One of the big question marks for the Ducks coming into this season is in the defensive backfield. Losing three of their four starters from a year ago, it stands to reason that Oregon will be tested through the air this season. From all reports, it seems that there has not been much separation from Tyree Robinson or Reggie Daniels as to who takes over the free safety position. However, according to defensive coordinator Don Pellum, that suits him just fine.
“I think all the young DB’s are fighting.It’s been up and down. I think it’s been healthy and it’s still a battle. I think that’s healthy and we’re going to need every one of them to be successful,” said Pellum.
One player who has been at Oregon for a few years and perhaps a little overlooked is Erick Dargan. Dargan led the team in interceptions in 2012 and according to Marcus Mariota has been the biggest thorn in the offense’s side this fall.
“Erick Dargan keeps getting interceptions. I don’t know how he does it but he is always in the right spot. He’s been doing a good job of batting down balls. He will come up and make sure I know it was him who intercepted the ball,” said Mariota.
With competition at the safety position as well as the corner back opposite Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, it is a benefit for the team as a whole. When looking at a roster and there is very little to no drop off from the starters to the second string it only makes a team stronger.
The Ducks have been proud to boast NFL caliber defensive backs for several years. It’s not outlandish to see pro potential at safety with Robinson and Daniels. For Coach Pellum and the fans it seems to just be a case of who is going to step up when it counts and take the position for themselves.
Defensive back competition neck and neck
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