2012 Football Depth Chart: Defensive Tackles

The Oregon Ducks defensive tackle rotation is going to look identical to the 2011 season.  The team did not have any senior defensive tackles on the roster last year.  All of the current Duck defensive tackles are juniors except one.  The team also has an incoming freshman who could potentially see time.

There are seven defensive tackles on the roster right now.  The lone senior is number 65 Isaac Remington.  Remington is listed at 6’4”, 286 lbs.  He played in all 14 games last season, starting three of them.  Last season was his first year in the rotation and he accumulated 31 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.  Remington should be a backup this season.

One starter will definitely be junior Taylor Hart who wears number 66.  Hart was an All Pac-12 honorable mention player last year where he started all 14 games and made 44 tackles.  The 6’6”, 289 lb. lineman has played in 27 games during his career and racked up 62 tackles, 5 tackles for losses, 1 forced fumble and 4.5 sacks.

Fellow junior Wade Keliikipi should be in the starting lineup next to Hart.  Number 92 is a 6’3”, 300 lb. Hawaiian who started 11 of the 14 games last season picking up 25 tackles.  In his career he has played in 27 games making 43 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and has 1.5 sacks.

Coach Kelly can count on a strong group of tackles in 2012. (Kirby Lee/US Presswire)

The biggest defensive tackle on the roster is 6’4”, 321 lb. junior Ricky Heimuli.  Heimuli appeared in all 14 games last season making 22 tackles.  In 27 career games, #90 has 31 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.  The former four-star recruit from Utah should be a backup this season.

Junior Ryan Hagen should see an increase in playing time in 2012.  Hagen only played in four games last season but had two sacks.  In his Oregon career he has been very effective in limited action.  He has played in six games, making four tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and the two sacks.  Hagen is listed at 6’3”, 292 lbs. and wears number 60.

The two other junior Oregon Duck tackles have not seen much playing time.  Axel McQuaw appeared in three games last season but did not record any stats.  McQuaw is 6’6”, 275 lbs. from Yachats, Oregon.  He wears jersey number 94.  Jared Ebert did not see any playing time last season.  He did record four tackles in the 2011 spring game.

Stetzon Bair is a 2012 commit from Iowa Western Community College.  He is the younger brother of former Duck, Brandon Bair.  Bair is a tall tackle at 6’9”, 260 lbs.  He chose Oregon over Utah and Weber State.  247Sports.com has him listed as a three-star recruit.  With such a deep line, you should expect Bair to redshirt.

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Topics: Axel McQuaw, Brandon Bair, Feature, Isaac Remington, Jared Ebert, Oregon Ducks, Ricky Heimuli, Ryan Hagen, Stetzon Bair, Taylor Hart, Utah, Wade Keliikipi, Weber State

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