`This is going to be line-it-up, smashmouth
football,' UO cornerback Aaron Gipson said.
The Bulldogs are going to play classic, smashmouth
"We wanted to come out and make a statement that we are out here to play some smashmouth
Thurston football," Colts' sophomore Danny Urness said.
You knew the Bulldogs would play smashmouth
; run the ball up Oregon's gut, punish the Ducks with body blows, and they did that behind a bruising runner, tailback Dwayne Wright.
Face it, if the Ducks had the personnel to be a smashmouth
, grind-it-out offensive football team, they wouldn't run the spread to begin with.
So after three games, we peruse the Pac-10 Conference football statistics, and find that leading the league in rushing are those smashmouth
, grind-it-out, black-and-blue ...
We played a little smashmouth
football, trying to run the ball down their throats." - Oregon offensive guard Josh Tschirgi.
"We have tried to play smashmouth
football the past few weeks, and that has not been a success story so we will run it and throw it."
"We're a tough group and we can play smashmouth
"It could be a smashmouth
game, especially if there's weather," UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said.
"They're a power run game, smashmouth
team, and they've openly said they want guys that are bigger, 330 or 340," Schwartz said.
The college game may be enamored with the flashy spread offense, but Matthews - grandson and nephew of NFL linemen, son and brother of NFL linebackers - is every bit the smashmouth
player his lineage would suggest.