Oregon's offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will travel to UCLA to train and teach Saturday, three weeks after what he called "emergency major surgery."
Moorhead, 47, had surgery in the Bay Area on Oct. 2 and missed Oregons Stanford defeat. He returned to Eugene the following week to recover and worked remotely to prepare the Ducks to play against Cal last week.
We were getting him back in spurts last week and towards the end of the week a little bit more, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. We must find a balance. We have to make sure that he continues to do what il does while also ensuring that his health improves. "What he went through was certainly quite trying and exhausting on his body," a doctor wrote.
Moorhead said he had a follow-up appointment Monday morning and was able to travel for this week and return to the office this afternoon for the first time since Oct. 1. He said that if notified of alterations to his medical history, mr. Moorihead would be back in the field for re-entry this weekend for his first visit since October 1.
I had to be smart and judicious with the approach because its still technically in full recovery territory from the operation, said Moorhead, who declined to elaborate on the procedure.
He called the offensive plays in Oregons 24-17 comeback over Cal from the press box, a first for Moorhead since the 2011 Fiesta Bowl when he was the offense coordinator at UConn.
A little bit different, you miss the face-to-face interaction with the players on the sideline and some motivational parts, but you get a little better of eagle eye, Moorhead said. Well take it day by day, but it will feel good to get back in the office and around the guys and coaches in full capacity this week, he added.
Running backs coach Jim Mastro, who called the plays from the press box against Stanford, was back on the sideline, while receivers coaches Bryan McClendon and Bryan Mclindon have been in contact with the quarterbacks on their sidelines the past two games. Nate Costa, an Offensive analyst who worked for Moorhead during practice and in meetings while he was away, performed some of his coaching responsibilities during training and during meetings.