The Oregon Ducks lost three crucial defensive players from last season’s team to graduation. As a result, veteran linebacker Boseko Lokombo is going to be called upon more to be the leader of this very young defense.
The redshirt senior stands at 6-feet 3-inches, weighs 233 pounds, and is the most experienced player on this year’s team. Lokombo has played in 40 games over the past three seasons racking up 108 tackles, 16 passes deflected, 10 tackles for loss, and four interceptions.
Last season he was the third linebacker on the depth chart, and Lokombo saw his best season where he tallied 39 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
In losing Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso, Oregon also lost their most productive defensive players. The two linebackers combined for 182 tackles, making them one of the best pairs of linebackers in the nation.
Now it isn’t solely Lokombo’s responsibility to fill the void left behind, but it is his responsibility to lead the group of young linebackers this year.
He will be called upon to get tackles, defend passes, and pressure the quarterback, but the most important thing will be his ability to command and control this very inexperienced linebacking corps.
The other linebackers that could see playing time include juniors Isaac Iva and Derrick Malone, redshirt sophomores Tyson Coleman and Rahim Cassell, and redshirt freshman Brett Bafaro.
It is up to Lokombo to lead this group of linebackers this season as they look to replace the productivity that Alonso and Clay had last year.