John Neal can’t remember what he did for Thanksgiving last year, but one memory from more than two decades ago still stands out. Oregon’s secondary coach was celebrating the holiday with his family in Alabama. As Neal’s daughters, Kristin and Caitlin, devoured their turkey, his teenage son, Casey, would make an annoying sound with a […]
Faith. Friendship. Football. These three words summarize the relationship between Derrick Malone and Tony Washington. They’re reasons the duo plays an essential role in a defense that has given up an average of 11.8 points per game, second in the nation behind Louisville. Malone and Washington share a unique bond that combines professionalism and personal […]
Derrick Malone has been on a tear in the first two games of the season. Not only is the junior linebacker leading the Ducks with 23 total tackles, but he has already crushed his season total of four (eighth on team) from last year. Malone is currently 12 tackles ahead of any other player on […]
Linebackers coach Don Pellum has had some of the best linebackers in the country in Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso and Dion Jordan, but with the level of comfort Pellum seems to have in the linebackers corps, the Ducks will be in good hands. Welcoming the new guys “I feel very comfortable with this year’s group,” […]
In the days leading up to the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the Emerald will take a position-by-position look at Oregon and Kansas State, determining which team has the edge going into the BCS showdown on Jan. 3. Oregon — The heart of Oregon’s defense is two-sided. All year long, linebackers Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso have battled […]
The continuity among Oregon’s assistant coaches is vital to the Ducks’ future success.
Boseko Lokombo has been solid as they come in Oregon’s linebacker rotation, with a nose for the ball that’s led him to three defensive touchdowns in 22 career games.
It hasn’t been seamless, but Eddie Pleasant’s transition to the safety position has given the Ducks an extra weapon in the secondary.
The Ducks’ weakside linebacker has gone from a long snapper during his freshman year to a starting role as a junior.