Pass Defense: Oregon’s Achillies Heel?

Posted by Zach Lantz on August-25-2009 Add Comments

Optimism is incurable, especially as fall breathes eternal and signals the coming of a new college football season.

It doesn’t hurt to have a Heisman darkhorse as well as a future NFL draft pick sharing space in your backfield. Yet before we expect a dazzling Chip Kelly offense to carry the Ducks to conference contention we must ask where is this year’s chink in the armor?

Last year the Ducks had a few gamebreakers on defense. Gone are Nick Reed, Patrick Chung, and Jarius Byrd. That raises the question of will pass defense be Oregon’s achilles heel this year? Will their replacements be able to raise their level of play to the same caliber? Will they be ...

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