1. Torrodney Prevot, Sophomore
or Tyson Coleman, Redshirt Junior
2. Oshay Dunmore, Redshirt Sophomore
1. Rodney Hardrick, Redshirt Junior
2. Joe Walker, Junior
1. Derrick Malone, Redshirt Senior
2. Rahim Cassell, Redshirt Junior
1. Tony Washington, Redshirt Senior
2. Christian French, Redshirt Junior
The cornerstone of Oregon's defense heading into the 2014 season is its linebackers corps. This unit blends veteran savvy with high potential quite well.
Rodney Hardrick is a capable run-stopper, and Tony Washington is able to wreak havoc in opposing backfields, rushing from the outside. Washington recorded 7.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in a breakthrough campaign.
Derrick Malone was Oregon's leading tackler in 2013, and he has a talented backup behind him in Rahim Cassell.
Each of those three spots in the linebackers corps seems solidly set, but Oregon has a competition spilling over into the summer at strong-side linebacker between sophomore Torrodney Prevot, redshirt junior Tyson Coleman and redshirt sophomore Oshay Dunmore.
Outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander told Andrew Greif of The Oregonian Coleman could be the starter, but he must make up ground from missing the spring. "I'm not going to put him on the depth chart until I've seen him play, but I know he's a good player," Chinander said.
The emergence of Prevot this spring is among the more intriguing developments. Pellum offered high praise for Prevot to Josh Schlichter of the Daily Emerald:
He is a very smart player, he has a very good understanding of the game. Because he understands a little more, you can actually see him take off and play. He’s extremely fast and sudden, and it’s showing up more and more. We’re really excited with his progress.