In the second part of our look at the Oregon-OSU match-ups, today Duck Sports Authority brings you the defensive side of the ball.
OSU: The Beavers start two freshman at the defensive end position. Scott Crichton (6-3, 258), a redshirt freshman, will vie for top freshman defensive player in the conference. On the other side is Dylan Wynn (6-2, 240) is a true freshman from long time powerhouse De La Salle High School in California. Crichton has been a terror during his freshman season leading the conference with 5 fumble recoveries. In addition, Crichton has notched 62 tackles with 13.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss. On the opposite side, Wynn has come on strong late in the season having made six career starts including three straight starts. For the year Wynn has 40 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Where Crichton leads the conference in forced fumbles, Wynn leads with 5 recovered fumbles.
Backing up the two freshmen are a couple of junior college transfers Rusty Fernando (6-3, 232) who has made his impact with 14 tackles including 3.5 sacks. Rudolf Fifita (6-3, 263) has seen some action and has 5 tackles this season.
Oregon: Oregon had seen a very steady group this season with Dion Jordan making a huge defensive impact all year; until being injured against USC and missing most of the game. For the season Jordan has 36 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Should Jordan not be able to go Saturday, senior Brandon Hanna has been a more than capable back-up. Hanna...
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