Bronco Defense: Keep Oregon QB Herbert in check

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Justin Herbert has had quite the upbringing in watching Oregon football.

He attended Sheldon High School in Eugene, just 3.5 miles away from Autzen Stadium. During his time in Eugene he has had the opportunity to watch some great Oregon Duck football teams and quarterbacks.

Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli, Darron Thomas, and Marcus Mariota. Quite the list of quarterbacks to look up to while watching your hometown team.

Although only a sophomore Herbert has the chance to be one of the greats in Oregon Football history. The stats show.

Due to being out with a collarbone injury, Herbert was out for all of October.

In the 7 games he played this season he had 113 completions on 170 attempts; a 66% completion rate. He compiled 1,750 yards through the air and had 13 touchdowns to 3 interceptions.

In the seven games he started, the Oregon offense averaged 52 points per game. Without him, the offense averaged only 15 points. Night and day really.

The Boise State defense gave up an average of 22 points a game. With 3 of the 13 contests giving up 40+ points. In those games, Boise State was 1-2.

Losing to Washington State (47-44), Virginia (42-23) and defeating Colorado State (59-52).

The one thing the Bronco defense can look back on is their performance against Washington State QB Luke Falk, in which they kept the All-Conference QB in check all game. Forcing head coach Mike Leach to bring in a backup QB into the game.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos will have his hands full with Herbert, and it all comes down to keeping him and the Oregon offense in check.


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