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Oregon week practices intensify
EUGENE, Ore. — During practices this week in Knoxville, first-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones conceded it's difficult, maybe impossible, to replicate with a scout team the look and skills of a quarterback like Marcus Mariota, among other weapons Oregon has at its disposal.
"What's hard to simulate is a quarterback that runs a 4.4 who can also drop back and throw the football," Jones said this week.
Here in Eugene, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich can level with Jones to a degree.
Oregon's scout team can't quite replicate Tennessee's sheer size. A true freshman wide receiver, Marquez North -- rated the No. 2 receiver in the 2013 recruiting class -- stands 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. The offensive line goes from 6-2 to 6-6, and maxes out at 327 pounds. UO center Hroniss Grasu will have 6-8, 351-pound nose tackle Daniel McCullers standing over him.
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