OREGON DEFENSIVE IDENTITY BECOMING CLEARER AND CLEARER HEADING INTO NEVADA – “We’re chasing perfection but we’re probably never going to get there” – Andy Avalos
The Nevada Wolf Pack are for real.
If you had any question about that, just ask Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos.
While holding the same job at Boise State for the last three seasons, Avalos had the opportunity to face off against Nevada on a regular basis and according to Avalos every one of those match-ups were a tough and physical battle.
“The program just keeps getting better and better” explained Avalos Wednesday when asked to provide his scouting report on the Wolf Pack.
“What they’re doing there it keeps growing. Obviously they’ve had success regardless of who they’re playing. They come ready to play every single week. The mentality there of that program,…they’re physical,..a blue collar operation. There’s no question they’re going to be ready to play a physical game.”
Last season in Reno, Avalos and his Boise State squad beat the Wolf Pack 31-27 and in doing so his defense limited Nevada’s star running back Kelton Moore to just 35 yards on 8 carries and he never touched the end zone.
Now in Eugene with the Ducks, Avalos is well aware of what the Wolf Pack can bring offensively.
“We’re trying to build off our fundamentals and be more disciplined with our gap control and our run fits and to make sure our players feel really really comfortable with exactly what we’re doing with our front structures and where everybody’s fitting.” said Avalos.
“And being able to do that on a consistent basis is something we’re trying to build off of. These running backs, they’re very very physical. They are one-cut downhill. They’re gonna run behind their pads, they’re gonna fall forward. They do an extremely good job of coaching the running backs there.”
Where Avalos and Boise State did struggle was in the passing game. Nevada racked up a total of 304 yards through the air while catching the ball 24 times. And although the Wolf Pack receivers only scored two touchdowns in that game, they’re certainly capable of putting up big numbers.
“Their wide receiver corps has been really good for a few years now” explained Avalos.
“They’ve got length,…on the outside they’ve got speed. On the inside,..quick slots,…and wide receivers that compliment each other. The quarterback obviously did a tremendous job in leading them back. He made some really remarkable plays. He’s capable of extending plays with his feet. From watching that game, ( vs Purdue ), you gotta say he’s a gamer. He made some unbelievable plays,…we’re going to have our hands full. We’ve got to focus on our process and the things that we’ve got to get done.”
The Ducks take on Nevada at Autzen Stadium Saturday. The kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
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