Henry To’oto’o has been a star at Tennessee. Unfortunately for the Vol’s, the rest of the team hasn’t matched his ability over the last few years and they find themselves in search of a coach. For To’oto’o, that was enough to put his name in the transfer portal. It looks more and more likely that the linebacker might just end up at Oregon, per Justin Hopkins at ScoopDuck.com.
With Hopkins calling his (often correct) shot, Duck fans need to get acquainted with their potential new linebacker.
To’oto’o was a top 50, four star linebacker coming out of De La Salle high school in Concord, California. He chose Tennessee over offers from all over the country, including from nine different Pac-12 schools. In the 2019 recruiting class he was the third rated outside linebacker, but was noted to have the makeup to play either inside or out.
At Tennessee, To’oto’o tallied 140 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He earned freshman All-American honors in the 2019 season, and showed a keen ability to read running plays and make secure tackles. He has tremendous closing speed, and has shown ability in coverage.
The Oregon defense needs To’oto’o. Well, just about every defense needs him, but the Ducks lack the specific skills that he provides. Oregon has a solid defensive line that should improve with enough strength training in the offseason, a secondary among the deepest in the country and a linebacking corps that lacks speed and the ability to tackle.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how the Ducks have too many holes in their roster for 2021 to be their year. While that still might be true, adding a linebacker that can move from sideline to sideline, tackle in space and read running plays should, at least, put Oregon in a position to beat teams that rely on their run game to win.
If you need a reference athlete, think of Troy Dye. The longtime Duck flashed many of the same abilities that To’oto’o brings to the table, and he was the missing link from one of the best defenses in school history, and the unit that couldn’t stop anyone from running this year.
Hopkins is predicting To’oto’o to Oregon, or at the very least calling the Ducks front-runners. That is good news, as few have the ability to discern when a commitment to the Ducks is coming like he(Hopkins) does. Let’s hope he is right again.
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Ryan Robertson is a defense contractor for the United States Marine Corps. A lifelong Duck fan from Grants Pass, he joined the Army out of high school. After four years as an Intelligence Analyst he decided it was time to further his education and pay more attention to his Ducks. One of Ryan’s first memories is of watching the Ducks, led by Joey Harrington, beating up on the Utah Utes in 2001. He is studying to be a Human Rights Investigator for the UN and intends to attend the U of O for graduate school in a few years. His grandfather ran track at Oregon in the ‘50s. He loves the Ducks, and has a passionate interest in reading every scrap of analysis centered around the football team.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
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