When the No. 10 Oregon offense takes the Alamo Dome field December 30th against the Texas Longhorns, they’ll face one of the more athletic defensive fronts of the 2013 season.
Texas boasts two extremely talented defensive ends who no doubt will give the Ducks offense a significant challenge – specifically senior Jackson Jeffcoat and junior Cedric Reed.
“They’re talented guys across the board” said Duck redshirt sophomore left tackle Tyler Johnstone when asked about the Longhorn defense.
“They’re athletic and they’re big,…my guy #44 [ Jeffcoat ] and #88 [ Reed ) off the edges,…they’re fast guys. They’re hard workers,… #44 is the best defensive player in the conference,…like I said they’re hard workers and we’ll have our hands full.”
Jeffcoat, this years Ted Hendricks Award recipient, is the only defensive lineman in the country to lead his team in tackles with 80.
As for Reed, he’s one of only four defensive players in the FBS to have at least 6 sacks, 4 pass break ups and 4 forced fumbles in a single season.
Add in the motivation to win one last game for the retiring Texas head coach Mack Brown and that gives this match-up marquee storylines.
“Just with the faceless opponent mentality” explained Johnston when asked about facing a Texas team with added motivation.
“It doesn’t matter what fire they have,..we just have to realize we have to come out with fire too. We’re mad that we have to be there in the first place so we’re going to come out with that fire. We’re just ready to go.”
VIDEO: Watch Friday’s Tyler Johnstone press briefing by clicking on the image shown above.