

And their 1 D isn't all that great either. This game was like FSU playing Savannah State. It means nothing.

April 29, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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And their 1 D isn't all that great either. This game was like FSU playing Savannah State. It means nothing.

Yeah, you're right, these spring games really don't mean all that much!!! Do you have any inside information about the Oregon's defense this year, as you said "their #1 D isn't all that great either"??? :-)

 
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