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Mark Helfrich switches up Oregon’s practice schedule to prevent boredom

Oct 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich during the 2nd half against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium. Oregon defeated Washington 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Those that followed the Oregon Ducks during the Chip Kelly years should know how much the Oregon program likes routines. Kelly was insistent that the Ducks rarely vary from their practice routine no matter the opponent, and his attitude was adopted by many of his players. However, current Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is a liiiiitle more flexible, and he switched up some of the drills this week to keep the team from getting complacent.

Said Helfrich:

You never want to mess with the mojo. Our guys are very routine-oriented and they believe in our routine, so that’s a good thing, but yeah sometimes you need to change things up or just a different voice here or there or slightly different variations to different things (Oregon Live).

Star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu said the players enjoyed the change of pace, which included a end-of-game drill that the players love.

(For some reason I’m reminded of this classic line from Futurama’s Leela: “Hey, you guys, look what I bought on a wild impulse: New boots. They’re like my old ones but with a crazy green stripe. Woo! Never know what I’m gonna do next!”)

Even if the Ducks are changing things up a bit this week, don’t expect anything less than their usual dominance when they take on Washington State this weekend.

[Source: Oregon Live]

Topics: Mark Helfrich, Oregon Ducks

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