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I see what y'all are saying Drizz. I guess I don't mind the disappointment lol! Prolly just used to it. I guess I can't help but hope what they should look like w what I've read so far but your right, they have alot to prove first!
Just my opinion and some duck fans will surely disagree. But what's been happening with Oregon is our recruiting keeps getting better and better with each successful season. A few years ago, we were considered undersized overachievers with high motors that utilitzed a revolutionary scheme and pace that teams weren't ready for. Well now we're a few years into it and we have guys that are future NFL players. Star rankings only go so far, but if you look at Oregon's two deep (not 3rd and 4th string), all these guys were highly recruited and probably average a 4 star rating. So the talent rolling into Eugene keeps getting better and better to go along with the scheme and pace, and we'll still take a "project" kid that over achieves.
I also think some of our loses have helped mold our coaching staff. I wrote this on our site the other day, but after losing to LSU, Chip talked about the size of their players. Now there are simply bigger linemen throughout the south. But what Oregon has done in response to that is recruit guys that are like 6'6 and 6'7, but like 295 pounds of muscle, who qb's simply have a hard time seeing over. Our D coordinator also took a page from LSU's attacking defense and utilizes some of their schemes. So what's happened is the defense has finally caught up with the offense, and the offense is now bringing in guys to combat bigger teams. For instance, except for DAT, all our backs are now 200+. Our top recruit this year, Royce Freeman, is like 227. We no longer have to rely on a limited guy like Jermiah Masoli, and have a legitamate passing and running threats as qb's. Not failing to mention match-up problems all over like 6'5 Dwayne Stanford at reciever, 6'6 Colt Lyerla, 6'3 Chance Allen, etc.
I also wanted to bring up a very unknown for you vols and that is, pharoah brown. Another 6'6" TE with athleticism. Watch for Oregon to run more double te formations. I'm glad you guys are nothing like some other sec fans. This is gonna be a fun game and I hope most fans treat y'all well. Just ignore the incompitant fans who had too much to drink. Enjoy.
Hey Vols. Very excited for this game. Duck fans heard a lot about how friendly you guys were to our fans so I'm sure any of you coming out here will get treated fine as well.
Huff's our big under-the-radar guy. Hasn't put up the stats yet but is primed for a big senior year. He moved to the slot and by all accounts he's looking great there. His main strength is catch-and-run, once he's got the ball he's extremely hard to bring down. Scored a lot of TDs on swing passes that he just ran into the end zone from there, including once against eventual first-rounder Desmond Trufant whom Huff stiff-armed in the face last year on a score. Watch for Addison as well, he had a monster spring and summer and coaches/players are raving about him. And DAT will play a lot of receiver as well.
No Duck fan really knows who's getting most of the carries this year but it'll be either DAT or Marshall. I expect it'll be pretty even between them, but I also think Helf's going to take the leash off of DAT that Chip sort of kept on him and give him more touches early in the season to see how he does. Then the wild card is Tyner, the freshman who comes in and he's already the fastest guy on the team. I think he's even faster than DAT, and he's 220 lbs. So we're pretty excited to see what he does.
At TE we've got Colt who's actually a T-1000...guy is the freak of freaks. And he's backed up by another freak who could be an under the radar guy this year, Pharaoh Brown. Brown will allow us to run 2-TE sets this year which is pretty exciting.
Our OL is 3 AA-level guys in the tackles (Johnstone/Fisher) and our rock up front, Grasu the center. All of them are as good as it gets. We did have to replace our guards Long and Clanton though, and the main candidates are Hamani Stevens, Mana Greig (who started a few games before he got injured and Long took over), and Andre Yruretagoyena. True freshman Cameron Hunt could also factor in. Stevens and Greig are probably the two main guys as both have several games of experience and Greig has a few starts.
D-Line is also excellent. Two-deep with experience at all spots and three starting seniors in Hart, Heimuli and Keliikipi. Another wild card to watch for is DeForest Buckner. Big massive Hawaiian kid at the end spot who we think is going to be nasty this year, and Arik Armstead is on the other end and is also going to be excellent. Two big, big fast guys. Taylor Hart's probably also the most underrated player on our team for years now, he's from a Portland suburb here and isn't as naturally gifted but he just quietly piles up the sacks and TFLs. He had more sacks than Dion Jordan.
LBs are our weakest spot on the team right now after losing Kiko and Clay, but there's a lot of talent. Lokombo is the returning senior and he's solid at the SAM spot, and he'll likely be backed up by a freshman who's blowing away everyone during summer practice, Prevot. Watch for him. The MIKE spot is a big question right now, but Tyson Coleman is a player we're expecting to really shine this year and he'll likely get the crack at it along with JC transfer Joe Walker who we saw at the spring game and he did very well. At WILL, Walker could also factor in there along with returning vets Malone and Cassell. Another freshman who could jump in there as well is Tyrell Robinson who is also getting rave reviews. The LBs will be young, but talented. The DROP spot that Jordan formerly occupied will now belong to solid returning vet Tony Washington who has a ton of experience. He'll be backed up by unproven but super-athletic Christian French.
We think our secondary's the best in the country and Ifo's a big part of it, but our safeties endured a lot last year as well and came up big. After John Boyett went down, Avery Patterson and Erick Dargan had to step in and they didn't miss a single beat. Patterson had two pick-sixes (almost three) in a row, Dargan had two picks in the Fiesta Bowl, and Brian Jackson has always been sturdy as well. But Patterson/Dargan are a lethal combo back there. Avery's better in coverage while Dargan lays the wood. Redshirt freshman Reggie Daniels will factor in as well this year, we've been hearing great things about him for a while. And Terrance Mitchell is the other corner and he's a beast as well. A lot of teams didn't throw to him last year which led to Ifo's monster season, so it'll be interesting to see who coordinators target this year.
That's about it, I don't need to talk about Marcus, he's just incredible. We think he'll end up being the best Duck ever when it's all done.
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And we are not like the LSU fan base. You should enjoy the experience.
Thanks for the summary. I'm kind of despondent after reading it, to be honest.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Haha, not many fanbases are. Those people love to have some fun, but wow are they strange.
I'm really glad to hear Duck fans had a good experience in Knoxville. I tend to think we have one of the most passionate fanbases that actually knows and cares about the football being played. I mean, who else could put 100,000+ in the stadium for conference games last year after the worst streak in UT history. This fan base is re-energized with Butch Jones on board, and we're ready to start turning the page on every that has happened over the last 5 years.
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As long as you don't scream "tiger bait" every 10 seconds, we are good.
I'd say Braylon Addison is a name you should get to know. Word is he's been tearing it up, and should have a great year. He's a SO WR, who was the Texas offensive player of the year, and was originally a A&M commit, but on signing day he flipped to UO.
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Question for Vols fans. How long do you think it'll take you guys to get back to prominence? I see your recruiting class is sick. But it usually takes a while for a coach changing systems to get the guys for his system. How do you think the "traditionalists" Vols fans will accept a new system?
We have a lot of be excited about, but as a Duck fan I'm also a bit of a homer. ;)
'Sup vols! Figured I'd chime in. What I'd tell a non duck fan to watch for is the downfield blocking. "Speed" is the typical headline when people talk oregon football (and it works well as it refers to both the speed of the athletes and th ehurry up offense) but I think downfield blocking is just as important to the big plays that oregon's o is known for.
Good luck this year. Hope any visitors enjoy Eugene.
Yeah I haven't heard one bad thing any Duck fan has said about their time in Knoxville. Seems everyone was treated great and that's awesome to see. Word has really gotten around about it so you guys should be treated well in return.
Most of us think that 2015 is the year. This year will be difficult for obvious reasons. Playing you guys in Autzen doesn't help.
In 2014 we will have to replace most of our o-line, which is the core of this team. 2015 should feature one of our two freshmen QBs (Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs), an o-line with some experience, 5* Jalen Hurd at RB, and a vastly upgraded secondary. That will be our biggest improvement, the secondary. The lack of speed and athleticism on the back end has been unprecedented for us in recent memory.
I agree with this. Your receivers and o-line do a great job of sealing off would-be defenders. It really is one of the big keys to your offensive scheme.
At least you gents have enough stuff to come out to Autzen! That is a problem for us as no one seems to have the stones for it, present company excluded though.
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Our offense gets talked about but our defense has been highly underrated. If you take out the USC game Oregon would have finished top 3 in defense RPI ranking. I believe we finished 10th (Alabama was 8th). In 2012 Oregon defense lead the nation in turnovers and in 2011 we finished 4th in sacks. I doubt anyone outside of Oregon knew that because the defense never gets talked about. Oregon's defense gets overlooked because the offense scores so fast and they're last in the nation in TOP. This causes the defense to spend 2/3 of the game on the field trying to defend 40+ passes a game while teams rey to play catch up. It usually leads to a lot of passing yards but very few yards per attempt (hence the use of RPI being a good measure of defense).
Duck fans are super excited to have an SEC team visit so I expect you to be in for a treat and to be honest a bit of shock when you see how loud our minuscule 60,000 fans are. Oregon fans like to quote the multiple sources that claim Autzen is recorded as the loudest stadium in the county. I look forward to feedback and opinions after the game.
Oregon doesn't use the wildcat, but Colt did play some RB last year in the option.
Yeah, I'm of the mind that you should play any challenger, any place. This is ultimately for the fans, and after what we've been through, we deserve a great road trip against a top program.
UT is too proud of a program, despite current circumstances, to back out of game and not take on anyone. We bought out UNC a couple of years ago, and I've never been more ashamed. Our AD at the time was worthless. It's great to see that we've decided to nut up and come see what happens.
Denver if you had to make a prediction of what the final score will be, what would you go with?
“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
― Winston Churchill
I'm looking forward to it. Hear it's a great venue.
I really wish you guys could have seen Neyland when it's rocking. When we're good and that place get rowdy, it's unreal. Everything just becomes white noise and your eyes start watering. It hasn't been like that for a while, unfortunately, but soon enough. We're on our way back.
The team is top five even with a new coach for a reason. If Chip was here I would almost expect making the title game this year, and with Helf still think there is a very good chance.
I am sure there will be some a-ho-s ; always seem to be some that are an embarrasment to most of us, but by and large our fan base is nice to opposing fans. Oh not to the puppys fans they are hateful, miserable losers.
Oregon fans have been spoiled and anything less than a BCS game and they will be calling for Helfrich's head. Even Aliotti admitted the expectations are through the roof.
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UT is definitely my favorite SEC team; by far. Classy, knowledgeable fans for the most part. My mom's from Knoxville so maybe I'm biased...
Btw, if you don't know Josh Huff, look at some highlights. Fun player to watch.
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