Defensive Line Knows Best

California running back Jahvid Best is a huge weapon for the California Golden Bears and when the Oregon Ducks take the field this Saturday at ancient Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Best is someone Will Tukuafu is keeping tabs on. The Ducks and Bears meet on a regionally televised game carried on ABC this Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

"As explosive as he is you just have to have good technique and make sure you break him down," said Tukuafu of Best. "For the most part everyone has to run to the ball because with Best you never know if he'll break and cut it back. It's collectively a team effort."

Best is the second leading Pac-10 rusher this year averaging 107.2-yards per game. Coming out of high school, the Ducks recruited him heavily but the hometown draw of California was too much for the Richmond, California native to pass up.

Tukuafu and his pals on the defensive line know that it is up to them to hold up the Bear line surge and not let Best have big opportunities to get going. While Best is not the biggest back the Ducks have seen this year, he undoubtedly is the fastest.

He has surprising strength for how small he is," described Tukuafu of Best. "He's pretty strong, explosive can burst the gap and can also get you on the sides."

Tukuafu is the conference's second leading tackler when it comes to quarterback sacks with a total of six for the season and is also the conference leader in tackles for loss with 12 solos and one assist.

The Ducks have their work cut out for them, but Oregon is third in the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 103.2-yards a contest. Tukuafu and the rest of the defenders upfront will have to use everything they've learned so far this season to keep the Bears' rushing yards down.




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