Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Grading the 'Dogs: at Oregon

Quarterbacks: C
Brandstater played well again, but his one interception was extremely costly, and he made some questionable decisions on key third downs.

Running Backs: D-
Team average of 1.7 yards per carry is unacceptable. Mathews fumble came at worst time and continued the team's ball security woes.

Receivers: B-
Moore and Ajirotutu both went over the top for spectacular catches, and Pascoe wowed fans again, but it didn't really matter in big loss.

Offensive Line: F
Without Popovich and McDowell, the unit struggled to run block, pass block and had far too many penalties to kill drives (including Avon's two false starts).

Defensive Line: D+
Roberts' broken leg kills the depth, but Shirley returned with a mean streak and Banks had his best game. Still, unit couldn't slow the run.

Linebackers: D+
Although Riley, Brown and Jacobs led team in tackles again, they spent most of the game making plays after big Oregon gains.

Defensive Backs: C
'Dogs pass defense is ranked as nation's best, but Ducks found tons of room passing over the middle on crucial third downs, and secondary was beaten on Stewart's school-record 88-yard touchdown run.

Special Teams: C
Any time a PAT is missed, grade can't be any better, though Zimmerman's 45.4 yards per punt were amazing and Wylie seemed to break out on returns.

1 comment:

  1. You should grade the QB as TB = C, RC as A-.


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