Duncan says he's ready to play

While the offense was productive in 2007, the defense and especially the defensive line had a long ways to go. One redshirt freshman is hoping to help change that this fall and Tyrone Duncan has put in the work necessary to do it. Not only is he focused mentally, but physically he's developed his body to the point that he can play almost anywhere the coaches want him to…

"I came in weighing a little over 300," Duncan admitted to Dawgman.com recently. "I'm down to 285 now and I feel just as strong if not stronger than I was when I got here."

That weight loss has prompted the coaching staff to move Duncan around, playing at defensive end and defensive tackle during the spring.

"Right now I'm at the ‘Husky' end," Duncan said. "I can play anywhere they want me to, but my goal is to get to the quarterback and to make plays when I'm out there. The lost weight and the fact that my lower and upper body strength are better now, it helps me a lot in my explosiveness and in holding strong against the run."

His position coach also noted his productivity and versatility as well.

"All of our best four linemen will play and it really doesn't matter about position at this point," defensive line coach Randy Hart noted. "Tyrone has been working hard and I've been pretty pleased with what he's done so far. It's all about consistency and continuing to work hard, but I've been happy with the way he's performed so far."

Duncan and his fellow linemates are aware of the fact they gave up 465 yards on the ground to rival Oregon last October and he said they're focused on not letting that happen again.

"We don't want that to happen again and we've made that a priority," Duncan said. "Oregon is Oregon and it's going to be intense, but with what they came in here and did to us on the ground, we are working hard to not let that happen again.

"That offense is all about gap control and knowing your assignments. If you do your job and play the way the coaches tell you to play, I think we can go in there and do what we have to do be successful."

Duncan said he doesn't have any personal goals other than seeing the field this year.

"Honestly, it's not really about personal goals," Duncan said. "We're a team and it's a team effort. We all know what we're supposed to do and we're a family so we work hard for ourselves, but more for each other and I think we have what it takes to get some wins this year and to get this moving in the right direction."

"They're working hard and making the most of their opportunities," Hart added. "They know what they have to do, so now it's about going out and getting it done when it counts and that starts with fall camp, but it starts for real on August 30th."

Washington hasn't beaten Oregon in four years, but Duncan and his teammates are hoping to change that in 19 days.

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