Defense Shows Attitude and Character

Oregon's defense has pleased defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti this spring. Today's practice wasn't any different, and they had the plays to prove it.

"Well, I like our attitude, we got great character, we play hard, we run to the ball. I like the character of this football team, and I think our secondary is playing really well," commented Nick Aliotti after Monday's practice.

Oregon's defense had done just that throughout the spring, and Monday's practice was no exception. A Todd Doxey interception here, a Dominic Glover sack there, the defense exemplified Aliotti's analysis on the field.

During three on two drills, the defense showed some serious desire. There were several interceptions off of tipped and bobbled balls. One of these plays came from a pass attempt to Aaron Pflugrad, which Pflugrad tipped up and Marvin Johnson swooped in for the interception, simulating a defensive tip drill to perfection. True freshman safety John Boyett also had an interception during the same session, but his turnover didn't require a tip or bobble. Instead Boyett played a Jeffery Maehl route perfect and undercut the sophomore wide receiver for the pick.

The positional changes made during this spring have pleased Aliotti as well.

"I think Ward is doing great. I think Rowe is learning, but a work in progress. I think Turner is progressing quite well, but Mike linebacker is a lot harder to learn than defensive end, so Kenny has the hardest learning curve," Aliotti discussed.

With two weeks left in spring practice, the Ducks will be looking to continue to show attitude and character. Yet, they should be satisfied with their performance thus far, and their defensive coordinator's encouraging words validate that.


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