Aliotti: Respect All, Fear None

It's become a team slogan of sorts, up there with "win the day", and yet again, "faceless opponent" was the talk of the week for the Oregon Ducks (2-0). In case you didn't know, that opponent is the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-0) and the colors concealing those faces will be purple and gold.

EUGENE, Ore.- Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was particularly vocal about the importance of not sleeping on the defending Ohio Valley Conference co-champion.

"I know everybody out there is thinking ‘OK this team is from this conference.' No, we don't think like that. Respect all, fear none."

Led by head coach Watson Brown, who is in his 28th season as a collegiate head coach and sixth at Tennessee Tech, the Golden Eagles employ a fast tempo spread offense, coined the "Fastest 60 Minutes in Football." That was certainly the case last week in a 42-14 victory over North Greenville, where they averaged 1:28 per scoring drive.

Sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it? And it should, but Oregon head coach Chip Kelly says the similarities aren't as striking as they sound.

"They're a lot different," Kelly said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. "People think spread means that everybody runs the same thing, I don't think anybody is very close to anybody."

Kelly describes the offense as perhaps more pass-happy than his own, with "a lot more" three and four wide receiver sets. This will allow senior quarterback Tre Lamb the ability to sling the ball around and make plays with his legs.

Through two games, Lamb is the OVC leader in passing efficiency and passing yards per game. At 5-9, the Georgia-native uses a superior understanding of the offense to make up for his lack of height.

"They've got a signal caller who's got a really good understanding of their offense, when you watch where he's going with the football and the decisions he makes. He's actually a fun kid to watch on film," Kelly said.

"They have a veteran quarterback who's good, can scramble and extend plays. He really is, he's a good player," Aliotti said.

In those three wide receiver sets, Oregon will see a familiar name, former Tennessee Volunteer and 2011 All-SEC wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, who left the Vols after being suspended indefinitely due to failed drug tests. Rogers led the SEC in receptions and receiving yards a year ago and is considered by many a top-flight NFL prospect.

"We need to wrap him up, we need to get guys to the ball carrier," Kelly said of the 6-3 Rogers. "He's a good-size receiver no matter where he is, whether he's at Tennessee or Tennessee Tech."

One of those players who figures to wrap him up is cornerback Terrance Mitchell who looks at the prospect as a great challenge.

"If it comes down to it, I would love to take him man-on-man," Mitchell said. "That's what I think cornerback is, you play against the best receiver."

Adam Urbano, a high school teammate of Lamb, is the main ball carrier. Urbano rushed for 475 yards in 2011, after transferring from Georgia State where he played two years. He's amassed 280 yards on the ground in the two Golden Eagles' victories.

Defensively, they will use a 4-2-5 defense and according to quarterback Marcus Mariota linebackers Howard Griffin and Tommie McBride make plays filling the gaps.

"They know how to take advantage of what people do, in terms of how they deploy their defense," Kelly said.

The game will be televised at 12 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Network, with Kevin Calabro and Adam Archuleta calling the game.

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