Who’s Oregon’s STUD?

Phil Anderson Editorials Leave a Comment

When the Ducks hired Andy Avalos as defensive coordinator, there was suddenly an opening for a STUD.

Linebacker, that is.

The STUD position in Avalos’s scheme is a hybrid edge defender/outside linebacker, a guy who can rush the passer, stuff a run block or turn and run with a tight end up the seam. Avalos’s STUDs at Boise State measured 6’3″ 266 and 6’4″ 238 for an average of 6’3 1/2″ 252 pounds. Compare that to Brian Urlacher, who came into the 2000 NFL combine at 6’3 3/4″ and 258 pounds, and ran a 4.59 40. Urlacher turned into a very good inside linebacker for the Bears, but to this author, his measurables — as well as his experience as a safety, wide receiver and punt returner at New Mexico — suggested a prototypical STUD.


There’s no doubt Brian Urlacher fit the STUD mold.

As most of us (ahem) have realized, not everyone can be a stud, let alone the STUD. Mario Cristobal has proffered a gaggle of candidates for the position of inaugural Duck STUD, including La’Mar Winston (6’3″ 220), Adrian Jackson (6’2″ 218), DJ Johnson (6’5″ 255) and Kayvon Thibadeaux (6’5″ 240). The first two strike me as OLB’s who might be able to hold their ground on the line, while the latter two are DE’s who might be able to run with a back or tight end.


Troy Dye with the Redbox Trophy.

Allow me to nominate another candidate in Troy Dye (6’4″ 225). Dye played safety in high school, lit the world on fire as a freshman outside ‘backer in Brady Hoke‘s 4-3 scheme and moved inside in Jim Leavitt‘s 3-4. I have seen Dye stick with slot receivers that have caused our corners trouble. Sure, I would like to see him put on 20 pounds, but I would also like to see Jadeveon Clowney with Tyreek Hill’s quickness. Moving Dye outside would open up playing time on the inside for more traditionally stout guys like Mase Funa (6’2″ 245).

Perhaps due to the conjuring of Brady Hoke, I do profess some concern for the Avalos system.  Hoke’s system failed miserably, probably in large part due to the lack of size at defensive end. Might a hybrid STUD expose a similar vulnerability against the run?

Let’s watch for the candidates in the spring game and particularly whether or not the STUD can hold up to the running game.

Do you have any concerns with Avalos’s scheme?

Phil Anderson
Bend, Oregon Top Photo From Twitter


Andrew Mueller, the FishDuck.com Volunteer Editor for this article, works in digital marketing in Chicago, Illinois.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Daily Articles NO MORE on FishDuck

Please see this explanation right here… and to learn about the impact of FishDuck on so many–check the summary right here.  I will be writing intermittently on FishDuck (as the mood strikes) this summer, and a couple of times a week during the football season, and those articles and analyses will be posted here on FishDuck, and the links to my articles will also be available on the new site PuddleHuddle, when it is up soon.

New at FishDuck? Learn about the site right here!

Our 32 rules can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!

Take note though, there are NO STRIKES, NO WARNINGS, and NO SLACK given. Violate the rules and you are gone, as this is what the 99% who post superb comments want. (The Ban could be for weeks, months or permanent) For the less than 1% out there who do not have impulse-control … as you write your comment that violates our rules, ask yourself, “is this worth getting banned over?”

FishDuck members….we got your back.  No Trolls Allowed!

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments