For Bacon It's About Doing The Job

Looking through the video files one video that was shot in the third week of practice with linebacker John Bacon talking about the Oregon linebacker corps and the first game of the season with the Washington Huskies. Bacon thinks he and teammates are more concerned about doing their jobs than who is the starter. He also would like to keep a streak going.

Senior middle linebacker John Bacon, 6-4, 235, will start against the Washington Huskies on Saturday night and hopes to erase some of the bad memories of the 2007 game Washington game at Huskies Stadium. The Huskies managed to hang around and make the game competitive for three-quarters before the Oregon offense took control giving the Ducks a 55-34 win.

Washington's Jake Locker had a career day in that loss by throwing four touchdowns passes and amassing 257 yards passing plus an additional 78 yards net rushing. It was not a game that Bacon and his fellow defenders are particularly proud of.

"I think we still have a bad taste in our mouth for how we played defense against the Huskies, " recalled Bacon. "We by far, had our worst defensive game."

The question of starting linebackers is always one that media brings up but in Bacon's view it might be a question asked too often. In reality, Bacon believes that there will be at least five linebackers that will see the same amount of playing time and while it is fine to be a starter, everyone must be on the same page in executing and giving everything they have in effort.

"The linebacker corps, we eat together, hang out together, yeah, we compete with each other but it's more than that," said Bacon for his teammates. "We want each other to do as we can do as a group because it's not like the best guy is going to play regardless, if you know your stuff and are fundamentally sound, you'll play."

This Saturday the No. 21 ranked Ducks will start the season off with the Huskies, a team that is seeking revenge and wanting to break a four-game win streak. Bacon has never seen a year at Oregon in which his team has not beaten the Huskies, and he plans for keeping things the same.

"It's an incentive to play the Huskies like we know we can do," commented Bacon. "As a senior that's what I intend to do."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game will be carried nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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