What's Quack'n: Stanford and GameDay and Heisman’s oh my
What a matchup coming to Eugene
This should be fun. No. 9 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon. Justin Herbert vs. Bryce Love. GameDay coming to Eugene. Buckle up and get your popcorn ready.
Mario Cristobal addresses the media on Monday ahead of this Pac-12 conference matchup.
How to stop the freight train that is Bryce Love
A Heisman Trophy runner up. A senior running back at a dominant run school. A future back on Sundays. Bryce Love is a stud and makes opposing defenses look flat out bad. At any moment, Love can burst through a hole and take it the distance. How do the Ducks plan on stopping or slowing down Love? It starts with the offensive line and controlling the line of scrimmage:
“Part of the challenge of defending a guy like Bryce Love is the quality of offensive line play that they have. They are very big and physical. They compliment that with extraordinary large and long tight end body types who are very physical as well. They typically involve an extra offensive lineman, a defensive lineman, another big full-back body type to really get downhill in their run-game.”
Hollins, Jelks will have to step up (even more)
And yes, they already have. Senior OLB Justin Hollins has recorded a sack in every game so far this season, leading the Pac-12 conference. Senior DE Jalen Jelks has also been a stud rushing off the outside. But there will be even more pressure to stop the run-game with powerhouse Stanford coming into town this weekend.
“They take a lot of pride in that [run-game]… You need to meet a team like this head on and you got to play your best football. You’ve got to play with great technique and you’ve got to play with toughness. Again, there probably won’t be a million snaps this game, so every single snap has that much more value, and our guys are really looking forward to it.”
Good news for the offensive line: every Ducks player that went out due to injury last week vs. San Jose State has been cleared to play in the Ducks’ Pac-12 conference opener vs. Stanford. This includes freshman OL Penei Sewell and junior OL Dallas Warmack.
Kicker Adam Stack, who has yet to see playing time while nursing an injury, has also been officially cleared.
Junior WR Brenden Schooler is questionable as of today due to a possible concussion and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Sophomore backup QB Braxton Burmeister underwent a minor knee surgery and is out approximately two weeks.
GameDay coming to Eugene
“I don’t think you shy away from the fact that there’s a lot of attention to the game. I don’t think you ever hide the fact that that’s a great honor. I think we all know that. We all want that. We’d like for GameDay to be here every single week… But it never has been or never will be a part of our football process our preparation. Our guys are well aware of that. Motivation has taken care of itself and our motivation has always come through preparation… It’s why you come to Oregon to have an opportunity like this.”