November 16, 2006

Oregon Preview: Defense

Since Willie Tuitama's return, the Arizona offense has been able to put up points against two very good defenses in Washington State and California en route to victories. Now, Arizona is one win away from a bowl game and the offense will need to step up once again against a very good Oregon defense.



The Oregon defense gives up, on average, 293 yards and 24 points per game. That statistic shows that teams have had trouble racking up yards as the Ducks total defense ranks 26th nationally.



Oregon also has a very strong secondary which gives up only 145 yards per game in the air which, ranking atop the Pac-10 and fourth nationally, although its rush defense allows 148 yards per game.



The Oregon defensive line is one that has struggled with injuries this season, which is one of the reasons opponents have been able to consistently run the ball. Defensive tackle David Faaeteete (6-2, 307 lbs.) has done well filling the middle lately and has 4.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.



Oregon's pass rush is one of the reasons that the secondary does so well. Four players contribute in senior Darius Sanders (6-5, 270 lbs.), sophomore Nick Reed (6-3, 260 lbs.), senior Matt Toeaina (6-3, 300 lbs.) and junior college transfer Dexter Manley (6-2, 266 lbs.).





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