Defensive Players Looking for Trouble

Christian French looks to fill the void left by the departure of Dion Jordan.

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Christian French looks to fill the void left by the departure of Dion Jordan.

Several Duck players are facing allegations of unfair play from opposing players, fans, and coaches.  Alleged infractions range from an “excessive, repeated, and public display of ball skills” charge for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, to much more serious “potentially dangerous combination of size and athleticism” charges for defensive tackle Arik Armstead, #3 overall draft-pick Dion Jordan, and (Dion’s doppelganger) sophomore defensive end Christian French.

The charge against Ekpre-Olomu may be justifiable, as his six forced fumbles, four interceptions, and 20 passes-defended ultimately led to him being named a 3rd team All-American corner last season.  It’ll be hard for Ifo to defend himself against a “ball skills” charge, because he is obviously one of the nation’s biggest repeat offenders.  If Ekpre-Olomu has similar success in 2013 he may need to weigh the pros and cons of declaring for the NFL draft, where his name could be called in the 1st round.

Ekpre-Olumu doesn’t face the same “potentially-dangerous combination of size and athleticism” charge as his teammates, for he stands only 5’10”.  Armstead and French stand 6’8″ and 6’6″, respectively, and the likelihood of them terrorizing opposing quarterbacks over the next three seasons cannot be ignored.  The sheer physical presence of Armstead’s 285+ lb. frame paired with his basketball athleticism brings to mind Super Bowl champion Haloti Ngata.  Throw in the 4.6 speed of the new #96, Christian French, and the similarities between Ngata-Armstead and Jordan-French become even more evident.  Let’s hope that the young Ducks on-field productivity can match that of Jordan and Ngata, and that the “dangerous combo of size and athleticism” charges don’t result in any disciplinary actions.  Luckily, it will be hard any malicious intent behind the physical development of the two young Ducks.

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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.

  • Kenny Powers

    What has French done that would lead anyone to believe that he is going to play like Dion? I know he had 8 tackles in the SG but a majority of his tackles were from running guys down who had already gained yards. And stars make plays around the LOS and French just hasn’t shown the ability to defeat blocks and take people down for little or no gain. He does have the physical tools but just doesn’t seem to play with that same fire and intensity that set Dion apart. I get that people are going to draw parallels because of their size and now number, but I think the #96 is where the comparisons really stop. I would love to be proved wrong but CF still has a long ways to go