Our guest for this week’s Q-and-A with the opponent’s beat writer is Andrew Greif, who covers the Oregon Ducks for the Oregonian. He was kind enough to answer five questions about the Ducks ahead of Saturday’s game.
1. How much did the return of Jake Fisher help Oregon’s offensive line against UCLA?
Greif: “I’d say it was immeasurable but there is, in fact, a metric for it: Zero sacks. After allowing a combined 12 in its two previous games and becoming arguably the biggest reason to doubt Oregon’s place in the College Football Playoff discussion, the Ducks’ offensive line rebounded tremendously with Fisher in at left tackle. What he gives is an “attitude,” his teammates say, as well as tremendous skill and experience as a senior. Having him at left tackle caused a ripple effect for his linemen. In previous weeks they were trying to do too much, and overcompensating for a freshman left tackle in Tyrell Crosby and walk-on right tackle in Matt Pierson. There were still occasional breakdowns, of course, but when Fisher was able to do his job, it meant everyone else was able to focus on their own. The result? Zero sacks and only one penalty on the o-line.” Read more »