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Oregon Football

Top Five Oregon Football Performers

September 8, 2019
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In a big win it’s usually hard to identify some standouts. Saturday night in Eugene was special with 11 different players scoring a touchdown, something that is pretty unique.

With Oregon getting a slow start, they got going in a big way in the second quarter and never looked back.

The same can be said for Justin Herbert who also had a slow start but took off in the second quarter and never looked back.

It’s tough to pick only five players in last night’s big win. But here are mine. 

 

Justin Herbert

Herbert started the game off slow, with a few bad over throws on the first two drives. But once he got rolling on offense, there was absolutely no stopping him. His final stat line was 19-26 for 310 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was spreading the ball all over the field, and looked to be in complete control of the offense. One thing that stood out to me about Herbert this game was you could really see him read through his progressions. He wasn’t force feeding anyone, and on multiple plays worked through to his 2nd or 3rd read on the play. He was laser accurate, and was slinging the ball all over the field. It was a great sight to see after his slow start, and it looks like he may finally be reaching his full potential in this offense

 

DJ Johnson

The predator finally had the type of game that Oregon fans had been expecting since he transferred to Eugene from the University of Miami. He absolutely stuffed the stat sheet, ending the night with 7 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and a forced fumble. He was disrupting the quarterback on what felt like most snaps that he was in. He had his sack in the second quarter on a big 3rd and 11. He forced a fumble in the third quarter in which safety Brady Breeze picked it up and was able to score. We had heard of a lack of effort from DJ recently, but he seemed to be giving it his all on every snap this game. If he can maintain this level of play moving forward, Oregon could have one of the more disruptive pass rushes in the Pac-12.

 

Sampson Niu

The linebacker had multiple big time plays in this game. Early in the second quarter he picked off the Wolf Packs quarterback Carson Strong. Oregon ended up scoring quickly after, with a quick strike to Ryan Bay. At the start of the third quarter, Niu popped a Nevada wide receiver to force a fumble which Drayton Carlberg scooped up. Niu was responsible for two turnovers, and was also good in coverage tonight. It was great seeing a linebacker have a big game next to Troy Dye, as it was a big question mark heading into this season. He ended the night with 4 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.


 

Deommodore Lenoir

Lenoir was all over the field tonight. Early on, the Wolf Packs plan was to attack Lenoir. He had two pass breakups in the first quarter, and from there they almost rarely threw the ball to his side of the field. He also had a big time tackle in space on a 3rd down, and never gave any receiver he was covering an inch of breathing room. He forced a fumble in the second quarter, but Nevada was able to recover the ball. While he didn’t fill up the box score, he essentially locked down his side of the field whenever he was on the field.

 

Jacob Breeland

I struggled with putting Mase Funa or Breeland in this spot, but ultimately decided to go with Breeland. Funa had two sacks and was incredible all night, but it was so great to see Breeland have a big game and score a big time touchdown to get the scoring on the night going for the Ducks. Herbert connected with Breeland for a 66 yard route up the middle in the first quarter to start a night of historic scoring for Oregon. Breeland ended the night with 4 catches for 112 yards and 1 touchdown. After a semi uninspiring 4 catches for 27 yards against Auburn, Breeland came back in a big way in this one. Oregon needs consistent pass catchers this year, and Breeland showed he can be a go-to target for Herbert.

 
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