OREGON HAS ITS HANDS FULL WITH COLORADO ON FRIDAY – “Ultimately it comes down to winning one on one battles and playing with leverage” – Andy Avalos
For anyone who believes Friday’s match-up with Colorado ( 3-2 / 1-1 ) will be a proverbial walk in the park in the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium, you should think again and revisit the game from September 24th 2016 when the Buffaloes stunned the Ducks 41-38 in Eugene.
Quarterback Steven Montez had the Ducks defense chasing shadows on the way to throwing three touchdowns and completing 23 of 32 passes for 333 yards.
Not only did Montez successfully attack the Ducks defense through the air, he also attacked them on the ground rushing for 135 yards on 21 carries and scored one rushing touchdown.
What’s even more impressive, the 6’5 native of El Paso, Texas, put up these numbers as a freshman.
So far this season against Top 25 competition, Montez is completing 72 percent of his passes while accumulating 712 yards and 5 touchdowns.
“Number one, you’ve got to play with great communication and eye control to be able to try and handle those certain situations” said Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos when talking about the multiple offensive schemes the Buffaloes play.
“Ultimately it comes down to winning one on one battles and playing with leverage. And so we’ve got to do a great job with the edges and playing with leverage and obviously in the secondary playing with great eye control.”
With his talent and experience, Montez certainly can change the tenor of any game and has the Ducks full attention going into Friday’s nationally televised game.
“There’s no question this is going to be the biggest challenge” explained Avalos.
“We come every week and we say here’s the bottom line,…this team ( Colorado ) has a really good O’line, they’ve got really good skill players, their wide receivers are the best we’ve seen and the quarterback is the most experienced. He’s got a talented arm and physically he’s very talented in terms of his mobility and his ability to keep his eyes down the field and extend plays when the pocket does break down. So there’s a lot of challenges that poses.”
WHERE TO WATCH; Fox Sports 1 / 7:00 pm PST Kickoff
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