After Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Oregon safety Reggie Daniels spoke with the media about the defensive performance the Ducks put together against the Spartans.
“We really worked hard tonight,” he said. “It’s too bad we came up short. Michigan State, like I said, is a great team. To come up short to a team like that is nothing to put your head down about. It’s just we gotta get better.”
While there were still some fairly evident problems, the Ducks did show some noticeable improvements in coverage after getting shellacked against FCS foe Eastern Washington a week earlier. There weren’t as many blown coverages, the tackling was better and overall.
“We did a better job of sticking to our coverage, you know being more tighter on routes,” he said. “Just making sure that when receivers break we’re on them so they’re not getting no easy looks or nothing like that.”
Michigan State managed to put up a balanced 389 yards against the Ducks, including 192 yards and two first half touchdowns to quarterback Connor Cook, who made a few key throws to give the Spartans continued life on offense throughout the night. But Daniels expressed pride in how the secondary played overall and noted specifically where they have to get better going forward.
“We gotta work on getting out of our breaks better and just playing tighter coverage,” he said. “Playing deep balls better and just making sure we communicate as a defense.”