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Oregon Football

Top Five Performers

January 2, 2019

As we continue to put some finishing touches on our recap of the Redbox bowl, I think it’s important to highlight the top performers from the contest.

Oregon won a narrow 7-6 defensive slugfest, also known as a non-offensive battle. 

But as we’ve said since the game concluded, an ugly win is still a win for Oregon.

There were some strong performances from the game, mostly on defense however, that we are going to highlight below.

1. La’Mar Winston Jr - LB

I thought this was his best game all season. Whether it was a matchup the staff saw or just him being ready to play, Winston was all over the field on Monday and made a team high 10 tackles. But it wasn’t just the tackles he made, it was also the half sack and tackle for loss he added in to support his big game.

2. Justin Hollins - LB

Hollins might just be my most improved player this season for Oregon. He capped off a strong year with a stat-filled performance in the Redbox bowl. 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss is a full days work. Did I mention he also forced a fumble? It was another big day for Hollins who continued to be disruptive on defense. 

3. Deommodore Lenoir - DB

You didn’t see his name called much on Monday and that is a good thing for a corner. Lenoir was once again a big performer but it was his 7 tackles that really caught my attention. As a corner you’re usually on an island in Oregon’s defense which means a missed tackle could be bad news for your team. 5 of those 7 tackles were solo which means Lenoir was operating alone.

4. Troy Dye - LB

The heart and soul of this defense was once again disruptive in the middle of the defense. He was Oregon’s second highest tackler with 8 but also had a sack in the contest. The big question remains if he will return to Oregon or not but for now we can just appreciate the game he had in Santa Clara on Monday.

5. Jaylon Redd - WR

I know, how can Jhop list five guys and not include Dillon Mitchell? He’s probably No. 6 and very close to Redd. But in a game where the ground attack could not get going, Oregon was going to need someone not named D Mitch to step up. While he wasn’t a big play guy, Redd often kept the chains moving with solid underneath catches leading the team with 7 receptions. He only totaled 65 yards and D Mitch got the lone touchdown, but Redd was a key part in the limited success Oregon had offensively. 

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