EUGENE- It was mentioned last week that coach Helfrich had glossed over the redshirt status of linebacker Danny Mattingly. Well, that might be because that is still a TBD, according to linebackers coach Don Pellum.
Pellum did, however, break down the Spokane-native's skill set, embracing a comparison to former linebacker Kiko Alonso, who like Mattingly was tall and sturdily built.
"At the point of attack, he's as good [as Alonso] at the same development stage," he said. "The thing that Kiko had was the ability to run sideline-to-sideline. Danny doesn't have that yet. Is it in him? Yes. Will we get it out of him? At some point."
"When he makes contact, you see people move." Pellum continued.
Pellum also described him as "extremely cerebral in learning the game" and a "great downhill linebacker.
A little insight into Oregon's newest inside backing pair Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone via Pellum:
"They're both really good against the run, but Rodney has some better strengths against the run," he said. "Derrick was a nickel back for us last year. Derrick's strength is his speed and his ability to cover and blitz."
Hardrick and Malone were high school teammates at Colton HS, along with kicker Alejandro Maldonado.
Pellum also said we'll see Tyson Coleman at each of the linebacker positions this Saturday.