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Oregon Football

Allan's Take

November 5, 2017

Last night was another rough outing for the Ducks in Seattle against the Washington Huskies. The lead up to the game was a tale of two scenarios: the first, Braxton Burmeister is QB 1, and the Ducks continue to struggle offensively, the second option was Herbert returns to the Ducks and Oregon fights it out with Washington. Unfortunately for Duck fans, the reality was the first scenario. It started out strong for the Ducks scoring a field goal on the first drive and then managing to hold the Huskies scoreless for the first quarter. The momentum shifted for the Ducks after Benoit fumbled the ball, from there Washington, picked up steam and didn’t slow down for the rest of the game. Let’s recap what went wrong for the Ducks…

Braxton Burmeister

Returning to the list this week let’s talk about BB’s game against Washington. BB is improving… little by little… but there is some improvement. I don't want to be too harsh on BB because he was playing a dominant Washington team, but at some point, the training wheels have to come off. Tonight was another rough night for BB he went 7-13 for a total of 31 yards and one interception. BB is not the QB that Oregon needs right now, but I do think that with some more time and leadership BB can get there he has the potential to be a solid QB 1.

Oregon Defense

The Oregon rush defense came to play tonight led by Jimmie Swain with 13 tackles, 5 of which were solo with 1.5 of those for a loss. There wasn’t that much else to be proud of for the defense other than the Brady Breeze interception. The secondary was never really there for Oregon tonight, Dante Pettis had an impressive outing against the Ducks pulling in four receptions for 87 yards. He also set a new record with his ninth punt return for a touchdown. The rush defense lasted longer than the secondary, but eventually, they fell to giving up 247 yards on the ground compared to 204 through the air. I see the improvement in the Oregon defense, and I can’t wait to see it continue to improve but its just not all there right now.

Special Teams

Oregon special teams has not been there this season for the Ducks. Stack had six punts tonight with one returned for a touchdown. One of the most significant problems for Oregon is their trouble with tackling. The special team might not seem like a crucial part of a successful team, but the TD by Pettis was a turning point in the game, and the Ducks couldn't recover.

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