Josh Conerly Jr. takes full responsibility for false starts
Josh Conerly Jr. says Oregon’s false start issues are all on him.
When a team goes on the road for the first time in a season, false starts are bound to happen. Penalties almost cost Oregon in Week 2 against Texas Tech. The Ducks were flagged 14 times, including 4 false starts.
Conerly met with the media on Tuesday to preview Oregon’s Week 3 game against Hawaii. The second-year lineman from Seattle said he was too anxious in Lubbock and knows that he needs to play calmer.
“That was all me and just my anxiety being too high,” Conerly said. “I really just have to take a deep breath and calm down. That’s something I just have to clean up by myself. That’s not on anybody else but me. I really just have to calm down and play my game.”
Conerly was a bench contributor as a freshman, and there’s a noted mental adjustment to being a starting lineman. The Ducks have their next 2 games at home and then go on the road to Stanford in Week 5. The next real test for how Conerly handles a hostile road environment will be when he returns to Seattle for Oregon’s game at Washington.