Following a dominant performance in their season opener against Nicholls State, the Ducks returned to practice this morning to conclude Labor Day weekend. The Ducks are already looking ahead to their second game at Virginia this Saturday and in preparation, they turned up the heat on the practice field today.
“It was warm, it was nice,” Helfrich said in reference to the temperature of practice today. “It was just right.”
After having some fun with the heat of practice, Helfrich then moved onto breakdown his thoughts about his team’s performance against the Colonels. He began with the performances of kickers Alejandro Maldonado and Matt Wogan, who managed to finish the game without a miss.
“We need to kick the ball inbounds,” Helfrich said. “That’s one thing we need to work on. The touchback was awesome and that’s something he (Matt Wogan) is capable of doing almost every time. And again, maybe a guy with first game jitters, you never know, but putting every kick through the uprights I think will give both guys some confidence and it’s a competition going forward.”
In regards to their upcoming game against Virginia, Helfrich seemed impressed by their defense and even went as far as calling their performance against BYU, “dominant.” It will be a huge step-up for the Ducks from Nicholls State to Virginia, considering they will meet a formidable opponent from the ACC conference.
“They play defense really well,” Helfrich said. “They really dominated the game (against BYU). I think the last play of the game was a hail mary where they gained about 55 yards maybe and I think BYU had about 300 yards of offense, so that kind of tells you how the game went.”
“They’re big, tall, physical, athletic and then their scheme is different from what it’s been last year so they’re playing with a different confidence it looks like.”
Helfrich finished by touching on the early game ejection of Terrence Mitchell.
“It was the right call,” Helfrich said. “I don’t think it was intentional in any way, shape, or form, but that’s the rule and you have to play by the rules.”
The Ducks will return to practice tomorrow in the morning and will conclude at noon.