VIDEO: Marsh on Oregon's Offense

Cassius Marsh talks about the challenges of facing Oregon's speed on defense and also evaluates UCLA's offense from an outsider's perspective...

Cassius Marsh talks Oregon:


On his impressions of Oregon's defense:
They're fast. They're explosive like they always are. They've got speed everywhere. Their offensive line is athletic, their running backs are playmakers, and their receivers block down field. I think it's pretty known what Oregon is and what they have on offense. We see it and we'll prepare accordingly and try to match their speed on defense.

On how he thinks their speed matches up with Oregon:
I think we have a lot of speed on defense. I think we matchup great, but you've got to do your job. It's not all about the players you have and the athleticism, you have to do your job, stay in your gap and play your defense. Obviously, Oregon has a great offense and we look forward to the challenge.

On the importance of third down stops and long third downs:
It's extremely important. Negative plays always help a defense. I think we have a lot of guys on the team that are playmakers. We just have got to go out there and make plays against them. They make a lot of plays on offense and you have to do the same on defense and do your best to contain.

On going against Scott Quessenberry:
He's improving every day. I think every offensive lineman is improving every day. As an offensive lineman, he'll go out there and have a great game. There is going to be five good players out there, they wouldn't be here at UCLA if they weren't good players, and they're going to go out there and do their best.

On if there is more pressure on the defense with injuries to the offense:
I don't think there is any pressure. I think the offense is going to do well. People have bad days and it's ok. I have full confidence in our offense that they're going to come back and play a great game and us as a team and us as a defense have full confidence in our offense and what they're capable of injuries or not. We always say next man up and that's what's going on and I'm looking forward to playing.

On what makes DeAnthony Thomas so dangerous:
He's blessed. He's blessed man. Certain guys are athletic in ways that others aren't. That man is blessed. We have to be aware of where he is on the field.

On the difference between Thomas and Byron Marshall:
He's a little bit smaller, so he catches the ball and is able to get up field and the other guy is more of a traditional running back. They're all good players and they're all something. You can't sleep on any of their guys. DeAnthony is a special one but you have to prepare for everyone the same way.


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