"People of Size"

Mike Bellotti actually did it. After all these years of everyone over-using the expression, "that's the understatement of the year," The Ducks Head Football Coach may have come up with, at the very least, the understatement of his nine years at the helm, when he referred to Igor Olshansky and Haloti Ngata as "People of Size." Olshansky and Ngata are two of Oregon's returnees to a defensive line that could rank as one of America's most fierce.

They're also the reason The Ducks will have a punchers chance of getting off the mat after a disappointing 2002 season.

Olshansky looks as if he was sculpted from granite. At 6'6" 305 pounds, he's an immovable object who moves awfully well. Only a red-shirt junior the best is yet to come, as evidenced by his performance in the spring game, when he registered nine tackles and two sacks. In 2002 he ranked fourth on the team in total tackles with 70, nine of which were for a loss. He also managed four quarterback sacks, and had it not been for a questionable flag, would've had the rare defensive lineman touchdown on an interception return against Idaho.

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Ngata on the other hand is only a sophomore, a true sophomore and a truly amazing specimen. As a 6'4" 340 pound nineteen year old, you'd think he belongs at the Duke University weight loss clinic, not on someone's interior line. But he belongs. He's a man-child who's still coming into his body, yet managed to show unbelievable promise during a freshman season when he recorded 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks, while just plain wrecking havoc on opposing offensive lines. He has the NFL scouts drooling like Pavlov's dog, and the tandem hasn't exactly left Oregon's coaching staff with dry mouths either.

"I'm excited," said Bellotti, "Igor and Haloti have a little chemistry between the two of them, they're close friends, they push each other," And here it is folks.

"…They're both people of size."

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