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Oregon Football

Spring Review: Defensive Line

May 7, 2019

I want you to think about what I’m going to say very carefully. I mean like super careful.

Oregon has dudes on the defensive line this year. Real deal dudes. 

That beautiful beast in the middle is none other than Jordon Scott. Nose tackle extraordinaire. He’s an absolute beast in the middle and must be accounted for by the offensive line. Which makes life a lot easier for the guys next to him.

I keep going back to the Spring game and thinking about the fact the Ducks had Kayvon Thibodeaux and DJ Johnson running with the 2’s. Not because of any other reason than they have some really good dudes playing ahead of them. 

This is the deepest we’ve possibly ever seen this group.

Bryson Young really seems to be turning the corner which is a warm welcome. He might find himself starting this defense in the Avalos deisgnated ‘Stud’ role. If he can master the nuances of that position he will turn himself into a real nice surprise. 

Austin Faoliu is back and going to be a force to deal with once again. Meanwhile his little bro, Andrew, is making progress of his own. 

Gus Cumberlander was a spot play-maker on obvious passing downs last season. He wasn’t counted on as an every down nose, but he was effective in the time he saw. 

As mentioned previously Kayvon Thibodeaux and DJ Johnson are going to be a real problem off the edge for opponents. I doubt they spend all their time with the 2’s, rather a combination of time with the 1’s and 2’s and utilized in obvious passing situations.

Sione Vea Kava looks much better and could be ready for a bigger role this season. 

If that wasn't enough, Oregon is welcoming a host of 2019 signees later this Summer. Only Kayvon Thibodeaux was able to enroll early. Which means Keyon Ware-Hudson, Sua’ava Poti, Isaac Townsend, Brandon Dorlus, Treven Ma’ae and Kristian Williams show up in June. 

That’s a lot of firepower to add to an already salty group. 

This unit has it all. Size and speed. Experience and diversity. There are a number of different body types for the Ducks to mix and match with as the play dictates. 

This is the type of depth and talent many Oregon fans have not seen in this decade or even beofre. 

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