Oregon Football

Avalos Talks Defense and Expanding Thibodeaux's role

October 8, 2019
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Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos talked about this weekend’s defensive performance. The Ducks are flying high on the defensive side of the ball but face a tough opponent in Colorado Friday night.

Several members of the defense were made available today including Troy Dye, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Thomas Graham. You can see those videos below and read the highlights from Avalos’ interview as well.


On Short Week:

“Getting your mind right. Getting your mind ready for the task at hand. Whoever does a better job with that is obviously going to do a better job.”

On Colorado Offensively:

“This is going to be the biggest challenge. This team has a really good O-line, their wide receivers are the best we’ve seen, their quarterback is experienced. You;ve got to play with great communication and eye control. It comes down to winning 1 on 1 battles.”

On Troy Dye’s Quiet First Half:

“I don’t know they did anything specifically to make him quiet. They tried to run the ball and he did a good job with his run fits. Sometimes in the game it goes that way. You’re really productive but it doesn’t show up in the stat sheet.”

On Growth of His Defense:

“Over the course. It’s been over the course of my career. When I was playing college football I was learning a defense that had been brought from here to Boise State. And some of those things still exist within our defense, some of the words. You open up coach Aliotti’s old playbook and those words still exist in our defense.”

On 3rd down Defense:

“It comes down to situational defense. Knowing down and distances. That’s one area we have to improve in those areas.”

Expanded Role of Thibodeaux following Cumberlander Injury:

“And that’s exactly it. KT’s done a good job of focusing late on the process and the details. Now he’s applying that to all areas. We need him and DJ and a few guys to step up in Gus’s absence.”

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Kayvon Thibodeaux:

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Troy Dye:

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