True Freshmen to See Extended Roles

Buckner had his first career sack against WSU.

Oregon used its bye week as an "improvement week". Unfortunately, one place they failed to improve was off-the-field, where senior defensive lineman Isaac Remington committed an error which led to his indefinite suspension.

EUGENE, Ore.,- Isaac Remington, who has 12 tackles this season, four for loss, was reportedly cited for driving under influence of intoxicants (DUII) Friday morning.

Remington was among his teammates, fully dressed, as the team exited practice Saturday. How involved Remington was in that practice was not addressed, however head coach Chip Kelly explained the importance of participation for suspended players.

"If a kid is out, a kid is out. He's going to come to practice and be here with his teammates. He's not going to be at home feeling sorry for himself," he said.

Kelly says there has been no change to Remington's status and that no timeframe for a final decision has been set.

Remington didn't formally apologize to teammates Saturday, a few players said, but according to freshman DeForest Buckner one wasn't needed.

"We don't need any apologies. Everybody knows what's going on," said the 6-7 Buckner, who didn't see a change from his teammate in practice. "He was the same as always. He's a cheerful person, always trying to help us out."

The Ducks typically rotate between seven and nine defensive linemen each game, so the big senior's absence won't affect who rotates, as much as the rep count for a few individuals.

True freshmen Buckner and Arik Armstead seem the likely candidates to see extended work Thursday against Arizona State, defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said.

Both freshmen have seen snaps at each of the defensive line positions besides nose tackle Aliotti said. Getting used to having such physically developed, yet young players has been a challenge in expectations for the staff, even for himself Aliotti says.

"When you see 6-8 290, or whatever it is, you automatically think ‘He's 25 years-old'. I do sometimes," Aliotti said. "But Arik has progressed really well."

But the preparation has remained the same, Buckner said, despite the potential for an enhanced role Thursday. Armstead says he doesn't "feel any extra pressure."

Let's hope that remains the same come game time in Tempe.

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