In this loss, the play of newcomer Zach Catanese was one of the few positives head coach Dirk Koetter pointed to. The junior from Shasta CC came into the game a bit healthier than last week and it showed. Catanese finished with 13 tackles, 1 interception, and another forced fumble.
Joining in on Catanese's consistent play in the secondary is safety Jeremy Payton. The redshirt freshman made the start against the Ducks and notched 3 tackles. JC transfer corner Keno Walter-White is still bothered by a knee injury. In limited action, he did manage to record a solo stop. Defensive end Will Kofe did not make a start but came on in relief up front with 3 tackles.
Linebackers Adam Vincent and Chad Lindsey, and defensive lineman David Smith saw action but did not record any tackles. However, Smith did recover an Oregon fumble. Four other defensive players that have seen situational action before, tackle Shannon Jones, defensive end Wes Evans, linebacker Beau Manutai, and safety Derron Ware did not play against the Ducks.
True freshman Keegan Herring carried the ball 10 times for the offense, and much like his running mate Rudy Burgess, did not have much success on Saturday night. His 25 yards were the lowest output of the season for Herring. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Leo Talavou made the start at right guard for injured Zach Krula. Talavou will probably continue to see extensive time on the line since Krula is out for the season.
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