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Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti knows that Arizona is a dangerous offense, especially at home.
As reported by Molly Blue of The Oregonian, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti thinks highly of Arizona's offense, especially Ka'Deem Carey.
Here is the video of Aliotti, posted by Blue, discussing the Wildcats with members of the Oregon media.
"Awesome," Aliotti said, when asked about the Pac-12's leading rusher. "I'm impressed with Ka'Deem Carey. He's as good a back as there is in the country."
In this preview from Daniel Berk of azcentral.com, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez couldn't stop talking about the challenge and opportunity that Oregon presents to his team.
It’s a huge game on a lot of levels for (Oregon), but for us, too, to try to get some national respect,” Rodriguez said. “This is a top-five team and a team that has national respect. I think every player wants to have respect; they want to feel like they belong and can play with anybody in the country. If they don’t play that way, they have the wrong mind-set. I want our players to think that way.
This is the game you can prove it.
You talk about how, ‘I can play with anybody in the country’ and all this and that, but until you do it, it’s just talk, right?
Well, this weekend, you don’t have to talk about; you can show it. If you can play with Oregon, if you can line up with that guy and beat him and he’s going to be an NFL guy or he’s talked about nationally and you’re not, well now you have a chance to get some national respect.
That’s where it goes to the competitiveness. I’ll be very disappointed if our guys don’t compete as hard as they’ve ever competed just because of the opportunity they have with the Ducks.
Also from Berk's azcentral.com article, Rodriguez gushed about Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
He’s as good of a college quarterback as there’s been out there the last couple of years. He’s a top-five (NFL draft) pick. Without question, he should be in New York for the Heisman and I think, one of the favorites.
Ryan Thorburn of The Register Guard was able to get some in-depth medical analysis from the usually reserved Mariota. Remember, this is Oregon we're talking about and they don't discuss injuries.
"Knee is good," Mariota said.
Obviously, Mariota feels confident enough about it his knee to make such a profound statement.
On a more serious note, Mariota went on to tell Thorburn that his lack of production on the ground has had more to do with the opposing defenses than him being hobbled with a sprained knee.
I honestly don’t believe it has been affecting my decision-making at all. It has been the look. The last two weeks the defenses haven’t been giving me the opportunity to pull it.Obviously, if Arizona starts crashing down I’ll make the most of the opportunity.
Defenses are kind of selling out to stop the run and it kind of opens up the passing game. We’re going to take advantage of whatever the defense gives us and execute.