While the offense normally grabs all the headlines, Oregon’s defense has played very well so far this season. The Ducks are eighteenth in the nation in yards given up per game (338.7), and the 13.8 points they give up per game has them ranked sixth. Still, the team isn’t satisfied with how they’ve played, especially when it comes to missed tackles.
Here’s what defensive end Tony Washington, who leads the team in sacks, had to say:
It’s a mental thing, really. I know guys try to make big hits, and sometimes I think they don’t wrap up. Saturday was a great example of that. We missed a lot of guys because we thought a guy was going down. But the further we go along in our schedule, we are going to go against better running backs, better receivers. So we have to wrap up and gang tackle (Oregon Live).
Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti had a similar assessment, saying the Ducks didn’t tackle well at all against the Washington Huskies last week.
If how the Ducks have played so far is indicative of a sub-par performance, it’s scary to think how good this team can be once they click.
[Source: Oregon Live]