Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OREGON DEFENSE

The offense will always get the spotlight at Oregon because of its history and reputation, but the 2019 defense will be every bit as amazing, and potentially more talented. The Ducks are coming off an okay year, but helped by a ridiculously loaded recruiting class … look out, starting with …

The defensive front will eventually be a killer. It needs to be better at getting behind the line, and it could be pushed around a bit, but with a little bit of time this should be a special group.

What the announcement of Justin Herbert returning for his senior season did for the offense is what the signing of No. 1 overall prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux did for the defense.

He’s not alone when it comes to an infusion of freshman talent, with end Mase Funa and tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson also future playmakers. For now, losing All-Pac-12 end Jalen Jelks hurts, but junior Jordon Scott is a stud on the nose and there  are options to rotate around on the ends.

Leading tackle Troy Dye is back at one outside linebacker job, senior La’Mar Winston is back on the other side, and three undersized options will rotate around in the middle. There are enough versatile players to work around the different formations – the Ducks will play around with the alignment more than most.

– The pass defense needs to be stronger after allowing 242 yards per game and two touchdowns or more eight times. However, the picks were there, coming up with 17 interceptions with many in bulk.

The corner combination of Deommodore Lenoir and Thomas Graham return, and star recruit Mykael Wright will doom be part of the fun. 59-tackle Nick Pickett is back at one safety gig along with five-pick sophomore Jevon Holland to a young rotation at the position.

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