As Koa Ka’ai’s freshman year winds to a close, the young defensive lineman from Honolulu, Hawaii is looking toward his sophomore year this fall to make his mark on the Oregon defense. The 6’4 245 pound defensive end saw limited action in his freshman year, but expects to make more of an impact in the fall when his sophomore season officially begins.
Ka’ai’s move toward additional playing time begins this Saturday in the annual spring football game in Autzen Stadium. Ka’ai says his experience during the 2011 season gave him more confidence during the last three weeks of spring practice and feels he’s more comfortable in the schemes. “It’s going pretty good” said Ka’ai after Monday’s practice outside of Autzen Stadium. “I’ve come a long way in terms of learning the defense. I feel like I’ve got the hang of it a lot more than back in fall during the season.”
Ka’ai’s natural position is defensive end, but say’s defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro has been rotating all of the defensive lineman in different positions since spring practice began three weeks ago. The experience at other positions should prove helpful to Ka’ai and the other D’lineman considering the pace and amount of rotations the Ducks choose to use on defense.
Watch Ka’ai’s post practice interview above.