Tennessee Tech vs. Oregon Ducks: Complete Game Preview
The Oregon Ducks (2-0) will complete their 2012 non-conference slate against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-0) this Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
The Ducks come into this game flying high after a quick start to their season that has seen them put up some pretty lopsided numbers in the first half of games when their starters have been in.
The Golden Eagles are also coming into this game riding a two-game streak to open the season and boast an explosive FCS offensive attack.
For more information about this battle set to take place at Autzen Stadium, keep reading this complete guide to Tennessee Tech vs. Oregon.
Who: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-0; 0-0 A) at Oregon Ducks (2-0; 2-0 H)
When: Saturday, 3:07 p.m. EDT
Where: Eugene, Ore.
Stadium: Autzen Stadium (54,000)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen, Sirius 92, XM 199, Golden Eagle Sports Network, www.Magic985.com
Internet Stream: GoDucks.tv
Oregon Offensive Depth Chart
Wide Receiver: Daryle Hawkins (Bralon Addison)
Left Tackle: Tyler Johnstone (Kyle Long)
Left Guard: Ryan Clanton (Mana Greig)
Center: Hroniss Grasu (Karrington Armstrong)
Right Guard: Nick Cody (Hamani Stevens)
Right Tackle: Jake Fisher (Everett Benyard III)
Tight End: Colt Lyerla (Pharaoh Brown/T.J. Daniel/Koa Ka'ai)
Wide Receiver: Keanon Lowe (B.J. Kelley)
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (Bryan Bennett)
Running Back: Kenjon Barner (De'Anthony Thomas)
Tennessee Tech Offensive Depth Chart
Left Tackle: James Normand (Brett Dillard)
Left Guard: Wesley Sherrill (Randall Reeves)
Center: Michael Baker (J.T. Rankin)
Right Guard: Slade Adams (Justin Ivory)
H-Back: Doug Page (Seth McDonald)
B-Back: Adam Urbano (Bud Golden)
A-Back: Tremaine Hudson (Stephen Bush)
W-Back: Zack Ziegler (Cody Matthews)
X-Receiver: Da'Rick Rogers (Eric Belew)
Z-Receiver: Ryan Tilghman (Jordan Smith)
Y-Receiver: Parker Teeter (Stepfon Davis-Boyd)
Quarterback: Tre Lamb (Darian Stone)
Oregon Defensive Depth Chart
Defensive End: Taylor Hart (Arik Armstead)
Defensive Tackle: Isaac Remington (DeForest Buckner)
Defensive Tackle: Wade Keliikipi (Ricky Heimuli)
Defensive End: Dion Jordan (Tony Washington)
Middle Linebacker: Kiko Alonso (Rahim Cassell)
Weakside Linebacker: Michael Clay (Derrick Malone)
Strong Linebacker: Boseko Lokombo (Tyson Coleman)
Cornerback: Terrance Mitchell (Dior Mathis)
Free Safety: Avery Patterson (Erick Dargan)
Strong Safety: Brian Jackson (Erick Dargan)
Cornerback: Ifo Edpre-Olomu (Troy Hill)
Tennessee Tech Defensive Depth Chart
Bear (LB): Tommie McBride (Malcolm Mitchell)
Rock (DE): Jordan Johnson (Lamar Moore)
Anchor (DT): LaDarrius Verge (Zach Bush)
Ram (LB): Marcus Edwards (Jerry King)
Bull (LB): Howard Griffin (Blake Adams)
Renegade (LB): Tra'Darius Goff (Jay Rudwall)
Strong Safety: Austin Tallant (Cory McDonald)
Free Safety: Taylor Hennigan/Cory Webber
Rover: Will Johnson (Jimmy Laughlin/Heath Dyer)
Field Corner: Caleb Mitchell (James Huguely)
Boundary Corner: William Dillard (Jamel Cook)
Nickel: Will Johnson (Heath Dyer)
What Happened to the Ducks Last Week
The Oregon Ducks took the field against the Fresno State Bulldogs last Saturday and saw their record jump to 2-0 as they walked away with a 42-25 victory.
Kenjon Barner flashed his versatility as he rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.
De'Anthony Thomas needed just seven carries to rack up 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon's rookie quarterback, was still efficient and accurate as he completed 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a score. Mariota also showed that he could run the ball as he scampered for 67 yards, including a long of 28.
Bigger news for the Ducks came on the injury side of things. Carson York left the game with a knee injury, Josh Huff left the game with a knee injury, and John Boyett was on the sidelines in street clothes for the entire contest.
Since Saturday, the Ducks have lost both York and Boyett to season ending surgeries while Josh Huff is ready to go after tweaking his knee.
What Happened to the Golden Eagles Last Week
The Golden Eagles saw their record improve to 2-0 with a win over North Greenville this past Saturday.
Tre Lamb threw for 274 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while completing 18 of 26 passes.
Adam Urbano ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Tennessee Tech continued to showcase its fast-paced and quick-strike offensive attack as they dissected North Greenville's defense for 42 points.
Da'Rick Rogers, a transfer from Tennessee, continued to be an important piece at wide receiver as he accumulated 88 yards and one touchdown on five receptions over the course of the night.
What This Game Means for Both Teams
For the Ducks, this game will be their final "tuneup" before Pac-12 games begin with a suddenly dangerous Arizona Wildcats squad.
The Ducks will also be moving into a time that they will be without veteran stars Carson York and John Boyett, thus making way for more youthful players to fill the holes. Oregon will need to really get these players into the flow of the game and well adjusted to actual game play if they want to be ready for Arizona the following week.
For the Golden Eagles, it will be a chance to travel to the West Coast and experience the atmosphere of Autzen Stadium for the first time.
Though Tennessee Tech does bring a talented FCS offense to Eugene, the Golden Eagles will experience another tough FBS defense in Oregon and get the opportunity to really see how well they can play against top-tier competition.
Key Player for the Oregon Ducks: Avery Patterson
While there may be a lot of explosive players on offense for the Ducks, one of the more important players to watch in this game will be new free safety Avery Patterson.
Patterson will be filling in for John Boyett as the talented senior safety undergoes surgery that will end his 2012 college football season and career at Oregon.
Patterson, as he states in himself in the video, will need to step up and into a huge role on the Oregon defense and prove that he can command the field like Boyett did. He will have to cover the likes of Da'Rick Rogers and need to help Oregon's secondary adjust to yet another massive loss and change.
Key Player for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles: Da'Rick Rogers
Da'Rick Rogers, a former Tennessee standout who came to the Golden Eagles by way of a suspension, will be the key factor as to whether or not Tennessee Tech has any shot against the Ducks.
Rogers will be integral in the Golden Eagles' attack as they will go after a reshaped Oregon secondary and should see plenty of balls thrown his way.
Oregon Will Win If...
The Ducks will win this game if they play the same football they have these past two weeks.
Sound performances all across the board, like the Ducks have had in past weeks, will be more than enough to quell the attack of the Golden Eagles and ensure a Ducks victory at Autzen Stadium.
Tennesee Tech Will Win If...
As bad as it is to admit, Tennessee Tech needs something just short of a miracle to walk out of Autzen Stadium with a win.
Not only do the Golden Eagles need an amazing game from quarterback Tre Lamb and wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, they must also force numerous mistakes on the part of the Ducks as well as multiple turnovers if they want to ensure the Ducks don't put points on the board.
Weirder things have happened, however.
Remember what happened to Arkansas last week?
Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 13
This one will not be pretty for the Golden Eagles.
The Ducks have too many weapons for the Golden Eagles to cover and will easily walk away with a win in this one.
As has happened in past games, expect the Ducks to jump out to a huge lead and then play a pretty slow game in the second half as their reserves come in and surrender points to Tennessee Tech.