Oregon Football is in the process of another coaching staff transition, and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi broke down his expectations for the Ducks’ fall camp on Saturday.
Lupoi, who played collegiately as a defensive lineman at Cal from 2000-2005 before being named their defensive coordinator in 2008, has spent the last 15 years coaching both college and NFL defenses, including two national championship teams at Alabama where he worked as a defensive analyst and linebackers coach.
Oregon Linebacker Justin Flowe is working his way back following last season’s injury and Lupoi is pleased with his early effort, saying in Saturday’s press conference:
"“The thing about Justin is he’s a guy we constantly have to remind to slow down….sometimes a walk though looks like it’s 4th and 1 with the game on the line. I love his intensity and his focus and how that can serve our defense.”"
The Oregon defense for 2022 will have a lot of versatility that could also see some of the younger players, even freshmen, on the field according to the Ducks’ new defensive play-caller.
"“We’re a multiple defense. We’re not going to play a guy at one position. We’re going to move them around. It can tax them mentally at times, but we want to find a way to have our best 11 on the field. Who can handle it mentally and who the best on the field is. If there is a younger guy who can offer us an advantage, he can play for us.”"
One aspect I noticed is that there have been officials on site early in fall camp, which is not necessarily how it has been in the past. They were mostly around on scrimmage days. Lupoi said they were busy as the coaches are trying to replicate a real game experience.
Being just the second day of fall camp, the effort was solid, but there is still work ahead.
"“Guys are coming out and attacking. Really respecting how the group is responding to the challenges. We’re building this culture all together, coaches included, and I’m really excited with how it’s going.”"
Oregon Football Fall Camp continues as the Ducks prepare for the season opener against Georgia on Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30 pm Pacific Time on ABC.
Quotes were obtained in person during Oregon Football media availability on Saturday, September 6th.