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Oregon Football

Five Who Must Play Well

November 16, 2017

This game has now reached an all-time high for hype. With Justin Herbert now returning to action, based on mutliple reports, it has certainly been kicked up a notch.

Based on the news, Vegas has moved the line to favor Oregon by 2-points. The line originally opened as a pick-em.

As usual, Justin Herbert, Royce Freeman and Troy Dye are obvious names that need to play well. So they won't be listed. 

Without further ado, let's look at my five that need to step up Saturday for Oregon.

Jimmie Swain - Like many of you, I've been pleased with the production from him the last two games. Against a team like Arizona the play of the linebackers, moreover, the discipline will be paramount to limiting Tate from running wild into the secondary of Oregon. We know Dye has to play well, but he needs help from Jimmie Swain for 60 minutes. 

Tyree Robinson - This is a game that he needs to find that hard-hitting style that got him ejected a few weeks ago. He'll also need to be the guy that keeps everything in front of him. Robinson has the kind of rare size and athleticism at safety most guys dream of. He has two games left to make a big impact on his time at Oregon. (And a potential bowl game)

Charles Nelson - He's been Oregon's most consistent receiver and he's one of Herbert's favorite targets. I know I said Oregon will need to run the ball in this game, and they will. But the real difference will be what Oregon can do vertically. Backing up the safeties and linebackers will only make life a lot easier for Royce Freeman and the offensive line.

Tony Brooks-James - I'm going wild card here. I think with Oregon's ability to pound the ball, the change of pace from Brooks-James could be a real backbreaker. He doesn't have that downhill hard running style of Freeman, but he's tough to catch in the open field. If Oregon is looking for some explosion plays of its own, it might be No. 20 leading the charge.

(Wheel route anyone?)

Henry Mondeaux - Here's the deal, Jelks has been great, Jordon Scott has been great, but Henry Mondeaux has been to. And if you go back and look at the games Oregon has been disruptive in, it's when Mondeaux has been having a big game. He draws a lot of double-teams allowing Jelks to run free and keeping Scott from being double and triple-teamed. This right here will be a game within the game.

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