There’s an old saying,…Defense Wins Championships!
There’s no doubt Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti lives by that saying.
But you can’t compete for the championship unless you get there,… and to get there the Ducks and their defense need to control and get past the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday in Autzen Stadium. ( 12:30 PST – ABC-TV )
To control the Volunteers, Aliotti knows it’ll start up front in the trenches.
“They’re O line is good first of all” said Alioti this week.
“They’re a veteran crew,…they’re big, they’re strong, they’re physical,…probably the best offensive line that we’ve faced in some time.”
That line is comprised of four seniors including 6’6 – 318 lb right tackle Ja’Wauan James.
James has started all 39 games of his Tennessee career and is currently on the ‘watch lists’ for the 2013 Outland Trophy and the 2013 Senior Bowl.
“I like their team” explained Aliotti.
“The thing that we have to remember is this is an SEC team,..that’s a good football team with good athletes. They have been down some,…but they’re 2-0 this year though.”
Watch the press briefing by clicking on the arrow in the video box above