Hamani Stevens is certainly no stranger to competing against huge defensive lines.
In the 2012 Rose Bowl Stevens, a 6’3 307 lb senior from Hemet, California, faced off against Wisconsin and over the last two years he’s gone head to head with a sizable Stanford team.
Size, or lack of, seems to be one of the primary talking points this week as the No. 3 Ducks prepare to take on No. 7 Michigan State Saturday in Autzen Stadium. ( 3:30 pm )
Although the perception is the Spartans defense outsizes the Ducks in the trenches, that’s actually not the case.
The Michigan State defensive line led by all conference end Shilique Calhoun ( 6’4 – 257 lbs ) averages just 269 pounds, while the Oregon O-line averages 295 pounds across the board led by Stevens at 307 lbs.
Is to much being made of the size comparison?
Stevens thinks so.
“People like to make a big deal about that,…since last year at Stanford,…they said we were out sized” said Stevens when asked Tuesday about the perception of Oregon’s difficulty of playing against bigger, more physical teams.
“I feel like that wasn’t an issue at all and I think the media wants to make an issue about something. They want to always,…this can happen,..or this could happen. But we don’t let that affect us. We’re just going to go out there and play our game. I feel like size is not going to matter. We’ve got speed,…we’ve got talent and that should be good enough for us.”
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