Oregon regears its defense to a 4-3 scheme and Manu will be an important element of that defense.

Rex Manu is going to be one of the key features this year on the Oregon defensive line. The 6-foot-3, 300 pound sophomore played in 12 games last season recording six solo tackles in a backup role. With the graduation of two potential draft picks, Manu will likely see his playing time drastically increase, especially with Oregon switching to a 4-3 defense under Brady Hoke.

Manu came into the first day of spring football on Tuesday ready to play and demonstrating a positive attitude about his team and the future. He sees the switch to a 4-3 defense and opportunity to develop and is obviously impressed with new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke.

Last season, Manu had six unassisted tackles, but with Alex Balducci and DeForest Buckner graduating and heading off to the NFL, Manu is in line to see a jump in the amount of time he’ll see on the field this year; but first it’s time for spring workouts.

The Ducks started the spring workouts on Tuesday, March 29 then returned to the field the next day, but were still in shells – helmets but no pads. They get into that on Friday, April 1. From then on the Ducks will work out Monday, Wednesday and Friday until week of April 25, when they practice on Monday (25), Wednesday (27) then take the field on April 30 for the annual spring game in Autzen Stadium.

The spring game will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, and the game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks.


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