Kaufman on Oregon RBs: They're All Fast

BERKELEY -- Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman talks about the challenges of defending Oregon.

"It's not whether they're big or small," California defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said of Oregon's running backs, "it's how fast they are."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1718671-scouting-the-oppon... The Ducks, behind Royce Freeman (the Pac-12's second-leading rusher with 513 yards, 7.7 yards per carry and seven rushing touchdowns), Kani Benoit 222 yards, 6.9 ypc), Tony Brooks-James (331 yards, 7.0 ypc) and Taj Griffin (168 yards, 5.8 ypc), are the No. 14 rushing attack in the nation.

The Bears have given up 300 or more rushing yards in three of their six games this season, 85 rushing plays of 10 yards or more and rank 127th in the nation in rush defense. The Bears are susceptible to the big play, clearly, while the Ducks are tenured professors in the field: 601 of Oregon's 1,428 rushing yards have come via big plays -- rushing attempts of 17 yards or more. 


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