June 22, 2011

Carriger details Oregon commitment

Last week was a big week for Oregon recruiting, landing two defensive ends to help fill one of the positions of need for their class of 2012. Joining Portland's Alex Balducci was Butte, Montana athlete Cody Carriger in what was certainly happy times for Oregon defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro.

Duck Sports Authority spoke with the newest member of the class of 2012 to get his thoughts on the commitment.

"I visited Oregon a couple weeks ago then about five days later I called them and committed," said Carriger. "They offered me during the visit. I called Coach Azzinaro and he was excited. Later Coach Kelly got on the phone and I talked to him."

Position-wise, where does Oregon see the 6-foot-7, 235 pound fitting in?

"Drop defensive end," confirmed Carriger. "I think it means a position kind of like Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers). I think that's a privilege because I get to go after the quarterback and I stay on the quarterback. That's actually what I love to do; I love to tackle quarterbacks. I love chasing them down. I think it's a privilege to play that position."

The drop-end position is becoming more familiar to Duck fans.

"The drop end will be in a three-point or a two-point and rush the edge," explained Carriger. "But in certain situations or formations, I would drop into coverage just like a linebacker."

DSA asked the three-sport (football, basketball, track) star if he knew whether he would be dropping into man or zone coverage.

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