For day five of fall camp, the University of Oregon football team took a quick trip north to the Nike World Headquarters.
Players took to the field Tuesday and said it was a memorable experience.
“We haven’t been able to practice on grass, so this is great,” Mario Cristobal, the team’s first-year head coach, said. “I mean, who else has this? Nobody. So for us, it’s gratitude.”
Jalen Jelks, defensive end, said he had to tell freshman players to “tamper down”.
“You kind of tell them to tamper down on everything,” Jelks said. “They are usually trying to grab more gear than you are but they get used to it after a while … when they first get in here, it’s like a kid in a candy store.”
Alex Forsyth, offensive end, said the ride to Nike’s headquarters was long and uncomfortable, but worth it.
“It has to be an uncomfortable environment, getting on a bus and riding an hour and a half down to practice and trying to create an away environment,” Forsyth said. “That is a really big component as to why we are here.”
Lamar Winston, a linebacker, said he adopted a “business mentality” Tuesday.
“Just having that suit-and-tie mentality,” Winston said. “I can here to execute, and that is what I am going to do.”
Oregon has under three weeks until game week.
Bowling Green rolls into Autzen Stadium Sept. 1, the first of four straight homes games in Eugene. The Ducks’ first conference clash comes in game one of its PAC-12 slate with Stanford.
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