Originally written August 14, 2013 on The Duck Stops Here:
Oregon's #3-ranked football team ran 130 plays today, in a situational scrimmage Mark Helfrich described as "live clock, live action, down and distance situation," a close-to-the-real-thing workout with officials that allowed coaches to get a good, extended look at young guys with the season 17 days away. Burnin' down the house: Byron "Smash" Marshall stood out as one of the stars in Oregon's first scrimmage of fall camp, a good sign for the Webfoot offense (goducks.com photo). Defenses are nearly always ahead of offenses after eight days of practice. Defense is read, react and be aggressive while offense requires timing and cohesion. So it was particularly encouraging that the running game looked stronger today. Rob Moseley of goducks.com reported Byron Marshall broke loose for a 17-yard touchdown and scampered for 23 on second and long. Smash added a 25-yard pass reception from Marcus Mariota, on a play where the quarterback had to scramble out of...
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