The weekend is finally approaching. The last game of the regular season. A game that can change it all. A game that many call the “not so civil” war, Ducks vs Beavers. If you can remember last year’s game, the Ducks came out on top in a nail biter 36-35 on a last minute pass in the end zone from QB Marcus Mariota to Josh Huff. FishDuck.com reporter Caleb Couturie had the chance to listen to starting senior linebacker Derrick Malone Jr. on his thoughts on the upcoming battle in Corvallis, Oregon.
As a redshirt senior, Malone has gone to battle five times with the Ducks. Each year, no matter the outcome of each team’s record, the game is nothing short of a war. Tackling is aggressive, trash talk is constant, and the teams show what they got without hesitation. Malone gives us an insight on the Ducks’ game plan against the Beavers:
“The thing that sticks out to me is they have so many threats,” says Malone. “Tight end threats, running back threats, passing threats, so we really got to make sure we read our keys, reel in our focus and get our eyes right. We just have to prepare properly.”
Despite their 5-6 record, the Beavers have had a steady, dependable quarterback in Sean Mannion However, Malone gives us the solution to stop the cannon from Mannion. “He’s got a cannon. He can step up in the pocket and make those extraordinary plays… we really got to stay focused and contain him.”
Now, the last time the Beavers beat the Ducks was back in 2007. For some teams, this may cause a bit of a distraction knowing that the odds, and the records, show favor for the Ducks. However, Win The Day.
“We cannot be that team because there will be a stamp on you. That’s not a way to go out. We are seniors. That’s not a way to go out to lose to Oregon State. We have to make sure we play everything to our preparation and really stay focused,” says Malone.
The Ducks will travel to Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon to play the Beavers in the 2014 Civil War for a 5:00pm kickoff.
Top Photo by: Kevin Cline
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
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