Bad Luck Comin': Oregon Ducks Secondary Looks To Exploit Cardinal Sins [VIDEOS]
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The Oregon Ducks face their toughest opponent this Saturday when the #9 ranked Stanford Cardinal comes into Autzen Stadium. With the departure of running back Toby Gerhart to the NFL, Stanford's offensive attack is in the hands of Quarterback Andrew Luck and their high-powered aerial assault.
Luck's numbers this year are incredible and he's become the early favorite to go first in the NFL draft with the downfalls of both Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett. His QB rating is currently 169.52 and he's thrown for just under 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns with away wins at the Rose Bowl (a shutout against UCLA) and at Notre Dame last week.
Check out this slideshow to meet the Bad Luck Ducks that plan on stopping Stanford's winning streak and causing trouble for their talented QB all night long, on national TV.
Chad Peppars, Rover
Chad Peppars blocks a field goal attempt in Oregon's Spring Game.
Chad Peppars runs a 4.73 40-yard dash and has a 34.5 inch vertical leap, one of the reasons he's monster on special teams as well at the rover position as evidenced with the blocked field goal attempt in the video.
Javes Lewis, Defensive Back
Javes Lewis on the front side blitz.
Javes Lewis recorded a team-high five tackles in Oregon's opener against New Mexico and an interception against Portland State.
Marvin Johnson, Rover
Marvin Johnson stops Cal's Javid Best.
Oregon's other #1, Marvin Johnson, forced a fumble and made three tackles against Portland State this year and made 5 tackles against the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl Game.
Scott Grady, Cornerback
Scott Grady as a 3-star prep player.
A 3-star recruit from nearby Tigard High School, Scott Grady had two stops against Tennessee and a solo tackle against New Mexico.
Anthony Gildon, Cornerback
Anthony Gildon talks Stanford after practice this week.
Pound for pound one of the strongest players in the weight room, Oregon cornerback Anthony Gildon is a member of the Oregon Iron Club after clearing over five times his body weight (946 lbs) in the clean, squat and bench.
John Boyett, Free Safety
John Boyett stops Terrelle Pryor in the Rose Bowl.
Boyett had eight tackles against the Volunteers in week two and four against New Mexico the year before. In last seasons losing effort against Stanford, Boyett had a team high 11 stops. He was the first Duck to lead the team in tackles as a freshman since 1969.
Cliff Harris, Cornerback
Cliff Harris with the 75 yard pick six against Tennessee.
Arguably Oregon's most electric player this season, Cliff Harris is not only a cornerback, but also a punt returner that causes nightmares on special teams. Cliff ran back 5 punts for 72 yards in the Portland State game alone.
Cliff's Pick six against the Tennessee Volunteers was the momentum shifting moment that took the crowd out of the game for good. There was a rumor that Cliff Harris actually ate the lightning that was coming down over Neyland Stadium, both energizing his game and thwarting a possible cancellation of the evening's match.
Eddie Pleasant, Strong Safety
Eddie Pleasant with the game-saving interception against Utah.
Pleasant made the switch from linebacker to strong safety this Spring and so far has been dynamite with 8 tackles (including 4 solo stops) against the Tennessee Volunteers.
Talmadge Jackson III, Cornerback
Jackson intercepts Nick Foles in Arizona thriller.
Also a track star at the University of Oregon, Talmadge Jackson III had a game-high seven solo stops and eight tackles in Oregon's win at Tennessee. Jackson is the Team's fastest DB with a 4.6 40.
After an injury plagued 2009 season, Jackson, a senior, is looked at as the Duck's leader in the secondary and looks should be a menace to Stanford QB Andrew Luck and his receiving corps.
Don't miss the spectacle that is ESPN's College GameDay starting at 6AM Pacific Saturday morning live from Eugene.
The Ducks play Stanford on ABC at 5PM.