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New defensive coaches fitting in

Oregon players getting used to new defensive coaches

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 1:20 PM

Eugene, OR. -- There will be new faces on the Oregon sideline in 2019. Not only did the Ducks bring in new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, but Linebackers Coach Ken Wilson joins the staff as well. 

The new coaches are using these spring practices to develop a rapport with the players.

"We're spending about, probably 18 to 20 hours a day together right now putting in defenses and getting to know each other and having a lot of fun watching film," Wilson said. "The offense is a little ahead of us because they've had their scheme for a year now. But we want our guys to play hard."

One thing that'll help Wilson and other newer staff members is the mix of coaches that were in Eugene last season, like Co-Defensive Coordinator Keith Heyward. 

"We're going to carry over some words because what we wanted to do was make sure this was a smooth transition so guys can translate those same concepts and know what they are," Heyward said. "In that respect, some things are going to change, some things are going to carry over so that way they have some familiarity."

The Ducks ranked 55th in total defense last season allowing 385.9 yards per game.

The defense also lost senior lineman Jalen Jelks and cornerback Ugo Amadi. 

Oregon will hold its annual spring game on April 20. 

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