Led by outside linebacker Tony Washington, seven Ducks linebackers are among the team's top 10 in tackles for loss this season, joined by MLB Joe Walker, OLB Christian French, OLB Tyson Coleman, MLB Rodney Hardrick, OLB Torrodney Prevot and Malone.
Walker ascension from spotty backup to consistent playmaker with 74 tackles, third-most on UO, is the test case of how much this unit has improved despite losing three key backups in the offseason to transfer or disciplinary measures.
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