Stanford’s Chase Thomas can say something almost nobody associated with collegiate football over the last few years can–he helped shut down the explosive Oregon Ducks offense.
The Ducks, in their only loss of the 2012 campaign, could muster only 14 points against Stanford in a game that squashed the team’s national championship aspirations.
A humble Thomas explained how his team was able to slow the high octane output of the Oregon attack.
“It took us three years to figure out a way to slow it down. I think it just came with experience on our defense this year,” Thomas said per Philadelphia Magazine Eagles blogger Sheil Kapadia. “We had a lot of experience. We had a lot of depth. So we could rotate guys in against that hurry-up style of offense.”
While many point to Stanford as a potential red flag for Kelly’s offense and how it projects at the pro level, it should be noted that Oregon averaged 49 points per game the previous three years against the Cardinal.
Thomas credits the relentless pace of Kelly’s offense for much of its success.
“If I was an offense, I would [go up-tempo] because it definitely throws off the defense,” he said. “Every defensive guy really enjoys it when the team huddles up and takes some time. Defensive guys never really enjoy going against high-tempo.”
Many of have been quick to point out that NFL regulations and sheer roster numbers will prevent Kelly from running his accustomed fast-paced practices, but there is little doubt that Kelly will push the envelope as he adapts his offense to the pro game.