Three of those true freshmen defensive backs, Anthony Gildon, along with Talmadge Jackson and Jeffery Maehl will see playing time this season according to Mike Bellotti during the head coach's weekly media conference on Tuesday.
While the Oregon secondary is the strength of the defense it is interesting that three true freshmen are ready to see time on the field.
Likely all three defensive backs will first see time on special teams. All are very athletic and possess tremendous speed. Last year the Ducks struggled on special teams, but when Bellotti named Tom Osborne to be the Special Teams Coordinator last spring, it was a sure sign things would change. Osborne came back to Oregon after spending several years with the Arizona State staff and brought back pride and enthusiasm to a critical part of the game.
Gildon was one of the top prizes of the 2007 recruiting class as the Ducks beat out a late surge by USC for Gildon's services. Gildon had verbally committed to Oregon early in the summer of 2006 and even with some hard recruiting by USC he stood by his commitment to the Ducks.
Gildon's high school team, Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, California was one of the very best in the country last season and finished the year with a perfect 15-0 mark. Gildon was a wide receiver on offense and had 20 catches for 420 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 32 tackles (23 solo) on defense plus 10 interceptions.
As the Ducks prepared for the upcoming game with Houston, Gildon took time out to talk to eDuck about his thoughts on playing this season.
Kick off for the Houston game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) and the contest will be televised on the Oregon Sports Network.
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