( Video ) OREGON DEFENSIVE LINE LED BY DT DEFOREST BUCKNER REFUSED TO BE LABELED SOFT – “We Took That Personally”
During those days leading up to the mammoth match-up between then No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Michigan State, the only word seemingly audible to the Ducks defense was ‘soft.’
Could this 2014 Oregon squad lay waste to that label and prove to itself and the college football community that they could compete against a more physical team.
As the game crept closer, the word became louder,…and let’s be honest, a bit more irritating which is something DT Arik Armstead, NG Alex Balducci and DT DeForest Buckner took personally.
After the Ducks overwhelming 46-27 win over the highly ranked Spartans the ‘soft’ moniker dimmed significantly and forced media skeptics to change their opinion.
“The D-line,…me, Balducci and Arik we kind of took that personally” said junior DT DeForest Buckner Tuesday.
“We just worked on it with each other and got stronger in the off-season.”
VIDEO: Watch the DeForest Buckner press briefing by clicking on the video box above.