Oregon's defense has the potential to be a mobile, stifling and extremely effective defense, but with seven senior leaders graduated and three key role players on personal probation, they are largely unproven. They'll be tested by an LSU team that manhandled Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl 41-24.
• Dale also introduces incoming freshmen LB Rodney Hardrick, 6'1", 225lbs., and a 4.53 forty from Colton H.S. (Colton, Ca.)
He has good size for a high school player, and he can run and hit. The offensive experience and accomplishments are always a real plus; Chip loves versatile athletes, and guys that have that background tend to more aggressive, a heat-seeking missile for turnovers and defensive big plays.