SAN ANTONIO, Texas — It’s been a challenging year for the Longhorns offense.
Texas lost their starting running back and quarterback due to injuries earlier this season, causing backups such as quarterback Case McCoy and running back Malcolm Brown to step up.
Now the Texas offense face another challenge when they face the No. 10 Oregon Ducks and a talented secondary, which has given up the fifth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the country this year.
“They have great players, very athletic, fast,” Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said regarding Oregon’s defense.”When you look at third downs, they can be very effective in third down situations and get some turnovers.”
Applewhite also spoke about how the experience Oregon’s secondary has presents a threat.
Quarterback Case McCoy agreed with coach Applewhite on the talent of Oregon’s defense.
“They play together very well, they trust their safeties to make plays … and you can see they know what their doing back there,” said quarterback Case McCoy.
Heading into Monday’s bowl game, one question for Oregon is the strength of their run defense and how they will match up going against Texas’ running game, which averaged 197.6 yards per game this season. Oregon has struggled against the run in the latter portion of the season, especially in games against Arizona and Oregon State.
“We feel like we can do a great job running right at them,” Jones said.
With Oregon’s offense known for the ability to explode and score quickly, Texas offensive lineman Mason Walters said the Longhorns will need to capitalize on every offense drive.
Fellow lineman Trey Hopkins said he noticed in film the talent of Oregon senior defensive tackle Taylor Hart.
“He’s (Hart) a great player,” Hopkins said. “All four up front are great players. They are great athletes … but that number 66 has shown he can be physical.”
Both teams will practice again Saturday in preparation for the bowl game on Dec. 30. There will be press conferences featruing Texas’ defense and Oregon’s offense commencing Saturday afternoon.
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