'This new staff has come in and they've made a great relationship with us'
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon football started spring practices on Wednesday with a new coaching staff - and some new approaches.
"It was definitely tough saying goodbye to the past coaches. We built a great relationship with them and it was always tough saying goodbye," returning quarter Justin Herbert said. "This new staff has come in and they've made a great relationship with us and they've actually made the process quite a bit easier. I think they're very close with their players. They've put a big emphasis on getting us know us, getting to know our players and families and things like that."
New head coach Willie Taggart has said he wants to up the intensity, saying his team will have "an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."
So far, it's clear they practice what they preach.
"We're willing to do whatever, whenever to make sure the job gets done," said Mario Cristobal, the new co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. "With intensity, with attention to detail, and with relentless maniacal effort."
Fans can get a look for themselves: Practices Friday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. will be open to the public at Kilkenny Field to the west of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
"For the open practices in Eugene, spectators are asked to park in the Autzen Stadium East Lot and enter the facility via the southeast ramp near the Moshofsky Center parking lot," Oregon Athletics said in a press release. "Gates will open this weekend at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Fans will be asked to observe practice from the north sideline only, with cameras not allowed into the facility by the general public."
The Ducks cap their spring workouts with the annual Spring Game on April 29 at 11 a.m. at Autzen Stadium.