Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti enters his 19th year on the Oregon coaching staff with perhaps the best depth he’s ever had on the defensive side.
Aliotti stated after Monday’s practice, “This is the best I’ve ever felt about a 2-deep. Now, I’m not sure we’re 2-deep across the board, but there was a time here when we put in our 2’s in and they were more like our 3’s. Now our 2’s are closer to our 1’s. Our 3’s are still 3’s…still have to grow.”
“We have 8-9 D-lineman that can play. We have 6-7 backers that can play. I feel good about 4 safeties. Everybody knows about our corners situation…the guys have played. I feel good, we are 2-deep and our 2’s are closer to our 1’s, which is nice.”
In 2009, Aliotti led the Ducks’ defense that finished in the top 2 in ten different PAC-10 defensive categories. Oregon finished 35th in total defense and 51st in scoring defense.
The Ducks host New Mexico in the season-opener on September 2nd.