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Oregon Football

Game Ball: Arizona State

September 24, 2017

I tihnk it's pretty obvious there was one performance by Oregon deserving of a game ball. So the defensive selection was very easy. In fact I didn't even think about it.

On offense that's a different story. I had to go back and look and figure out the best option. Royce Freeman didn't do anything wrong, he just didn't get the ball enough. Justin Herbert wasn't bad statistically, but he missed so many throws at big moments.

After my film review last week, I was a lot more impressed with tight end Jacob Breeland and the 'little things' he did in the Wyoming victory. And while he didn't take this game over, I think he was the most consistent offensive player and deserved the game ball.

Breeland finished this one with 4 catches for 95 yards. And on several occasions he was open and could have had a bigger impact on the game. Although I haven't watched yet, I will go back and review the tape and I imagine I will find Breeland making a lot of blocks in this one.

Defenisvely it was simple. 

Jalen Jelks went beast mode in his return back to Arizona. He was absolutely a force all night which resulted in five tackles for loss. Three of those were sacks and Jelks finished with 8 total tackles, tied for tops on the team.

Coming into this contest we expected to see Oregon get pressure on this Arizona State offensive line. And while they were god at it, Jalen Jelks was excellent at his disruption of Wilkins.


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