Center Jake Hanson is soft spoken but when he speaks he has something to say

Oregon redshirt sophomore center Jake Hanson is a soft spoken lad. Standing 6-5 and weighing 307 pounds, one might expect that behind the large frame is a man who says what he means, and means what he says; on Wednesday, April 26, Hanson spoke to reporters and had some very interesting things to say.

Jake Hanson thinks this year's offensive line could be very deep by the time the season rolls around. A line that is deep and talented particularly the five players that return as starters from last year's team. In 2016 the line was composed of four redshirt freshmen, Hanson, Shane LemieuxCalvin Throckmorton and Brady Aiello. This front wall played without senior Tyrell Crosby for most of last season due to injury but Crosby should be fine when September rolls around. Add Crosby, who had been an All-Pac-12 performer and add some redshirt freshman and true talented freshman that are coming in, the Oregon offensive line in Hanson's opinion will be in very good shape.

A cause for concern for many fans and observers is just how quickly will this team pick up the offense installed by Head Coach Willie Taggart and his staff. The good news is that the new offensive philosophy is not so different from the offense Oregon has ran for the last several years. Sure, there are some different terminology, but overall, that just comes from work in learning the playbook and in the football classrooms.

Another thing that might relieve some fans' concerns is a response Hanson made about a true freshman Oregon defensive lineman, Jordon Scott.

"He's big," Hanson said of the 6-1, 335. "He's hard to move."

In typical fashion, Hanson was low key in his delivery in talking about his teammates, but his straightforward appraisal is well worth the effort of listening to him.

Hanson and his teammates have been divided up for this Saturday's spring game, starting at 11 a.m. inside Autzen Stadium.

The game will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks.


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