The Ducks will be facing off against one of the better offensive lines in the country this weekend when they matchup with Tennessee. While offensive linemen like Ricky Havili-Heimuli have seen some of the best throughout his four-year career, this may be an early test for the Ducks that could truly give insight into how they will fair against SEC teams in the future.
Heimuli did acknowledge the fact that he recognizes some familiar faces from having played Tennessee in years past, but will be entering the game with a faceless opponent type of mentality that has been instilled in him since day one. The Ducks defense may have only given up 13 points in their first two games, but if they can’t find a way to disrupt the Tennessee offensive line, there could be some problems, especially with a pocket passer quarterback in Justin Worley.
Playing a familiar SEC foe
“It will be fun to play against the same guys,” Heimuli said in reference to Tennessee. “Maybe there’s new faces, maybe there’s not. We’ll just see how it goes come Saturday.”
Facing Justin Worley
“He’s more of a pocket player,” Heimuli said. “Just being able to read the coverage, just being able to sit in the pocket and move his feet, that’s his strength. It’s a little different, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. We know how to adjust, we know how to come after it, we know how to go about it, so we’re just preparing for that.”
“I just changed it (name) for the sake of my mom,” Heimuli said. “It is her maiden last name, so I just wanted to put her name on the back of my jersey to represent her side of the family too.”
Challenges against Tennessee offensive line
‘They’re big and physical,” Heimuli said. “We’ve been up against physical offensive lines before in Wisconsin and Stanford, so it’s nothing new to us, so we just got to come out and play the way we’ve been. Just got to be as physical as they are; the trenches are always where the game is won and so us front guys just got to get after it like we’ve been.”