Week One of Spring Ball in the Books

Today's practice closed out the Ducks first full week of spring ball. With the hiring of Brady Hoke comes a new 4-3 scheme to the Oregon defensive unit and the players on Hoke's side of the ball are getting their first taste of how the defense will run this year.

Torrodney Prevot is one of the handful of players that are changing positions this season to accommodate Brady Hoke's 4-3 defensive scheme. Prevot, who has spent his first three years as a Duck playing outside linebacker, is settling into his new spot as a defensive end, "It's been good, I've just been learning coach Hoke's new defense... I get to rush a lot more which is my specialty, so it's a blessing." Prevot played defensive end in high school in Texas so the transition should be a smooth one for him as he noted there are a lot of similar concepts that he used in his younger years. To complement his position change Prevot has been adding weight to his slimmer linebacker frame this offseason. "Yesterday I weighed in at 242, that's the highest I've ever weighed but I just wanna keep going and come out in the fall at 250."

When asked about the different coaching styles of Hoke compared to former DC Don Pellum, Arrion Springs said that Hoke is more of an in your face guy. Prevot agreed saying "Definitely he is. Coach Hoke brings an entire different swag to the game. He's all in your face and he wants you to run. We're running off the field, running on the field, when we go to warm up he wants us to run on the field, like a full sprint." Prevot expects a lot more intensity and big plays from the defense as a result of the change in scheme and Coach Hoke's swag. "Last year we played a lot of coverage, this year we're gunna be bringing a lot of guys from different place, so you'll see a lot more sacks a lot more TFLs [tackles for loss], a lot more physicaltiy with our defensive line, DBs, and our linebackers. It's gunna be fun."

Also news worth noting from the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive linemen Canton Kaumatule left practice on crutches and was struggling to make it back to the locker room under his own power. Brady Hoke was not available for comment after today's session so the severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Kaumatule would be in line to help fill the void left by DeForrest Buckner who is entering this years NFL Draft.


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