Pressure vs Intensity: Who Wins? A Look at Utah with Keanon Lowe

Lowe scoring a pivotal touchdown vs. Michigan State on Sept. 6, 2014.

In a morning press conference following practice on Wednesday, FishDuck.com reporter Caleb Couturie heard from wide receiver Keanon Lowe regarding an injury update and the Ducks’ mindset heading into this week’s game against an intense Utah squad.

Lowe (7) and Dwayne Carrington (88) lining up on the outside.

Kevin Cline

Lowe (7) and Dwayne Stanford (88) lined up on the outside.

A determined Lowe is ready to get back onto the field. Weeks after a game-ending injury against UCLA, Lowe said today, “I’m doing good. I haven’t been able to practice for the past couple weeks and that’s always tough. It’s tough on me just as a competitor and as a teammate. And then the timing and the rust and all that. I’m shaking a bunch of that off this week and I’m ready to go.”

Utah’s pressure up front is the foundation of its attack. Especially going against a quarterback like Marcus Mariota, you can bet that we will see this ferocious front determined to live up to its standard. Utah is coming into this game living up to its Sack Lake City name as the team in the country with the most sacks at five per game, according to Matthew Piper of The Salt Lake Tribune. With the added pressure up front, Mariota will be forced to get the ball out quickly. Lowe gave some insight on how to deal with such pressure from a receiving standpoint. “With pressure, you got to run crisp routes and your timing has to be right. You got to make plays when you need to make plays,” he said.

A high pressure defense vs a speedy, quick offense. Sounds like a recipe for a good game to me. Look for the Ducks’ explosiveness to take over downfield, coming from receivers like Lowe, Dwayne Stanford, and Darren Carrington.

Ducks Royce Freeman (21) and Keanon Lowe (7) celebrate after the score.

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Ducks Royce Freeman (21) and Lowe (7) celebrate after the score.

Top photo by Kevin Cline

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Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Ashley Young is current senior at the University of Oregon and grew up an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, despite all the ups and downs of past seasons. She has made her way to the University of Oregon and now loves watching the Ducks dominate in all sports. In her spare time, she has discovered a passion through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and is a co-captain for the University of Oregon Women's Ultimate team, last year's national champions. Twitter: @AshleyHopeYoung