Ducks ‘making strides’ during spring practices

By Steve Mims / The (Eugene) Register-Guard

Published Apr 20, 2014 at 12:01AM

Spring game

When: 11 a.m. May 3

TV: Pac-12

It’s three weeks of spring practices down and plenty more to work on before Oregon splits up until the fall.

“No complacency at all, we have to get better in all phases,” linebacker Derrick Malone said. “We’re getting better every day, but we’re not where we should be yet, but making strides. We have high expectations.”

The Ducks concluded their ninth practice of the spring on Friday with five more remaining before the Spring Game on May 3.

Offensive coordinator Scott Frost said it can be tough to grade spring drills but coaches know what they want to see on the field.

“It is not really measurable,” Frost said. “We’re watching it every day and we see guys improve every day. Sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back, but a lot of young guys are getting reps and getting better. We’re getting good play out of guys with some experience. It’s hard to measure it, but I think we’ve been better every day we’ve been out here.”

Coach Mark Helfrich had his own description of spring ball.

“You’re panning for gold,” he said. “There’s a bunch of crap and then one fleck of gold and you grab it and build on that and try to fix the other parts.”