Ducks are unique birds that come in various shapes and colors, but what’s intriguing is their ability to do it all. Being able to swim, walk, and fly makes them a fascinating sight. It sounds a lot like the Oregon Ducks football team.
Over the past four seasons these birds have gone 46-7 with offense being the main reason for this success. What is often overlooked is the resiliency that Oregon’s defense brings into games.
The Duck’s defense led the nation in overall turnovers last season. Nick Allioti likes to rotate players – especially along the defensive front – and because of this, the defense has been one of the best at generating consistent pressure. Constant pressure creates sacks, but also forces opposing quarterbacks to rush their throws, allowing for Oregon’s physical corners to make plays on the ball. This pressure has made life rough on offenses and the results show, with the Ducks’ turnovers-forced rate among the top in the nation. Expect things to only get better. The starting defensive backfield – a backfield that led the nation in interceptions a season ago — returns for the 2013 season.