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Saturday Press Conference: DeRuyter & Mirabal

April 3, 2021

On Saturday Oregon practiced for the second time this Spring. Once again practices are closed to media. However defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and offensive line/associate head coach Alex Mirabal met with media via Zoom following practice.

Here are the top comments from them following Saturday’s practice. 


Tim DeRuyter

On Install Process:

“We did a lot of really good things a year ago, a lot of the things in coach Avalos’ defense and what we’re going to do this Fall are very familiar. We do some things differently, some of the terminology. It’s more of a chore on me, but we are teaching them a different language. There is some carry over in some of our packages. Ken (Wilson) and Marcel (Yates) are absolutely invaluable.”

On Players Moving Positions:

“I don’t believe so, but what we do in our system is we do a bunch of job-swapping. We’re gonna have safeties that will be edge players, we’re gonna have edge players as overhang players. We want to be able to use our different tools and keep it simple for them.” 

On the Defense:

“I think we’ve got some talent at all three levels. Up front I like our edges with Kayvon (Thibodeaux) and Mase (Funa). They’re guys that can play in space. At the second level our linebacker corps are really deep. On the back end I think our corners are doing a nice job developing. I really like the talent pool. Our guys know how to practice. Coach Cristobal has established a standard and a culture here, that has been really important for us to get this thing where we want to go.”

On Defensive Line: 

“We’ve got an athletic, hungry group there. It’s hard to tell in two no-padded days. Once we get the pads on next week we’ll have a better idea. Popo and Brandon Dorlus, both those guys have been impressive to me. Kristian did some good things, Keyon did some good things.”

On Defensive Goals:

“We want to establish our brand of football. We want to establish the Duck defense as one that’s going to take the ball away. A defense that prides itself on stopping the run. We’ve got to be really good situational players. Great red-zone defense. You’ve got to win the takeaway battle.”

On Cornerbacks:

We’re only two days in. Bryan  (Addison) we’re looking at safety right now. That’s a natural fit for him. Jaylin Davies has flashed a little outside. Snoop (Daymon David) had a really good practice. Dontae (Manning) watching him get out there and run, he’s got a different gear.”

On Marcel Yates:

“He’s an excellent teacher. He’s been able to coach some guys at an elite level. He takes a great deal of pride in investing into his players. Because he invests so much, they trust him. He brings great ideas to the staff room. On top of all that he’s a great recruiter.”


Alex Mirabal

On Improvements for This Year:

“I think we need to do lot better job running the football. We’ve got to get more physical. We’ve got to provide Anthony (Brown) and the other QB’s a cleaner pocket. It’s nice to have more of a normal off-season. We need to use our hands better. Our coaching last year left a lot to be desired.”

On Rotation:

“It was 6 guys, because we felt those 6 guys earned the opportunity. Those 5 guys have to work in unison. That doesn't mean that’s what we’ll do in 2021. I’m trying to find the first 5, the second 5, then the third 5. When you take a guy out and sub a guy in, you have to feel they’re going to be equal.”

On Early Enrollees:

“Bram’s (Walden) at right tackle. Jackson Light is at center. Jonah (Miller) is at left tackle and Kingsley (Suamataia) is at left tackle behind George Moore right now in the organizational chart.”

On Jackson Light:

“He’s a natural leader. The difference is, until you gain a complete mastery of what we’re doing offensively, it’s hard to be a complete leader. He’s second on the organizational chart behind Alex Forsyth right now. He’s going to be a really good one.”

On Penei Sewell:

“It was awesome having Penei (Sewell) and Arlene and Gabe (parents) back on campus. We haven't seen anybody. I think Brady Breeze is going to play for a long time in the NFL. I don’t blame Penei and his family for making the decision they made. It was great having him back. He has a tremendous spirit. He’s the best offensive lineman in the country. I know I’m biased but it’s because I got to see him every day. I know what his greatness is. His power and his hips are unbelievable. He has that sixth sense. “

On Comparing Penei to Kingsley:

“Everyone’s different. Penei is a generational guy now. That's something Kingsley is working to become. But it isn’t fair to Kingsley. I know it’s a natural comparison. I hope Kingsley becomes the best version of himself. Physically they’re different. I love them both. I do think we have to compare them to themselves.”


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