What's Quack'n: Schooler officially cleared for takeoff
What's the word ahead of the Cardinal
It’s the final media availability this week ahead of arguably the biggest game the Ducks have on their calendar this season. Not only do the Ducks have to prepare for the No. 7 team in the country, but also last season’s Heisman trophy runner-up in running back Bryce Love. Get your popcorn ready.
Today we got to speak with head coach Mario Cristobal, defensive line coach Joe Salave’a, inside linebacker Troy Dye, and defensive lineman Jalen Jelks.
Schooler cleared for action
Good news for the offense, junior wide receiver Brenden Schooler, who was under concussion protocol after San Jose State, has been cleared to play this upcoming Saturday in Oregon’s Pac-12 opener vs. the Stanford Cardinal.
“He is full go. He did wear a red jersey today, precautionary. When you wear a red jersey out here, your teammates know not to strike you. He did extremely well. I know he was shook up last game, Monday he was good to go again and he’s practiced really well, so he’s full go for the game.”
- Head coach Mario Cristobal
The trick to slowing down Bryce Love?
Last Monday, head coach Mario Cristobal said that the key to slowing down the freight train probable Hesiman-candidate that is Stanford running back Bryce Love starts up front with the Cardinal offensive line. If Oregon can maintain the gaps and put pressure on Love to make quick decisions through the Ducks’ defensive line, that would make it much harder on Love to make a move and extend down the field.
“They challenge you. They got a good balance,” says defensive line coach Joe Salave’a. “The run, the pass, tremendous job by coach Shaw over the years sustaining that. We’re excited for the opportunity to see where we’re at. And moving forward, we’re trying to get to that level.”
Another year of Dye vs. Love
For a dude to put up over 100+ rushing yards in less than five minutes is impressive. And that is exactly what Bryce Love did last season to that Oregon defense. This year, inside linebacker Troy Dye has better prepared for the Stanford run game while also not forgetting the Cardinal aerial attack.
“He’s a Heisman hopeful. Everybody sees what he can do, you saw what he did last year and the year before that,” says Dye. “That dude is really special, he is a special athlete and a special person. We definitely got to scout for him and work around him and the whole Stanford team. It’s not just him though, we got to focus on the receivers, their offensive line, their quarterback is really good… we got to focus on everything, but you do got to give Bryce Love a little more attention.”
Time to turn up the volume
College GameDay. Hosting the No. 7 team in the country. The University of Oregon students are back. As if there needs to be any more reasons for Autzen not to get LOUD. As for senior defensive lineman Jalen Jelks, one of the loudest games he has ever witnessed as a player came back in 2014 when the then No. 4 Ducks hosted then the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans.
“Michigan State, that was a crazy game,” says Jelks. “I don’t think I’ve ever been apart of a game like that. Hopefully this game is a little bit better than that… I remember Arik [Armstead] had got a sack, and then Ifo’s [Ekpre-Olomu] pick, the whole stadium went crazy. I felt my feet moving. That was insane.”