February 12, 2010

Remington: Sky is the limit

The Oregon Ducks appear to be loaded entering the 2010 season. With most everybody coming back from the 2009 Pac-10 champion team, the only recruiting area where they could possibly have used immediate help was depth on the defensive line. In Issac Remington, they got exactly what they needed.

Phoenix College Offensive Coordinator Mark Mejia knows good football players when he sees them. Having played quarterback in college and coached ever since, Mejia coached another Duck in the recent past.

"I had Will Tukuafu with me when I was at Scottsdale Community College," said Mejia. "Issac reminds me a lot of Will in that he has the same skills and body type."

At Oregon, Tukuafu has proven he has the quickness from the edge to go with his strength. At this stage in his development, Remington exhibits a good package of quickness and power as well.

"He is a big, physical kid with good strength and leverage," assessed Mejia. "He has the speed to play on the edge on the strong side or he can play the open weak side. Based on what they did with Will, I think Issac could be a good three technique (offensive guards' outside shoulder) or a good strong side defensive end or even the other side too. He's got that kind of quickness."

Asked to evaluate what Remington could work on when he begins spring camp with the Ducks, Mejia identified speed.

"I think to develop at your level and to be an elite guy he will want to get a little quicker and develop a little more explosiveness coming off the ball. But he's going to be a great addition to that program."

As would be expected, Remington does not hold up to the highest standards of speed from the outside.

"From the edge he is not a true speed rusher," Mejia explained. "He would need to be more explosive. When I think of speed rusher I think of the guy you had two years ago Nick Reed who led the Pac-10 in sacks. He doesn't have that kind of ability off the edge, but he's a strong power kid with good bull-rushing and hand technique. That's what will give Issac the edge is his strong technique and power, at least initially. He will develop the explosiveness he needs at Oregon I am sure."

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