Earlier this week when Bryan Harsin left Boise State to become the Head Coach of Auburn, one name quickly rose toward the top of the list to replace him.
Andy Avalos joined Mario Cristobal’s staff last season. Before that he was the Defensive Coordinator for the Boise State Broncos from 2016-2018 and also a player for the Broncos.
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If there was a phone call to come ‘home’, I would at least accept the call and listen to what they had to say.
On Wednesday, the rumors were brought to Head Coach Mario Cristobal who met with the media following practice as the team prepares for the Fiesta Bowl and Iowa State. Cristobal has been up front and straight forward in speaking with the media since he was introduced as Head Coach. Concerning his Defensive Coordinator, his comments were straight forward, “I think the best way to put it is that I think our guys every year… are going to attract attention. To me, it’s always flattering for our program to have other programs seek and try to get a piece of what you’re doing at your place.”
When asked about Avalos he added there is nothing to report.
In his first season, Andy Avalos made his mark on the Oregon Defense bringing them from the middle of the conference toward the top in several categories in 2019 including scoring defense, turnovers and sacks. The team last year won the Pac-12 Championship and was able to handle the pressure of Wisconsin winning the Rose Bowl to end the season on a high note.
The 2020 season started out strong for the Ducks with three straight wins. During the early part of the season, certain areas were lacking. The rush defense was not there. Against Oregon State, they struggled against Running Back Jermar Jefferson. As a unit, they put together their most complete game vs USC in the Pac-12 Championship game allowing just 38 yards on the ground to the Trojans. Kayvon Thibodeaux was a monster in the face of USC Quarterback Kedon Slovis all night. As a unit they had three sacks to go along with three turnovers.
Oregon Football is currently practicing as they prepare for the Fiesta Bowl vs Iowa State on January 2nd.