October 19, 2006

Oregon State Preview: Defense

Last weekend against the Stanford Cardinal, Arizona put up its best offensive performance against a Pac-10 team thus far. However, things get a little tougher this week, as the Wildcats will face a very good and improving defense in Oregon State.

The Beavers have a very talented front seven and are tremendous at stopping the run, which could be a problem for Arizona. Although the Wildcats' running game looked great against the Cardinal, it remains to be seen if the improved running game was due to changes or simply an inferior opponent.

Thus far into the season, the Beavers have given up an average of 109 yards per game on the ground. Similar to most games, how Arizona runs the ball could very well decide the outcome.

The strength in the Oregon State defensive line lies with the defensive ends. There is a wealth of talent at the position for Oregon including 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior Joe Lemma, 6-foot-3, 260-pound JUCO transfer Dorian Smith, 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior Jeff Van Orsow, and 6-foot-2, 230-pound rush end Victor Butler.

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