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Oregon Football

SD Roundtable: Tackles Leader

July 9, 2018

This season Oregon will be relying on its defense to keep the Ducks in games most weeks. Perhaps not in the first three weeks but from Stanford forward, defense will be key.

Oregon returns one of its more experienced groups of defenders in some time. The Ducks have not been great on the defensive side of the ball for a number of years. However last year Jim Leavitt led them with dramatic improvement in just one year.

A simplified and consistent attack was key to the Ducks turnaround.

This year it could take a step forward. Troy Dye is the unquestioned leader of this group. And below you can see our panel of experts think he's the guy to lead this team in tackles. 

Admittedly I agree but I will also offer my No. 2 for the sake of discussion.

Justin Hopkins

Troy Dye will have over 100 tackles this season. Mark it down. (Assuming no injuries)

But behind him a number of guys could push to be No. 2. Typically one of the safeties will have quite a few tackles and the only thing that makes that cloudy is the rotation. There's a number of guys fighting for two spots but I'm going with Ugo Amadi.

Not only will he be consistently on the field, he'll also find himself around the football. He can play safety and nickel and has proven a real threat to pressure the quarterback from the edge. I know others have predicted Keith Simms, another strong choice, but I'm going safe here with a guy I'm confident will be on the field A LOT this season.

Chris McCulley

Well they don’t call him “Mr. Tackle” for nothing (actually that’s what I call him), Troy Dye is a beast, as a freshman led the Ducks in tackles with (91), and as sophomore again led with (107), I don’t see him letting up this season. Second, and third on my list for this season, Keith Simms coming of injury looked good in spring, and is poised to have a breakout year, and Justin Hollins will have a strong season making up your three tackling leaders.

Allan Johnstone

Troy Dye. Plain and simple, no explanation needed.

Jonathan Charles

I think the player that will have the most tackles this season, will be one of the linebackers because they are typically flying around the ball and are the second tier of defense. Troy Dye will have a ton of tackles. Troy Dye racked up as many tackles as he did a season ago, because of his tenacity to get to the ball and make a play.

The player that could possibly have more tackles than Troy Dye is Keith Simms.  He has been studying film, taking mental reps and practicing for the time he has been back on the field and is gonna just play without having to slow down and think. Also Simms has been getting stronger, faster and leaner and looks like he wants to show what he can do after missing the 2017 season. 

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