By 750 The Game Staff
Oregon’s defense smothered Shedeur Sanders and Colorado in impressive fashion, and would be the major talking point from the win had it not been for the drama off the field and behind the microphone.
John Canzano made a point to give some credit to one of Oregon’s key figures in the recruiting space who also holds the defensive coordinator title — Tosh Lupoi.
“I asked for him to come on this week,” Canzano said on 750 The Game. “I wanted to give him that credit. I had wondered – is he a coordinator or is he just a recruiter?
“I don’t know, it may prove that Colorado doesn’t do much of anything against the top five or six teams in the Pac-12. Maybe we look back on that win by Oregon and we go, hey, everyone did that to Colorado in the end. Nobody’s saying hey, USC did a number on Stanford. Let’s wait and see. But right now it looks like a really good win and a great performance by the defense.”
Canzano also pointed out the impact of defensive end Jordan Burch, the transfer from South Carolina, who had two sacks against Colorado.
“Oregon’s got Stanford this weekend, he’s going to get some more,” said Canzano.
“I would actually argue – like you could make the case that Troy Franklin’s great, Bucky Irving’s great. Bo Nix is the MVP of Oregon’s team. That’s clear. But, apologies to all the Oregon offensive linemen, but the next most valuable player after Bo Nix might be Jordan Burch. He’s got tree trunks for calves. He’s the big body that they need. They got to keep him healthy, keep him in the lineup, because he makes everybody better. Just like Bo Nix, he makes everybody better.”
The No. 9 Ducks visit Stanford this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon then hits the bye week before a season-defining road game at No. 7 Washington on Oct. 14th.
Listen to Canzano’s full comments on the Ducks in Punch It Audio at the 1:04:00 mark of the show podcast below.
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