Monday, November 5, 2012
Oregon recruits react to win over USC
By Brandon P. Oliver
DuckNation caught up with a several of the Ducks' current commits and some of their remaining targets to get their thoughts on Oregon's 62-51 road win at USC.
Alex Redmond, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School, offensive tackle: "We actually had family come over for the game. It didn't go how I suspected, but it was a very entertaining game, no doubt. They couldn't stop our offense. We made a lot of big plays ... a lot. We made them adapt -- or try to at least -- to the way we play. They made a couple big plays, but we beat them pretty good. The best games to win are not always the blowouts, but the close games and shootouts. I can't wait to get out there and start banging heads with people."
|Alex Redmond: 'I can't wait to get out there and start banging heads with people.'|
Chris Seisay, American Canyon (Calif.) High School athlete: "It was probably the two most explosive offenses in the country, so I knew it was going to be a high-scoring game. I was excited to see how we would do in a big road game. We all watched the game and know what happened. It was back and forth but in the end, we had too much firepower for them."
Doug Brenner, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit athlete: "It was a great game by the Ducks. It was a big win and the offense [was] amazing all day. It was fun to see Barner have a day like that. It was also good to see the great blocking by the offensive linemen that made it happen throughout the game."
Matt Wogan, Indian Trail (N.C.) Porter Ridge kicker: "I thought a game like that is what they [Oregon] needed because they are a better team. It shows that everyone is coming after them and they are going to get everyone's best shot. Knowing that they can keep their edge and put up 60-plus points on USC shows they can do it to anyone, not just mediocre teams. The way they play makes you want to like them even if you hate them. They are too fast scoring in a minute and five seconds is all you have to say."
Juwaan Williams, Tucker (Ga.) High School athlete: "I watched the whole thing. Overall it was a great game by the Ducks. The offense put points on the board almost every time they had the ball. The defense on the other hand was on their heels but made enough plays to win. The only problem I saw was that USC had a lot of explosive plays. Other than that, the defense kept the two receivers in check [in the second half] and made it hard for USC's QB to get a consistent rhythm. The Ducks won the turnover battle. To me that was what limited USC from getting momentum late in the game. They were about to come back and take the lead, but the Ducks made the right plays at the right time."
2014 ESPN Watch List linebacker Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra: "Oregon is so fast, it's crazy. Their speed and their tempo is even faster in person. I was blown away by how explosive they really are. Against a team like that, you have to stay disciplined. It's all about gap control because if Kenjon [Barner] or De'Anthony [Thomas] get a seam, they're gone."
"I saw them put their linebacker [Boseko] Lokombo out on Marqise [Lee] a few times in the second half to try and jam him at the line," Williams said. "I thought that was pretty cool that they did that. I've never seen that before, and it shows that their defense is almost as crazy as their offense."
2014 ESPN Watch List CB Adoree' Jackson Gardena (Calif.) Serra:
"Everyone always talks about how fast Oregon is and you can see it on TV. Too actually see them up close and in person, it was crazy to see how fast they really are. They have so many playmakers and so much speed, that one false-step or mistake and they are going to burn you. Kenjon Barner is a great running back and had an amazing day overall. If you start to key on him though, De'Anthony [Thomas] or Marcus Mariota are going to beat you. Their quarterback was so calm and smooth. He made big plays all night, too. You can't key on one person or you're dead."