The Oregon Ducks made quite the steal on National Signing Day back in 2013 when they were able to secure a commitment from highly rated prospect Torrodney Prevot. Coming out of high school, Prevot was obviously a bit of a project but the skillset was in place for him to be a difference maker on the Oregon defense. With a full season now under his belt, Prevot appears poised to take advantage of an opportunity this season and break out in 2014.
As a freshman, Prevot saw limited playing time as part of the defensive rotation. Even in limited action, however, he showed an affinity for getting after the quarterback. He appeared in 11 games and recorded 2.5 sacks, good for fourth most on the team. He will be the second leading returning sack-man on the defense for 2014 and will get a much bigger role in the defense this fall.
Prevot figures to be one of the leading contenders to step into the starting lineup to replace the graduated Boseko Lokombo, one of the defensive leaders in 2013. While Lokombo’s leadership and experience will be next to impossible for any one player to replace, the biggest thing the Ducks need to recover is the pass rush Lokombo brought from the outside linebacker position. In addition to his 3.5 sacks, the senior added seven quarterback pressures. Somehow, Oregon has to replace that production.
Prevot has the length and athleticism to come off the edge effectively and got a chance to show his stuff during spring practice with Tyson Coleman sidelined with an injury. As of now, the race is wide open heading into the summer to replace Lokombo in the starting lineup. If Prevot proves up to the task and can secure a featured role in the Oregon defense in 2014, look for the sophomore to enjoy a breakout season this fall.