The Oregon spring game was not exactly a display of defensive dominance. The first-team offense, named the Thunder, had little trouble with the defense, the Lightning, claiming a 59-34 victory.
This isn’t altogether surprising. Oregon’s football program has been known for many things over the past decade or so — garish uniforms, blindingly fast offenses, standout running backs — but a stout defense has not been among them.
Sophomore defensive lineman Jordon Scott believes that’s about to change.
After the spring game — in which his defense was abused by the offense — Scott said that the Ducks are likely to end the season as the No. 1 defense in the Pac-12. Better than Washington or Washington State or Utah, all of which finished in the top 25 in the FBS in total defense last season.
Hey, it’s spring. Hopes are high. The energy is excellent. And anyway, the defense did make some plays, including a 100-plus yard pick-6 by linebacker Kaulana Apelu.
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) April 21, 2018
Though perhaps unlikely, it is possible that Oregon’s defense could turn the corner this year, as Scott suggested. The Ducks were one of the greenest defensive units in the league and still finished in the top 50 in total defense in the FBS. Not that top 50 is exactly something to brag about, but it is a starting point.
The road to No. 1, after all, must begin somewhere. Oregon’s began on Saturday.