Oregon Football

Avalos Loves Tradition and Brand at Oregon

March 5, 2019

On Monday mid-afternoon Oregon media met with coach Cristobal and new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. 

It was the first time media was allowed to meet with coach Avalos since his hiring was announced. 

The former Boise State defensive coordinator talked about his defense, the STUD position and where he’ll be on gamedays.

We broke down most of his interview session but the video is also posted below.

What is the stud in your defense?

“A stud is a standup defensive end. Referred to as an edge guy at the NFL combine. The outside linebackers that allow us to be multiple with our fronts. “

Was the Vegas bowl how you met coach Cristobal and why join Oregon?

“Initially that’s how I met coach. Just getting to know coach and have conversations with him. So yes I think it did. The tradition of Oregon. There’s been a long line of coaches to come from Oregon to Boise State. The brand and coach. I think there’s a lot that coach is doing.”

On Developing his defense:

“I think No. 1 defense always starts with mentality. I think coach is building that mentality here. As we move into Spring ball we want to develop that mentality.”

What do you see from this Oregon defense you take over?

“The length. When you watch last years defense on film. The physicality. We want to improve those things and expand and be more multiple up front and coverage wise. A lot of the pieces are in place and we signed a really good recruiting class.”

How much will you release from your defense right away?

“Full speed right out of the gates no question. We will implement our base schemes right away, which are similar to what has been done here. It’s going to be a progression throughout Spring ball.” 

How extensive was the interview process?

“Very extensive. After our initial conversations over the telephone. It really became about philosophy. How we coach, how we teach. How we get our players to believe. We gotta stop the run. We gotta limit explosive plays. How we attack the football is going to be a big part of our defense.

How easy was it to leave Boise for Oregon?

“My mentors have taught me to do the very best at the job I have and let the rest take care of itself. That’s allowed me to progress my career to where I am now. When Cristobal reached out I was really, really excited. Just the standpoint and the tradition. And the leadership and where this program is going.”

How was it coming to work with Keith Heyward and the others?

“I’ve known Keith for a while now before coming here. That was a huge part of the deal was being able to work with Keith here now. He’s a great mentor. He’s a great man. To work with someone like that is very exciting. The defensive staff has progressed a lot this week pretty quickly.”

Will you coach a position?

“I’m going to coach the STUD’s. But we’ll meet together as a front 7 and a back 7.”

Will you coach in the box?

“It’s a little early but if I had to say right now, probably up in the box.”

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