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Matchup to watch: Ducks' Edge Defenders vs. Morgan Moses
Release Date: 09/06/2013
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Morgan Moses goes about 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds. In scouting Virginia this week, the Ducks couldn't help but notice the Cavaliers' left tackle.

"He's a big guy, so obviously he jumps out on tape," UO senior defensive end Taylor Hart said.

Among the matchups to watch when Oregon plays at Virginia this afternoon will be how effective Moses can be trying to limit the Ducks' pass rush. The preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team pick has "a great pass set," according to Hart, who led the Ducks with eight sacks last season.

Make no mistake, however — this doesn't set up as a one-on-one matchup between the Cavaliers' best pass blocker and the Ducks' best pass rusher. Hart and fellow end Arik Armstead swap sides of the line depending on where the football is between the hash marks, the Ducks substitute liberally up front, and their outside linebackers also will occasionally encounter Moses.

"He's good," SAM linebacker Boseko Lokombo said. "He's pretty big and he's got great feet, so that's going to be a good matchup for us."

Both Hart and Lokombo noticed on film how well Moses moves for a man of his size. Because of that combination, he's considered around a third-round prospect for the 2014 NFL draft.

Still, Lokombo says he plans to attack Moses with speed. When you give up more than 100 pounds in a matchup, there aren't many other good options.

Moses is a fourth-year stater, but spent the previous three years at right tackle. After Moses' first start on the left side, against BYU, Hart came away thinking Moses "looks like he knows what he's doing, so I think he's comfortable where he's at."

It will be Hart's job — with help from several teammates — to make Moses uncomfortable today. It's a task the UO senior was eagerly awaiting this week.

"Competing is what I love to do," Hart said. "If I can compete at the highest level, why not?"

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