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Oregon football is prepared for whoever is behind center for Arizona

The Oregon Ducks defense will have their hands full this weekend, facing potentially two starting capable quarterbacks on the Arizona Wildcats' roster.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 9:07 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 9:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A season ago, Oregon football was blown out by the Arizona Wildcats during a 2 game skid in the middle of the season when the Ducks where (5-2). This year the Ducks are (8-1) and undefeated in Pac-12 conference play, bound to avoid what could be seen as a trap game.

Arizona comes in to Saturday's game (4-5), but with a lot of talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Senior quarterback, Khalil Tate has caused Oregon trouble in previous match-ups, and so has redshirt junior running back, J. J. Taylor.

This year Tate has been sharing snaps at quarterback with new-comer freshman Grant Gunnell. Tate missed one game, with an injury and upon returning, both have seen time in each game. 

"I mean it's definitely very difficult. They're both very well talented quarterbacks," said linebacker Troy Dye. "They both bring different things to the table, so I mean we have to be prepared for both of them. But I mean, we're looking forward to the challenges that they bring and it should be a fun one."

Wildcats' head coach, Kevin Sumlin has not named a starter for Saturday's game, but Oregon expects to see behind center at some point during the game. So the Ducks are preparing to face both on the defensive end of the ball.

"The quarterbacks being able to extend plays and both of them," said defensive coordinator, Andy Avalos "Really oviously Khalil is an extremely good athlete, but both quarterbacks are good in the pass plays as well. You see that's where a lot of their rushing yards come up too. The quarterbacks taking off and going and extending plays. They throw the ball very well when they're outside of the pocket."

Oregon faces Arizona Saturday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Autzen Stadium. The game is set to be aired on ESPN.

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