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Because I want to know their team before I go to Eugene for the game.
Everyone talks about D. Thomas, Mariota, etc., but they have a super underrated corner....Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Remember that name.
He's really freaking good. Definitely worth checking out his highlights. Last year he had 4 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, and led their team in tackles. The guy hits HARD in run support.
Just thought everyone should know his name.
Oregon Sophomore Cornerback
First team All Pac 12 selection, Third team AP All American
stats: 21 passes defended, 4 ints, 6 forced fumbles, 65 tackles
Song: Playin, YG ft. Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy
Footage: ABC, Pac 12 Network, ESPN,
This post was edited by Denver Vol 12 months ago
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Coly Lyerla is the other big name.... He runs some wildcat to. 6'6 TE who can stretch the D. Sapp will need to shut him down.
Yep, you're right. He's a huge factor that doesn't get a ton of attention.
Another thing people don't realize is that Byron Marshall will likely get most of their carries, not DaT. The Black Mamba isn't an every-down guy due to his size.
Yea he's like a Percy Harvin type, Thomas that is.
This post was edited by hdrizzle21 12 months ago
He is. He's deadly on kick returns and then they use him selectively in the offense to put him in space and let him burn everyone, but he isn't going to take the hand off and run off-tackle.
Just need a solid Push from the DT's and contain from the DE's and hope Sapp and Maggitt make open field tackles on the outside.
Not true. Thomas is expected to be our #1 RB and get 15-20 carries a game this year. He has truly unbelievable vision to go with unmatched foot quickness and agility. Pretty sure his hips are made out of flubber. Most unbelievable athlete I've ever watched.
Yep. Our corners will be dead men walking if we can't move their pocket and disrupt the the backfield. It's clearly the secret to success against them, and to the extent that they get around the edge, Sapp and Maggitt will be crucial. I feel pretty good about our OLB speed for this game, but you just never know against the Ducks. One whiffed tackle and they're gone for 6.
Our OTs will be tested. Both are really good and are expected to be high-round draft choices whenever they declare.
I also saw that you mentioned Ifo; our other corner, Terrance Mitchell, is really good too. Ifo might be the big-name 1st rounder, but I can't see Mitchell falling out of the 2nd round whenever he declares. This Duck team has far more NFL talent than any other team in our history.
This post was edited by illmatic88 12 months ago
Good day to you gents. Ifo is one but Terrence Mitchell on the other side is about 1b. Our corners are real nice this year. And Josh Huff is poised to break out this year. He's a wideout from Texas. We'll probably throw the ball a bit more this year because of the evolution of our wide receivers.
Our DE's aren't very good, shouldn't have any problem there. Maggitt IF healthy could provide a rush off the edge but that's really it. Up the middle on D is our strength.
Our d-line will be interesting to watch. First string is all veterans, second string all true sophomores.
I agree he's unbelievable. I was under the impression that Marshall would be the true RB, with Thomas getting 10-12 touches/game on offense. That's entirely based on what I could gather from articles on your site, but if you think DaT will serve as an every-down, true RB, then thanks for the info. That will be interesting to see.
Hey Vols! Since you asked a couple things about us to keep in mind. Ifo got to exposure last year because the year before Mitchell was our lock down corner and everybody avoided him. They are both on several watch lists already.
On offense we are a pick your poison kind of attack. Names to know in the passing game are Josh Huff, Bralon Addison, BJ Kelly, and as you mentioned Colt. Expect to see us throw the ball more this year.
Our running game consists of Byron Marshall and incoming freshman Thomas Tyner, some of us see him as a possible 1000 yd rusher this year but we'll see.
If there is a question for us it's our line backing crew as we are young and unproven there!
Denver, I haven't really sat and watched much of oregons o from last year. W DAT not getting the bulk of the carries do they keep him on the field w the other running back alot? Just curious if there will be signs letting our D know what's coming at them. Thanks!
This post was edited by slytyger1618 12 months ago
I don't expect us to get a true pass rush. I think all we can hope for is to collapse the pocket via Big Dan, Couch, et. al.
Our best blitz may come from AJ up the middle.
Thanks for the invite. Really hope you get a chance to check out the Oregon facilities while your on the left coast. You have mentioned many playmakers so I thought I would throw out a couple that should be noted.
WR Josh Huff - Oregon had been talked about for having the best blocking WR's in the nation. Huff is as good as we have ever had in that category. He has struggled through some injuries but appears to be 100% finally. I expect him to be an all conference type player who averages 70+ yards per game.
DE Taylor Hart - Dion Jordan got most of the fan fare but Taylor Hart led the Ducks in sacks. He is a local fan favorite for his quiet demeanor and blue collar work ethic. He is deceivingly fast and very dependable, if he's not double teamed he could cause problems in the pocket.
Well I don't know how that will pan out. Last year they had Kenjon Barner. With him gone, and a new head coach, their use of Deanthony could evolve a bit.
I'll have to check out this Josh Huff guy. Not familiar with him.
As for the Oregon DEs, I think that will be interesting to see if you can get a pass rush, because it we have anything it's an offensive line. Both tackles are probably top-2 round picks, and one of our guards and center will likely get drafted as well. Could possibly be the top o-line in the nation, if they have a good year without injury.
Don't sleep on Oregon's defensive line. They go like 9 deep. There is no drop off when the reserves come in, and while there are no 1st round locks in the group, theyre long and they get after it the whole game. Hart, Kelikeipi, Hemeuli, Armstead, Buckner, Balducci all could play in the NFL and will be in the rotation. We can also put a line on the field with a 6'9" nose guard, 6'8" and a 6'7" DE and a 6'6" drop end (hybrid OLB type). None of those players will be draft eligible yet (techinically one is a JC kid who took a Mormon mission, so I suppose he might be), so 2014 that line will actually see a lot of time together.
edit: not sure there is a great pass rusher in the group, but they'll be tough to run on and will pursue exceptionally well. But without an experienced QB, I can't see you guys scoring as many points as you'll need to so you can keep it close after halftime.
This post was edited by mr_griff 12 months ago
Idk Denver and Drizz, I'm actually expecting us to have a good pass rush this year! I believe several players are ready to prove their worth and have actually been coached up as far as learning moves, technique, body positioning. You throw in the two anchors in the middle and a healthy Maggit coming off the edge, I can see our front seven being pretty dominant.
I don't think we're underestimating your d-line (I'm sure they're quite good), we just have a lot of confidence in our o-line. Antonio Richardson may be a first rounder, Jawuan James was a 5* recruit who will probably be a 2nd rounder. Stone(C), Fulton(G), and James(T) are all seniors who have started since the beginning of their freshman year.
+1, thanks for the quick response.
Maybe, but it's all potential. We haven't proven a thing when it comes to pass rushing.
I think Tyner will be nasty when he gets a little experience.
Because of your linebackers' youth/inexperience, and our o-line's size and saltiness, I would expect us to utilize interior runs against you more than we will throughout the rest of the season. Just a guess, but that strategy would seem to make sense.
Exactly. We say the same thing about Jacques Smith and Corey Miller every year. I'm over it. If they do well great. But nobody can honestly expect them to be above average DE' or you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.
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