OREGON FILM ROOM REVIEW—Burmeister’s improvement a must


We provide you with an overview of this past week’s performance with a look ahead to this week. For our LandryFootball.com members, we provide you detailed FILM ROOM analysis, including unit by unit evaluations as well as a look at how draft prospects are progressing.

Last week was an eye-opening experience for Braxton Burmeister.
Instead of learning the Oregon offense and redshirting, the true freshman quarterback found himself leading the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense against the No. 11 team in the nation.
The result didn’t go as planned for the Ducks as they were held to a season-low 10 points en route to a 33-10 loss to Washington State.
The start for Burmeister was rough from the beginning with two false-start penalties on the Ducks’ opening drive. The penalties were because the soft-spoken freshman wasn’t loud enough for his team to hear the cadence.
Burmeister got the start because Oregon’s top two quarterbacks were unavailable due to injury. He finished the game 15 of 27 for 145 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Most of his completions came on short throws while both of his interceptions were balls thrown into double coverage.
The Ducks hope to get back starting wide receivers Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell from injury, which will lead to a significant improvement in the way the offense functions. The addition of Nelson gives Oregon a threat over the middle while Mitchell provides an immediate boost on the boundaries.
“You think about Braxton, here’s a kid that hasn’t been getting a lot of reps throughout the year,” Oregon coach Willie Taggart said. “The more experience you have the better you get with it. I just think guys around him have to play better in order for Braxton to play up to his potential.”
Defensively, the Cardinal have a star in Justin Reid, a safety with impressive NFL lineage in his family genes. Reid — who averages seven tackles per game — is tied for first in the nation with five interceptions.
“I know their Reid kid in the secondary is very, very good,” Taggart said. “He’s a good football player and I think we all know it runs in the family and he shows it on the football field.”
As a unit, the Cardinal are below average in conference standings when it comes to both pass and rushing defenses but yield just 24.5 points per game.
Offensively, the Cardinal boast the top running back in the nation in Bryce Love. Not only does he lead the nation in rushing at 206.7 yards per game, he’s a big play threat every time he touches the ball. Running behind Stanford’s offensive line is the key to the Cardinal success.
The Ducks’ defensive strength is against the run, yielding 2.73 yards per carry and 93.67 yards per game — averages that rank in the top 10 nationally.


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