Post-Oregon interview: Levine Toilolo

With the injury to tight end Zach Ertz, the pressure was on the remainder of the "Tree Amigos"—Levine Toilolo and Coby Fleener—to deliver against Oregon. Combined, the two caught 10 passes, but it wasn't enough to pull out a victory over the Ducks.

Toilolo, who was injured last week but played all 60 minutes, caught six passes for 40 yards in the game, but struggled at times. He had some issues with the playing surface—while lots of players from both teams slipped on the wet grass, Toilolo seemed to have more problems than others. The Bootleg asked Toilolo about those issues after the game, and got his take on what this loss means for Stanford's season.

The Bootleg: How much did your injury affect your play tonight, if at all?

Levine Toilolo: Not at all.

So you're back 100 percent at full strength?

LT: Yup.

How did you feel about the performance of your passing game? It seemed like there were some issues with slips and drops.

LT: Yeah, that's football. We all had to play on the same field. Like you said, we had some missed opportunities, but we gotta give credit to Oregon. They played a great game.

Can you talk a little bit more about the field? It seemed that there were a lot of issues on both sides.

LT: Yeah, the field was a little slick, but like you said, both sides had to deal with it.

What kind of mental and emotional effects are there on the team when you have that many turnovers?

LT: I mean, it's hard to say. We have great leaders here, and we try to play it one play at a time. But like you said, when we have turnovers and we put our defense in positions like that, it's kinda tough to leave them out there like that. We have to do a better job playing a good game.

How difficult was it not having Chris Owusu and Zach Ertz?

LT: It's tough, because both of them are huge weapons for our offense. But at the same time, we prepared the whole week without them, and we just have to execute when our coaches make the calls.

You talked little bit about execution. Can you talk about what you executed well and what you executed not so well on offense?

LT: Honestly, I can't say right now. I mean, we have to watch the film. I'm sure there are a lot of areas for improvement, where we can definitely improve.

Shifting gears a little bit, let's talk about pass protection. Andrew had only been sacked four times the whole season before this game, and he got sacked three times tonight. Why do you think Oregon's front seven was able to beat the O-line on pass protection?

LT: They showed a lot of different looks—they have great athletes. Honestly, like I said, they just played a great game, and they executed when they had the chance.


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