I've noted a couple of times in recent weeks that the second-ranked Oregon football team has depth and talent on its defensive line like few other teams in the country.
The Ducks have to -- their offense moves so fast, and typically scores so quickly, that the defense is back on the field without having had much of a rest.
So defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti rotates fairly liberally, to help keep guys fresh, and through six games this season, he's used a defensive line rotation that usually runs eight deep.
That D-line depth will likely be tested now, after Friday's news that senior defensive tackle Isaac Remington had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Oregon's two major newspapers -- The Register-Guard and The Oregonian -- both reported the incident, citing Eugene Police with having confirmed Remington's arrest.
The player was, apparently, taken into custody but not jailed. He's facing a November 1 court date.
In the meantime, as has been protocol, the Ducks have suspended Remington indefinitely while they await more information. In the past, coach Chip Kelly has waited for the outcome of legal issues before ultimately establishing punishment.
The Ducks have a bye this week, then get back on the field Thursday with a road game against Arizona State. Assuming Remington sits out, true freshman Arik Armstead would almost certainly move into a starting role, after having rotated in heavily during the first half of the season. Armstead is an athletic beast, at 6-foot-8, 280 pounds, and he's 12th on the team in total tackles with 14, and has a half sack.
For however long he's out, Remington's ability to routinely get into the backfield will be missed, as will his leadership. He has 12 tackles through six games, including four for loss and one sack.
Sources:Oregon Ducks suspend Isaac Remington after 'incident'
Adam Sparks has been following Oregon Ducks football since 1990, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2009.
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