Mario Cristobal expects Dede Lenoir “to be completely healthy” for UCLA

Oregon Football / Oregon Athletics

For the first time since 2014, the Oregon Ducks finally picked up a win in Pullman, Washington. 

No. 11 Oregon (2-0) defeated the Washington State Cougars 43-29 after what seemed to be doomed from the start. The Ducks committed three first-half turnovers but still came away with the two-touchdown win.

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Oregon’s defense was also impressive, allowing zero points and just 30 total yards in the third quarter. 

Senior corner Dede Lenoir recorded three tackles (two solo) in the win, but went down in the third quarter. He had to get help from the trainers as Lenoir sat on the field waiting for assistance for what turned out to be some cramping. Head coach Mario Cristobal even made his way over to check on this senior corner.

It was at this moment that Cristobal knew exactly what to say:

“He was cramping up out there,” said Cristobal following the game. “When he was down I was kind of joking with him a little bit that we’re on national TV and you’re sitting there on the ground on your butt, you know. He popped right up after a little bit. It was a pretty good cramp. I mean, he’s a really muscular guy so when he cramps up now that’s a big old knot now. Not like a little one, it’s like a big old softball in there but, he’s in good shape. We expect him to be completely healthy.”


Quite the conversation between head coach and senior corner.

That’s good news to hear with the Ducks (2-0) next hosting the UCLA Bruins (0-1) at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21.