Now five weeks into the 2013 football season it is evident that Oregon’s secondary has been the key to a vastly improved defense. With pass-happy teams in the Pac-12 coming up on their schedule, Erick Dargan and the rest of this unit will continue to be tested. After practice Tuesday, redshirt-junior Dargan discussed the secondary’s chemistry, his role on special teams and how the effect of school has on preparation.
On what has worked for the secondary to be successful this year:
“Communication is always key. We always stress the importance of communication. When we’re together we work on our details and fundamentals or understand the route concepts and what we need to do on each play. As a secondary we’re very confident by using communication,” Dargan said.
His role is as a special teams player and how he sets himself up to make plays:
“Keep playing not giving up on the play. Being there for my teammates, whether its needed to make a block, either it way it goes I’m going to be there, and that’s the same way for all the 11 players on the field,” Dargan said.
What the coaches have stressed in terms of preparation now with school beginning:
“I wouldn’t say stressed because its a standard that we have here. This is not a distraction. We have to wake up earlier and prepare harder, but it’s not too big of deal,” Dargan said.
The day-to-day schedule going forward:
“For us, we’ve got practice in the morning and then I’ll go to a couple classes. We’ll come back and have meetings and I’ll go home and do some homework and watch some film. For those who have tutors they’ll go to the Jaqua (Center) but a place to do studying can be anywhere for us,” Dargan said.