People worry about the undersized linebackers and the loss of Alonso and Clay. Where are all the tackles going to come from, with Boyett, Jordan, and the inside linebackers graduated?
One thing to remember is that the Oregon secondary forces and closes against the run extremely well. They're all hitters, playing with a lot of physicality. Terrance Mitchell is 6-0, 189. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, 5-10, 185. Brian Jackson, 5-10, 197. Avery Patterson 5-10, 189. Among the reserves, Reggie Daniels is 6-1, 208, Tyree Robinson 6-4, 200, Isaac Dixon 5-11, 193.
Only Troy Hill is really small, but even he is a pound-for-pound hitter. They can all tackle and pursue. Rob Moseley reported Thursday that coaches are experimenting with decathlete Oshay Dunmore at outside linebacker, currently 6-2, 207 with a frame to grow.
Junior Erick Dargan, the 5-11, 212-pound free safety, is the biggest and among the most physical of all of them.
Chip's favorite brand of salsa: Erick Dargan scoots up the side...