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Game 3 Preview: Tennessee Tech vs. Oregon
Reported by Joel Gunderson on September 15, 2012 inFishWrap, FishWrap Archive | 0 CommentsTENNESSEE TECH GOLDEN EAGLES at OREGON DUCKS
Saturday, September 15th
kickoff 12:06 pm
Two weeks into the season, and we know about as much about the Oregon football team as we did on August 31st, save for a couple unfortunate injuries. The defense, as expected, has been stout, yet untested. The offense, occasionally explosive, but maddeningly inconsistent. The special teams? Non-existent at best, turnover prone at worst.
The Ducks, after nonchalant victories over Arkansas State and Fresno State, welcome in the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles to close out the out-of-conference schedule.
Another opportunity arrives for Oregon to work out the kinks in the offense, and continue to build depth in the secondary–hopefully while bucking the trend of losing key starters each game due to injury.
Oregon, unstoppable in the first half of its two victories, has produced just 14 points in the second half of games total. The offense, due to inconsistent play and vanilla play-calling, has done virtually nothing once it accumulates the customary first-half cushion. The second half has appeared more like a time of going through the motions, rather than showing any emotions.
Today should mark another opportunity for Oregon to correct its woes, which have been particularly troublesome in the third quarters.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, so brilliant in the opener, struggled a bit in round two, losing two fumbles and making several misreads on the read-option. Hampered by an offensive line that at one point was down four starters and delivering erratic shotgun snaps that unexpectedly ended up in the hands of the running back rather than the quarterback, Mariota seemed rattled at times, but never fully lost composure, illustrating the cool nature the coaches have been raving about.
Another week of extensive film work should lead to improvements today, as Oregon ramps up preparations for conference play next week.
The second unit, quickly melding into full-time starters due to a rash of injuries, should see extensive action against the Eagles, who enter Autzen at 2-0 after victories over Hampton and Division-II North Greenville. Coach Watson Brown, brother of long-time Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown, in his 28th year as head coach leads Tennessee Tech.
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