Don Pellum made it clear on Wednesday that he respects Eastern Washington, the No. 6th ranked FCS team. When Oregon takes the field this Saturday afternoon, the Ducks will face one of the most successful FCS teams in recent years. Last year, EWU finished the year at 11-3, losing the last game in the quarter finals of the FCS Championship series.
"I think they're solid and sound," commented Pellum of the upcoming opponent. "I think that's why they've had so much success."
Last year the Eagles averaged 513.4 yards per game in total offense with 185.2 yards coming on rushing plays. EWU scored 44.1 points per game but allowed 31.4 points and 441.8 ypg in total offense allowed.
That was with Vernon Adams.
Adams of course will be at the helm of the Oregon offense, a team that 45.4 ppg, gave up 23.6 ppg. The Ducks averaged 547 ypg of which 234.5 ypg came in the running game.
So much for statistic from last year; clearly this is a one-sided affair as Oregon went to the NCAA Championship game and compiled a 13-2 record.
Pellum though is not going to insight anyone with his comments – he’ll let his team do that on the field. He did say however that he knows the EWU offense have strong offensive linemen and “excellent skill players.”
He stopped short of making any comparison to a Pac-12 team.
Following practice on Wednesday, the Ducks seemed business-like and anxious to get the game going. So did Pellum.
“I think right now we’re primed to go out and have a good performance,” Pellum said. “It’s, how well do we adjust in the game? How well, once we see something, do we adapt? We’re excited for the opportunity.”
Pellum is in his 23 year as a full time Oregon assistant coach and his second year as defensive coordinator.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m. (Pacific) and the game will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro calling play-by-play with analyst Yogi Roth and sideline reporter Lewis Johnson.