Coach Rich Brooks once said that, “offense is about execution, but defense is about manhood.” Knowing how well he coached the defense, that mantra was not a complete surprise and I have embraced it for years. Yet as time has slipped past during the Chip Kelly years, I have been rethinking that expression, especially when watching the blocking downfield by our young guns on offense. The block by Grasu, above, is an example of how he likes to launch himself into a block and is proud of springing our RB for a big gain – or in this case, a touchdown. This is extra effort that rewards the whole team, and it makes me very proud to be a fan of the Oregon offensive line.
If I were to make a top ten list of all-time best blocks by our wide receivers, then Josh Huff would have half of them. An incredible highlight reel could be made of his amazing blocks over his career; one that has produced so many touchdowns for his teammates. Last night he did it again, as Barner caught the ball out of the backfield. Once Huff saw the ball in the air going to Kenjon, he broke off his route and immediately began to drive his defender to the sideline. It is at this point that the defender usually sheds the block and makes the tackle, but Huff wins with his extra fighting spirit that holds back the defensive back for another second. The result, through his incredible effort, is that Barner scores a touchdown. His demonstration of what Rich Brooks would call “his manhood” is not even noticed.
The “next-level” fans at FishDuck.com notice these blocks. Hroniss Grasu, and Josh Huff, and we are grateful for you making them!